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Corn syrup lobbyist is helping set USDA dietary guidelines

A former lobbyist for the Snack Food Association and the Corn Refiners Association (whose members make high-fructose corn syrup) has been granted a waiver of conflict of interest rules, enabling her to advise the US Department of Agriculture on dietary guidelines.

A spokesperson for the watchdog Public Citizen said, “This lobbyist has a direct and substantial conflict of interest that should disqualify her participation in the matter.” Rules surrounding lobbyists joining government agencies that they have previously lobbied have been relaxed under the Trump administration.

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North America is the northern subcontinent of the Americas covering about 16.5% of the Earth's land area. This large continent has a range of climates spanning Greenland’s permanent ice sheet and the dry deserts of Arizona. Both Canada and the USA are major food producers and some of the largest food exporters in the world. Industrial farms are the norm in North America, with high yields relative to other regions and only 2% of the population involved in agriculture.

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