More information — courtesy a new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest — on industry’s recent attempts at silencing the Dietary Guidelines.
Turns out that, as is frequently the case with these situations, if you follow the money, it all makes sense.
- “The 30 Senators (all of whom were Republican) who signed the March 12, 2015, letter critical of the DGAC report received more than a million dollars from the food industry between 2013 and 2014 – with approximately half of that sum given by the beef and cattle industry.”
- “The 71 House signers (again, all Republicans) of a letter criticizing the DGAC report received at least two million dollars from food and agricultural interests in 2013 – 2014.”
- “All but one Republican on the House Agriculture Appropriations Committee signed onto the letter criticizing the DGAC report that was being promoted by food and meat industry interests, according to the letter’s lead sponsor.”
- Across both chambers and parties, total money from food interests to members of the Appropriations committees was at least $1,464,437.”
- “To all signatories on both of the Congressional letters we examined criticizing the 2015 DGAC report, the food industry donated $3,121,362 from 2013 through 2014.”
Among the donors: American Crystal Sugar, National Cattlemen’s Beef Council, Koch Industries (cattle), Russell Stover candies, Coca-Cola, and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (industry lobbying group).