Demand Nutritional Health Group Cut Ties with Food Industry Giants

Target: Dr. Patrick J. Stover, President of the American Society for Nutrition

Goal: Cut reported ties with all food industry giants like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and DuPont.

The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) is being funded by countless food industry giants, according to reports. Coca-Cola, Monsanto, the Sugar Association, and countless others are allegedly funding the organization’s research, introducing bias and corruption into its findings. Demand that the American Society for Nutrition immediately cut all ties with these industry powerhouses.

The ASN has been the leading nutritional science group in the United States for nearly a century. It publishes the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, represents 5,000 scientists, and claims to “advance our knowledge and application of nutrition for the sake of humans and animals.” Unfortunately, a recently-published report suggests the group may be more concerned about advancing the agendas of the food industry than anything else.

The report, released by public health lawyer Michele Simon, alleges that countless leaders of the ASN have ties to “Big Food” from past industry work; that food and beverage industry powerhouses like Coca Cola, Cargill, Monsanto, the National Dairy Council, and the Sugar Association donate more than $10,000 to the organization every year; and that these giants also regularly sponsor ASN conferences and events. The end result of this corporate coziness, Simon contends, is policies and research that regularly go against established science and that do not represent accurate, healthy nutrition advocacy.

If we cannot trust science on climate change when it comes from the fossil fuel industry, we would also be wise not to trust nutrition science when it comes from the food and beverage industry. Sign the petition below to demand that the ASN immediately begin to refuse all financial support from Big Food so that its research can once again be considered credible.


Dear President Stover,

I am writing you today regarding the allegations that have been leveled against your organization by Michele Simon. These are damning accusations that call into question the credibility of your group and its scientific legitimacy.

As I’m sure you know, Simon is reporting that the American Society for Nutrition is much too close to food and beverage industry giants for its research and policy recommendations to be taken seriously. Her evidence seems to bear these allegations out.

While everyone understands the need for money to carry out research, publish your journals, and hold conference events, there can be no justification for the large amounts of that money that seem to come from the industry that you are ostensibly monitoring and keeping in check. It rightfully casts doubt on your ability to do that with the objectivity and lack of bias that science demands.

This is unfortunate, and something that must be dealt with at once. As president of the ASN, you have the power to launch your organization on the right path. I demand that you immediately cut all the ASN’s financial ties with the food and beverage industry and stop accepting donations from its corporations.


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