Archive: Apr 2001

Organic Diet Called ‘Elitist And Arrogant’

This headline brought to you by the Salt Lake City Deseret News. Elizabeth Whelan, president of the American Council on Science and Health, told the Utah newspaper on Sunday that "The only thing healthy about organic food is the price."
Posted April 30, 2001 at 12:00 am

Feeling No Pain, Fish Style

Despite the insistence of science that hooked fish feel no pain, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has finally come out in favor of a complete ban on fishing. No sport fishing, no food fishing, no recreational boy-scout fishing. No fun of any kind.
Posted April 30, 2001 at 12:00 am

Americans’ True Risk From Mad Cow Disease: None

If you haven’t seen the April 30 issue of People magazine, pick up a copy. Page 95 is a profile of risk-analysis expert George Gray, who brings some much-needed sanity…
Posted April 30, 2001 at 12:00 am

Her Majesty’s Nannies

Members of the British Parliament are concerned about rising rates of obesity among its school-age children. Some UK government figures have routinely claimed that British kids are the fattest in all of Europe. What to do about it? According to today's Wall Street Journal Europe (subscription required), one Labour MP is demanding that children taken to fast-food restaurants "should be taught to reprimand their parents, 'You are taking me somewhere which could eventually kill me.'"
Posted April 27, 2001 at 12:00 am

…And In This Corner‚Ķ

We note without comment today the remarks of Bruce Friedrich, the Washington, DC coordinator for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). You may recall that last week PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said she "openly" hoped that foot-and-mouth disease migrated to the United States. When asked by the Associated Press for clarification, Friedrich responded: "I can't imagine anybody who cares about animals arguing with that statement." Friedrich went on to say: "Anything that accelerates the demise of the meat industry… is a very good thing."
Posted April 27, 2001 at 12:00 am

A Prescription for Health: Patient Choice

The University of North Carolina’s Neurosciences Hospital is offering its patients and medical staff something unusual – hospital food that tastes good. Responding to customer surveys, the hospital closed one…
Posted April 26, 2001 at 12:00 am

A Tale of Two States

llinois farmers have told the USDA that they will dramatically increase the planting of biotech soybeans this year. They plan to sow 59 percent of their soy acres with genetically…
Posted April 25, 2001 at 12:00 am

Hog Update

In the wake of new South Carolina legislation that would prohibit the construction of new industrial hog farms in that state, the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation is urging the state government to make decisions based on sound science, rather than "emotions, rumors, or inaccurate information." We couldn't agree more.
Posted April 25, 2001 at 12:00 am

DC Mayor Sports a New Moustache

Last week, Washington, DC Mayor Tony Williams announced a plan to pose for a “Got Milk?” advertisement and designate May 11 “Drink Chocolate Milk Day.” Most of Our Nation’s Capital…
Posted April 25, 2001 at 12:00 am

South Carolina’s ‘Beef’ With Pork

Yesterday, South Carolina governor Jim Hodges imposed a 15-day moratorium on building new hog farms in his state. A Smithfield Foods subsidiary called Carroll’s Foods wants to build two new…
Posted April 24, 2001 at 12:00 am