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How Coke and Pepsi Are Buying Off Charities

Not long ago, the charity Save the Children, a group devoted to child health and development projects, was a strong advocate of soda taxes. But that was before Coke and Pepsi poured millions of dollars into their coffers.

Save the Children claims that "corporate donors support us but do not pressure us. Our focus is children not soda tax policy."

Writing in AlterNet, however, Marion Nestle suggests a different reason for their change of heart:

"A mere coincidence? I don't think so. This is a clear win for soda companies, just as was Coca-Cola's sponsorship of the educational activities of the American Academy of Family Physicians. You can bet those activities do not involve telling parents not to give sodas to their kids."

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