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    ** Report Confirms Food Corps Using Junk, Misleading Science to Protect Profits By Anthony Gucciardi A new report hitting the headlines has confirmed what we
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      Report Confirms Food Corps Using Junk, Misleading Science to Protect
      Profits

      By Anthony Gucciardi

      A new report hitting the headlines has confirmed what we have been stating
      for years: major* processed food corporations that peddle health-decimating
      ‘food’ rely purely on distorted misleading junk science*.

      Thanks in part to pumping millions upon millions into lobbying the
      government in order to prevent legislation that would help to protect the
      public and ‘building relationships with health organizations’, The
      Indepdendent<http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/junk-science-food-companies-accused-of-using-tobaccos-tricks-to-protect-profits-8490815.html?fb_action_ids=469304839799319%2C10200671884024226&fb_action_types=news.reads&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%22469304839799319%22%3A421508557927254%2C%2210200671884024226%22%3A557248514299946%7D&action_type_map=%7B%22469304839799319%22%3A%22news.reads%22%2C%2210200671884024226%22%3A%22news.reads%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D>
      reports
      that multinational ‘Big Food’ corporations have been getting away with what
      could be argued as literal murder through the onset of chronic disease as a
      result of pushing their dangerous products on the public without restraint.
      *Corporations Using Junk Science to Protect Profits*

      The report states that these Big Food corporations are using techniques
      extremely similar to those utilized by Big Tobacco companies who sought to
      use fake ‘science’ in order to claim that cigarettes were not the cause of
      disease in order to secure profits. Tactics that are similar to those used
      by the author of the debunked study claiming that
      organic<http://naturalsociety.com/ridiculous-study-claims-organic-same-as-conventional/>
      was
      the ‘same’ as non-organic, Ingram
      Olkin<http://www-stat.stanford.edu/people/faculty/olkin/>, a Stanford
      scientist who actually developed the ‘Dr. Ingram Olkin multivariate
      Logistic Risk Function’, the function was used by Big Tobacco to skew
      statistics.

      The “multivariate” statistical algorithm has been dubbed a way to ‘lie with
      statistics’. As one page on the
      subject<http://tobaccodocuments.org/lor/00500252-0253.html> described,
      “Obviously,
      if one chooses convenient mathematical functions, the result may not
      conform to reality.”



      Published in The Lancet <http://www.thelancet.com/>, the report is sure to
      garner the negative attention of many corporations like PepsiCo and likely
      be attacked on all fronts by phony ‘corporate scientists’ that seek only to
      push phony science. Led by adventurous researcher Professor Rob Moodie, of
      the University of Melbourne in Australia, the findings even list certain
      multinational corporations like Kraft, Nestlé, Mars and Unilever and their
      impacts on consumers around the world. Moodie states that the top 10
      largest companies now have control of over 15 percent of *all food sales*,
      with over 75% of said ‘food’ being heavily processed foods.
      *Report: Corporations Spend Millions to Distort Research, Deceive
      Consumers, Lobby Government*

      Sodas, fast food burgers and pizzas, biscuits, and processed snack foods
      being sold from these companies are seeing surges in low-income countries,
      which the report highlights as the focus for many junk food corporations.
      Furthermore, the write-up speaks out against the serious lack of progress
      being made on the subject. The report states:

      “There is little objective evidence that public-private partnerships
      deliver health benefits, and many in the public-health field argue that
      they are just a delaying tactic of the unhealthy commodity industries”

      Writers go on to call out corporations for spending millions to distort
      research, deceive customers, and lobby politicians to keep their mouths
      shut. For many readers, this comes as no surprise. The sad reality,
      however, is that many consumers continue to believe the junk science put
      out by corporations and even embrace it vehemently to justify their food
      addictions. To admit that the corporation is deceiving customers with junk
      science is to admit that they have been tricked, which is hard for many to
      come to terms with.

      As a result, they instead cling to the rhetoric put out by the companies to
      resist the feeling that they have been fooled. It is similar to many people
      who fall victim to E-mail scammers requesting bank wires from other
      nations, often sending hundreds of thousands of dollars in finances with
      the small hope that they may someday be paid back as the scammer promises.

      It’s a sad state of affairs, but many are becoming privy to the reality of
      human nature. If the companies actually admitted that their ingredients
      were dangerous and made beneficial adjustments, they would be admitting
      that they had caused disease among consumers. Lawsuits would ensue through
      a class action format, and competing companies would be held accountable as
      well. In fact, if the government were competent in protecting against
      things like GMOs and artificial sweeteners instead of high calorie counts
      and saturated fat, this could be done through legislation.

      But let’s talk about the ‘big offenders’ that the report talks about.
      *The Big Offenders*

      The report details many of the big junk food offenders, a couple of which
      you may not be entirely aware of due to their British roots.

      *PepsiCo:* In addition to putting high-fructose corn syrup in their sodas
      and using artificial sweeteners for their diet alternatives, Pepsi spent a
      whopping 9 million dollars lobbying the government via the United States
      Congress in order to keep selling consumers unregulated junk. They even
      spent $547,700 funding candidates for federal office through a third party
      organization in order to secure politicians who will secure their agenda.
      Thanks, Pepsi.

      *Tesco:* This is Britain’s biggest retailer. Tesco spent a total of five
      years and 4 million Euros making sure that labels indicative of nutritional
      values were not placed on food items, knowing full well that their products
      would sell less due to extremely worthless nutritional content.

      *SAB Miller*: The Lancet findings report that SAB Miller continues to look
      out for industry interests over public health, being instrumental in
      writing the very policies regarding the control of alcohol for public
      health.

      This article was published at NationofChange at:
      http://www.nationofchange.org/report-confirms-food-corps-using-junk-misleading-science-protect-profits-1360768265.
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