The Week In Review
(February 27th, 2009)
With the exception of an unfortunate slip-up by one major news outlet, there was a promising pattern in this week’s food news: common sense. A landmark study broke the bad news to dieters in denial about the importance of moderation and exercise. Chicago Tribune article telling orthorexic Americans to ignore flavor-of-the-week...
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Major Study Says Fad Diets Aren’t The Key To Weight Loss
(February 26th, 2009)
We’ve been saying for years that the key to weight loss is a total lifestyle approach. And today, newspaper headlines across the country are saying it too. A landmark study on dieting and weight loss has found that the calories-in versus calories-out equation is the single...
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Benjamin Franklin Was Not An Animal Rights Activist
(February 25th, 2009)
Benjamin Franklin was a writer, humorist, businessman, scientist, inventor, musician, diplomat, politician, political theorist, and civic leader. What he wasn’t: an animal rights activist. But don’t try telling that to vegan extremists who have been claiming the great inventor as one of their own. It’s not the first time wishful...
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Reporters Confuse Two Big Words: ‘Causation’ and ‘Correlation’
(February 24th, 2009)
Eating ice cream causes shark attacks. Don’t believe us? How else to explain the fact that both ice cream sales and the rate of shark attacks have been increasing at the same time? Okay, we’re kidding. They’re obviously not related. But we couldn’t help ourselves when we read a breathless headline...
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Interpret Health Studies With A Healthy Perspective
(February 23rd, 2009)
Confused about the weekly emergence of yet another new study about what causes cancer, or heart disease, or diabetes, or obesity? Ever notice that all the experts reliably contradict each other with each and every new finding? The Chicago Tribune has picked up on this scientific head-spinning...
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Week In Review
(February 20th, 2009)
It’s been a busy week on the food front: The anti-biotech crowd successfully stymied further progress in European agriculture technology. Nutrition nanny Kelly Brownell declared that he’s not ready to give up on the wildly unpopular “obesity tax.” The Village Voice called animal rights activists out...
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Village Voice Just Ducky With Foie Gras
(February 19th, 2009)
When Village Voice reporter Sarah DiGregorio set out to investigate foie gras production at Hudson Valley, activists prepped her for a conspiracy. “With 150 people living on-site,” warned anti-foie gras campaigner Holly Cheever, “they can cherry-pick out the disastrously sick ducks” to hide animal abuse from the media. Armed...
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Food Cops Are The Only Ones Who Want Soda Taxes
(February 18th, 2009)
In completely unsurprising fashion, notorious food cop Kelly Brownell has pounced on N.Y. Governor David Paterson’s proposed tax on soda pop in a new op-ed praising the unpopular idea. Gov. Paterson’s proposal has been met with criticism at every turn, particularly from consumers who aren’t swallowing the...
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The (Kill)joys of Cooking
(February 17th, 2009)
Remember the golden era when every American survived on a food-cop-approved diet of carrot sticks, flaxseeds, and lettuce sandwiches? Neither do we. But a new study may lend this fairy tale some psychological momentum. Published as a letter in the Annals of Internal Medicine, it compares recipes...
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Anti-Technology Activists Score One in Europe
(February 16th, 2009)
The emotionally charged controversy over genetically modified (GM) foods reached the highest level of European bureaucracy today. And a few hours ago, the first wire reports came through with the bad news: Despite widespread objections from the scientific community, France and Greece will remain free to prohibit their farmers...
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