Taking On Soda Taxes
(August 31st, 2009)
Self-anointed food cops like newly minted Centers for Disease Control & Prevention chief Thomas Frieden keep proposing soda and junk food taxes as “solutions” to curb the nation’s growing waistlines (or to fund healthcare legislation). But as we covered before, “lifestyle” taxes will provide negligible benefits—at best—on...
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Adventures in Food Choice
(August 28th, 2009)
A veterinarian writing in USA Today offers this food for thought: Being a veterinarian and caring for animals doesn’t mean that you have to stop eating animal products. Her story raises an interesting point about foods we like to eat as a culture, and foods we don’t. Coincidentally, the National Post served up...
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The Fit-or-Fat Debate, Redux
(August 27th, 2009)
Writing online for Newsweek today, Daniel Heimpel has a simple message: Overselling the “obesity epidemic” isn’t getting us anywhere, since you can be both overweight and healthy. Fit and fat can be healthier than unfit and “normal” weight.  A few extra pounds aren't necessarily bad for us. In...
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Feelings Versus Facts: The Sugar Chronicles
(August 26th, 2009)
 The American Heart Association (AHA) released guidelines on Monday about the amount of added sugar that Americans should consume. Unfortunately, this report is likely to contribute to the hysteria surrounding high fructose corn syrup. Most recently, the founder of an Indianapolis farmers market, who has been adamant about keeping corn sugar out of her kitchen and using...
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Food Cop’s Junk Proposal Gets Trashed
(August 25th, 2009)
An opinion piece in today’s South Florida Sun-Sentinel reveals the truly haughty attitude behind proposed taxes on so-called “junk food”: People are too lazy to figure out food choices for themselves. We’re not making this up. As the writer puts it:
Anyone can eat healthy cheaply. Many people are...
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A fish story you shouldn’t swallow
(August 25th, 2009)

Consumers shouldn't be scared away from a diet rich in seafood, despite the scary headlines generated by a recent U.S. Geological Survey report about traces of mercury that have always been present in fish.

The Environmental Protection Agency standard used by the USGS is called a "water-quality criterion." It was...
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Don’t blame meat producers
(August 25th, 2009)

Jason Hill should have done a bit more climate change research before indicting meat producers for the state of the planet ("Cows, Congress and climate change," August 13).

The Environmental Protection Agency writes that the entire agriculture sector produces just "6 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions" -...
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TIME Out of Bounds on Agriculture Reporting
(August 24th, 2009)
TIME reporter Bryan Walsh took a cue from his friends behind Food, Inc. and hyped an impending food crisis in this week’s magazine cover story. But if you’re looking for the real story about agriculture, you won’t find it in “Getting Real About the High Price of...
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PETA Activists Are a Bunch of Blowholes
(August 21st, 2009)
We never seem to run out of attempts by self-anointed “food police” groups to regulate our diets for us through soda or food taxes and frivolous lawsuits. And as we told you last week, the fringe animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of...
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Flabby argument
(August 20th, 2009)

Richard Kravitz’s baseless insinuation that taxing high fructose corn syrup, or corn sugar, would reduce obesity rates fails to take into account nutrition and economic research that shows just the opposite (“Health care reform alone won’t make us healthier, experts say,” Aug. 16).

No fewer than five studies in a...
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