Last week in The New Yorker, Michael Pollan – a UC-Berkeley journalism professor, an activist, an author, and a journalist — was portrayed as a civil debater who can fairly argue against genetically improved foods (GIFs or GMOs). In reality, Pollan is a radical, science-denier … Continue reading
Last week, the unscientific coalition that opposes safe genetically improved foods (GIFs) seemed to gain a much needed reputable ally in the Oprah-endorsed “America’s Doctor,” Dr. Mehmet Oz. Unfortunately, whether the issue is agricultural technology or non-scientific “woo” treatments, Dr. Oz … Continue reading

FDA Clears BPA… Again

(March 14th, 2014)
Bisphenol-A (BPA), the chemical that makes plastic shatterproof and protects canned food from spoilage, has for some time now been the trophy prize that agenda-driven, junk-scientists have hunted. Don’t these fear-mongerers, scared at their own shadow, have better things to … Continue reading
Welcome, readers to the well-trodden soil trampled by numerous junk “latest studies” and their cousin, the baseless activist food scare. The latest is that eating bread—yes, bread, the consummate human food—is bad because an approved ingredient called azodicarbonamide (ADA) is … Continue reading

Activist Poll Misleads California

(February 20th, 2014)
Californians awoke to a surprising poll this morning: The Field Poll reports that over 70 percent of the state’s voters back the harebrained proposal to place warning labels on soft drinks and two-thirds support a soda tax. This result conflicts … Continue reading
As state legislatures convene for their annual sessions, we will shortly see a tsunami of horrible ideas to regulate, tax, and ban our favorite foodstuffs. California looks to be a hotbed of activity: Activists hope to bring back the soda … Continue reading
Right after now-former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg first proposed his ban on large sodas, researchers from the RAND Corporation published a paper in the Centers for Disease Control-published policy journal Preventing Chronic Disease. While their proposals were largely … Continue reading
With ideological activists trying every measure to get foods regulated like alcohol — their openly stated goal — it shouldn’t surprise anyone that activists are trying hard to hoodwink the public. First, they speculated on essentially no evidence that sugar … Continue reading
Last year, anti-biotechnology activists from France published a paper alleging that a strain of genetically improved corn led to cancer in rats. The publication, conveniently timed in advance of the vote on Proposition 37 that would have mandated scientifically unnecessary … Continue reading
Activists are getting a bunch of publicity for their latest cause from Connecticut College, where undergraduates have discovered that mice prefer cookies to rice cakes. This shouldn’t shock anyone, but the students have sent the media running off crowing that … Continue reading