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British Taxpayers Fund Corporate Research

British Taxpayers Fund Corporate Research
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If I ever decide to start a junk food company, I am moving to the U.K. The British government is being very generous with research funds that will help me come up with tasty munchies I can label “healthy.”

The Telegraph listed some of the foxes receiving money to check out the food henhouse. They included:

  • GlaxoSmithKline, 189,340 to study the health benefits of polyphenols from fruit. That will help their Lucozade and Ribena products earn healthier status. It will, of course, not be enough to offset their fines of $750 million in 2010 for fraudulent claims, $240,000 in early 2012 for irregularities in the recruitment of babies for vaccine trials or $3 billion fine for another drug fraud in July 2012. Well, they probably needed the money after making only $9 billion profit on 2011 sales of $44 billion.
  • Bernard Matthews, the giant turkey company, 223,060 “to develop new tests on farms for food poisoning bacteria.” This is the same company that in 2007 was caught on video subjecting its turkeys to some of the most shocking examples of animal cruelty and filthy conditions. The company has added a free-range line and made some strides toward energy sustainability, but still raises the majority of its birds in factory-farm conditions.
  • PepsiCo, 246,669 to develop healthier snacks and an undisclosed amount to develop salt reduction technologies (with the help of publicly funded research from Birmingham University). This is the company fighting GMO labeling in California, exporting tooth decay to Ecuador and adding to the obesity epidemic with their sugared and diet beverages. The company earned a reported $66.5 billion in 2011 so definitely needs corporate welfare.

There are others on the list, but you get the idea.

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5:40AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

I wonder whether they know.

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9:58AM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Has the government asked the taxpayers if they WANT their money used in this way? What a dreadful waste of money--that could be used to fund areas of interest, and use, to the taxpayers themselves!

7:09AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Thanks for the article.

11:24PM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

These companies can well afford to do their own research. Why on Earth are we tax payers doing it for them - especially in such difficult times for so many.

Top of my head, I can think of a million better uses for this money.

2:56PM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

I wonder how much such funding is in the US?

1:41PM PDT on Sep 2, 2012


2:02AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Regrettably,this is just another sign of where the corporatocracy agenda is at,all over the world.It is infuriating to see taxpayers' funds being channelled into multibillion dollar profit companies "TO DO RESEARCH???Oh pleeeese!!!How stupid do governments think we are?This is outrageous especially in the light of huge cuts to public welfare and support!!!%These juggernauts can afford to do their own damn research,but think about this-this could be looked upon as pseudo unemployment benefits because how many people will be kept employed in this "research"??It will also keep the unemployment stats down,always a sore point with the ruling political parties!

6:03AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

if you live in the uk that's our money allowing animal abusers to murder and torture more species for humans.

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