Many parents in the United States trust Dr. Alan Greene, which is no surprise considering Greene is perhaps one of the best know pediatricians, a media celebrity and a corporate spokesman with regards to baby care in the U.S. Here at Inhabitots his guides are on our best books for parents reading lists. We’ve asked his advice about breastfeeding and interviewed him about dangerous toxins. Still, is it possible that Greene doesn’t have the best interest of parents and babies in mind? The Cornucopia Institute, a popular industry watchdog group, says maybe he doesn’t. Cornucopia believes that Greene is guilty of unethical conduct and the industry group has expressed that his speech, scheduled to be given this week at the Natural Foods Expo should be canceled. What has Greene done that’s made Cornucopia question his motives? Read on to find out.
The Accusations Against Dr. Greene
According to Cornucopia, Greene took part in a coordinated effort this past December that allegedly misled the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) into approving the use of synthetic nutritional oils in organic foods. The additives Cornucopia is speaking of are are manufactured by Martek Biosciences Corporation, part of the $12 billion Dutch-based multinational firm Royal DSM. Greene, who by all accounts is a breastfeeding advocate, has also, according to Cornucopia, accepted compensation from Mead Johnson, the largest conventional infant formula manufacturer, to promote Martek’s DHA oil in their products. Greene further has his own line of nutritional supplements that include Martek DHA. Lastly, Cornucopia notes that Greene has acted as a public relations agent endorsing Horizon brand organic milk, owned by Dean Foods. If the well-trusted Greene is guilty of what Cornucopia says he is guilty of, it’s a big deal indeed.