In a paper published this week by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, it has been revealed that the nation's two largest beverage companies Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have sponsored at least 96 national health organizations while simultaneously lobbying against 29 public health bills intended to reduce soda consumption.
Along with the American Beverage Association, from 2011-2015 the companies have spent a combined 10 million dollars on lobbying against soda taxes and regulations on advertising. Just like the tobacco and alcohol industries, sugar has been associated with increased health risks including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and possibly heart failure.
In the best interest of business, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have used sponsorship of these public health organizations to mute their support for policies like soda taxes and advertising regulations, increasing soda consumption in the long run. However many public health organizations depend on donations to keep their operations afloat. What do you think about this ethical double-bind?