This book is written by Michele Simon, a public health attorney specializing in nutrition policy and food industry tactics. She teaches health policy at the University of California, Hasting College of the Law.
“We live in a world where fatty, sugary and salty foods – stripped of nutrients during factory processing – are in abundance.”
“Clever manufacturers have made processed food artificially stimulating by isolating particular chemicals that cause pleasure reactions … and ensure that we stay hooked.”
As a result, “the United States is in the middle of a growing epidemic of diet-related health problems, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes.”
“We really cannot expect food companies to be the guardians of public health. I have simply come to realize that under our current economic system, it is not a corporation’s job to protect public health”
“Unlike most people – who have conscience and act (we hope) on the basis of some set of moral principles – a corporation is fundamentally amoral institution. Corporations are in business to make money. Profits must be the ultimate measure of all business decisions.”
“Why can’t companies just make money selling “healthier products”? This is because companies make more money selling unhealthy food. Truly healthy food doesn’t come in a box. It simply cannot be done and it certainly cannot be done in a way that both maximize profits and benefits public health.”
“Food corporations cannot be trusted to protect the public’s health. Accepting this truth will go a long way to a deeper understanding … Once you realize that every move a food company makes, it’s designed to protect its bottom line, you can then more clearly recognize corporate behavior and not let it fool you.”