Timing Is Everything
(October 31st, 2000)
There’s been some speculation that Genetic ID and their client, the Genetically Engineered Food Alert (GEFA), timed the release of their “bomb shell” announcement about genetically improved Starlink corn finding its way into the food supply to cause the most disruption to the agriculture and food markets. After all,...
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Can’t Loose Marketing Scheme
(October 27th, 2000)
Greenpeace UK president Peter Melchett has decided that since most of the English public is now terrified of genetically improved foods because of Greenpeace's activism, it is in his best interest to step down as Greenpeace president. Melchett is planning to capitalize on the fear he's created by selling...
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Next On The Nanny Hit-List
(October 27th, 2000)
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals first campaigned against McDonald's animal welfare standards in its usual bombastic way. Then, as we told you several weeks ago, it targeted Burger King. Now the group is after Albertson's grocery chain and says it's looking for other victims. Who's next? ("PETA...
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Had To Dispute The Benefits
(October 25th, 2000)
Anti-choice nannies continue to decry the supposed environmental dangers of genetically improved crops. We suggest they read projections by agricultural consultants Kline & Company, Inc., who, in their Biotech 2009 Business Analysis, suggest that biotechnology-based row crops will be responsible for a 13-million-lb.-a-year reduction in insecticides and a 45-million-lb....
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More Food You Can’t Eat
(October 24th, 2000)
The Center for the Science in the Public Interest has found a new type of restaurant food to disparage. This time, it's Greek food. CSPI already says you shouldn't eat most Chinese food, Mexican food, Italian food, and fast food. Now these food nannies say forget the Greek salad,...
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An Open Invitation
(October 24th, 2000)
If you're going to be anywhere near Oakland, CA this Thursday, be sure to attend "Public Health vs. The Nanny State," a public forum sponsored by the Independent Institute. Featured at this event will be two renowned nanny-fighters: Jacob Sullum, senior editor for Reason Magazine, and Thomas J....
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We Say Toe-may-toe, Nannies Say Toe-mah-toe, So Let’s Call An Expert
(October 23rd, 2000)
Contrary to nanny claims, there is nothing better about organic foods. Organic, conventional, or genetically engineered, it just doesn't matter, says David Klurfeld, chairman of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at Wayne State University in Detroit. "There is no evidence that organic foods are more nutritious. The...
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Out Of The Mouths Of Babes
(October 23rd, 2000)
Kids at New Trier High School outside Chicago got tired of people disparaging meat eaters, so they formed a Carnivorous Club. More than 70 students have joined so far. "We are always hearing that meat is bad for you," said Mike Deheeger, 16, one of the two founding carnivores....
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These Guys Are Getting Scary
(October 20th, 2000)
The GE Food Alert Coalition is launching an internet-based “viral marketing campaign” against genetically improved foods. It should come as a surprise to no one that the folks behind this Halloween-themed “fear marketing” campaign are (once again) major organic food companies and Fenton Communications. Other participants include the...
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Report From The Front Lines
(October 20th, 2000)
The Wine Tasting Association of the Washington DC area recently endured an animated protest by the fowl-mouthed bird lovers of the United Poultry Concern at their annual Foie Gras Seminar. The following e-mail from WTA head Mark Phillips shows just how far these anti-choice activists are willing...
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