Quote Of The Week
(June 29th, 2007)
Yesterday -- in response to an article praising the new children's food marketing standards adopted by several industry leaders -- The Wall Street Journal published a letter from the former director of Program Development for the President's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports, Dr. Richard Keelor:
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Diabetes Hype Flatlines
(June 28th, 2007)
Type 2 Diabetes is the disease most often publicly associated with obesity. Food cops use the health care costs and death toll from this condition to inflate statistics for their alarmist "no food for you" campaigns. For years, anti-food-industry activists have claimed rising rates of obesity will fuel...
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SPECIAL REPORT: Judge Reminds PETA That Dognapping Is A Felony
(June 27th, 2007)
Yesterday, the latest People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) employee to run afoul of the law made her get-out-of-jail-free arguments before a Virginia judge. It didn’t go too well. At the end of a 90-minute “probable cause” hearing in the aptly named town of...
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Diametric on Double Chins
(June 26th, 2007)
Last night The Charlie Rose Show featured a panel on obesity and nutrition that read like a who's who of food cops, including anti-food-industry fanatics Marion Nestle and Dr. David Ludwig. While Nestle has devoted most of her career to singularly blaming the food industry...
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Food Cops Cheer Over Rising Food Costs
(June 25th, 2007)
Last week's issue of TIME magazine featured an endorsement of America's rising grocery prices. Yes, an endorsement. Claiming that obesity is the residual price of affordable food, TIME reporter John Cloud concludes that "it actually would be good if food cost a great deal more." But growing...
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Blubber Boomerang, Courtesy Of The Food Police
(June 21st, 2007)
Based on unfounded theories or superstitions, physicians in the past often used remedies (like blood letting) which made patients worse instead of curing them. Today's medical community, of course, typically uses treatments that have undergone rigorous testing. But activist groups are not held to the same standard. And when...
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Eggsploiting Consumers?
(June 20th, 2007)
In the United Kingdom this week the Broadcast Advertising Clearance Centre banned the reappearance of several 1960s British TV food ads featuring the slogan "Go to Work on an Egg." The government-backed agency justified the censorship by claiming that the old egg commercials failed to comply with...
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Junk Science Bullies
(June 19th, 2007)
Through social responsibility initiatives, businesses work with community leaders to help meet the public's needs. But activist groups often try to take advantage of these efforts to further their own agendas instead of common interests. Today Canada's National Post highlighted "junk science" as the means through which these...
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CSPI Sues Cereals Into Oblivion
(June 18th, 2007)
Last week breakfast-cereal giant Kellogg’s struck a deal with the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), agreeing to significantly scale down its advertisements on children’s television and to reduce the sugar content of its snacks and cereals. CSPI is trumpeting these self-imposed restrictions as a...
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Activists Play Chicken With Arsenic
(June 15th, 2007)
A recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel column reminded us just how far some organic food alarmists and small-farm-only advocates will go to push their agenda. Take the Minnesota-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP): If they’re to be believed, we now have yet another reason to fear...
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