This lecture, presented by Town Hall Seattle and sponsored by PCC Community Markets, is titled “Ask Marion: The Politics of Food and Nutrition.” It’s at 7:30 pm Seattle time and 10:30 pm New York time. Get tickets here.
Food companies’ exploitation of Covid-19 for marketing purposes: new report
The NCD [Non-Communicable Disease] Alliance has issued a press release for its latest report, Signalling Virtue, Promoting Harm – Unhealthy Commodity Industries and COVID-19
As the press release explains, the
new report details hundreds of examples of unhealthy commodity industries, led by Big Alcohol, Big Food, and Big Soda, leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic for commercial gain. This report raises concerns of corporate capture during the pandemic by the very industries that are fuelling the burden of NCDs worldwide and putting people at greater risk of severe COVID-19 outcomes.
The Alliance released the report in conjunction with the Global Week for Action on NCDs and the theme of accountability.
The report includes hundreds of case studies submitted from more than 90 countries of business responses to Covid-19, in these categories.
The report illustrates dozens of examples, and it’s hard to choose the most egregious from among so many possibilities. I particularly appreciated this one.
This report is well worth a close look. I found it highly instructive.