Archive: Jan 2010

Massachusetts Soda Tax Is Bad Science and Bad Politics

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has become the latest pol to jump on the soda tax bandwagon in the wrongheaded belief that kicking the fizz habit will make everyone skinnier.
Posted January 29, 2010 at 12:00 am

Stossel Gives Us a Break

We’d like to thank consumer reporter and investigative journalist John Stossel for highlighting our work fighting food fascists on his blog this morning. Stossel will air an episode of…
Posted January 25, 2010 at 12:00 am

Maven Marion to “Ordinary Mortals”: You’re Stupid

Food activist and NYU professor Marion Nestle positions herself as a defender of the little guy in her personal crusade against “Big Food” — that is, any company that…
Posted January 25, 2010 at 12:00 am

Farmer Brown Stands Up to (Animal Rights) Bullies

Farmers get a bad rap. They work their fingers to the bone to feed us, and most Americans have never even met one. They sink their savings into one of…
Posted January 22, 2010 at 12:00 am

Europe Binges on Fat Taxes

  European governments are resorting to an array of punitive “fat taxes” in an ill-conceived bid to stop people from putting on weight. The latest site of this authoritarian…
Posted January 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

The Latest From the Animal (Rights) Kingdom

We’ve been spending a lot of time discussing the deceptive Humane Society of the United States recently. But there’s plenty of other news of note about HSUS’s philosophical ally in the…
Posted January 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

NY Soft Drink Tax: Second Verse, As Bad As The First

Empire State Governor David Paterson wasn’t bluffing when he said last fall that he wanted to bring his widely panned soft-drink tax proposal back from the grave. You might…
Posted January 20, 2010 at 12:00 am

“Chef” Pollan’s Daily Special: Lousy Advice

Self-styled food guru Michael Pollan’s latest rant against modern farming, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, lists 64 rules for healthy eating. Pollan says they are meant to be taken as…
Posted January 19, 2010 at 12:00 am

HSUS: Another Disaster, Another Payday

The earthquake that left Haiti in ruins last week is an unspeakable tragedy that calls for the support of humanitarians around the world to rescue and rebuild. But some “charities”…
Posted January 18, 2010 at 12:00 am

Sugar Baron Goes Sour on High Fructose Corn Syrup

The agriculture-focused Capital Press carried a rather unsurprising story yesterday: Sugar farmers are pleased that beverage makers are replacing high fructose corn syrup with ordinary sucrose (cane and beet sugar). One example: The San Francisco school district …
Posted January 15, 2010 at 12:00 am