Building on her "Let's Move" anti-obesity campaign, First Lady Michelle Obama is ready to take on the restaurant industry. She has already partnered up with Wal-Mart, whose vice president Leslie Dach was recently interviewed on The Colbert Report (see video below) to explain the company's new collaboration with the White House.
Are companies like Wal Mart, which Stephen Colbert jokes is its own government, too big? Mrs. Obama's search for input from industry giants has raised concerns. NYT writes:
In seeking partnerships with industry, Mrs. Obama runs a risk. While nutritionists and public health advocates give her high marks for putting healthy eating on the national agenda, many worry that she will be co-opted by companies rushing to embrace her without offering meaningful change.
As the government works to make sure consumers are doing well, it also works to make sure the food industry is staying afloat. The U.S. military has purchased seafood from the Gulf in order to boost the industry amidst lingering consumer fears of unsafe fish after the oil spill.
The complicated relationship between the administration and industry is a never-ending conflict of interest, thus the necessity for whistleblower protections for food employees -- to alert the public about wrongdoing happening behind the scenes.
These issues that come up every day in the news continue to reinforce the work we do here at FIC, where it is clear (through the industry insiders we've worked with) that any effort to ensure safe, healthy food cannot be effective without giving voice to the millions of workers along the supply chain. To learn about would-be whistleblowers in the food industry and their significance in public health, the environment, and consumer choices, register for our conference, Employee Rights and the Food Safety Modernization Act, taking place Friday in Washington D.C.
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Sarah Damian is Social and New Media Fellow for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower advocacy organization.