You may recall that the dairy industry's attempts to get
the FDA to ban the use of the term soymilk made the front page of the
Washington Post and was a DawnWatch email action alert less than a month
John Stossel's GIVE ME A BREAK segment on 20/20, Friday
March 24, featured the soymilk debate. The segment played like a lengthy
advertisement for soy milk. It included footage of taste tests with
women in supermarkets saying how much they liked the soymilk. Stossel
told us that in blind taste tests he conducted, soy milk was often
preferred to cows milk. He also told us that soy milk "may be better for
you. It has just as much calcium, but less saturated fat and less salt.
The government says soy foods help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk
of heart disease."
Stossel said of the dairy industry: "It's no surprise
that again, this industry's trying to use government and laws to defeat
the competition. Its political action committees give millions of
dollars to politicians every year, and it's come to expect protection."
He challenged, or practically taunted dairy industry representatives
with comments such as, "Some research shows soy milk was made in China
2,000 years ago. So, maybe, they were first, and they should get the
name milk and you should have to call your product cow juice."
He told them that they were trying to stack the deck.
When they said that they were looking for fairness in labeling and
accurate information for consumers, the Stossel voice over responded,
"It's all because they're worried about consumers being hurt. GIVE ME A
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