Fun for a Friday
(September 28th, 2001)
In a review of The Devil's Larder, Jim Crace's new collection of stories and vignettes about food, The New York Times highlights Crace's "satirizing the fashion for organic food -- which relatively few around the world can afford." The author "tells of eggs produced by...
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A Recipe for Fear
(September 27th, 2001)
We have reported again and again about efforts to scare consumers out of choosing the foods they wish. Now, the results of these orchestrated fear campaigns are starkly visible. "A succession of food scares, diseases and related problems means many consumers have lost faith in what they...
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Tone-Deaf on Terror
(September 26th, 2001)
While many activists have toned down their rhetoric since September 11, a few animal rights zealots seem to be capitalizing on that day's assault on America. Alex Hershaft, president of the Farm Animal Reform Movement, said this week: "Every day, 125 million innocent, sentient animals are dreadfully abused and...
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CSPI’s Anti-Soda Spell
(September 26th, 2001)
With a wave of its wand, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has launched SaveHarry.com -- a website attacking Coca-Cola's sponsorship of the upcoming family film "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." CSPI's goal: to make children afraid to drink soda by bombarding them...
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1984… Calories?
(September 25th, 2001)
The forces against food choice are rallying. With the federal government gearing up to fight the so-called obesity epidemic, public health expert Dr. Lawrence W. Green recently told an Atlanta audience about a future that may not be far off, "where health-care leaders, armed with a good dose of...
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Taking a Slice Out of Food Choice
(September 25th, 2001)
With "a sickle in his hand and a broad grin on his face," retired French shopkeeper Jacques Lachaud helped 150 activists hack down a field of genetically improved corn in a small French town. "This feels really good," he proclaimed, the decimated stalks surrounding him. But why...
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Sicko Activists Attack Sick Kids’ Home
(September 25th, 2001)
Animal rights fanatics last week scarred a statue of Ronald McDonald with a swastika and anti-meat graffiti outside a Ronald McDonald House -- a charity for children with cancer and other serious illnesses. The zealots also left their marks -- "ALF" and "ELF" -- on the figure....
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Washington in Brief
(September 24th, 2001)
Your notice of a story we distributed about Patrick Moore, cofounder of Greenpeace Washington in Brief, Sept. 24 , was much appreciated. Greenpeace has become an international instigator in the effort to demonize genetically improved foods. Moore's comments are an important first-person indicator of how far some of these...
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Kenya Believe It?
(September 24th, 2001)
Seed pirate Percy Schmeiser has sailed off to Kenya. Schmeiser, a Canadian canola farmer, was sued by Monsanto last year for using Monsanto's genetically improved crop seed without paying the licensing fee -- in short, for theft. Schmeiser insisted wind blew the crop onto his fields -- covering over...
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Taxpayer-Funded Terror
(September 24th, 2001)
Unwitting British taxpayers may have been funding violent animal rights protests. Eleven "'key players' among animal rights extremists" were arrested last week on charges of stealing "tens of thousands of pounds" from the government to promote their agenda. The alleged scheme: They fraudulently applied for government education...
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