by Michele Simon
Editor’s Note: This article is included in Volume 15.1 of the CUNY Law Review. Michele Simon is a public health attorney and author of Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back. She is also the President of Eat Drink Politics, a consulting business on countering corporate harm to improve public health. Read the full article here.
Over the past decade, many questions have been raised about the role of the food industry in contributing to a marketing environment in which unhealthy beverages and snacks have become the norm. While industry responses have come in various forms, PepsiCo stands out, at least in terms of public relations. The company prides itself on being a leader in corporate social responsibility. The goal of this article is to take a closer look at what the company says it’s doing, what it’s actually doing, and the broader context for these actions.