They always get their man, eh?
(July 31st, 2002)
Word comes from Canada today that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have raided the home of David Barbarash, who is the self-proclaimed “spokesperson” for the Animal Liberation Front (ALF). According to Barbarash, the Mounties kicked in his door, seized computers and other possessions, and left...
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Maybe CSPI has a point…
(July 31st, 2002)
Few things are as satisfying as watching a bully pick on one of his own. The health nannies at the Center for Science in the Public Interest proved this yesterday by taking pot shots at Ben & Jerry’s for “falsely claiming that some of its...
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We all scream for terrorists
(July 31st, 2002)
Davis, California residents learned last week that an animal-rights group called VIVA! (Vegetarians International Voice for Animals) would be opposing the construction of a new dairy facility. Rabidly opposed to milk, cheese, and ice cream, the group has even interrupted festivities connected to Baskin-Robbins’ “national...
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Light-years from the honor roll
(July 30th, 2002)
Few things are as near and dear to the heart of a nonprofit executive than third-party charity ratings. These independent evaluations of stability and financial practices can make or break an organization’s public image (and its ability to keep raising additional funds).

So, deep in the heart...
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It was there all along
(July 30th, 2002)
The headline screamed, or perhaps whispered: “Fast Food Chains Display Fat Content” This story from yesterday’s Reuters news wire notes that many fast-food restaurant chains already provide their customers with comprehensive nutrition information. McDonald’s and Burger King, writes Reuters’ Vivian Chu, “have long disclosed the nutritional content...
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CSPI on fat taxes: “Nobody is complaining”
(July 29th, 2002)
Sometimes the lunatic fringe makes our case for us. On Thursday, July 25, Fox News Channel viewers got a firsthand look at Michael Jacobson, the twinkie-taxer-in-chief who runs the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Along with the Center for Consumer Freedom’s John Doyle, Jacobson appeared...
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Betcha Can’t Sue Just One
(July 29th, 2002)
Disgusted with legal zealots who want to make a fast buck on the backs of restaurant owners, law professor Jonathan Turley writes in a Los Angeles Times op-ed that “lawyers are now probing the fast-food industry in at least six different areas for potential liability.” Turley warns...
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Fast Food Nation
(July 27th, 2002)
When it comes to wordplay, Eric Schlosser, author of the bestseller Fast Food Nation, is a gourmet chef. But on closer inspection, the arguments he cooks up result in a serious case of intellectual indigestion.Schlosser, a talented writer and even better self-promoter, came to fame with the 2001 publication...
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SPECIAL REPORT: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”
(July 26th, 2002)
Even Shakespeare couldn’t have seen this coming.

Not satisfied with $250 billion dollars in settlements from Big Tobacco, the trial lawyers are sharpening their knives (and forks) and going after Big Food. On Wednesday an attorney in New York City filed a class-action...
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Faddy, faddy, two-by-four
(July 25th, 2002)
The BBC News Service is reporting on a dangerous trend in the United Kingdom. A survey of over 200 general practitioners found that most doctors say women are putting their health at risk by following fashionable “elimination diets,” where certain types of foods (usually meats, dairy, or complex...
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