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Smith addresses Calorie Control Council on consumer activism.

In her presentation on "Consumer Activists: Modus Operandi" to the Calorie Control Council's Annual Meeting and Educational Symposium on November 8 in Florida, Frances Smith explained that there are two polar views of how to address consumer welfare, animated by two opposite views of representing consumers:

1) One views the market as not addressing consumer welfare--government intervention is the key--even when it restricts consumer choice. Companies are viewed as motivated by profit and not by protecting consumers. Some view companies as exploiting consumers.

2) Another views the market as improving consumer welfare by increasing consumer choice and competition, which leads to lower prices and advances in technology to improve health and safety.
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Date:Sep 22, 2004
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