We thought we’d have to search far and wide this week to find something more ridiculous than the Maryland county government that fined a group of kids $500 for running an unlicensed lemonade stand. (They were raising money for pediatric cancer research.) But three times zones away, big-city lawmakers could soon demonstrate...
The short answer, of course, is nothing. “Locavorism” is a social movement dedicated to limiting a would-be chef’s food options to what is grown “in season” and can be found within 100 miles. If you’re into devolving your diet and abandoning “globavore” eating (is that a word?), it’s entirely...
In a federal lawsuit filed last Thursday, three sugar companies allege that the Corn Refiners Association’s ongoing efforts to rename high fructose corn syrup as exactly what it is—corn sugar—constitutes false advertising. We don’t often agree with food blogger and nutritionist Marion Nestle, but when someone of her...
Irreverent celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has no reservations about a lot of things, including “adult Americans’ right to eat themselves to death.” That might be a little extreme, but it hints at Bourdain’s worldview with respect to food. We caught a glimpse of that last night during...

Brown-Bag Contraband

(April 12th, 2011)
It wasn’t so long ago that teachers and principals were most concerned about kids bringing drugs and weapons to school. Now we’re learning that brown-bag lunches packed with love at home are apparently a grave threat to kids’ health and well-being.Little Village Academy on Chicago's West Side has implemented...
Mark your calendars for what promises to be the year's most important holiday for food zealots and animal rights fanatics. America’s most notorious diet scolds at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) announced yesterday that they have designated October 24, 2011 as (drum roll please)...
They huffed and they puffed, but America’s most notorious food cops couldn’t blow away a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) committee with their proposal to require warning labels on added food coloring. As we reported last week, the real motive of the Center for the Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)...

Our Favorite Everyday Fools

(April 1st, 2011)
Idiocy and fanaticism aren’t limited to just one calendar day a year. And to prove it, we’d like to share a little April Fool’s Day quiz. See if you can spot the one story below that’s not true. Animal Rights Group Honors Pro-Hunting Congressman – Yesterday Rep. Don Young...
One emerging feel-good policy for fighting childhood obesity involves schools sending Body Mass Index (BMI) “reports” to parents in hopes of educating them about their kids’ weight. But like many heavy-handed instruments used by nanny-state bureaucrats to suggest lifestyle modifications, this one has unintended consequences.Consider what happened in one...
A fit and trim 36-year-old marathon runner will have consumed 30 days' worth of fast-food—from breakfast through dinner—by the time the starter gun sounds at Sunday's Los Angeles Marathon. Whether it's his intention or not, Joe D'Amico is effectively countering food scolds' incessant claims that fast-food is to...