This Thanksgiving Activists Say Please Pass the Politics
(November 27th, 2013)
A big story this Thanksgiving is the invasion of the political into every nook and cranny of American family life. National organizations promoting healthcare reform and gun control have distributed talking points to their supporters to make the potentially enjoyable … Continue reading
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Oregon Re-Learns Truth about Genetically Improved Crops
(November 19th, 2013)
With a ballot initiative that would mandate scientifically irrelevant labels on foods produced using genetically improved crops heading to defeat in Washington State, activists and organic-industry fronts like the Environmental Working Group, the Center for Food Safety, and the Organic … Continue reading
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Soda Taxers Fight Bad Polls with Junk Studies
(November 14th, 2013)
Two items of interest this week for the thirsty: The Pew Research Center polling unit has released its latest findings on Americans’ view of obesity policy and politics, and USA Today reports on the “latest study” by the paternalist crowd … Continue reading
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“Applause” to Star’s Stand Against PETA
(November 14th, 2013)
Perhaps unsurprisingly for a pop star who once wore a dress made of preserved meats, Lady Gaga has had a tiff with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). But unlike some celebrities who capitulate to the world’s most … Continue reading
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CCF Fights Proposed Fats Ban
(November 11th, 2013)
With the Food and Drug Administration moving to declare partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats) unsafe, we’ve called out for calm and objected to this potentially devastating precedent. Our Senior Research Analyst told the Los Angeles Times: Government paternalism is frustrating, … Continue reading
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Regulators to Take CSPI’s New Advice, Ignore CSPI’s Old Advice
(November 8th, 2013)
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a proposed rulemaking that would strike partially hydrogenated cooking oils (better known as “trans fats”) from the list of ingredients Generally Recognized as Safe. The regulation would create an effective ban. While … Continue reading
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Election Recap: Anti-Soda, Organic Activists Appear to Lose Big
(November 6th, 2013)
We previewed ballot initiatives this week with an eye toward how they might change the politics of soda taxes and the scientifically pointless labeling of foods produced using biotechnology. Today, it looks like those politics did not change. Telluride, Colorado’s … Continue reading
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Ballot Issues Up for Grabs Tomorrow
(November 4th, 2013)
It may not be a Presidential election year, but food activists’ demands on voters’ time and effort aren’t taking a year off. Fresh off three stinging defeats in California last year, activists have put their faith in Washington State and … Continue reading
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