For some time, a favorite claim of the self-anointed “food police” has been that food companies are no different than drug dealers in getting Americans hooked on addictive substances. Bloomberg is the latest news agency to claim that “Fatty Foods as Addictive as Cocaine in...
We’ve been following the campaign that animal rights groups have been waging for nearly a decade in federal court against Feld Entertainment, parent company of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Animal rights activist groups claimed that the world’s largest circus was abusing elephants,
New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman started off his Saturday column with promise. He acknowledged that it’s “just plain wrong” to assume that fast food is cheaper than homecooked healthy meals – a fact we’ve pointed out as well, even if picking up dinner is occasionally...

FDA Fries Acrylamide Hype

(August 22nd, 2011)
When law students resort to suing their alma mater, it may signal a weak employment market for the litigiously inclined. Unfortunately, some California lawyers have been putting their degrees to use in another creative but abusive way: bounty-hunting under Proposition 65, the state’s toxic “right-to-know” law....
Today ActivistCash.com, a subsidiary of the Center for Consumer Freedom, released a new report shining the spotlight on one of the most deceptive groups in Washington, DC: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). In the media, CREW positions itself as a “nonpartisan watchdog” organization that...
There's nothing new about lawsuit-happy activists and trial lawyers trying to sue the pants off of restaurants that have the audacity to serve customers food that they ordered. Late last year the Center for Science in the Public Interest filed a class-action lawsuit against...

“Jonesing” For Some Chips?

(September 8th, 2010)
The notion that food is “addictive” has been floating around for years. It’s been rightly criticized for weakening the meaning of the very word “addiction,” and for the Pandora’s box that the mainstreaming of such an idea would open. But the temptation to prove a link is apparently irresistible. Writing...
“Junk food could be addictive 'like heroin',” screams one news headline today above a story describing a new study in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida found that rats fed high-fat diets exhibited “addiction” symptoms, lost control, and overate. Get ready for the hyperbole.Common...

Addicted to Blame

(January 8th, 2010)
One outlandish theory about food that is consistently recycled by activists is the idea that what we eat is somehow “addictive.” In other words, people can’t control what they put in their mouths.  If you are thinking no sensible human being would honestly believe this, look no further than...

Merry Christmas from CCF!

(December 24th, 2009)
We hope you’re enjoying some quality time with your families (and finishing that last-minute shopping). The Christmas season is a fitting time to reflect on our common gift of personal freedoms, and on our obligation to oppose against anyone who seeks to diminish them. Do remember: Food activists don’t take...