Deborah Coddington has slammed academic activists who areÂ running amok in the media telling us what to eat.
Troughers are all the same. Doesnâ€™t matter if theyâ€™re anti-tobacco, anti-booze or the trendy new anti-bigfood. All are desperate to stay in the golden taxpayer funded trough.
WhileÂ Super Trougher Boyd SwinburnÂ is well out in front in the troughing stakes, many academic troughers are keen to follow his lead. One example is Otago Uniâ€™s Gabrielle Jenkin who bangs on about Big Food being the new Big Tobacco.
Gabrielle Jenkin, Wellington health specialist, says Big Food is “more powerful” and will be “more aggressive than Big Tobacco” when cornered. Politicians are “cowed by Big Food” and New Zealand is “appalling, we’re sniffing KFC wherever we go”.
The more media they get, the more funding they seek. Whether itâ€™s from the Lottery Grants Board or undisclosed funding from the University of Otagoâ€™s Activistâ€™s Research Grant, rest ashore Gabrielle Jenkin is deep in the trough.
With a PHD thesis called â€śIndividuals, the environment or inequalities? Industry and public health framing of obesity and its presence in New Zealand government policy on food nutritionâ€™ and current projects looking at internet junk food marketing, her utterances are all going to be predictably anti industry.Â Read more »