Producers and sellers can suffer serious losses when their products are given negative publicity, whatever the motives for that publicity may be.
It is illegal in several states of the USA to disparage certain food products. Food producers can sue anyone found to be spreading false and damaging information about products, whether processed meats or fresh broccoli. When a well-known television personality publicly announced she would not eat hamburgers because of her fear of the "mad cow" disease, she was sued by a rancher who claimed that her comment caused beef prices to drop for 2 months.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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