Food. Salty article for the sugar lobby

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

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 illnesses: diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease. The World back in its editorial on this issue: "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 no longer under simple prevention campaigns: it calls an outright ban politics "and the newspaper to request the authorities to" go further ". The same application as ANIA, the national association of food industries, to go further, but not in the same direction.


On the occasion of the presidential elections, the lobby of the agrolimentaire recalls in accompanying text ( Ania Letter to presidential candidates ) to a questionnaire () sent to the candidates, the weight of agrolimentaire sector "[for] the issues that concern our 10000 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 answers will then be forwarded to members of the ANIA, and used to initiate a public debate. In particular, a dedicated webpage will be available to follow closely the statements schoolings, business visits and discussions initiated by the candidates on these issues. "

In December the association rebelled against the increase in VAT to 7%. "A salad with cover or seasoning, is taxed at 7% as it can be consumed immediately, while a salad without cover, would not fall in the same case. A briquette fruit juice with straw would be taxed at 7% while without straw, it would be taxed at 5.5% ... ". ANIA pointing where the grotesque nature of this increase, valid for certain consumer situations and not others. But regardonds the examples from the press ANIA: a salad and a fruit juice with straw, not a burger dripping ketchup and a coke, not a salad and a fruit juice with straw.

Ditto on studies on dangerosit é of aspartame .


With sugar going from good times, on the sofa watching TV. Industrial sugar interesting fund advertising campaigns to more than one. Like this one, dated 90s, "I was there" by Jean-Paul Gove.

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Earlier in 1992, the levers Emir Kusturica.


A decade many productive. 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 advertising for sugar daddy.

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To avoid sensitive subjects sucr the industry knows how to do e. She is the creator of the week of taste , for example in France. In an article in Point as of 2004, it was stated that: "" There is no evidence that suggest that sugar could be questioned in terms 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 links between caries and sugar,

Nevertheless, sugar remains indispensable to the existence, in moderate amounts. It is also an important marker in the same way as salt, of human history. From the economic point of view, read this document statistics in the field of sugar, or geopolitical , we obviously think of 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 lobbying practices with the European authorities since the beginning of the twentieth century", which recalls that "Despite the developments of interest intermediation system of the European Union (1992), representatives of the industry will continue their strategy of influence, based in particular on the special relationship they have with Commission representatives European. This last period underlines the importance of the address book in the political process is also characterized by a greater use of expertise by the Commission. "

Mikaël Cabon

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