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Apr. 21st, 2003 | 08:37 pm

Sugar Industry wants to scupper WHO.

Apparently the WHO published a recommendation that sugar should count for no more than 10% of a healthy diet. This peeved corporations like CocaCola and Pepsico and they're apparently now pressuring congress to stop giving $405 million to help fund the world health organization.

So briefly reviewing some of the scientific literature there is some conflict over what the limit for sugar intake should be.

However having a industry group try to threaten a health organization to get the answer they would prefer is quite reprehenisble. This even violates tenants of capitalism, which require that the producer and consumer be well informed (perhaps perfectly informed, I'm don't quite remember).

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from: soulsong
date: Apr. 22nd, 2003 01:29 am (UTC)

I thought being informed was an impedement to free trade? Telling consumers what's in their food allows them to irrationally discriminate against things like GM soya. The only factor in consumer choice should be brand and price, you know that :)

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from: alienghic
date: Apr. 23rd, 2003 12:36 am (UTC)

Now I get it, Free Trade means that the rich are free to take what they want, unlike theoretical capitalism were they have to work for it. (Not that theoretical capitalism is anymore likely to work than theoretical communism.)

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