We recently wrote about how Big Soda paid scientists to downplay the dangers of sugar, but clearly the scandal doesn’t end there. A new study shows that the soda industry sponsors no fewer than 96 influential health groups, massively increasing the risk of conflict of interest:
- The New York Times: Coke and Pepsi Give Millions to Public Health, Then Lobby Against It
- The Washington Post: Big Soda Sponsored 96 Health Groups — A Big Conflict of Interest, Study Says
After being sponsored, many health organizations stop supporting policies that would reduce soda consumption, such as soda taxes. It’s just as though these health groups accepted money from Big Tobacco, and then started to oppose anti-tobacco legislation.
Hopefully this kind of exposure will lead to health organizations not taking donations from the sugar industry in the near future, just like they would never ever take donations from the tobacco industry.