Cathleen P. Black, newly nominated to lead the New York City public school system, resigned last week from the board of Coca-Cola. Influential political positions are often held by individuals whom also share a direct connection to corporations, whose interests they are all too likely to push when the situation arises. If this is the first you have heard of such "conflicts of interests," you should definitely check out Michael Pollan's documentary Food, Inc. to learn more about the web of policymakers and corporate big whigs that are making it extremely difficult for those of us who have our hearts set on providing Americans with a way out of this spiral downward into obesity and its ever-increasing list of detrimental effects including chronic disease, exorbitant health care costs, and overall reduced quality of life. Check out the article in the New York Times today that set me off on this early morning rant!
Oh, and Ms. Black, you should really get on Coca-Cola's back about updating their list of board members.