Television advertising from fast food restaurants takes much of the blame for children's poor diets in a new study in this month's medical journal Pediatrics. Instead of holding parents responsible for what their children eat, the researchers say, "[T]hese kids see a lot of ads for fast foods and convenience foods. And that's what they end up eating."
The Chicago Tribune's Bob Condor rejoices the fact that coffee, in the words of Dr. Ronald Krauss of the American Heart Association, "is one of the few things that people enjoy that most experts have not taken away from a recommended healthy diet." What Condor and Krauss don't seem to know is that there is a nanny campaign underway to denormalize caffeine consumption.
Natural health food industry representative Michelle Cook bashes every food choice except organic foods and vegetables in a self-serving column in today's Ottawa Citizen. Writing a guest column disparaging your competition is much cheaper than paying for a placed advertisement. ("Fast food, faster fatigue," The Ottawa Citizen, 1/30/01)
USA Today examines the prospect of mad cow disease showing up in the United States. The story features a good deal of unwarranted scary rhetoric from Consumers Union's Michael Hansen, a leading opponent of agribusiness.
George McGovern, the U.S. delegate to the United Nations agencies on food and agriculture, pleaded with President Bush earlier this week to support the U.N. plan for ending hunger. One of the centerpieces of the plan is the global distribution of genetically improved foods. As McGovern (a big Consumer Freedom supporter) says, "The scientific, biotechnical improvements in both the quality and quantity of foods is a major breakthrough. It must not be stymied by voices raised against the hypothetical, while real disease and starvation threaten millions of people."
The Denver Post asks: "Has this generation gone safety insane? Has our dogged quest for healthy foods, secure homes and happy streets finally gone beyond the bounds of normal caution and delivered us into a well-padded world of ultra-vigilant, bottled-water chugging neurotics who change their diets every time a lab rat dies from sipping too much Tab?" If so, blame it on the nannies.
Want to know what the nannies are really after? Check out this statement from the Organic Consumers’ Association monthly newsletter: “America and the world’s 50-year experiment with chemical-intensive…