Coca-Cola’s century old strategy to influence perceptions and policy

Coca-Cola is a marketing machine. It’s in the company’s DNA. Go back to its roots in the¬†1880’s and 1890’s when the company’s pharmacist founders were¬†asking the question: how can we get people to buy a product whose main ingredient is one of Earth’s most abundant elements – water? Fast forward to today, when we’re now […]

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How should the World Health Organization partner with industry?

This week at the World Health Assembly, Member States will debate the relationship they believe the World Health Organization should have with so-called “non-state actors.” Because WHO is a United Nations specialized organization, it’s governed by Member States. In other words, since its inception, WHO has only been accountable to governments, and therefore focused predominantly […]

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Cooking matters

Cooking makes us human. It’s one of the few distinguishing features between us and our primate ancestors. It serves an important physiological, cultural, and even spiritual purpose. Cooking unlocks potential energy in food. Research has shown that eating a cooked vegetable or piece of meat provides more calories than if you were to eat the […]

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A lesson in how major food and beverage companies influence public perceptions about obesity

In 2009, a group of the world’s largest and most powerful food and beverage companies banded together to make a voluntary pledge of reducing calories in the US food supply. This group of now 16 food and beverage companies, which control about 25% of the US food supply, formed the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. It […]

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Promoting Food Industry Interests at the Expense of Public Health, Cultural Sensitivity, and Historical Accuracy

A recent article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune really caught my eye. It then struck a nerve, a big nerve. So much so that I decided to write a letter to the editor of the paper about the article. Sadly, it wasn’t published, but hopefully it offers a few things to think about that you […]

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