A Food Activist Utopia?
(April 30th, 2009)
In their efforts to condemn one food or another, dietary do-gooders make all sorts of iffy claims. Anti-meat activists demonize cheeseburgers by branding them as cancer-causing Earth destroyers. The fat police blame restaurants for children’s health problems. In the real world, of course, evidence shows that kids aren’t...
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Sweetener Wars Teach Marketing 101
(April 29th, 2009)
In the world of dietary politics, few campaigns are nastier than the one against high fructose corn syrup. From comparing it to illegal drugs to calling it the Devil, opponents of this common sweetener have resorted to some dirty tactics over the years. But as Daniel...
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Quote of the Week
(April 28th, 2009)
Smoking, nonsmoking, or meat eating? If firefighter and vegetarian activist Rip Esselstyn has his way, restaurants will soon begin segregating omnivores from anti-meat fanatics. What a way to sell vegetarian diet books. In his words:
“I think in less than five years, there will be such a stigma attached to...
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Why the Center for Responsible Lending’s “Poll” on Eliminating Financial Choices Is Irrelevant
(April 28th, 2009)
Earlier this month, a lobbying group called the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) released a survey they said showed that most Americans support capping interest rates on short-term loans. Data collection and analysis isn’t exactly this activist group’s forte, so it’s not surprising that when CCF took a read more here »

Animal Activists Capitalize on Swine Flu Hysteria
(April 27th, 2009)
“Rule one,” White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told The New York Times last November, is “never allow a crisis to go to waste.” But despite some accusations of fear-mongering, the White House clearly seems to understand that not every crisis should be exploited. In response...
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Quote of the Week
(April 24th, 2009)
Food activists spend plenty of time dismissing their opponents as “enemies of public health.” But as we often argue, those claiming to be messengers of the health gods aren’t creating a healthy environment at all. By constantly stigmatizing weight gain, for example, obesity hysteria creates an unhealthy attitude...
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Sweet Relief From Syrupy Misinformation
(April 23rd, 2009)
“High fructose corn syrup is one of the most misunderstood products in the food supply,” said Harvard’s David Ludwig last night on NBC Nightly News. That’s because sugar is sugar, whether it’s made from beets, cane, or corn. All are nearly identical in molecular composition, and exactly equal...
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An Inconvenient Truth: Your Prius Is Making You Fat
(April 22nd, 2009)
Just in time for Earth Day, a new report claiming that fat people are responsible for global warming has been making headlines. Turning obesity into an environmental crisis is nothing new. (Newsweek documented similar “greener-than-thou” claims last year.)  So before we start mandating tailpipe emissions tests for every man, woman, and child in...
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Adding Our Brains to the Fish Debate
(April 21st, 2009)
After years of public discussion, the good news about seafood and health has made its way up the government food chain. As we told you earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration is finally catching up with the scientific consensus about omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients...
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The Wrong Way To Slim Down NYC – Take Four
(April 20th, 2009)
New York City public health officials are just full of ideas on how to trim down their constituents: taxing soft drinks, yanking the salt out of recipes, and even banning cooking oils. Now a city councilman from Queens has thrown one more anti-fat scheme in the...
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