Feb 13, 2013
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 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 was the ‘same’ as non-organic, Ingram 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 described, “Obviously, if one chooses convenient mathematical functions, the result may not conform to reality.”
Published in The Lancet, 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 post originally appeared at Natural Society
This article was posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 6:13 am