“A Toxic Affair: How The Chemical Lobby Blocked Action on Hormone Disrupting Chemicals” is a fascinating report published by Corporate Europe Observatory. It’s a lengthy read we recommend, as it expertly connects the dots as far as industry lobbying and deep pockets ultimately affecting policy.
This is no different from what happens with Big Food and Big Soda lobbyists.
Pay special attention to the image on page 7: “Corporate Lobbyist Tricks and Ploys,” which lists several common tactics:
1) Isolating the ‘good guy’
2) Scaremongering with economic losses
3) Hired-gun lobbyists
4) Undermine the science
5) Delay and derail
6) Mobilizing other voices to repeat the message
Imagine how useful and progressive it would be if the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ annual conference held a session on commonly used food industry tactics to influence policy. Imagine what tens of thousands of dietitians well-trained to counter food industry manipulation could achieve. Of course, it’s quite difficult to create that when soda companies and processed food giants are partially footing AND’s bills.