Failing Grade for Big Food, Big Gov

From eNewsletter 11/11/2019

DID YOU KNOW that artificial intelligence (AI) is taking over a human task once thought impossible? A new study from The Lancet found that AI appears to detect diseases from medical imaging with similar levels of accuracy as health professionals.

While it's important to note that AI did not substantially out-perform human diagnosis, deep learning AI is considered only in the "fetal" stage of development, so it may not take long. 


Bonnie and Steve: We say this way too often. Americans are sicker and fatter than they ever have been. Judging by federal investment in nutrition research, the government doesn't seem to care.

The federal government has devoted only a tiny fraction of its research dollars to nutrition, a level that has not kept pace with the worsening crisis of diet-related diseases.

The lack of federal investment has left plenty of room for consumer confusion. That's just the way Big Food wants it. Food industry-funded studies often fill the vacuum, but they are more about marketing than unbiased science. By funding most of the research, Big Food can greatly influence how Dietary Guidelines for Americans are structured.

Nutrition science at the NIH and USDA are under constant threat. The Trump administration has repeatedly proposed slashing the human nutrition budget in half. Congress has rebuffed these requests but kept funding flat.

As NIH, USDA and Congress let nutrition research languish, Americans are grappling with the very problems that reports predicted over 40 years ago.