Archive: Apr 2009

A Food Activist Utopia?

In their efforts to condemn one food or another, dietary do-gooders make all sorts of iffy claims. Anti-meat activists demonize cheeseburgers by branding them as cancer-causing Earth destroyers. The fat…
Posted April 30, 2009 at 12:00 am

Sweetener Wars Teach Marketing 101

In the world of dietary politics, few campaigns are nastier than the one against high fructose corn syrup. From comparing it to illegal drugs to calling it the…
Posted April 29, 2009 at 12:00 am

Quote of the Week

Smoking, nonsmoking, or meat eating? If firefighter and vegetarian activist Rip Esselstyn has his way, restaurants will soon begin segregating omnivores from anti-meat fanatics. What a way to sell vegetarian…
Posted April 28, 2009 at 12:00 am

Why the Center for Responsible Lending’s “Poll” on Eliminating Financial Choices Is Irrelevant

Earlier this month, a lobbying group called the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) released a survey they said showed that most Americans support capping interest rates on short-term loans. Data…
Posted April 28, 2009 at 12:00 am

Animal Activists Capitalize on Swine Flu Hysteria

“Rule one,” White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told The New York Times last November, is “never allow a crisis to go to waste.” But despite some accusations…
Posted April 27, 2009 at 12:00 am

Quote of the Week

Food activists spend plenty of time dismissing their opponents as “enemies of public health.” But as we often argue, those claiming to be messengers of the health gods aren’t creating…
Posted April 24, 2009 at 12:00 am

Sweet Relief From Syrupy Misinformation

“High fructose corn syrup is one of the most misunderstood products in the food supply,” said Harvard’s David Ludwig last night on NBC Nightly News. That’s because sugar is…
Posted April 23, 2009 at 12:00 am

An Inconvenient Truth: Your Prius Is Making You Fat

Just in time for Earth Day, a new report claiming that fat people are responsible for global warming has been making headlines. Turning obesity into an environmental crisis is nothing new.
Posted April 22, 2009 at 12:00 am

Adding Our Brains to the Fish Debate

After years of public discussion, the good news about seafood and health has made its way up the government food chain. As we told you earlier this year, the Food…
Posted April 21, 2009 at 12:00 am

The Wrong Way To Slim Down NYC – Take Four

New York City public health officials are just full of ideas on how to trim down their constituents: taxing soft drinks, yanking the salt out of recipes, and…
Posted April 20, 2009 at 12:00 am