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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

The Men Who Made Us Fat Episode 3: View now on BBC i player.

Episode 3 of 3

Jacques Peretti examines assumptions about what is and is not healthy. He also looks at how product marketing can seduce consumers into buying supposed 'healthy foods' such as muesli and juices, both of which can be high in sugar.
He speaks with Simon Wright, an 'organic consultant' for Sainsbury's in the 1990s, who explains how the food industry cashed in on the public's concerns around salmonella, BSE and GM crops. By 1999 the organic industry was worth over £605M, a rise of 232% within two years.
How did the mainstream food producers compete? Peretti speaks with Kath Dalmeny, former policy director at the Food Commission, who explains some of the marketing strategies used by mainstream food producers to keep our custom.
The programme also explores the impact of successive government initiatives and health campaigns, such as the proposal of 'traffic light labelling', the introduction of which the food industry lobbied hard against.
But in 2012, when we have an Olympic Games sponsored by McDonalds and Coca Cola, has anything changed?


Anonymous said...

An olympic games being sponsored by Coca-Cola and McDonalds makes as much ethical sense as a Crack house being sponsored by the Metropolitan police!


Anonymous said...

The Sydney Olympics had Coca Cola and McD as sponsors too.

Anonymous said...

It was interesting to watch last night, But even he is still locked into this Calories bit

Lowcarb team member said...

"The Sydney Olympics had Coca Cola and McD as sponsors too."

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) also name Coca Cola along side Kelloggs and other familiar names.