For years now, numerous com­men­ta­tors (myself included) have made com­par­isons of the food industry with Big Tobacco. The most recent example should become the poster child for how the most egre­gious tac­tics of tobacco com­pa­nies are alive and well. Last month came the announce­ment that the Amer­ican Bev­erage Asso­ci­a­tion (the lob­bying arm of soft drink com­pa­nies) was donating $10 mil­lion to the Children’s Hos­pital of Philadelphia.

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