Are you suspicious and mistrustful of the food industry?
Let’s talk about it. The food industry playbook is borrowed from Big Tobacco.
It’s so predictable. Let me explain.
Their goal is to exonerate themselves from public health concerns to continue making billions without any corporate responsibility. Their tactics include:
- Focusing on personal responsibility as the cause of poor health behaviors. In other words, it’s on you.
- Raising fears that government action usurps personal freedom. Once the government starts caring about public health, who knows what they’ll do next?
- Vilifying critics and accusing them of trying to strip people of their civil liberties. In other words, someone who cares about public health is now the food police.
- Criticizing studies that hurt the industry as junk science. For every study showing that added sugars or artificial sweeteners are unsafe, they fund two studies to show they’re safe.
- They plant doubts whenever there are concerns about the industry. They have enormous budgets for PR, and they attack and discredit any naysayers.
Their main goal is to promote the narrative that “nothing’s wrong, everything’s fine here, everything’s safe, back to business.” And this may be true for many people. Many people don’t have a lot to worry about. For example, people that don’t have physical or mental health challenges.
But when the people that don’t have much to worry about start telling people that do have something to worry about that their concerns about food are “diet culture,” that’s called gaslighting.
The food industry loves people who promote their bottom line; many online influencers can do that for them. It’s hard to know who works for the food industry and who doesn’t.
Even though I’m a food-positive body-positive all-inclusive eater, I refuse to promote the bottom line of multinational billion-dollar food corporations with a long history of putting private profits ahead of public health.
I’m bold enough to stand because I’m not for sale. Please stand with me, eat with me, laugh with me, and let’s celebrate the precious gifts of life together.
The food industry playbook will not win in the long-term. The truth always prevails, eventually.