Mad Cow News Update: Day Eight
(December 31st, 2003)
Read on for today's installment of news on the animal-rights, organic-food, and anti-capitalist activists who are trying to spin a minor agricultural incident into a major, nationwide fear of food.Some organic and vegetarian food marketers are trying to turn the mad cow situation to their commercial advantage. One claims...
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Mad Cow News Update: Day Seven
(December 30th, 2003)
As the news unfolds, we're staying on top of mad-cow hysteria and activist hype. Here's a sampling of what's on our radar screen today.A mad-cow-related editorial in the Las Vegas Review-Journal called "Candidates do no favors by promoting far-fetched fears" argues: "the greatest danger to America's...
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Organic beef gains amid mad cow scare
(December 29th, 2003)
Regarding the Dec. 29 article "Organic beef gains amid mad cow scare": At the height of the Britain's mad-cow crisis, the British government identified 215 separate cases on 36 different organic farms. And in 2001, Germany's very first case was discovered in a small slaughterhouse that catered exclusively to...
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Mad Cow: Stories You Might Have Missed
(December 29th, 2003)
While our daily headlines provide an in-depth look at the biggest stories related to anti-consumer food and beverage activism, there are dozens more that we simply can't get to. Here's a sampling of the mad cow stories that have been on our plate today.

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The Mad Cow Scare: Day Six
(December 29th, 2003)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and other authorities continue to assure us that our meat supply is safe -- and it appears that Americans believe them. Cheeseburger sales at fast-food restaurants seem unaffected. But if there's a chance for scaremongering about the American meat supply,...
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Denver’s No. 1 in healthy airport food
(December 28th, 2003)
It shouldn't surprise anyone that the recent report on airline food equated strictly vegetarian meals with "healthy" eating ("Denver's No. 1 in healthy airport food," Sun Herald Travel section, Dec. 28). The report's source, an organization called the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, is actually an animal rights group.As...
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Mad cow scare may boost organic beef
(December 26th, 2003)
National director of the Organic Consumers Association of Little Marais, Minn., Ronnie Cummins is not a biologist, a veterinarian or an animal agriculture expert. He's an environmental radical dedicated to force-feeding Americans overpriced organic food at any cost.Yet somehow his voice manages to sneak into serious media coverage of...
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States, nation issue beef-safety assurances
(December 25th, 2003)
Re "States, nation issue beef-safety assurances," Dec. 25: John Stauber is not an agriculture expert. He is, by profession, an anti-business radical. Yet, somehow, his voice manages to sneak into serious media coverage of mad cow disease.Stauber's doom-and-gloom pronouncements are driven by his bitter bias against traditional food...
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Panic on beef feared
(December 25th, 2003)
Michael Hansen's outburst about mad cow disease isn't his first attempt at deliberate scare-mongering ("Panic on beef feared," Dec. 25).In 1998, Hansen claimed that "thousands of (mad cow) cases a year" would soon develop among the American people. But all the best science, evidence and expert predictions indicate this...
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Tom Cruise: Hottie or Fatty?
(December 25th, 2003)
If Tom Cruise had been accidentally decapitated in the making of the Last Samurai, he would have become one more victim of our "obesity epidemic." Sound strange? Welcome to the politics of fat, where bathroom scales can be tax-deductible, lawyers are lining up to sue anything rumored to contain...
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