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Food Lobbying

Broadly speaking, lobbying is any effort—including making campaign contributions, meeting with elected officials, developing policy briefs for elected officials, and other strategies—meant to influence legislation and regulations at all levels of government. In this entry, the size and scope of food industry lobbying is described, various lobbying strategies are presented, and examples of how food industry lobbying has influenced food policy and food safety are presented.

Size and Scope of Lobbying

Lobbying is widespread in U.S. politics, though it is difficult to have a completely accurate understanding of its size and scope because the reporting requirements for lobbying are lenient. The Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (amended in 2007) specifies that only those lobbyists who spend more than 20% of their time working to influence legislation, or ...

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