Both the food and alcohol industries are engaged in a massive charade they call voluntary self-regulation. The idea is to convince policymakers and the general public that laws are not needed to restrict marketing to youth or any other form of advertising. Instead, these industries rely on a broken system of voluntary rules that they get to define, monitor, and enforce, or not. Eat Drink Politics has years of experience researching and documenting the failure of advertising self-regulation and can help you with talking points and feasible policy alternatives to this failed non-system.
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Grocery Manufacturers Association Long-time Obstructionist of Public Health In case you had any doubt that California’s Prop 37—which would require labeling of food containing genetically-modified organisms (GMOs)—is a significant threat to industry, a top food lobby has now made it perfectly clear. In a recent speech to the American Soybean Association (most soy grown in [...]Continue reading →