Animal Writes
29 March 2000 Issue
20/20 Laughs At Dairy Industry

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 ago.

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 BREAK!"

John Stossel asks for feedback on his segment at 

Please take a moment to give him a big thumbs up!

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