CSPI: Food Equals Tobacco
(May 30th, 2002)
"Health advocates are looking at tobacco as a model." That was Margo Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) speaking on CNN yesterday, summarizing the strategy of the war on consumer freedom.

With obesity...
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Mad Deer: Consumers In The Crosshairs
(May 29th, 2002)
Fears about "mad deer" disease made the front page of The Wall Street Journal last week, combining the concerns of hunters and their families with the rhetoric of professional scaremongers to brew up paranoia. The fears are the result of propaganda, not serious science. It's just the...
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Animal Rights and Anti-Biotech: A Dangerous Duo
(May 28th, 2002)
Animal rights activists are joining up with anti-genetic improvement activists for a series of protests in Toronto, for the first time formally linking two anti-consumer movements that have sometimes resorted to violence to promote their political goals.

Animal rights fanatics have burned down restaurants, set fire to meat production facilities,...
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Is This A Re-Run?
(May 23rd, 2002)
Kelly Brownell is at it again. The main proponent of a "Twinkie tax" on snacks and restaurant foods took his message to Capitol Hill this week, crowing the anti-consumer line at obesity hearings helmed by portly politician Ted Kennedy.

Calling America's school environment a "7-Eleven with books," Brownell hauled...
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Progress vs. Propaganda
(May 23rd, 2002)
Genetically improved foods are "even safer than conventional plants and foods," the European Union has officially declared. Biotech products can save lives in developing nations, according to the director of the World Health Organization. And now, top producers are lending a hand.

"The world's largest agricultural biotechnology companies...
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Behind The Rhetoric
(May 22nd, 2002)
The Knight-Ridder chain runs an op-ed by Ronnie Cummins, warning that "untested and unlabeled" foods, "pesticide and drug residues," "toxic sewage," and other perils await anyone who does not eat organic foods. His proposal: Eat only organic, all the time.

Reader beware: Cummins is the head of...
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Fish Fight
(May 22nd, 2002)
The cooked-up campaign against seafood hit The New York Times this week, with the leading paper covering an "effort to save imperiled sea bass." More than "200 prominent chefs in New York and Los Angeles" have just signed on to the "Take a Pass on Chilean Sea...
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Fizz Fight Fizzles — For Now
(May 22nd, 2002)
California has taken a step back from banning soft drinks in schools, but the issue will return. A bill to phase out soda sales during school hours over five years died in committee yesterday, but its sponsor, State Senator Deborah Ortiz, promised to revive it next year. Ortiz had...
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War On Fat: CSPI Grabs A Slice
(May 21st, 2002)
News flash from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI): Pizzas have cheese on them!

CSPI -- "the folks who took the sizzle out of movie popcorn and the fun out of fettuccine alfredo" according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution -- is now up...
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Fat Lawsuits: Sign Of The Times
(May 20th, 2002)
The campaign against soda and snacks in public schools has reached the front page of The New York Times. As we have told you in the past, anti-obesity activists have openly declared the fight against soft drinks in schools as a "wedge" issue meant to open...
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