Food Cops Get An ‘F’ For False
(June 30th, 2008)
In this morning’s San Francisco Chronicle, a statement made by Mayor Gavin Newsom exposed the most troublesome misconception spread by obesity campaigns: “Our fast-food culture is the primary contributor to the health care costs in this country.” Though Newsom’s dramatic declaration is an increasingly publicized belief, it’s unfounded....
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Ready For A Mocha-Java Warning Label?
(June 27th, 2008)
The Sunshine (Nanny) State is at it again. California’s "Proposition 65" environmental fear-factor law, whose main purpose is to “help” consumers by making warning labels so ubiquitous that they have to cross state lines to buy a fishing rod without a skull and crossbones on it, is back...
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This Week In Food Fights
(June 26th, 2008)
Nutrition activists and opportunistic bureaucrats seem to have an endless supply of screwy ways to “improve” our diets. Here are the highlights from the past week:  Following the lead of Japan, Britain, and a heap of other fat-fighting countries, Germany has announced a national campaign...
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Sadly, PETA Has Yet To Solve Poverty, Crime, or Global Terrorism
(June 25th, 2008)
Animal "rights" radicals are getting craftier about finding new ways to nudge Americans toward strict vegetarianism. The save-the-cows-and-chickens crowd has never been a stranger to the kinds of fear mongering and guilt tactics that other activists movements have used to gain political influence. But apparently, the...
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CCF In The News
(June 24th, 2008)
Daily news reports inundate the public with a lot of the the-sky-is-falling rhetoric about Americans’ weight and health. And day after day, the Center for Consumer Freedom fights tirelessly to balance that hype with a healthy dose of facts and common sense. Today, the Chicago Tribune featured...
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Obesity Hysteria Spreads
(June 23rd, 2008)
Late last year, the British Parliament proposed constructing “fit towns” to fight obesity by regularly hosting weigh-ins to track local children’s weight and shipping overweight kids off to government-sponsored fat camps. Two months ago Japanese food cops implemented federal limits on waist size with a new law...
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Killing free enterprise, drip by drip
(June 20th, 2008)
"Payday" lenders have been getting a bad rap lately, and most of their critics seem to be arguing that short-term loans generate excessive profits at the expense of low- and middle-income Americans. "Solutions" range from outright bans on the service to  suing or capping...
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The Animal Research War
(June 20th, 2008)
Our bookshelves overflow with volumes about obesity, animal welfare, crop biotechnology, seafood politics, and the latest veal saltimbocca recipes. But every once in a while, a title comes along whose importance warrants a shout from the rooftops. In The Animal Research War, Dr. Michael Conn and James Parker...
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Better Dead than Fed?
(June 19th, 2008)
The debate over genetically modified (GM) foods is starting to get downright ugly. British environment minister Phil Woolas infuriated the eco-activists at Greenpeace and Friends of the Earthdared to publicly acknowledge that GM foods may bring something to the table in efforts to alleviate the global...
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Corn Sugar Off The Hook (Again)
(June 18th, 2008)
In the media tug-of-war between good and evil (foods), high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has unfairly found itself with a bad reputation. For years, nutrition activists have campaigned against the corn-based sweetener, claiming that its beet-derived cousin, table sugar, was supposedly healthier because it was “natural.”...
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