Food Cops Get An ‘F’ For False
(June 30th, 2008)
In this morning’s San Francisco Chronicle, a statement made by Mayor Gavin Newsom exposed the most troublesome misconception spread by obesity campaigns: “Our fast-food culture is the primary contributor to the health care costs in this country.” Though Newsom’s dramatic declaration is an increasingly publicized belief, it’s unfounded....
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Menu mandates don’t cut calories
(June 29th, 2008)
Columnist Steve Chapman hit the nail on the head when he described menu labeling as "unexamined and unfounded" ("Force-feeding us facts about food," Commentary, June 25).Although nutrition activists claim that New York City's hotly contested ordinance would prevent consumers from gaining millions of pounds each year, they've never...
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Ready For A Mocha-Java Warning Label?
(June 27th, 2008)
The Sunshine (Nanny) State is at it again. California’s "Proposition 65" environmental fear-factor law, whose main purpose is to “help” consumers by making warning labels so ubiquitous that they have to cross state lines to buy a fishing rod without a skull and crossbones on it, is back...
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This Week In Food Fights
(June 26th, 2008)
Nutrition activists and opportunistic bureaucrats seem to have an endless supply of screwy ways to “improve” our diets. Here are the highlights from the past week: Following the lead of Japan, Britain, and a heap of other fat-fighting countries, Germany has announced a national campaign...
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Sadly, PETA Has Yet To Solve Poverty, Crime, or Global Terrorism
(June 25th, 2008)
Animal "rights" radicals are getting craftier about finding new ways to nudge Americans toward strict vegetarianism. The save-the-cows-and-chickens crowd has never been a stranger to the kinds of fear mongering and guilt tactics that other activists movements have used to gain political influence. But apparently, the...
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Letter was unoriginal
(June 24th, 2008)
Leave it to the pushy animal rights movement to use a trade dispute in South Korea as an excuse to spew anti-meat propaganda with a form letter. The June 17 rant blaming beef for everything from deforestation to world hunger also appeared word for word in at least two...
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CCF In The News
(June 24th, 2008)
Daily news reports inundate the public with a lot of the the-sky-is-falling rhetoric about Americans’ weight and health. And day after day, the Center for Consumer Freedom fights tirelessly to balance that hype with a healthy dose of facts and common sense. Today, the Chicago Tribune featured...
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Legislators can’t justify menu labeling
(June 23rd, 2008)
Tribune columnist Steve Chapman hits the nail on the head when describing menu labeling as “unexamined and unfounded” (“Menu laws too much to digest,” June 22). Though nutrition activists claim that the hotly-contested ordinance would prevent consumers from gaining millions of pounds each year, they’ve never checked to see...
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Obesity Hysteria Spreads
(June 23rd, 2008)
Late last year, the British Parliament proposed constructing “fit towns” to fight obesity by regularly hosting weigh-ins to track local children’s weight and shipping overweight kids off to government-sponsored fat camps. Two months ago Japanese food cops implemented federal limits on waist size with a new law...
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Killing free enterprise, drip by drip
(June 20th, 2008)
"Payday" lenders have been getting a bad rap lately, and most of their critics seem to be arguing that short-term loans generate excessive profits at the expense of low- and middle-income Americans. "Solutions" range from outright bans on the service to suing or capping...
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