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Food Libel Laws

Every information campaign, whether it is promoting a commercial brand name or a new scientific discovery, relies on legitimacy. A story of a homeless person isolating the gene that causes obesity is not likely to be considered trustworthy due to a lack of credibility, while a NASA scientist contending that there has been a meeting between the President of the United States and the Martian political movement lacks plausibility. These two cases are extreme examples of stories that are likely to be ignored by a large portion of the population due to a lack of legitimacy. There are, however, stories where the boundaries are not so clear. Some of these include efforts to defame someone or something, including campaigns meant to threaten various aspects of ...

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