Is Big Food Really The Next Big Tobacco?

Food costs eat budgets as prices continue to rise

The paper specifically citesthe link between tobacco litigation and the current targeting of the food industry, and states that although observers initially viewed such arrangements (i.e. the relationship between private lawyers and AGs -edit.) as unique to tobacco, plaintiffs lawyers and some AGs have since expanded this model. Private lawyers have enticed states to bring novel or speculative lawsuits that seek to expand liability rather than enforce existing law. Many of the same kinds of arguments against the viability of litigation against Big Food echo those of the Big Tobacco cases: A lack of proof of direct causality between manufacturers products and disease; the argument that the consumption of the manufacturers products is voluntary and consumers should be responsible for their own actions; a conformance on the part of manufacturers to legal regulations and labeling that should preclude any liability; and finally, that those seeking to sue Big Food for damages are doing it with an eye toward the kind of financial payouts seen under the tobacco settlement. Few people, including many of the state attorneys general who were involved in the initial filings against tobacco companies, believed tobacco lawsuits would be successful.
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West Chester mom, daughter start 20,000 pound food drive

Local mom, daughter start 20,000 pound food drive

Wiley says it was slow-going during the first few months but donations picked up after she established a blog and they’ve been spreading the word about their drive via Facebook. Her mom says she is involved in every aspect of their small business. “She wants to do the shopping. She writes thank you notes on pink stationary. She’s always been very generous with whatever she has.
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Damian Dovarganes, Associated Press Enlarge photo Summary Not just beef, but other foods are also rising in cost for various reasons putting pressure on family food budgets. Family budgets may need some tightening as food prices continue to rise. Meat and dairy prices are rising, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal , because the numbers of cattle have dwindled because of drought and also because “fast-growing Asian countries” are seeing a rise in demand for milk. “But prices also are higher for fruits, vegetables, sugar and beverages, according to government data,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “In futures markets, coffee prices have soared so far this year more than 70 percent, hogs are up 42 percent on disease concerns and cocoa has climbed 12 percent on rising demand, particularly from emerging markets.” Nell Casey at The Gothamist rounded up these facts: “Fresh vegetable prices are expected to rise up to 3 percent this year with fruit prices rising as much as 3.5 percent.
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