Comment of the Day
Today Katharine Shilcutt wrote about Dr Pepper sort of suing itself - that is, parent company Dr Pepper Snapple suing the Dublin Dr Pepper plant for allegedly violating the terms of its franchise agreement. Which led commenter Stuart Reb Donald to present his theory about what's going on:
I think there is a lot more to this than a franchisee/franchisor dispute. This has the ugly stench of Monsanto all over it.
Monsanto has totally infiltrated the federal government with recent Presidential appointees like Tom Vilsack, Michael Taylor and Islam Siddiqui. These are just a few of their lobbyists placed in policy making positions in the USDA and FDA in the last two and a half years. Monsanto produces the GM corn used to make high fructose corn syrup and the toxic fertilizers and antibiotics used in Asian farming. If Dr. Pepper were to start using good old American-grown cane sugar then Monsanto would stand to lose billions because Coke, Pepsi, Gatorade, et al would have to do the same to keep up.
With that in mind I'm quite certain that a federal court will find in DPS's favor. The judges get their marching orders from the Attorney General who gets his from the President who gets his from Monsanto.
Jesus. Maybe we should make cane-sugar soda an election issue for 2012...