[Noisebridge-discuss] Soda Machine

Jake jake at spaz.org
Wed Feb 22 22:24:21 UTC 2012

Aspartame - literally brought to us by Donald Rumsfeld.



In 1985 Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle, the chemical company that held the 
patent to aspartame, the active ingredient in NutraSweet. Monsanto was 
apparently untroubled by aspartame's clouded past, including a 1980 FDA 
Board of Inquiry, comprised of three independent scientists, which 
confirmed that it "might induce brain tumors."

The FDA had actually banned aspartame based on this finding, only to have 
Searle Chairman Donald Rumsfeld (currently the Secretary of Defense) vow 
to "call in his markers," to get it approved.

On January 21, 1981, the day after Ronald Reagan's inauguration, Searle 
re-applied to the FDA for approval to use aspartame in food sweetener, and 
Reagan's new FDA commissioner, Arthur Hayes Hull, Jr., appointed a 
5-person Scientific Commission to review the board of inquiry's decision.

It soon became clear that the panel would uphold the ban by a 3-2 
decision, but Hull then installed a sixth member on the commission, and 
the vote became deadlocked. He then personally broke the tie in 
aspartame's favor. Hull later left the FDA under allegations of 
impropriety, served briefly as Provost at New York Medical College, and 
then took a position with Burston-Marsteller, the chief public relations 
firm for both Monsanto and GD Searle. Since that time he has never spoken 
publicly about aspartame.

Chris Murphy wrote:

Here lies the fallacy. These drinks are not 'fuel'. They actually slow 
people down. They might even harm you through diabetes, cancer, obesity, 
etc. At minimum, they are sleep disruptors that deny deep sleep cycles. 
i.e. harmful to productivity. These products simply aren't good for 
people. They are designed to be addictive. Read why aspartame is never 
used in cooked food.

Watch the movie 'Supersize me' to see how Coke and Pepsi finance school 
lunch programs in order to gain permission to install vending machines in 

Another issue, why should Noisebridge have a retail outlet/dispensary for 
these corporations? Can anyone set up a corner to retail products 24/7?

Respectfully submitted.

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