More coverage of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Big Food ties, this time courtesy of the International Business Times.
Where does the Academy stand after months of its own members and the concerned public speaking out? See for yourself:
“A spokesman for the Academy downplayed the magnitude of the concern, in particular the dissent from Academy membership. In an email to IBTimes, the spokesman said that given the size of the organization — 75,000 members — it’s only natural that some members will disagree with some of its initiatives and activities.
“[W]e encourage and support a healthy and productive dialogue among and with our members,” the spokesman said. “But we stand behind our messages and positions and their independence from corporate influence.”
And what does the Academy have to say about the fact that they purchased IntegrityRDs.org and .com in mid-May, several months after we set up a Twitter account with that same name?
“The Academy acknowledged that it owns the URL (which isn’t currently attached to any website), but it declined to say whether the address was purposely snatched from Bellatti. “The Academy owns a number of URLs related to our members’ professional credentials,” the Academy spokesman said.”
The spokesman forgot to mention the oh-so-coincidental timing. Oh, well. Onward.