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June 26, 2007

The Empire Strikes Back

Cosmetics design-Europe, with a headline "Observers question motives behind industry criticism" reports that the Fragrance industry is starting to fight back against criticism of it from such observers as Richard Bence, Tony Burfield, and the Environmental Working Group by questioning potential conflicts of interest. the article itself is fairly balanced, but does lend the counterattacks some credence by their reporting style. They report that a political blog written by Tim Worstall (a rightwing English blogger with an anti-environmental perspective) has attacked Biochemist Richard Bence (Who has spoken out about consumer use of cosmetics) with a conflict of interest charge. They don't blame their criticism of Tony B. on an outside source but point out on their own that Tony is an aroma industry consultant and "a vested interest in essential oils." And they report generally claims that EWG may cite erroneous or misleading information.

To which I say;  So what? We all have our points of view, and we are all out in the open with our connections and our opinions. We also have the information that we gather and assimilate and point out to others.  It's a well known tactic of the right-wing noise machine in the US to use ridicule and innuendo to frame the debate so they can convince people that they are right and the other side is wrong. Facts (or the lack of facts) don't seem to get in their way. This tendency seems to leaking out of the strictly political world into the real world.

The point isn't our motives--it's our point of view.  Some of us believe that organic is better, and we argue our point on our web sites. Our customers are people who agree with us. Because we live in a world where we all need money to survive, we produce goods and services and exchange them for money. We object to governments stacking the deck in favor of the larger companies who use other types of ingredients, or preventing our customers from using our products without following due process to obtain proof that they are harmful.

Posted by Rob on June 26, 2007 in Regulatory Issues | Permalink


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