Organic Diet Called ‘Elitist And Arrogant’
(April 30th, 2001)
This headline brought to you by the Salt Lake City Deseret News. Elizabeth Whelan, president of the American Council on Science and Health, told the Utah newspaper on Sunday that "The only thing healthy about organic food is the price." Continue reading
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Feeling No Pain, Fish Style
(April 30th, 2001)
Despite the insistence of science that hooked fish feel no pain, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has finally come out in favor of a complete ban on fishing. No sport fishing, no food fishing, no recreational boy-scout fishing. No fun of any kind. Continue reading...
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Americans’ True Risk From Mad Cow Disease: None
(April 30th, 2001)
If you haven't seen the April 30 issue of People magazine, pick up a copy. Page 95 is a profile of risk-analysis expert George Gray, who brings some much-needed sanity to the mad-cow debate in the United States. "I've got two kids," he says, "and I feel very comfortable...
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Her Majesty’s Nannies
(April 27th, 2001)
Members of the British Parliament are concerned about rising rates of obesity among its school-age children. Some UK government figures have routinely claimed that British kids are the fattest in all of Europe. What to do about it? According to today's Wall Street Journal Europe (subscription required), one Labour...
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…And In This Corner…
(April 27th, 2001)
We note without comment today the remarks of Bruce Friedrich, the Washington, DC coordinator for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). You may recall that last week PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said she "openly" hoped that foot-and-mouth disease migrated to the United States. When asked by the...
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A Prescription for Health: Patient Choice
(April 26th, 2001)
The University of North Carolina's Neurosciences Hospital is offering its patients and medical staff something unusual - hospital food that tastes good. Responding to customer surveys, the hospital closed one of its two cafeterias and leased the space to Wendy's. Said Bill Nadie, director of nutrition and food service,...
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A Tale of Two States
(April 25th, 2001)
llinois farmers have told the USDA that they will dramatically increase the planting of biotech soybeans this year. They plan to sow 59 percent of their soy acres with genetically improved varieties, compared to 44 percent last year.

Meanwhile, anti-technology activists told a Massachusetts joint legislative committee...
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Hog Update
(April 25th, 2001)
In the wake of new South Carolina legislation that would prohibit the construction of new industrial hog farms in that state, the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation is urging the state government to make decisions based on sound science, rather than "emotions, rumors, or inaccurate information." We couldn't...
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DC Mayor Sports a New Moustache
(April 25th, 2001)
Last week, Washington, DC Mayor Tony Williams announced a plan to pose for a "Got Milk?" advertisement and designate May 11 "Drink Chocolate Milk Day." Most of Our Nation's Capital responded positively, and local television news reports openly praised the plan. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM),...
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South Carolina’s ‘Beef’ With Pork
(April 24th, 2001)
Yesterday, South Carolina governor Jim Hodges imposed a 15-day moratorium on building new hog farms in his state. A Smithfield Foods subsidiary called Carroll's Foods wants to build two new facilities near the town of Latta, and Gov. Hodges wants no part of it. At a meeting of Latta...
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