Archive: Nov 2000

Moving The Goalposts

By capitulating to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) animal treatment demands, McDonald’s has opened the door for PETA to try to exact changes in the way…
Posted November 30, 2000 at 12:00 am

Building On Fear

European nanny groups are attempting to build on fears of mad cow disease by implying that replacing the use of carcasses in animal feed (which many blame for the disease) with genetically improved soymeal is somehow just as dangerous to the public.
Posted November 30, 2000 at 12:00 am

Spilling The Milk

The Boston Globe covers the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) anti-dairy campaign. As we mentioned yesterday, we don’t like giving PETA and its inane foolishness any more press…
Posted November 29, 2000 at 12:00 am

Holiday Eating Guide

USA Today's Craig Wilson says you ought to tell the food police with their "don't eat this, don't eat that" message to take a hike this holiday season. "Is your favorite childhood memory of Christmas a carrot stick? I didn't think so. Isn't mine, either. A carrot was something you left for Rudolph," Wilson exclaims. As for pie, "Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or, if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?"
Posted November 29, 2000 at 12:00 am

Unbiased Journalism?

The next time you see an article by Olivia Wu in the Chicago Tribune, it's very likely it will feature a member of Chefs Collaborative spewing the group's anti-choice rhetoric. Why? Because Wu is also the editor of the Chefs Collaborative newsletter.
Posted November 29, 2000 at 12:00 am

Superbugs Take Over?

One of the most cited arguments against genetically improved crops designed to ward off pests is that the bugs will quickly develop resistance to the toxin genetically engineered into the crop. Much to anti-choice nannies' dismay, a new study by researchers at the University of Arizona and the Arizona Cotton Research and Protection Council shows no such increase in resistance.
Posted November 28, 2000 at 12:00 am

Over The line again

We generally don’t bother to reprint the outrageous anti-choice views of the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), but we couldn’t let these two stories pass. First, the New…
Posted November 28, 2000 at 12:00 am

Mistaken Labels

Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman says "the trend is unstoppable toward more and more labeling" for genetically improved foods. Glickman says the only reason he isn't calling for mandatory labeling is "because we don't have any of the testing and threshold mechanisms, or would really know how to do it." Glickman seems not to realize that activists (and the organic food industry that backs them) declared that labeling has "nearly the same effect as a ban."
Posted November 28, 2000 at 12:00 am

Cleaning Up The Corn Problem

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding an all-day meeting today to discus Aventis' request to approve StrarLink corn for human consumption. Of course, anti-choice activists, led by Greenpeace, will be there to protest.
Posted November 28, 2000 at 12:00 am

Corn Contaminated By Corn

Thomas Hoban, a professor of food science and sociology at North Carolina State University, says all the hubbub about StarLink corn — the type of biotech corn involved in…
Posted November 27, 2000 at 12:00 am