A couple of years ago, I posted a video link to the ABC News documentary, How to Get Fat Without Really Trying. In that video, the late Peter Jennings interviews the president of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).
His responses so blithely dismissed the needs of the consumer in favor of the needs of the GMA, which are increased sales without regard to food safety or the negative effects of marketing junk food to kids.
The GMA is one of the largest and most powerful lobbying groups that wields great influence on food policy in Washington, D. C. Most often, not to the benefit of the consumer.
I was totally disgusted by the GMA president in the video. That documentary, along with a few others, was one of the biggest influences for me to quit eating popular brand-name processed food.
If you haven’t seen How to Get Fat… you can access it here. It’s several years old but the message is timeless–especially in light of the news I read today.
My favorite food policy guru, Marion Nestle, via her blog, Food Politics, tells us that many national food manufactures are feeling the pinch of the public demand for better food. I say its about time.
They’re caught between the consumer and the GMA, which opposes anything that would make food safer and more nutritious. In their mind, that translates to “less profitable.”
Professor Nestle tells us that several national food manufacturers have now left the GMA over disagreements on many issues. Some of those companies’ products had been old favorites of mine that I gave up buying after watching the ABC documentary.
I’m happy to hear of their defection from the GMA but it remains to be seen if they change the nutritional profiles of their products.
Here’s Professor Nestle’s report:
I’ve written many times about the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), an organization so locked into the interests of its food-company donors that you can count on it to vehemently oppose every consumer-friendly measure that gets proposed. A couple of weeks ago, Politico’s Helena Bottemiller Evich and Catherine Boudreau wrote what they discovered about the unraveling […]