The sugar industry was apparently quite pleased for the paper to clear sugar as a cause of obesity. Robertson has alleged that the statistics used to validate the claim are wrong and put up $40,000 to anyone who can dispove his critique, as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald:
“I wrote: “To be clear, I will reward the first successful researcher with $20,000 (cash), if anyone is able show beyond dispute that the available (valid) information really "…indicates a consistent and substantial decline in total refined or added sugar consumption by Australians over the past 30 years”, as concluded in Australian Paradox. Moreover, I will pay a further $20,000 to the charity of choice at the University of Sydney's low-GI school, and publish a genuine public apology in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and The Australian Financial Review. “
So far, there's no sign of anyone trying to win the money.Robertson was previously involved in a high profile wager with debt deflationist sensationalist Steve Keen following onset of the GFC. Keen was subsequently forced to walk from Canberra to the top of Mount Kosciuszko wearing a T-shirt that says "I was hopelessly wrong on house prices! Ask me how." when Australian house prices did not fall the 40% he had predicted. Robertson was also a critic of Peter Costello as Australia's highest taxing treasurer.
Meanwhile in other agricultural news there more northern food bowling last week at a forum in Hughendon.