With a vote in Washington state coming in November on whether to mandate scientifically irrelevant labeling on foods have been produced using biotechnology, activists hope their latest P.R. creation will convince people better than their failed campaign last year in … Continue reading
We’ve written before that, despite organic activists’ claims to the contrary, conventional agriculture (a.k.a. non-organic) is the only way to feed the world’s burgeoning population, and there’s nothing wrong with that. So it was with mild frustration yesterday when we read a blog … Continue reading
Big news earlier this week was that the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) with its $98 million budget has decided to join the war on food. So we decided to do some digging on NRDC and see if we could decipher its motivations … Continue reading
Michael Pollan of the University of California-Berkeley School of Journalism has had quite a week – and not in a good way.  He is taking fire from all sides after instigating an all-out Twitter war by putting his anti-corporate agenda ahead of scientific … Continue reading
A persistent myth in the food policy world, spread most forcefully by First Lady Michelle Obama, is that the nation can conquer obesity through the power of farmers’ markets. This is typically positioned against the supposed evils of a “food … Continue reading
The self-appointed prophet of the so-called “food movement” is author and University of California-Berkeley journalism professor Michael Pollan. He may be most known for his “food rules,” a series of dubious guidelines to eating. The most famous is probably “never … Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago, the Institute of Medicine, usually a scold-friendly issuer of hundred-page reports demanding social engineering of food choices, dropped a bombshell by declaring that reducing salt more aggressively isn’t necessary. Food scolds like Michael Jacobson of … Continue reading
After spending the better part of the last year or so being reamed by a Yale professor, a former National Cancer Institute official, and a fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University for spreading unbelievable hyperbole in the creation … Continue reading
We — and others, including the Food and Drug Administration — have hit daytime television medical commentator Mehmet Oz hard for abandoning the medical science that made his name for anti-scientific and fact-challenged scares about food and promises of miracle … Continue reading
In the past we’ve covered the so-called “Campaign for Safe Cosmetics,” (CSC) an environmentalist scare spinoff of the Environmental Working Group (perhaps better billed the “Environmental Worry Group”). EWG is so prone to overblowing fears of chemicals that 79 percent … Continue reading