Archive: Oct 2000

Timing Is Everything

There’s been some speculation that Genetic ID and their client, the Genetically Engineered Food Alert (GEFA), timed the release of their “bomb shell” announcement about genetically improved Starlink corn finding…
Posted October 31, 2000 at 12:00 am

Can’t Loose Marketing Scheme

Greenpeace UK president Peter Melchett has decided that since most of the English public is now terrified of genetically improved foods because of Greenpeace's activism, it is in his best interest to step down as Greenpeace president. Melchett is planning to capitalize on the fear he's created by selling the public organic foods from his farm.
Posted October 27, 2000 at 12:00 am

Next On The Nanny Hit-List

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals first campaigned against McDonald's animal welfare standards in its usual bombastic way. Then, as we told you several weeks ago, it targeted Burger King. Now the group is after Albertson's grocery chain and says it's looking for other victims. Who's next? ("PETA urges grocery chain to meet animal welfare standards," Associated Press, 10/25/00)
Posted October 27, 2000 at 12:00 am

Had To Dispute The Benefits

Anti-choice nannies continue to decry the supposed environmental dangers of genetically improved crops. We suggest they read projections by agricultural consultants Kline & Company, Inc., who, in their Biotech 2009 Business Analysis, suggest that biotechnology-based row crops will be responsible for a 13-million-lb.-a-year reduction in insecticides and a 45-million-lb. reduction in herbicide use.
Posted October 25, 2000 at 12:00 am

More Food You Can’t Eat

The Center for the Science in the Public Interest has found a new type of restaurant food to disparage. This time, it's Greek food. CSPI already says you shouldn't eat most Chinese food, Mexican food, Italian food, and fast food. Now these food nannies say forget the Greek salad, moussaka, and gyros too. Where in the world can we get something to eat?
Posted October 24, 2000 at 12:00 am

An Open Invitation

If you're going to be anywhere near Oakland, CA this Thursday, be sure to attend "Public Health vs. The Nanny State," a public forum sponsored by the Independent Institute. Featured at this event will be two renowned nanny-fighters: Jacob Sullum, senior editor for Reason Magazine, and Thomas J. DiLorenzo, professor of economics at Loyola College in Baltimore, MD.
Posted October 24, 2000 at 12:00 am

We Say Toe-may-toe, Nannies Say Toe-mah-toe, So Let’s Call An Expert

Contrary to nanny claims, there is nothing better about organic foods. Organic, conventional, or genetically engineered, it just doesn’t matter, says David Klurfeld, chairman of the Department of Nutrition and…
Posted October 23, 2000 at 12:00 am

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

Kids at New Trier High School outside Chicago got tired of people disparaging meat eaters, so they formed a Carnivorous Club. More than 70 students have joined so far. "We are always hearing that meat is bad for you," said Mike Deheeger, 16, one of the two founding carnivores. "This was a chance to get the other side of the story."
Posted October 23, 2000 at 12:00 am

These Guys Are Getting Scary

The GE Food Alert Coalition is launching an internet-based “viral marketing campaign” against genetically improved foods. It should come as a surprise to no one that the folks behind this Halloween-themed “fear marketing” campaign are (once again) major organic food companies and Fenton Communications. Other participants include the Maharishi cult, the Natural Law Party and the Organic Consumers Association. Expect the worst.
Posted October 20, 2000 at 12:00 am

Report From The Front Lines

The Wine Tasting Association of the Washington DC area recently endured an animated protest by the fowl-mouthed bird lovers of the United Poultry Concern at their annual Foie…
Posted October 20, 2000 at 12:00 am