The Consumers Union of the United States — the group that does the household appliance comparison tests and publishes the results in Consumer Reports — might know something about refrigerators, but its record and most recent foray into the food inside leaves … Continue reading

Mad Cow Reality

(March 26th, 2009)

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Yesterday on the New York Times health blog, food writer Michael Pollan asked readers for a few new food rules that everyone should try to live by. For too long, he declared, people have “deferred to the voices of science and industry when it comes to eating.”...
Some years ago, back before large numbers of Americans understood the wholesale deception and backward philosophies of groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), we did our part to set the record straight with easy-to-read primers...
Until late 2006, Lisa Lee Freeman spent her career at Consumer Reports magazine talking about how to save money shopping online for flowers, why consumers should be careful when booking flights on bankrupt airlines, how to get the best savings rates on Certificates of Deposit, which...

Perjury?

(February 29th, 2008)
Yesterday the Riverside (California) Press-Enterprise helped answer a burning question about the undercover slaughterhouse video released on January 30 by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): If HSUS knew in October 2007 that potentially unsafe meat was entering the U.S. food chain (including the federal...

Sitting On A Story

(February 28th, 2008)
We’re not the only ones asking why the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) sat on its explosive slaughterhouse video for several months, while possibly tainted beef made its way into school lunchrooms. (To be fair, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer started the ball rolling.)...
Washington, DC's community of animal scientists and agriculture regulators is buzzing about something Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) president Wayne Pacelle told Congress last week, and the discussion isn't helping HSUS's credibility. During his testimony in a contentious hearing on animal welfare, Pacelle made...
For years a broad coalition of food fanatics has warned Americans about an impending mad cow disease "epidemic." Their doom-and-gloom scenarios, of course, haven't come to pass -- and public interest has understandably fizzled. Yet the mad-cow hype is just too perfect a public fear campaign for...
Like most food scares before it (remember Alar?), mad-cow fear seems to be slowly dying out. Last month a widely run Canadian Press story reported on the lack of public panic after the discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE -- that is,...