In the April 3 Hoard’s Dairyman Intel article, “Author says we’re addicted to dairy crack,” you cite a book by Dr. Neal Barnard of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). That organization is an animal rights group, not an animal or human welfare group.

It masquerades as a physician group, although in the past, fewer than 0.005 percent of all physicians belonged to the PCRM, and only 6 percent of its members were physicians. It has been labeled by the American Medical Association as a “pseudo-physicians group” promoting dangerous nutritional advice, and by the National Council Against Health Fraud as being a “propaganda machine.” Similarly, the American Dietetic Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics have countered the PCRM’s findings and promulgations on nutrition as bogus and a danger to public health. It also has been linked to PETA. Here is a link to these aspects of PCRM and its modus operandi.

PCRM should always be labeled as an animal rights group masquerading as an animal welfare or human welfare group.

—Al Kertz, Missouri

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