Book accuses food industry of influencing Mexican politics and science

Mexico City, Sept. 12 (EFE) .- Investigation denounced the processed food industry’s methods of influencing Mexican politics and science, as documented in the new book “Feeding Us with Doubts Disguised as Science: Feeding Conflict interests in Mexico ”.

The authors of the book claim, in an interview with Efe this Sunday, that in addition to alliances with politicians of recent decades, companies “have found themselves accomplices” in research centers to obstruct the measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2002.

“Serious conflicts of interest have arisen, but not only at the government level, but with researchers and health and nutrition professionals, and as a result, many of them have established links with the food industry. , as if it was the most natural thing to do. », Explains Martha Elena García, co-author.

EPIDEMIC RELEVANCE

The book is published as Mexico is the fourth country with the most deaths from covid-19, with more than 267,500, of which 44% suffered from hypertension, more than a third from diabetes and a fifth from obesity. , according to official figures.

“The pandemic has revealed that diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity and being overweight weaken the immune system, and that ultra-processed products are responsible for many of these conditions,” García argues.

The investigation is also made public a year after the confrontation between the current Mexican government and the food industry, which in Mexico has the tenth largest market in the world, with a value of 54.8 billion dollars, quotes the Food Export organization of Estados United.

The head of the pandemic in Mexico and Undersecretary for Prevention and Health Promotion Hugo López-Gatell called soft drinks a “bottled poison” and blamed the consumption of processed foods on it. obesity and other comorbidities.

Industry representatives responded that the government intends to “stigmatize” its products and “find a public enemy to be held responsible” for the health crisis of the pandemic.

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