Archive: Jun 2001

Genetically Improved Foods Save Money And The Environment

Despite a steady supply of farcical protests, attendees of this week’s San Diego biotech conference heard good news about the benefits of food technology. Tuesday saw the release of preliminary…
Posted June 28, 2001 at 12:00 am

Schlosser Renews His Attack On Meat

The July/August issue of famed Leftist magazine Mother Jones features a cover story from Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation. Schlosser, who fancies himself a 21st century Upton Sinclair,…
Posted June 28, 2001 at 12:00 am

The Big Civil-Disobedience-Thing, Cha-Cha

Each week on his HBO show, Saturday Night Live alumnus and Monday Night Football broadcaster Dennis Miller weighs in on current events with remarkable candor. Taking stock of the goings-on…
Posted June 28, 2001 at 12:00 am

Genetic Martyr Surfaces In San Deigo

It was only a matter of time. With all the biotech battles in San Diego this week, the name Percy Schmeiser was bound to turn up eventually. Percy who? This…
Posted June 27, 2001 at 12:00 am

Is CSPI Passing The Baton?

Say it aint so! After 30 years of nannying and nagging us about our food choices, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) seems to be a bit…
Posted June 27, 2001 at 12:00 am

Anti-Corporate Culture Dominates San Diego Protests

San Diego’s anti-biotech protesters have certainly given us a dose of low comedy this week. On one street corner, animal-rights zealots from PETA were turning a Burger King lunch counter…
Posted June 26, 2001 at 12:00 am

Scaring The Daylights Out Of Parents

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has long made public-relations hay out of Dr. Benjamin Spock's suggestion, late in life, that parents feed their kids only veggies (and no milk!) after age 2. Now, in Spock's home town of New Haven, PETA has erected a billboard designed to scare parents. It reads: "Got Sick Kids? Drinking milk contributes to colic, ear infections, allergies, diabetes, obesity, and many other illnesses."
Posted June 26, 2001 at 12:00 am

Biodevastation Activists Converge On San Deigo

Hundreds of misinformed activists, “some dressed as ears of corn or genetically engineered tomatoes” (according to the Associated Press), began their protests this weekend. The action is aimed at the…
Posted June 25, 2001 at 12:00 am

Law And Order, Locals Respond To Small Numbers

Although pre-event reports by the The San Diego Union Tribune estimated that as many as “4,000 to 8,000” protesters would show up, on-the-scene reports yesterday and today place the number…
Posted June 25, 2001 at 12:00 am

The Luddites Are Coming!

For the real scoop on what the activists call “Biodevastation 2001,” let’s turn to a native San Diego observer. Columnist Joseph Perkins writes that this week’s protesters are the…
Posted June 25, 2001 at 12:00 am