Beverage industry

Oops! Coke Apologizes After Getting Busted Spending Millions to Manipulate Science

  • Posted on: Aug 21 2015

By Dr. Harold Goldstein, Executive Director, California Center for Public Health Advocacy.

Like a cat caught with the pet canary in its mouth, the world’s largest beverage company has guilt written all over its face. With little feathers still floating all over the house, Coca-Cola wants us to believe it is filled with remorse for spending millions of dollars manipulating science, and paying-off researchers to do its bidding.

Were You Tricked by Big Soda's Ads?

  • Posted on: Nov 3 2014

By Dana Woldow, Food Advocate.

Have you seen or heard those ads from the No on Prop E campaign claiming that passage of the soda tax measure would cost San Francisco over $60 million in revenue and 1,000 lost jobs? If you were fooled into thinking that any of the “facts” contained in those ads are true, you’re not alone. Beverage industry spokesman Roger Salazar was also able to trick at least one experienced reporter.

Big Soda Reeks of Big Tobacco

  • Posted on: Oct 22 2014

By Elliot Haspel, Education Advocate

The tobacco wars of the last half of the 20th century began before I was born, but I can’t help noticing the similarities with the debate over soda and Proposition E. I’m glad to be able to speak up this time, and have a voice in this battle.

Berkeley vs. Big Soda

  • Posted on: Sep 10 2014

By Robert Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley; author of "Beyond Outrage" .

I was phoned the other night in middle of dinner by an earnest young man named Spencer, who said he was doing a survey.

Rather than hang up I agreed to answer his questions. He asked me if I knew a soda tax would be on the ballot in Berkeley in November. When I said yes, he then asked whether I trusted the Berkeley city government to spend the revenues wisely.

Don't Believe Industry-paid 'Experts' on Soda and Diabetes

  • Posted on: Jul 22 2014
By Robert Lustig and Michael Goran. Special to the Sacramento Bee.
Upton Sinclair once said, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
That’s certainly the case with the beverage industry’s aggressive efforts to recruit quasi-nutritionists to promote their ridiculous and scientifically disproven arguments – for example, that eating fruit has the same effect on the human body as drinking a soda.