Food. Salty article for the sugar lobby

sucre 300x225 Alimentaire. Un article salé pour le lobby du sucre In its latest edition, the US monthly Nature published the results of a study by three scientists on the health risks of too much sugar regime.

The authors show that eating too much sugar is dangerous for health. 35 million people would die each year in the world of sugar-related diseases: diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease. The World returns to its editorial on this question: "fructose consumption, and provided with every wind, presents as many dangers as alcohol or tobacco. Clearly, it is deadly. And the fight against this poison is no longer simple prevention campaigns: it calls an outright prohibition policy "and the newspaper to ask the authorities to" go further ". The same request that ANIA, the national association of food industries, to go further, but not in the same direction.


In presidential elections, the lobby of the agrolimentaire recalls in accompanying text ( Ania Letter to presidential ) to a questionnaire () sent to the candidates, the weight of agrolimentaire sector "[for] the issues that concern our 10,000 companies, their 477,000 direct employees, but also the 65 million consumers in France. " And for candidates who did not understand the appeal of the foot, the president of the Association says: "The responses will then be forwarded to members of the ANIA, and used to initiate a public debate. In particular, a dedicated web page will be available to follow closely the statements, BUSINESS & tours and discussions initiated by the candidates on these issues. "

In December the association rebelled against the VAT increase to 7%. "A salad with dressing or cover would be taxed at 7% as it can be eaten immediately, while a salad without cover, does not come in the same case. A briquette juice straw to be charged with 7% whereas without the straw, it is to be charged to 5.5% ... ". ANIA there pointing the grotesque nature of this increase applies to some situations of consumption and not for others. Regardonds but the examples from the press ANIA: a salad and fruit juice with straw, not a hamburger dripping with ketchup and a coke, not a salad and juice with straw.

Ditto on studies on dangerosit e of aspartame .


With sugar we have a good time on the couch watching TV. The sugar industry fund advertising campaigns more interesting one. Like this dated 90s, "I was there", performed by Jean-Paul Gove.

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Earlier in 1992, with the levers Emir Kusturica.


A very productive decade. In 1997, Etienne Chatiliez realized this clip with a question: "Are you ready to eat anything?"

Or here in Belgium.

Or this one, in 1988.

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Sometimes playing the card of humor with this ad for sugar Daddy.

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To avoid sensitive subjects of the industry sucr e knows how to do. She is the creator of the week taste for example in France. In an article in Point as of 2004, one could read this: "" There is no evidence which suggests that sugar can be put into question in the light of overweight and obesity, "says Claude Risac, CEO of the Centre for Studies and Documentation sugar (Cedus), the armed wing of the sugar lobby. Prégaliléen a discourse that is breathtaking nutritionists. "

But not all teachers some use in their classrooms, documents ( Je_mange_tu_te_regales ) published by the Cedus to discuss the relationship between caries and sugar

Nevertheless sugar remains indispensable to the existence, in moderate quantities. It is also an important marker in the same way as salt, in human history. From the economic point of view, read this document statistics in the field of sugar, or geopolitics , we obviously think the slave trade, our report says much sugar in our societies. Under lobbying, we read with great interest the study of Mary Hrabanski Sugar-92-2-Hrabanski on "the representation of sugar in Brussels sociohistoire practices lobbying the European institutions since the beginning of the twentieth century", which recalls that "Despite changes in the interest intermediation system of the European Union (1992), the industry representatives will continue their strategy of influence, notably based on the special relationship they have with representatives of the Commission European. This last period emphasizes the importance of the address book in the political process and is also characterized by a greater use of expertise by the Commission. "

Mikaël Cabon

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