Big Food companies have one main goal: profit. In our current economic landscape, the absence of profit spells disaster. Fail to make profit and you are out of the game. Simple as that.
As we have explained in the past, there is nothing inherently wrong with garnering profit. What needs to be examined is what products are sold to make that profit — and what tactics are used.
Dietitians who work with industry argue that they can influence companies to make healthier products for an increasingly health conscious public. But can a few well-meaning staff dietitians alter the profit-motivation of a multi-billion dollar company?
In the third installment of the VICE News/Center for Public Integrity ‘Science for Sale’ series, the authors explain how Ford spent $40 million dollars to alter the science on asbestos to protect themselves against legitimate litigation.
This, of course, extends well beyond Ford. The company supplies a needed service, does good work, and probably donates to charity; the same merits we praise Big Food for. But, not dissimilar from Big Food, Ford knew about a health problem, ignored it because it would reduce profits, and then hired scientists to dispute valid scientific claims in court.
As the article states, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states “there is no ‘safe’ level of asbestos exposure for any type of asbestos fiber. Asbestos exposures as short in duration as a few days have caused mesothelioma in humans.”
Yet, “27 articles written from 1998 to 2015 by experts known to work for industry showed either no elevated risk of mesothelioma among mechanics or minimal asbestos exposures.”
Take a close look at this article and you might be amazed at just how extensive this problem is. Especially concerning: a lead researcher who openly states that most asbestos claims have “no scientific merit”.