I’d been hearing rumors about how the the European Commission is spending $20 million to develop dietary recommendations and food standards that will apply to all EU member states. I now have some confirmation of them through the British magazine, Private Eye (May 30, 2008). The project, called EURRECA, will be conducted by a bunch of universities but the overall management is going to be through the European branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), “a front for the food and bioscience industry.” ILSI is funded by Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Bayer CropScience, and Monsanto, among other such entities. So $20 million in taxpayer dollars will be laundered through a food and agbiotech front group. Private Eye says that it eagerly awaits “EURRECA’s no doubt scientifically rigorous and untirely unbiased conclusions.”
I could do this for a lot less than $20 million, but nobody asked me, alas.
Next public appearance
This is the rescheduling of the lecture I was supposed to give on October 10. The taxi driver went through red light at entrance to the Pulaski, was pulled over and found to be driving without a license. We never made it. The lecture is on food politics. It starts at 6:00. Free and open to the public. The Newark Museum is at 49 Washington Street. This time, I’ll take the PATH.