Ordering up a dirty wrap of Big Food news on Croakey blog

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Australian journalist Melissa Sweet offers a menu of food-related stories she’s been hoarding over recent weeks.

Choose from:

• Unhappy meals

• Junking up carrots
• Health-washing the junk
• World hunger – a marketing solution for obesity-promoting companies?
• Social media marketing
• Expanding markets and waistlines
• Green tea’s health claims overstep the mark

She does a great job on her blog. Well worth bookmarking or grabbing an RSS feed.

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Marg Anderson

September 21, 2010 at 10:50 am

Maybe not-so-responsible reporting by Ms. Sweet in her “Unhappy Meals” story — “The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit organisation in the US that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.”
I would urge her to look a little further into the PCRM agenda and not assume that it bears much of a relationship to “the health hazards of junk food.”

Melissa Sweet (ex Croakey blog)

September 22, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Hi Marg
The post was more about the message than the messenger.
I thought that my readers (who tend to have a public health focus) would be interested in hearing about a campaign that aims to help counter the sort of corporate marketing that contributes to so much poor health.
It reminded me of some of the early tobacco control campaigns that aimed to change the social norms around smoking. It looks like the sort of campaign that could be taken up by other groups with a concern for public health, regardless of whether they share other interests with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
If you have specific concerns about the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, please share them.