Food fear-mongers provide ‘Seals Of Approval’ … for a price
(August 30th, 2001)
Rampant paranoia about what we eat is just the latest outgrowth of Americans' fear of food, says on-line columnist Duane Freese. As we rush ahead to buy more and more foods that are "certified" as healthy, Freese confirms what we've been saying for years: that it's probably a good...
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Anti-milk nannies taken to the woodshed
(August 30th, 2001)
The verdict is in on milk, and it doesn't look good for the Nanny Culture. The September 2001 issue of Consumer Reports magazine includes a "Your Health" report evaluating the various health-related claims made about cow's milk - both pro and con. On the anti-milk side of...
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Food technology opponents concoct scare after scare
(August 29th, 2001)
The Hudson Institute's Michael Fumento weighs in on the debate over genetically improved foods in this week's National Review, noting that opposition tactics (as typified by Greenpeace) tend to rely on a one-two punch: "First," Fumento writes, "if you throw enough 'darts,' one may eventually stick." Second,...
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Food Nanny wags her finger on C-SPAN
(August 29th, 2001)
Margot Wootan, the nutrition director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), made an appearance on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program yesterday morning. After insisting that CSPI is "not talking about policies that restrict people's access to any kind of food," and denying that CSPI...
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Who’s going to study the studies?
(August 28th, 2001)
Most thinking people realize that headline-grabbing public health and social science studies are subject to the same flaws (in both design and execution) as any other kind of human activity. But every so often, examples come along that bring the truth into even greater focus.

In one...
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Put the peanut-butter sandwich down, and come out with your hands up…
(August 28th, 2001)
A growing number of Seattle area schools have removed peanut-butter sandwiches from lunch menus for the coming Fall, due to a tiny fraction of students who may be allergic to peanuts. The Seattle Times reports that some schools are taking their concern to an absurd conclusion: instructing parents "to...
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A hungry Third World clamors for biotech advances. Why all the fuss?
(August 28th, 2001)
Opponents of breakthroughs in genetic food improvements are dooming Africa's poorest people to starvation, says Florence Wambugu in the Washington Post. Wambugu directs the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications-AfriCenter, where she tries to import field-tested biotech crops (e.g. virus-resistant sweet potatoes) to African countries...
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Enviro-nannies gear up for Oklahoma food fight
(August 27th, 2001)
In recent years, U.S. Congressman Frank Lucas (R-OK) has championed a federal program that provides money "to help farmers fund efforts to protect the environment against such effects as soil erosion and animal waste," according to the Tulsa World. The only problem with this popular program was that there...
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Nanny Culture protest & terror roundup
(August 27th, 2001)
Opponents of genetically improved foods have been busy in recent days, forming human barricades in front of tractors in the Scottish Isles and destroying countless acres of private cropland in France. The French rampage was perpetrated by followers of Jose Bove's militant Farmer's Confederation. Bove...
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Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore in his own words
(August 24th, 2001)
"Since its founding in the late 60's the modern environmental movement had created a vision that was international in scope and had room for people of all political persuasions… The traditional sharp division between left and right was rendered meaningless by the common desire to protect our life support...
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