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More Labeling By Food Companies Might Be The Solution To The Obesity Epidemic

January 11, 2010: 04:28 AM EST
Obesity has supplanted smoking as America’s major health issue, says Forbes editor Michael Maiello, and big farming and food companies like Archer Daniels Midland, Monsanto, Tyson, and McDonald's have replaced the tobacco companies as the key villains. But tackling the obesity epidemic requires much different tactics from those used to fight smoking. There’s no key issue in obesity like second-hand smoke, for example. Maiello says what is really needed is something the food industry hates: more disclosure. Use pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and genetic modifications, but tell people about it so they can make intelligent food choices. That means more labeling.
Michael Maiello, "Big Fat America", Forbes.com, January 11, 2010, © Forbes.com LLC™
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