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Cristin Couzens Describes Her Research Suggesting That the Sugar Industry Used Big Tobacco's Tactics

March 13, 2013
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A dentist uncovered a pile of confidential US sugar industry documents that reveal use of Big Tobacco tactics to deflect growing concern over the health effects of sugar.

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Biofuel: A Resource of the Future

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Does Sugar by Any Other Name Still Taste as Sweet?

Does Sugar by Any Other Name Still Taste as Sweet?

Washington Post (Feb. 27, 2015) — The United States is the world's largest consumer of sugar, and the nation's top nutrition panel recently recommended that Americans cut down on consuming the sweet stuff. So our panelists tested five alternative sweeteners--stevia, sucralose, tagatose, yacón powder and xylitol--to see how they compare with sugar. Video provided by Washington Post
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Tobacco Plants May Help Fight Ebola, Flu & More

Tobacco Plants May Help Fight Ebola, Flu & More

AP (Aug. 15, 2014) — The Ebola outbreak is focusing attention on a burgeoning field of biomedicine called "pharming," in which tobacco plants are used to create vaccines and drugs that may help fight disease. (Aug. 15) Video provided by AP
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