The WLF's Aggressive Campaign Against Healthy Food Standards

By Marion Nestle

The Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) placed an ad in yesterday's New York Times.  

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The ad continues:

Paternalistic plaintiffs' lawyers, government officials, and professional activists are pecking away at consumers' freedom of choice. They think we can't manage our own lives, and through lawsuits, regulations, and taxes, they want to make our food choices for us -- while profiting handsomely in the process. If we let these New Prohibitionists eat off our plates today, what other personal freedoms will they target tomorrow?

Help us defend consumer choice at EatingAwayOurFreedoms.org.

The website lists cigarette companies as clients:

The Washington Legal Foundation advocates for a free market economy, a common sense legal system, a transparent and accountable government, and a strong national defense. Our legal team shapes legal policy through aggressive litigation and advocacy at all levels of the judiciary and the policy-making arena.

Aggressive? Clearly.

I'm not familiar with this group. Could it possibly be connected to the Center for Consumer Freedom?

If you know anything about the WLF, do tell.

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This post also appears on Food Politics.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2011/10/the-wlfs-aggressive-campaign-against-healthy-food-standards/246890/