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The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a U.S. not-for-profit consumer organization headed by Michael Jacobson. Founded in 1971, CSPI's mission statement states that its twin missions are to "conduct innovative research and advocacy programs in health and nutrition and to provide consumers with current and useful information about their health and well-being." The CSPI lists its goals as: Image File history File links Centeresgtsd. ... Image File history File links Centeresgtsd. ... A nonprofit organization (sometimes abbreviated to not-for-profit, non-profit, or NPO) is an organization whose primary objective is to support some issue or matter of private interest or public concern for non-commercial purposes. ... Consumer organizations are organizations that seek to protect people from corporate abuse. ... Michael F. Jacobson is a founder of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which he established in 1971 with assistance from a Ralph Nader activist group. ... Mission Statement is a description of an entitys purpose to exist. ... The updated USDA food pyramid, published in 2005, is a general nutrition guide for recommended food consumption. ...

  • To provide useful, objective information to the public and policymakers and to conduct research on food, alcohol, health, the environment, and other issues related to science and technology;
  • To represent the citizen's interests before regulatory, judicial, and legislative bodies on food, alcohol, health, the environment, and other issues; and
  • To ensure that science and technology are used for the public good and to encourage scientists to engage in public-interest activities.[1]

CSPI is a section 501(c)(3) organization exempt from federal income tax. All contributions are tax-deductible as provided by law. The CSPI's chief source of income is its Nutrition Action Healthletter, which has 900,000 paid subscribers and accepts no advertising, and accepts no corporate or government grants, although it does receive grants from trade groups.[2][3]Private foundation grants make up approximately 5-10 percent of CSPI's annual revenue of $15 million. 501(c) is a subsection of the United States Internal Revenue Code (), which lists 28 types of non-profit organizations exempt from certain federal taxes. ...

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Alcohol Policies Project

The Alcohol Policies Project is part of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Its long-time director is lawyer George Hacker. One of the main activities of the Project is directing the Campaign for Alcohol-Free Sports TV, which seeks a ban on televised alcohol ads in any way associated with college sports. Lawyer George A. Hacker has headed the temperance-oriented Alcohol Policies Project of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) for three decades. ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ...


Campaign for Alcohol-Free Sports TV

The Campaign for Alcohol-Free Sports TV is organized and promoted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest through its Alcohol Policies Project. Mr. Hacker also co-directs the Coalition for the Prevention of Alcohol Problems. The Coalition for the Prevention of Alcohol Problems is a coalition of temperance groups co-chaired by George Hacker of the Alcohol Policies Project at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)) and Stacia Murphy of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), based in Washington...


The Campaign calls upon college administrators to sign a pledge that their institutions will prohibit all alcohol advertising on local sports programming, and that they will also work within their athletic conferences and within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to prohibit all alcohol advertising from all televised college sports.


The Campaign also seeks congressional support for such a prohibition.


Over 80 national, state, and local groups joined CSPI in launching the Campaign in 2003.


Criticisms

The Palm Oil Truth Foundation questions CSPI and its founder, Michael Jacobson's agenda in attacking palm oil. First the Center launched a campaign against palm oil alleging that palm oil is artery clogging and inherently unhealthy. When scientific evidence was brought to bear on CSPI, proving that palm oil is actually an inherently healthy and heart friendly natural oil packed with antioxidants,Jaconson and his team retreated to plan a new strategem.


Recently, CSPI launched a new campaign alleging that palm oil is not sustainable and has caused widespread environmental destruction, resulting in a severe loss of habitat for orang utans and the sumatran tiger. This is scare mongering of the worst order as a closer examination shows that the allegations of CSPI cannot standup under close scrutiny. For instance, the palm oil industry in Malaysia is an old one having been built up by the British when they were ruling the country in the pre-war years. Any replanting is done on old palm oil or rubber plantations or logged over areas exploited by the timber industry. As a result of this nett forested areas in Malaysia exceeds 60%, a figure that other countries in the developed world can only dream of. If anything, palm oil plantations serve as planted forests and have exhibited a far greater commitment to sustainable practices than most other oil crops. For instance, the Roundtable for Suatainable Palm Oil was initiated by the industry and compaliance with healthy environmental practices is top of the agenda for the industry. The industry also funds a buy-back program for captive orng utan for rehabilitation and eventual release into the wild.


Jacobson has earned the rare distinction of being called various things, ranging from the benign "Consumer Advocate" to the less flattering "Nutition Terrorist", "Terrorist", "Food Cop", "Killjoy", "Food Fascist". In fact, the latter description appears with such stunning regularity that few men could have been so clearly and definitively defined!



The Center for Consumer Freedom, a non-profit U.S. lobby group funded by the restaurant, food, and tobacco industries[4] [5], criticizes CSPI through one of its websites. CCF regards CSPI as part of the "food police". It claims that "(CSPI) and its founder, Michael F. Jacobson, are not as nice, sweet, and unbiased as CSPI's name might imply. [CSPI] routinely uses scare tactics justified by "junk science" and media theatrics as part of their ceaseless campaign for government regulation of your personal food choices."[6] As a result, several critics of CSPI often refer to the organization as being in favor of a nanny state.[7] The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), formerly called the Guest Choice Network, is a non-profit U.S. lobby group funded by the food and tobacco industries, [1] [2][3] [4] [5] as well as more than 1,000 concerned individuals, according to its website. ... Junk or bunk science is a term used to describe purportedly scientific data, research, analyses or claims which are perceived to be driven by political, financial or other questionable motives. ... The term nanny state, used especially in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, is a derogatory term for state protectionism, interventionism, or regulation policies as they are perceived as being institutionalized as common practice. ...


The Heartland Institute, a free-market oriented public policy think tank, says that "What makes officious nannies like CSPI so maddening is that they cloak their apparent goal of prohibition in the language of health advocacy. Some of the advice in the group's Nutrition Action Healthletter is perfectly sensible, but the remainder can be highly controversial."[8] The Heartland Institute is a free-market oriented public policy think tank based in Chicago. ...


Undue Influence, a website funded by Ron Arnold, vice-president of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, claims that "For 30 years CSPI has injected ideology, politics and fear-mongering into science to attack nearly every food product, every restaurant, and every cuisine on the market. Seeks power over the diet of all Americans through a "fat-tax" on hamburgers, french fries and soft drinks."[9] To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise or CDFE is a lobbying organization which describes itself as an educational foundation for individual liberty, free markets, property rights and limited government. It does so by playing down ecological issues and by likening environmentalism with religion, extremism and terrorism. ...


Bob Barr a former U.S. Congressman, while admitting he is "completely unqualified to issue scientific opinions", says that CSPI does not conduct research but carries out smear campaigns against scientists who publish research which contradicts their ideas. [10] Robert L. (Bob) Barr, Jr. ...


References and sources

  1. ^ Center for Science in the Public Interest Mission statement
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ Mayer, Caroline E. and Amy Joyce. 2005. "The Escalating Obesity Wars". Washington Post, April 27, p. E01. Retrieved 2007 February 12.
  5. ^ Center for Consumer Freedom. 2007. "About Us". Retrieved 2007 February 12.
  6. ^ CSPIscam.com, retrieved September 2, 2006
  7. ^ The Rise of the Nanny State, by Tom Holt, Capital Research Center[3]
  8. ^ "Food and Drink Police: Center for Science in the Public Interest wants government to control our eating habits", Heartland Institute's website, retrieved September 2, 2006
  9. ^ Center for Science in the Public Interest: a Ralph Nader spinoff, Undue Influence, retrieved September 2, 2006
  10. ^ Washington Times, Bob Barr, "Scientific Research Ruse," September 18, 2006[4]
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest. Project to Empower Students to Transform the Campus Drinking Culture: Survival Skills for the Successful Advocate. Washington, DC: Center for Science in the Public Interest, n.d.
  • Goetz, D. Liquor industry gets stricter on advertising. Louisville Courier-Journal, 10.09.03

The Heartland Institute is a free-market oriented public policy think tank based in Chicago. ...

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