Here’s an interesting article that I found while surfing the web the other day. It’s from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/208161.php
While acknowledging that peanut allergies can be severe, there is a greater emphasis on managing the allergy and being prepared to act in case of emergency rather than banning the food all together.
I’ve reproduced a quotation from the article.
“Dr. Bahna said:
- “Unfortunately, life is not risk-free. A minority of people are severely allergic to peanuts, but it is not reasonable or possible to expect schools or airlines to be peanut-free. Consideration should be also given to the freedom of the vast majority of non-allergic persons. Also, peanut is not the only food that can cause severe allergy.”
It highlights two of the major debates in risk management that I often think about:
How much should our lives be regulated by the needs of a few?
Does broadscale regulation for some things, like banning peanut products, actually lead to better outcomes?
What do you think?