Recently well-publicised research and investigative reporting have upended many long-held nutritional beliefs. We now know that the wisdom that 'breakfast is the most important meal of the day' was funded by the cereal industry. Meanwhile, it’s been revealed that beverage companies have been working to thwart regulation of artificial sweeteners. Industry sponsorship of public health and nutrition research is therefore receiving more scrutiny.
In this talk for the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Professor David Stuckler and Dr Sarah Steele explore the levels of influence industry exercises over what we know. They work through their recent study that considered over 100,000 pages of emails between academics at public institutions, food and beverage executives and policy makers, revealing the network of influence that controls what the public comes to know about our food and drink.