Hop on Pop
(March 30th, 2001)
Anti-soft-drink activism usually focuses on four arguments, and the Washington Post article embraced them all.Soft drink consumption causes childhood obesity.
In addition to the obvious flaws in David Ludwig's research (see "Lance It" below), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is on record as saying: "There are...
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Pork Nannies Get Bounced Out Of Court
(March 30th, 2001)
A North Carolina judge has dismissed a pair of lawsuits brought against the nation's largest hog producer. The suits had been filed by the Water Keeper Alliance, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s enviro-nanny coalition. In issuing his ruling, the judge declared that the plaintiffs had failed to to prove their...
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Hey Hey… Ho Ho, These PETA Thugs Have Got To Go
(March 29th, 2001)
Today is Burger King protest day over at the Washington, DC office of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) … or, as these nutty activists call it, "Thursday." We paid them a visit the last time they protested in our nation's capital, and they did not disappoint....
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Oops!
(March 29th, 2001)
As we've told you many times, the number of mad cow disease cases in the United States is very easy to quantify: zip, zilch, zero, nada. In Colorado, the Pueblo Chieftain got a harsh reminder of this earlier in the week after running a Saturday front-page story claiming...
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Golden Rice On The Rebound?
(March 28th, 2001)
Despite predictions of doom and gloom from the likes of Greenpeace and other fear-mongers, Golden Rice - a genetically-improved strain with added vitamin A - is gaining mainstream support. Nobody ever claimed that this one crop would solve the world's vitamin deficiency problems, but the effects of its success...
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Two Diseases, One Agenda
(March 28th, 2001)
Referring to mad-cow and foot-and-mouth diseases, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman told the Associated Press yesterday that many Americans are "hearing 'animal disease' and they don't know the difference." A few responsible news outlets have gone out of their way to help readers distinguish between the two diseases (see this...
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More Myths Debunked
(March 28th, 2001)
If you live near New Concordville, Pennsylvania, you may want to drop in on your new Borders bookstore on April 8th at 2:00 pm. As part of its grand opening weekend, the store will feature John Grogan, editor of Organic Gardening magazine. Grogan will lecture on the topic...
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Swimming In Fear
(March 27th, 2001)
Greenpeace is planning to make Boston ground zero for protest this week, as the International Boston Seafood Show brings together industry bigwigs from 50 states and Europe. Modern science is making it possible to genetically enhance fish - for example, to allow them to grow faster or reproduce in...
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Don’t Laugh, Or It’ll Come Out Of Your Nose
(March 27th, 2001)
We told you last month that activists from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) were spreading an anti-milk message directly to Chicago schoolchildren. Now it looks like the group will continue this tactic, handing out leaflets and trading cards to public school students as they leave...
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Mad Cow Update
(March 26th, 2001)
Yesterday, South Carolina governor Jim Hodges imposed a 15-day moratorium on The Seattle Times is reporting that a Denver hospital spokeswoman, discussing two recent deaths, described Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) as "the human form of 'mad cow disease.'" Also, several radio shows about mad cow disease have been inundated...
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