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Time to Stop Marketing Food to Kids

I recently gave several talks at the American Public Health Association conference, an annual gathering of some 12,000 enthusiastic public health professionals. In years past, not many presentations (other than my own) focused on the role of corporations to harm the public’s health. I am happy to report this is changing, as numerous panels struck such a theme. The following is a summary of my talk on the recent failed attempt by the federal government to rein in junk food marketing to children, and why it’s time to set a new and much bolder course to fix this problem.

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My talks at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

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This year’s American Public Health Association Annual Meeting is in San Francisco, from October 27-31. (I live in that other city by the bay, Oakland.) The event draws about 13,000 public health professionals each year. I am honored to have been asked to participate in three stellar panels, so if you’re attending or can drop in for the day, please come say hello. (Check the printed program for room locations.)

Panel 1: Monday, October 29, 2012: 10:30 - 12:00

3167.0: Snack Food and Beverage Industry and Global Noncommunicable Chronic Disease

My talk: Case study of industry lobbying on junk food marketing to children

(Additional panelists include Marion Nestle and Jennifer Pomeranz from the Rudd Center.)

Panel 2: Monday, October 29, 2012: 12:30 -2:00

3205.0: Public Health Harms from Legal Products: Challenges of Countering Industry Influence in Alcohol, Tobacco, Prescription Drugs, and Food in the US

My talk: Food stamps, follow the money: Are corporations profiting from hungry Americans

Panel 3: Wednesday, October 31, 2012: 12:30 -2:00

5181.0: Food, Fairness and Health II: Occupy Agriculture – Corporate Power, Equity and the Food System

My talk: Understanding food industry lobbying and countering corporate tactics

Top 10 Lies Told by Monsanto on GMO Labeling in California

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The battle in California over Proposition 37, which would require labeling of foods containing GMOs, is really heating up. Millions of dollars are already being poured into the opposition campaign, with much of it going to former Big Tobacco shills. Over at GMO HQ, Monsanto recently posted this missive called “Taking a Stand: Proposition 37, The California Labeling Proposal,” in which the biotech giant explains why it is opposing the measure (to the tune of $4.2 million so far).

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