June 30, 2015
American Society of Nutrition, Not a Good Society
I would like to thank Steve Cooksey for pointing this out, but I cannot totally agree with him. Yes, the American Society of Nutrition (ASN) has some serious conflicts of interest, but they are not trying to criminalize other nutritionists like the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In my searching, I also discovered another writer that is not happy with the conflicts of interest. And this person is a member of the ASN.
The person is Marion Nestle and she has her own blog, Food Politics. She covers a wide range of political issues in writing about nutrition and I have bookmarked her blog to go back and read several years of blogs. Her articles were from November 20 and November 21, 2013. In the two blogs, she covers her concerns about the ASN and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN)
Now Marion Nestle is more objective in her criticism and less radical than Steve Cooksey which is to be expected, but she is more careful in laying out her concerns. I do think that the entire list of sustaining partners needs to be shown even if it makes for a long blog. I have included the hype from ASN.
ASN Sustaining Partners
The American Society for Nutrition is pleased to acknowledge the generous support from these organizations for educational programs of the Society.
The Sustaining Partners are represented in the Society by the Sustaining Partner Roundtable. The members of this roundtable help to provide visibility within ASN to matters of interest to industry by exchanging ideas and providing corporate financial support for the society's activities in education/training, scientific programs, and professional outreach.
The one statement by Steve Cooksey that I can agree with is this - “If you turn over a rock in the nutrition industry, you’ll find the money of Big Food and smell the stench of greed that follows it.
This will mean that I will need to investigate more of the organizations involved with nutrition over the next months.