by Dr. Joseph Mercola, Mercola.com
Conflicts of interest are nothing new, but these days they have become more or less routine — an integral part of how entire industries operate.
The industries making the heaviest use of the “third-party approach,” in which front groups, academics, and “independent” researchers are used to promote an agenda, tend to be industries that are more inherently harmful to the public.
Notorious examples include the tobacco, chemical, food additives, and biotechnology industries.
A previous article in Take Part lists nine industry-funded groups that promote an industry’s selfish agenda, even though you’d be hard-pressed to realize it based on names like Center for Food Integrity, and the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.
Monsanto, lobbies for and shapes public opinion through an entire network of front groups, including the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the American Council on Science and Health, and the Center for Consumer Freedom, just to name a few.
© 2015 Dr. Joseph Mercola