I want to ask readers to share their thoughts on a meme I'm seeing more and more out there in world of food politics: that Big Food is just as bad as Big Tobacco.
Academics are beginning to draw parallels between both industries' marketing and lobbying tactics. Some of the more shrill food politics blogs I follow compare the food and tobacco industries to jack up outrage against Big Food. Heck, even the lawyers are in on the game: some of the biggest and richest tort lawyers from the "sue tobacco era" are now targeting the world's largest food companies, smelling a glorious payday in a series of class-action lawsuits.
Readers, what do you think about all this? Is there a legitimate parallel here between an industry that makes cigarettes and an industry that makes food? Is this a fair comparison, or an unfair one? Finally, do you believe this comparison helps empower consumers?
I want to hear all sides of this conversation, and I especially want to hear opinions differing from my own. Readers, share your thoughts!
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