I had planned on posting about something else entirely today, until I bumped into this (which was announced on my birthday, btw -– what nerve!):
On April 21, the American Diabetes Association announced a corrupt new “multi-million dollar alliance” with Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages, a major manufacturer of sweetened soft drinks that are implicated in the epidemic of obesity and diabetes in the United States.
“Maybe the American Diabetes Association should rename itself the American Junk Food Association,” said Gary Ruskin, executive director of Commercial Alert. “What will it do for an encore? Start selling candy bars for M&M/Mars?”
“If Cadbury Schweppes really wanted to reduce the incidence of obesity and diabetes, it would stop advertising its high-sugar products, and remove them from our nation’s schools,” Ruskin said. “This is just another attempt by a major junk food corporation to obfuscate its responsibility in the epidemic of obesity and diabetes in the United States.”
“The American Diabetes Association should return this corrupt contribution to Cadbury Schweppes immediately,” Ruskin said.
These comments are taken verbatim from Commercial Alert, a non-profit organization founded in 1998 by Ralph Nader and Gary Ruskin to “protect children and communities from commericialism,” i.e. to act as a watchdog for honesty and ethics in the commercial culture. You do not have to agree completely with this group’s moral leanings to see the irony here.
Cadbury Schweppes does make soft drinks with Splenda, yes, but it also makes a heck of a lot of sugary beverages and candy, including one sticky gem called “Sour Patch Kids,” that is hailed as “a satisfying eat.”
Compounding the irony (!): Apparently last year, Cadbury Schweppes corporate slogan was “Fuel for Growth.”
I know for a fact that other, non-diabetic bloggers are also incensed. See “A Woman’s Function is Laborious,” for one.