127 Ways Big Brother Brownell Is Wrong
(July 29th, 2004)
New government numbers pose a 64-cent question: Why does obesity warrior Kelly "Big Brother" Brownell fudge the price of produce? "Unhealthy foods," he says "are the cheapest and easiest to get. Healthier foods are harder to get and cost more." Leveling this supposedly unequal playing field is...
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Pound Foolish
(July 28th, 2004)
Lambasting "the proselytizers and the demonizers, the moralizers and the food prudes," columnist Margaret Wente of Canada's Globe and Mail has had just about enough of groups like the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Wente laments that her "scone addiction is no longer a...
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PCRM’s Seven (Of Many) Sins
(July 27th, 2004)
Trial lawyer ringleader John "Sue the Bastards" Banzhaf was there. So were Kelly "Big Brother" Brownell and top food cop Michael Jacobson. As usual, Marion Nestle -- infamous for saying America has too much food -- was also among the nutritional nags who played...
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CCF Ad-vises Newsweek Readers: PETA’s After Your Child
(July 26th, 2004)
Marci Hansen, "youth marketing manager" at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), recently complained to the Lowell Sun in Massachusetts that when it comes to her group's efforts to mold children into anti-meat militants, "Parents are tough." They're especially tough when, as Hansen concedes,...
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CSPI’s Siren Song: Banned In The USA
(July 23rd, 2004)
"All we do is try to provide the public with information and encouragement to make those changes that will protect their health," says Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) president Michael Jacobson. If you believe that, Kelly "Big Brother" Brownell has a...
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Sex, Drugs, And Rocky Road?
(July 22nd, 2004)
Cheese is "morphine on a cracker," according to Neal Barnard, president of the animal-rights group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Whether it's parody or not, a new public service announcement funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture slips dangerously close to that absurd position -- and...
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FDA Chief Labels CSPI-Favored Obesity Solution Ineffective
(July 21st, 2004)
The food cops at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) should take note: the leader of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believes that nutrition labeling of packaged food in grocery stores -- the model upon which CSPI would base mandatory restaurant menu labels --...
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Obesity Sharks Eyeing Medicare Decision Should Walk A Mile In Thompson’s Shoes
(July 20th, 2004)
"The federal government's decision to begin covering obesity treatment will help trial lawyers in their quest to blame the epidemic on the food and restaurant industries," reports the Washington Times. Litigation ringleader John "Sue the Bastards" Banzhaf said the government's decision to reclassify obesity as if...
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A Chicken For Every (Crack)pot
(July 19th, 2004)
The latest salvo in the Kelly Brownell-inspired international war to make food less "convenient, accessible, good-tasting ... and cheap" has been fired by food cops across the pond. As we warned last year, the World Health Organization's (WHO) binding treaty on international tobacco control has become...
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Government Warning: Tinseltown Hunks Are Actually Hollywood Chunks
(July 16th, 2004)
Today, the Center for Consumer Freedom asks, "I, Robot" or "I, Rotund"? Actor Will Smith (6'2", 210 lbs.) is movie-star fit, but the federal government's flawed Body Mass Index (BMI) standard says he's "overweight." The government has defined "overweight" to mean a BMI between 25 and...
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