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Lobbying Group for Processed Food Industry Teeters on Brink of Extinction — Will Its Science Propaganda Arm Follow Suit?

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  • The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the largest and most powerful lobbying group for the processed food industry, is disintegrating; 50 of its members have now left
  • Companies that have separated from the GMA include Campbell Soup, Nestlé, Dean Foods, Mars, Tyson Foods, Unilever, Hershey, Cargill, Kraft and DuPont. Join the GMA boycott to finish the job and end the GMA
  • Several of GMA’s leadership have resigned, including its government relations, global strategies and health and nutrition policy executives. GMA president and CEO Pamela Bailey has announced she intends to retire later this year, after nearly a decade at the helm
  • Mars Inc. is also severing ties with the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) — the propaganda arm of the GMA that helps create and promote science that supports members’ interests — saying, “We do not want to be involved in advocacy-led studies that so often, and mostly for the right reasons, have been criticized”
  • Nestlé’s left the GMA due to conflicting stances on added sugar labeling, and Mars is now leaving ILSI because it promotes deceptive research on added sugars. Take action and encourage Nestlé to break ties with ILSI

By Dr. Mercola

Changing an industry is a long game; while changes can seem to occur overnight, it's always preceded by years of consistent work and persistent pressure. It's easy to get discouraged and feel your efforts are for naught. So, it's a rare treat to be able to report significant progress, as we now see with the rapid disintegration of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the largest and most powerful lobbying group for the processed food industry.

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