How Coca-Cola Controls and Manipulates Research

21 May 2019 — Dr Mercola

Written by Dr. Joseph MercolaFact Checked

  • Story at-a-glance
  • FOIA documents obtained by U.S. Right to Know show Coca-Cola’s research agreements with certain universities give it the right to review and comment on studies before publication, and intellectual property rights connected to the research
  • The research contracts also give Coca-Cola control over study data, disclosure of results and acknowledgment of Coca-Cola funding, meaning the company could prevent the researchers from disclosing that their funding came from Coke, as well as the power to terminate studies early, without having to give a reason
  • Earlier this year, another batch of emails obtained via FOIA requests revealed Coca-Cola lobbied the CDC to advance corporate objectives over health
  • A (now former) CDC official provided aid and guidance to Coca-Cola in efforts to influence World Health Organization officials into relaxing its sugar limits
  • A recent Coke-funded study concluded that children with the highest odds of obesity got the least amount of physical activity on both weekdays and weekends. Children with the lowest odds of obesity were the most active throughout the whole week

Big $$ and Media Madness — It’s a Global War Against Activism, Grassroots Movements, Civil Society By Paul Haeder

7 November 2013 —Dissident Voice

So, in Washington, the defeat of I-522, the genetically modified organism, i.e. food, labeling initiative has been aided and abetted by, well, they call it a “war in the media” with the armies of the corporations launching frontal, rear, aerial, underground, cyber and Madison Avenue assaults. Continue reading

For $10 Billion of "Promises" Haiti Surrenders its Sovereignty By Kim Ives

25 April, 2010 — Global Research

It was fitting that the Mar. 31 ‘International Donors Conference Towards a New Future for Haiti’ was held in the Trusteeship Council at the United Nations headquarters in New York. At the event, Haitian President René Préval in effect turned over the keys to Haiti to a consortium of foreign banks and governments, which will decide how (to use the conference’s principal slogan) to ‘build back better’ the country devastated by the Jan. 12 earthquake.

This ‘better’ Haiti envisions some 25,000 farmers providing Coca-Cola with mangos for a new Odwalla brand drink, 100,000 workers assembling clothing and electronics for the U.S. market in sweatshops under HOPE II legislation, and thousands more finding jobs as guides, waiters, cleaners and drivers when Haiti becomes a new tourist destination.

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Colombian Trade Unions: A Target for Intimidation and Assassination

3 August, 2009 — Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Luis Adolfo Cardona worked as a forklift operator at an American-owned bottling company that packages 50,000 cases of Coca-Cola’s famous fizzy beverages a month. On an unassuming morning, Cardona narrowly escaped death when right-wing paramilitary troops attempted to kill him. Unfortunately, not all labor union activists are so lucky. Isídro Segundo Gil, the gatekeeper and the union’s chief negotiator at another Coca-Cola bottling plant in the small, rural town of Carepa, Colombia, was gunned down by a band of paramilitary insurgents on December 5, 1996. After shooting Gil ten times, the armed men sped away from the premises on motorcycles. Not even a few hours had passed before the militants were back. They attempted to kidnap another union leader, who just barely got away, and then set fire to the union’s offices later that night. The armed group returned a week later. The workers were then gathered in the cafeteria and given an ultimatum—either quit or be killed.

For most of its modern existence, Colombia has struggled with internal violence, most recently in the form of human rights abuses and brutality against organized trade union groups carried out by paramilitary and insurgent armies. This group in particular has been subjected to a disproportionate amount of violence. In the past twenty years, over 2,000 activists have been gunned down, making labor activists and trade union members likely the most targeted group of civilians in the country.

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GUEST MEDIA LENS ALERT: Turning Children Into Consumers By Sharon Beder

29 June, 2009 – MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

Introduction

Sharon Beder, visiting professor at the University of Wollongong, Australia, is one of our favourite political analysts. Her book ‘Global Spin’ (Green Books, 1997), is a devastating exposé of corporate, including corporate media, manipulation of politics and culture. Like Mark Curtis’s ‘The Ambiguities of Power,’ it is a book that defies attempts to underline the interesting bits – it’s all interesting!

The title of Beder’s new book is self-explanatory: ‘This Little Kiddy Went To Market – The Corporate Capture Of Childhood.’ (Pluto Press, 2009) Once again, this is a must-read analysis explaining how people and planet are being systematically subordinated to profit. We were so impressed by the second chapter, ‘Turning Children Into Consumers,’ that even before finishing the book we wrote to Beder asking if we could use some of it in a guest media alert. She has very kindly agreed. You can order a copy of ‘This Little Kiddy Went To Market’ at a specially discounted price from Pluto Press here:

www.plutobooks.com/beder/

Sincere thanks to Sharon Beder and Pluto Press for letting us publish this tremendous material. We invite you to imagine a world in which Beder’s work was “on every school curriculum”, as John Pilger recommends. Imagine if children were provided with tools of intellectual self-defence to counter the relentless campaigns of corporate manipulation. It is simultaneously depressing and heartening to consider how much happier, healthier, more compassionate our society would be as a result.

David Edwards and David Cromwell
Media Lens


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