The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)’s propaganda campaign against soda has snared an unwitting community in Wyoming. Relying largely on CSPI’s 1998 report “Liquid Candy,” which linked soda consumption to osteoporosis, fragile bones, obesity, tooth decay, and heart disease, Natrona County is likely to stop letting kids buy soda at school.
If adopted, the sales ban would cost the schools up to $30,000 per year in funding. So why do it? The school district’s Beverage Review Committee recommended a ban on soda sales “because the sugary drinks are unhealthy.” Who decided this? The committee included students, swayed by the anti-soda propaganda — propaganda CSPI is pushing on kids on a new website capitalizing on the upcoming Harry Potter movie. For more on the smear campaign against soda, see our report “Hop on Pop.”