Stories by Michele Simon

Michele Simon is a public health lawyer specializing in industry marketing and lobbying tactics. She is the author of "Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back," and research and policy director at Marin Institute, an alcohol industry watchdog group. She is grateful to live in Oakland, Calif., within walking distance of a farmers market. You can follow her on Twitter. subscribe to Michele Simon's feed

Posted on: Aug 5, 2014, Source: Al Jazeera America

Industry and government work together to promote everything from fast-food pizza to sugary milk in schools.

Posted on: Apr 29, 2014, Source: Friends of the Earth Blog

Like the repulsive 'Think. Don't Smoke' ads from Philip Morris, the pesticide industry now lauds 'saving bees' campaign.

Posted on: Feb 27, 2014, Source: Eat Drink Politics

The City by the Bay rolls out a sugary beverage tax bill for November's elections, and Big Bev gets dirty.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2014, Source: Eat Drink Politics

Watch out, the Grocery Manufacturers Association may soon be coming to your state capital.

Posted on: Oct 30, 2013, Source: Eat Drink Politics

The corporation raked in $27 billion last year, but provides 20 percent or less of the funds for its charity, Ronald McDonald House.

Posted on: Oct 23, 2013, Source: Center for Food Safety

Washington's Attorney General Ferguson said this case represents “the largest amount of money ever concealed in an election.”

Posted on: Oct 16, 2013, Source: Center for Food Safety

A lawsuit alleges that the Grocer Manufacturer Association is not properly disclosing who is behind the whopping $7 million-plus the trade group has donated to the No on 522 campaign so far.

Posted on: Aug 23, 2013, Source: Corporate Accountability International

McDonald's seems to be the last to get the message that marketing junk food to children is a scourge on the restaurant industry.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2013, Source: Center for Food Safety

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), often seen as a leader in nutrition policy, stands virtually alone in its continued opposition to labeling GE foods.

Posted on: Jun 29, 2013, Source: Eat Drink Politics

Some advocates argue that as long as we are up against such powerful countervailing forces, why not use cartoon characters to get kids to eat their veggies?

Posted on: Jun 4, 2013, Source: Eat Drink Politics

Here's how grassroots advocates beat the biotech and food lobbies.

Posted on: May 30, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Confronted by activists at this year's shareholder meeting, CEO Don Thompson lied and lied.

Posted on: May 13, 2013, Source: AlterNet

During his tenure, nearly 30 million people died from tobacco-related causes globally.

Posted on: Oct 24, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The messages Food MythBusters aims to correct are brought to us not only by those companies with a vested interest in promoting pesticides and biotechnology, but also by a host of less obvious sources.

Posted on: Jun 13, 2012, Source: AlterNet

How much food stamp money are Coca-Cola, General Mills and Walmart getting? The government isn't telling.

Posted on: Feb 8, 2011, Source:

The time has come to ask, are dietary guidelines just another charade, a waste of taxpayer dollars?

Posted on: Jan 26, 2011, Source:

The legal case against Happy Meals, marketed to kids.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Pepsi's strategy: Create a research environment so scientists and public health experts don't feel out of place at the corporate HQ of sugar, salt and fat.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Has Big Food already run out of customers in cities and other locales that are more readily accessible by land?

Posted on: Jun 1, 2010, Source: AlterNet

PepsiCo claims to be "investing in a healthier future for people and our planet." But how is that possible when their top-selling products include Mountain Dew and Doritos?

Posted on: Oct 18, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Disney says it's concerned about kids' eating habits. But the company can't turn down the huge profits associated with helping junk-food companies market to children.

Posted on: Jan 31, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Litigation may be the one weapon left in the fight against corporate America's fattening of children.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The fast-food chain says it will tell diners just how much fat, sodium and calories are in its food. But this is just the latest attempt to whitewash its unhealthy practices.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The trade group responsible for pushing sugary drinks to children of all ages has just trumpeted another set of useless new guidelines.

Posted on: Jul 21, 2005, Source: AlterNet

A government-convened panel that was intended to discuss ways to limit marketing junk food to kids instead became an enormous PR opportunity for the junk food industry.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The junk-food industry's lobbyists are working hard to make sure sodas, candy and fast food are cheap and plentiful in the nation's schools.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The very definition of food has been transformed by industry, yet the federal government's dietary guidelines don't reflect that.