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“Sugar is sugar is sugar” says Coke to Honest Tea

Sweet talk: In early 2008, Honest Tea sold a minority stake, for $43 million, to Coca-Cola. As this interesting NY Times Small Business article notes,  meshing the two companies' sensibilities has not always gone smoothly. In particular, Coke objected to Honest Kids product packaging trumpeting "no...

Doctors take a stand on Coca-Cola funding for physicians’ website

Kicking the Coke habit: Nearly 20 doctors have resigned from the American Academy of Family Physicians after it accepted a grant from Coca-Cola to fund nutritional education content on its website. The lead protester pointed out that  consumption of soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks has been linked...

Slate declares the high-fructose corn syrup wars over

Devil's candy gone to hell: Daniel Engber boils down all the loud opposition to HFCS into "the three cardinal claims of food politics: Like other villainous ingredients—trans fat and artificial food dye come to mind—high-fructose corn syrup is accused of being at once unhealthy, unnatural, and unappetizing....

Digest: Monsanto blog launched, more food news from White House

New media = new image?: Monsanto has been a punching bag in the blogosphere for years. We should know. Now, the biotech giant has not only launched an ad campaign aimed at food's "thought leaders," it's digging into its deep pockets to fund a new Facebook presence, Twitter stream, and a blog, Monsanto...

Digest – Blogs, etc.: Frogs in the coal mine, what the government’s not telling us

Don't ask, don't tell: Tom Philpott wonders why, after two studies released last month showed detectable levels of mercury in products containing high fructose corn syrup, the FDA by its own admission has no plans to look into the issue. How nice that the agency would rather trust the claims of an industry...

Digest – Features: Urban farmer, Brody on HFCS, swill shill

"If your goat is giving birth, it’s not like you can go to work": Friend o'Ethicurean Twilight Greenaway interviews Novella Carpenter, Oakland's most fearless backyard farmer and soon-to-be-author. (Culinate.com) E tu, Brody?: Well-known nutritionist Jane Brody writes about the difference between...

PR debacle for HFCS: Care for some mercury with your oatmeal?

That much-debated sweetener, high-fructose corn syrup, is going to need more than a pricey PR campaign to fix this one. After one set of scientists found mercury — yes, everyone's favorite brain-impairing element — in almost half of commercial HFCS, another bunch of scientists decided to get specific and...

Getting corny: Video responses to the Corn Refiners’ HFCS campaign

Things have been far too serious around here lately, what with all these petitions and dire reports. Fortunately, a writer on Tufts' Comfood list-serv (yes, we poach lots of good ideas from there) has alerted us to a very fun way to waste some time and laugh, too: the anti-high fructose corn syrup ads that...

Wear your food politics on your chest #2: HFCS nightmares

We got some nice play on BoingBoing a few days ago (thanks Xeni!) for Ali's post on President-Elect Obama's possible food policy, and there's been an influx of new readers. Welcome! One of them, Aaron Beckwith, emailed to say he and sme friends run a sweatshop-free clothing company, Tshirt Insurgency, that...

Twisted logic from Coke’s [dumbass] exec lets soda off the hook for obesity

Editor's note: This post contains adult language and a dangerous quantity of righteous indignation. So, earlier this week, the top honcho at Coca Cola urged the beverage industry to rage, rage against the unfair claims that soda bears any blame for the nation’s rising obesity problem. It is time, claimed...

Crimes against “natural”: FDA helps healthwash HFCS

Conveniently timed with the Corn Refiners Association's multimillion-dollar campaign to sweeten consumers' appetite for high fructose corn syrup, the FDA has reversed its position on whether HFCS can be labeled "natural," reports Food Navigator yesterday. "HFCS, like table sugar and honey, is natural. It is...

Industry’s high fructose corn syrup campaign leaves a sour taste

By Debra Eschmeyer Earlier last week the Corn Refiners Association launched a multimillion-dollar media campaign to defend high fructose corn syrup as a "quality" sweetener, in the face of mounting public perception that this cheap, ubiquitous compound has played a not-so-sweet role in making Americans...

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