Archive: Mar 2000

Don’t Invite The Police

D.C. bound anarchist groups planning protests from April 8 thru 17, including those opposing conventionally grown and genetically engineered food, have issued a threatening letter to Washington law enforcement. "We can not accept the active participation of cops…while our main goal is shut down the IMF/World Bank meeting, it is quite predictable that the cops will aggressively attack those actions."
Posted March 31, 2000 at 12:00 am

US Sandwiched By Anti-GE Actions

Mexico’s Senate voted unanimously yesterday to require mandatory labeling of foods, including American imports, that contain genetically engineered (GE) ingredients. And to the north, a national coalition of health food…
Posted March 31, 2000 at 12:00 am

Nobody’s Laughing, Especially The Fish

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals threatened to sabotage a major Texas bass-fishing tournament by dumping sedatives into the lake. Officials at the Texas Park and Wildlife Department…
Posted March 31, 2000 at 12:00 am

Rallying The Nannies

In a recent e-mail, Friends of the Earth - UK calls on supporters to begin local referendum drives in support of local bans on genetically engineered food. The nanny group encourages members to buy only organic food free from "antibiotics, pesticide residues, genetic modification, hormones, and pathogens such as e-coli and salmonella," because such food protects "human health." BBC apparently didn't pick up ABC's recent 20/20 broadcast, which deftly defused the organic myth.
Posted March 30, 2000 at 12:00 am

Well Done Research

A new study from the University of California Irvine College of Medicine dispels any link between breast cancer and the consumption of well-done meats. "No matter how the food was prepared -- blackened, barbecued, grilled or pan-fried -- red meat didn't increase the risk and white meat actually seemed to offer protection against breast cancer," said Dr. Ralph Delfino, who co-led the research team.
Posted March 29, 2000 at 12:00 am

Nanny Attack Ready For Washington

While protestors pointlessly parade around dressed as mutant creatures and macabre vegetables in Boston this week, nannies are warning that protests in Washington, D.C. during the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings in April might not be so entertaining. One nanny journalist writes, "With police loading their tear gas launchers and activists honing their direct action skills, Washington seems destined for a round of demonstrations that may rival the Seattle protests in their intensity."
Posted March 28, 2000 at 12:00 am

Nanny PR 101

Nanny nonsense abounds in this article from Penn State's Daily Collegian. The author wholeheartedly endorses Neal D. Barnard, president of the radical animal-rights group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and repeats Barnard's ridiculous claim that milk drinkers are "at higher risk for osteoporosis than those who drink little or no milk."
Posted March 28, 2000 at 12:00 am

Zaping The New Organic Standards

The Executive Editor of Tufts University’s Health and Nutrition Newsletter – writing in the Washington Post – takes the U.S. Department of Agriculture to task for erroneously implying irradiation…
Posted March 28, 2000 at 12:00 am

Using Food As A Political Weapon

Columnist Michele Lansberg profiles the Ralph Nader of India, Vandana Shiva. Shiva thinks the war against “food dictatorship” (a handful of “monster” corporations controlling the global food supply), will…
Posted March 27, 2000 at 12:00 am

Myth Becoming Fact

If something is repeated enough times, eventually it becomes accepted as fact, even if there is no scientific proof to back it up. In a story on the effect of marketing to children, reporter Peggy O'Crowley baselessly links obesity rates to the marketing and consumption of fast food.
Posted March 27, 2000 at 12:00 am