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Brazil: Danone provided controversial nutritional guidance to 300,000 children

17 de maio de 2018 - Por João Peres

A project in schools prescribes three servings of cheese, milk or yogurt per day, a recommendation that is not consensual within the scientific community A Danone project has given controversial nutritional guidance to at least 300,000 students in Brazil’s public school system. Despite the promise to talk about healthy habits, the 1, 2, 3 Saúde […]

Payback time: the sugar epidemic in snapshots

2 de abril de 2018 - Por Moriti Neto

A project by a Spanish photographer uses high-quality images to hit back at food corporations and combat obesity  Shopping list in hand, I walk (or run, depending on the day) around the supermarket checking out nutrition tables before I put anything in my trolley. The shelves are vast, visually polluted. The letters are tiny. It’s […]

Australian researcher breaks contract with Nestlé after attack against Brazilian professor

20 de fevereiro de 2018 - Por João Peres

Paediatrician Susan Prescott leaves Advisory Board after ten years. ‘When I see attempts to disparage the NOVA system by industry-funded players I can only conclude that such efforts are the hallmarks of intellectual escapism’ “Researchers who remain entrenched in defending ultra-processed foods are finding themselves on the wrong side of history”, decrees Susan Prescott. Professor of […]

The deep pockets of obesity science

5 de fevereiro de 2018 - Por João Peres

How the ultra-processed food industry uses scientific research to undermine public policy, shift the focus and promote consumer habits “We really thought that it would be possible to reach a good solution,” said Simón Barquera. A few weeks before, we saw his name in connection with the Latin American Scientific Committee of the Choices International […]

Big Food occupies university seats in Brazil’s health regulation agency

23 de janeiro de 2018 - Por João Peres

Researchers aligned with the private sector act in groups that subsidize the formulation of public policies, succeeding in guaranteeing a majority for corporations. The federal body chooses to keep quiet The food industry occupies seats reserved for universities and research institutes in collegiums of Brazil’s health regulatory body. Although they have their own seats, the […]

Coca’s Happiness Factory is in the Brazilian Amazon. And is not cool

18 de janeiro de 2018 - Por João Peres

How the corporation and Pepsi receive at least US$ 2 billion a year in credits for taxes that have never been paid, and how a senator and former ministers help them, despite a warning of illegal enrichment Brazil’s major soft drinks manufacturers receive between US$ 0.05 and US$ 0.10 in subsidies for each can of […]

How Latin America became the terror of Big Food

12 de janeiro de 2018 - Por João Peres

Warning signs, taxes, official guidelines against junk food: the region is leading an unprecedented political agenda in an attempt to contain the obesity epidemic. But reaction is strong “Makes you proud, doesn’t it? As I was coming out to talk, I suddenly realized what a great thing we were doing”, says Marcela Reyes, breaking into […]

Big Food targets Brazilian researcher

19 de dezembro de 2017 - Por João Peres

Scholars and publications with financial ties to the industry reinforce their artillery against Carlos Monteiro (in image), a USP professor who showed us that a bag of rice is not the same as a packet of savoury snacks Carlos Monteiro was watching a debate in the Libertador A Room when he got a text message […]