Activists: Sayonara to Brain Food
(August 31st, 2006)
A new insult to common sense came yesterday from the Sea Turtle Restoration Project (STRP), in the form of an alarmist report about trace levels of mercury in 20 pieces of tuna sushi sold in Chicago. Like the group's earlier attempts to scare sushi lovers...
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Ban More Meat Entrees. We Dare You.
(August 31st, 2006)
Note to Chicago's do-gooder legislators: The Law of Unintended Consequences isn't the sort of rule that can be amended or rescinded. That should be the lesson learned in the aftermath of the Windy City's recently imposed ban on the sale of foie gras. Instead of stigmatizing the...
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Animal-Rights ‘Crabs’ Attack SPCA
(August 30th, 2006)
You'd think the entire animal protection movement would be supportive of the Prince Rupert Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). But last month the British Columbia organization, short on space and raising funds for a new $300,000 animal shelter, announced a " read more here »

Rehashed Fat Report Weighs Americans On A Bad Scale
(August 30th, 2006)
The latest annual "F as in Fat" report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) rehashed the same half-truths about Americans getting fatter that the group trotted out in 2005. Unfortunately for them, we have the half they left out. The core flaw of...
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Activist Cornucopia Overflows With Bad Ideas
(August 29th, 2006)
We read this stuff so you don't have to: The most recent issue of The Nation magazine (not a publication known for centrist moderation) features an activist roundtable crammed with people who have made careers out of bashing the food industry. Here's the best of the worst,...
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School Nutritionist To Vegan Enforcers: ‘We Have A Right To Choose’
(August 28th, 2006)
The school-food report cards from the radical Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) have hit an unexpected snag. Penny McConnell, food and nutrition director of the $2.1 billion Fairfax County Public School District (situated just outside our nation's capital), told The Washington Post...
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Simplistic Attacks Make Bias ‘Obvious’
(August 28th, 2006)
Weighing in on a recent New York Times Magazine article about the "obesity virus" hypothesis, Yale public health professor David Katz wrote a letter complaining that the article overlooked the "obvious" causes of obesity, claiming that "besity rates have skyrocketed during the...
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Paris Hilton Selling Tofu?
(August 25th, 2006)
This one's too eye-opening to pass up. A website called SpicySprouts.com has sprung up to feature one filmmaker's (slightly unorthodox) look at life under the food police. The video is a parody of the infamous "Spicy Paris" commercial released last year to the consternation...
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Animal-Rights ‘Report Card’ Flunks Ethics Test
(August 24th, 2006)
Continuing the grand tradition of animal rights groups exploiting the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM, the lab-coated affiliate of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) callously issued an agenda-driven "report card" giving Hancock County Schools in Mississippi...
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Foie Gras Follies, Chicago-Style
(August 23rd, 2006)
Foie-gras-loving foodies in the City of the Big Shoulders are contemplating their options this morning, as their much-maligned duck liver is now officially contraband. Yesterday saw the enactment of the Chicago City Council's ban on the luxury dish, which Mayor Richard Daley has...
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