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Big Pharma, Big Food, and the Poisoning of America

The always-colorful Russell Brand recently interviewed a man by the name of Calley Means, the founder of TrueMed, a company that promotes the importance of healthy eating and exercise. During the fascinating interview, Mr. Means made a rather startling comment: Processed food companies “contribute 11 times more money to nutritional research in the U.S. than the NIH.” This is astonishing. As I show in this piece, the link between junk food and junk science is both incredibly strong and incredibly dangerous.
Marion Nestle, a renowned molecular biologist, told me that the food industry actually sponsors about 15 percent of published research. “Big Food,” she said, “works just like Big Pharma in following the tobacco industry playbook in protecting sales and profits.”…

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