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Nicholas Freudenberg


How Wealthy Individuals and Corporations Protect their Interests

January 22, 2015 | By

Two new reports shed light on how big corporations and the wealthy elites who control them use their riches to advance their policy agenda. A new report by Oxfam, Wealth: Having it All and Wanting More describes the increasing concentration of global wealth.   Richest 10 billionaires (ranked in 2013) …

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2014 Stories on Health Impact of Corporations-Part II

January 14, 2015 | By

Last week, I wrote about some of the 2014 news stories that revealed how the auto, pharmaceutical and alcohol industries had harmed health. In this post, I turn to some of the top stories in last year’s coverage of the other industries Corporations and Health Watch follows: food and beverages, …

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Roundup of 2014 Stories on Health Impact of Corporations

January 8, 2015 | By

For observers of how corporations find ways to profit at the expense of public health, the news coverage of 2014 provides a wealth of evidence. Here are three stories that caught my eye last year. Next week I’ll present stories about the food, firearms and tobacco industries, the other sectors …

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Exposed: Decades of Denial on Poisons

December 12, 2014 | By

Last week, The Center for Public Integrity announced that it was joining with Columbia University and City University of New York to make public some 20,000 pages of benzene documents — the inaugural collection in Exposed: Decades of denial on poisons, an archive of previously secret oil and chemical industry …

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The rise of electronic cigarettes and their impact on public health

November 20, 2014 | By

Cross-posted from OUP Blog Oxford Dictionaries has selected vape as Word of the Year 2014 and I wrote the following commentary for the OUP Blog. A new report from the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention shows that use of e-cigarettes among high schools students has tripled in two …

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Five Questions for the Food Movement after Berkeley Approves a Soda Tax

November 14, 2014 | By

On Election Day November 4th, Berkeley voters made their town the first in the United States to approve a soda tax, endorsing Measure D to levy a penny-an-ounce tax on soda  by a 3 to 1 margin , 76% for and 24% against.  The victory came despite the fact that …

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True Cost of Diverted Tobacco Payouts Measured in Lives

October 23, 2014 | By

Cross-posted from The Conversation Not enough tobacco company money is going into public health campaigns. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz The #20 Million Memorial created earlier this month by the United States Centers for Disease Control, is an online tribute to honor the 20 million spouses, mothers, fathers, children, sisters, brothers, and friends …

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