CSR: Food Companies use fake science to protect profits
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Report Confirms Food Corps Using Junk, Misleading Science to Protect
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
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
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
The “multivariate” statistical algorithm has been dubbed a way to ‘lie with
statistics’. As one page on the
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.
*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
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