Archive: Feb 2009

The Week In Review

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…
Posted February 27, 2009 at 12:00 am

Major Study Says Fad Diets Aren’t The Key To Weight Loss

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.
Posted February 26, 2009 at 12:00 am

Benjamin Franklin Was Not An Animal Rights Activist

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…
Posted February 25, 2009 at 12:00 am

Reporters Confuse Two Big Words: ‘Causation’ and ‘Correlation’

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…
Posted February 24, 2009 at 12:00 am

Interpret Health Studies With A Healthy Perspective

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…
Posted February 23, 2009 at 12:00 am

Week In Review

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…
Posted February 20, 2009 at 12:00 am

Village Voice Just Ducky With Foie Gras

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…
Posted February 19, 2009 at 12:00 am

Food Cops Are The Only Ones Who Want Soda Taxes

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…
Posted February 18, 2009 at 12:00 am

The (Kill)joys of Cooking

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…
Posted February 17, 2009 at 12:00 am

Anti-Technology Activists Score One in Europe

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…
Posted February 16, 2009 at 12:00 am