Benefits of Buying Local Can Be a Far-Off Fantasy
(August 31st, 2010)
It may seem counterintuitive that buying something grown halfway around the world can be more eco-friendly than buying something grown just a county or two away. Strange, but true. Someone should tell the “locavores,” who encourage people to buy food from the closest sources possible -- like farmers markets...
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Activist Fish Report Full of Chum
(August 30th, 2010)
If you thought the activist Environmental Working Group was silly for making hay over Vitamin A, it’s facing some new competition in the “eternally worrisome” department from a group called Food and Water Watch (FWW). This spin-off of Ralph Nader’s hand-wringing Public Citizen group released a read more here »

Science Contradicts the Humane Society of the United States on Salmonella and “Cage-Free” Eggs
(August 27th, 2010)

 

Despite recent claims to the contrary from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), recent poultry science does not support the conclusion that expensive “cage-free” egg production lowers the public-health risk from Salmonella, the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) said today. HSUS recently published a list of...
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HSUS Doubles Down on Salmonella Spin
(August 27th, 2010)
After we called out the “Humane Society” of the United States last week for milking the egg recall in the interest of animal rights, we thought the group might shape up. Instead, HSUS has boldly (and ridiculously) continued to repeat its claim that “every scientific study” in...
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Cracking Michael Pollan’s Salmonella Opportunism
(August 26th, 2010)
As with most food crises, there’s no shortage of activists offering their own self-serving “solutions” along with the recall of more than 500 million eggs. The animal-rights “Humane Society” of the United States has been steadily spinning science to promote its “cage-free” emotionalism. And read more here »

Anti-Sugar Zealotry Could Cost Kids
(August 25th, 2010)
We’ve always suspected that uncompromising anti-food groups like the Center for Science in the “Public Interest” really only have one set of interests in mind: their own. Routinely rushing to demonize another food or ingredient, they’ve long used things like salt and sugar as convenient punching bags without...
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A Little Perspective on Eggs
(August 24th, 2010)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard the media fanfare over the recall of 550 million eggs that are thought to be at risk for contamination with Salmonella. Unsurprisingly, the usual activist groups are using the news to advance their agendas. The animal-rights "Humane Society"...
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Food “Environment” Logic Just Plain Polluted
(August 23rd, 2010)
Over the weekend, The New York Times took a look at combating America’s rising obesity rates. Unsurprisingly, the resulting article included a comment from leading “food police” academic Kelly Brownell, best known as the creator of the “Twinkie tax.” This time, Brownell chose to point the finger...
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They won’t stop until production stops completely
(August 22nd, 2010)

Animal-rights activists at the Humane Society of the United States are no doubt pleased with veal farmers phasing out pens for calves ("Hoosier farmers lead effort to raise veal humanely," Aug.17). But anyone who thinks that's where the story will end is sorely mistaken.

In the long run, the Humane...
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Food Cops Now Want Literal Badges
(August 20th, 2010)
  Lest anyone thinks we’re being paranoid about how some foodie activists are trying to control what consumers may and may not eat, let us present “Exhibit A”: the newest press release from the finger-wagging Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). CSPI’s food-safety director Caroline Smith DeWaal cites  read more here »