Daily Kos reports, via Agri Pulse, that “a top lobbyist for food and beverage giant PepsiCo Inc. who was formerly a top aide to Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts is taking over as the Agriculture Committee’s chief of staff as it prepares to rewrite federal child nutrition policy.”
Conflict of interest, anyone?
The DailyKos article concludes:
“This is perfectly normal because anyone who objects to such a system is not a team player, will not get paid lots of money by those companies, and will be stuck working for the government from then on in, and working for the government long-term is one of those icky things that senators sneer at because then you are just a moocher and a petty functionary and the exact sort of government bureaucrat that your senator and the good people of PepsiCo have come to Washington to do battle against…”
The point of “not being a team player” especially stood out to us, since that, unfortunately, is how dietitians who express concern about the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics corporate sponsorships are branded.
PepsiCo’s cozy relationships with health organizations like AND are all part of a strategy to make the company seem like it is aligned with nutrition and health, thereby partly making appointments like these possible.
At some point, this never-ending cycle of self-promotion and collusion needs to come to an end. Which health organization, if any, will be brave enough to call this out?