Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Sanitation

PZ Myers, the famous scientist, atheist and blogger was interviewed on Triple J radio's Safran program this week, ahead of his upcoming visit to Melbourne for the Atheist Convention.
During the program I was shocked to learn, through a discussion on the topic of tax exemptions religious organizations receive, that the food company behind Weet-Bix is tax exempt. Yes, the company called Sanitarium that makes some of Australia's favorite foods is owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and as such it is entirely exempt of tax payments. How crazy can that be?
Guess from now on I'm only going to buy Sanitarium products if I have no other choice. Other food companies out there are no saints, but at least they pay their due; with Sanitarium you can rest assured your money is going to fund lunacy.

1 comment:

Moshe Reuveni said...

I have received some indirect feedback about this post, telling me that as companies go Sanitarium is actually a relatively ethical one whereas its competition (Kellogs, Kraft) are evil.
That may be true; I'm plea complete ignorance there. I will, however, rephrase my problem with Sanitarium: My problem is not the ethics with which the company works, but rather the things they use their [untaxed] profits for.