Archive: Dec 2000

Organic Scam

Repeating many of our arguments, Junkscience.com's Steve Milloy says, "[D]on't fall for the 'USDA Organic' label and unjustly reward the food scare-mongers and fear profiteers. 'Ripoff!' is the only label that belongs on organic food."
Posted December 29, 2000 at 12:00 am

When Activists Become Terrirists

The Animal Liberation Front is at it again. This time they didn’t use poison to perpetrate terror as they did before when they injected 200 frozen turkeys with anti-freeze, but firebombs to promote their message.
Posted December 28, 2000 at 12:00 am

Good For Your Head

During this relaxed holiday week, your time would be well spent logging on to NPR’s site and listening to a great discussion on genetically improved foods. Scientist C.S. Prakash is particularly enlightening and effective in dispelling the anti-biotech rhetoric. (Third World Countries & Genetically Modified Crops)
Posted December 28, 2000 at 12:00 am

Gold Star Of Organic?

Organic farmers, retailers and groups like the National Farmers Union are counting the new organic standards among their Christmas bonuses. The new label stands as a government funded marketing tool…
Posted December 27, 2000 at 12:00 am

The Scare Campaign Continues

The Sierra Club has joined the Mad Cow scare campaign with an irresponsible article in their magazine Sierra linking “mad deer disease” to the possible spread of Mad Cow disease…
Posted December 27, 2000 at 12:00 am

The Sierra Club Is Not Alone

Consumers Union has also been accused of irresponsible reporting on Mad Cow disease. According to the Christian Science Monitor, scientists are upset that Consumers Union has been "scaring people" by alleging that the growth hormone rBGH -- used to increase milk production in cows - could increase a cow's susceptibility to Mad Cow disease. CU admitted that the "evidence to support this concern is very limited." Try nonexistent. Of course, we shouldn't be too surprised. This is the same group that fanned the Alar-on-apples fears back in 1989. (Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 26)
Posted December 27, 2000 at 12:00 am

But The Voices Told Me To Eat It

The latest Consumer Reports blames rising obesity on restaurant portion sizes: "Supersized servings that make restaurant dinners look like a bargain have distorted our sense of serving sizes and are packing pounds on the American physique." Again we say, no one makes anyone eat anything. ("Food for thought 2001," Consumer Reports, January 2001)
Posted December 22, 2000 at 12:00 am

Back Off Nanny

Spurred by a recent lecture from the Center for Science in The Public Interest, the Oregonian's Fran Gardner reminds us that despite what nannies may tell us, "It's a free country…and people should be allowed to eat what they want, especially at a time of the year when food is part of good cheer."
Posted December 21, 2000 at 12:00 am

What Happened To Not Hurting Anyone?

Animal rights activists always say their anti-choice terrorist activities are designed to destroy property, not harm people. You can throw that lofty principle out the window. Activists in Minnesota's twin cities claim that they have "avenged the deaths of hundreds of thousands of turkeys killed for the holiday season. Anti-freeze was injected into 200+ frozen turkeys in the following stores: Cub Foods, Lunds and Rainbow Foods."
Posted December 20, 2000 at 12:00 am

Fat Tax Talk Returns

The Worldwatch Institute warns of the dangers of rising obesity rates. Worldwatch blames obesity mostly on people’s lack of exercise, but puts a good deal of the blame on…
Posted December 20, 2000 at 12:00 am