Waving the White Flag on Personal Responsibility?
(March 31st, 2010)
USA Today editorializes this morning that we’re “hooked on junk food,” citing the recent Scripps Research Institute study claiming that high-fat, high-sugar foods are—literally—addictive like crack cocaine. The newspaper also notes the work of former FDA Commissioner David Kessler, who thinks that food makers create irresistible—essentially, addictive—products. ...
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What if Menu Labeling Doesn’t Work?
(March 30th, 2010)
We’re not going to wade into the general healthcare kerfuffle that’s dominating the news. But it’s worth noting that, since President Obama has signed the 2,000 page bill, menu labeling is now the law of the land. As we (and the Los Angeles Times) recounted last month,...
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Consumer Group Asks if The Onion Funded the Study that Compares Food to Crack Cocaine
(March 29th, 2010)

Washington – Today the Center for Consumer Freedom fired back against a new study published in Nature Neuroscience that concluded people who over-consume foods high in calories can experience addiction-like responses similar to those of heroin or cocaine users.

J. Justin Wilson, Senior Research Analyst at the Center for Consumer Freedom,...
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Potato Chips = Heroin? Yeah, Right.
(March 29th, 2010)
“Junk food could be addictive 'like heroin',” screams one news headline today above a story describing a new study in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida found that rats fed high-fat diets exhibited “addiction” symptoms, lost control, and overate. Get ready for the hyperbole.Common...
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Skepticism Grows About High Fructose Corn Syrup Hype
(March 26th, 2010)
Every day, more people are pointing out flaws in last month’s Princeton University study finding that rats fed high fructose corn syrup gained more weight than rats fed sucrose (table sugar). The authors of the research speculated that this could signify that high fructose corn syrup has a...
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Zoning Bans: Just Another Big Government Ploy
(March 25th, 2010)
Yesterday the New York Daily News reported that New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn wants to impose zoning bans on fast-food restaurants to supposedly “help” poor areas by blacklisting establishments that offer cheap food. If that sounds familiar, you might remember that the Los Angeles City Council tried something similar with...
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New York City’s Food Cops to Consider Banning Fast-Food Restaurants
(March 24th, 2010)

Today the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) fired back against New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who vowed Tuesday to pursue fast-food zoning policies in NYC’s poorer neighborhoods.

Fast-food zoning is just the latest example of a broad agenda by NYC’s paternalistic officials to restrict what New Yorkers eat...
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U.N. Walks Back Meat and Climate Change Report
(March 24th, 2010)
Yesterday, we reported that University of California-Davis researcher Dr. Frank Mitloehner has documented a major flaw in a 2006 United Nations report about greenhouse gas emissions from livestock producers. Mitloehner found that the U.N.'s analysis of global transportation emissions was not as detailed as its review of meat...
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Marion Nestle Agrees: A Sugar Is A Sugar, Period.
(March 24th, 2010)
We were surprised on Monday to read that researchers found that rats fed high fructose corn syrup experienced more weight gain than rats fed table sugar. It raised some red flags because sucrose and high fructose corn syrup are handled the same metabolically and contain the same number of calories per teaspoon. And a set...
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Study: Raising Pigs and Cattle Does Not Significantly Elevate Greenhouse Gas Emissions
(March 23rd, 2010)

Today the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is pointing to a new University of California, Davis study concluding that livestock production is not to blame for rising greenhouse gas emissions. The research was presented to the American Chemical Society on Monday by Dr. Frank Mitloehner.

David Martosko, Director of Research...
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