Monday, May 02, 2005

Leading nutritionists on fast food payroll

Some prominent nutritionists have begun consulting or sitting on advisory boards for large food companies. Dr. Dean Ornish consults for McDonald's, but Dr. George L. Blackburn director of the Center for the Study of Nutrition Medicine at Harvard Medical School resigned his post at McDonald's with complaints of McDonald's emphasizing exercise instead of reducing fat in menu items.
"These advisers' dual roles have created a deep split in the scientific community. Some critics say that working for a large food company compromises the credibility of scientists' research and makes them look like part-time company representatives."
NY Times (also available from the IHT without registration)

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