Rebutting the Myth of “Evil” High Fructose Corn Syrup
(February 26th, 2010)
There is an old observation that if a lie is repeated enough, no matter how outrageous, it comes to be regarded as a truth. Such is the case with the unfounded claims that high fructose corn syrup is an unnatural sugar that poses novel health risks. Another “expert” jumped...
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Still No Evidence That Menu Labeling Works
(February 25th, 2010)
You might recall that last summer anti-obesity fanatics Kelly Brownell and David Ludwig wrote a piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association. They were addressing the lack of evidence that government-mandated menu labeling would actually work. “For some of the most important public health problems today,” the...
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TIME Trawls for Tuna Terror
(February 24th, 2010)
In a story that seems like it was pulled from an apocalyptic CSPI press release, TIME published a list this week of what it claims are the top 10 “most dangerous” foods. TIME’s inclusion of coffee, hot dogs, and leafy greens raised some eyebrows. But its addition...
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Yes, Wayne, Let’s Follow the Money
(February 23rd, 2010)
If you don’t subscribe to the dead-tree edition of The New York Times, you may have missed our full-page ad today asking readers, “Shouldn’t the ‘Humane Society’ do better?” Considering that less than half of one-percent of money spent by the Humane Society of the United...
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Federal Racketeering Lawsuit Stuns HSUS
(February 22nd, 2010)
You may have missed our New Year’s Eve exposé covering the dismissal of a federal lawsuit pushed by a consortium of animal rights groups that included the deceptive Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The groups alleged that Feld Entertainment (the parent company of the Ringling...
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The Golden State Soda Tax
(February 19th, 2010)
California lawmakers are considering imposing a $1.5 billion “soda tax” on the economically beleaguered residents of that nearly bankrupt state. State Senator Dean Florez (D-Fresno) has proposed to tax sweetened drinks at the rate of a penny per teaspoon of sugar in an ill-guided attempt to control obesity...
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Corn Syrup Marketing Myths
(February 18th, 2010)
More and more companies are joining Starbucks in removing high fructose corn syrup from their ingredient lists. Thankfully, though, it’s not just us calling them out for embracing such a gimmicky marketing blitz. In its March issue, Consumer Reports takes this ploy to task, pointing out that high fructose corn syrup is...
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A Stimulus for Food Cops’ Appetites
(February 17th, 2010)
In case you missed it, we noted last week that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (an economic “stimulus” bill passed by Congress last year) includes hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to decrease the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. New York (home of the self-anointed Big...
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All Systems Go for HumaneWatch!
(February 16th, 2010)
We’re full speed ahead with the official launch this morning of HumaneWatch, our collaborative watchdog project that aims to shine some much-needed sunlight on the deceptive “Humane Society” of the United States (HSUS). HumaneWatch will also serve as a public archive for information about HSUS, its...
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HumaneWatch: Proudly Launching Soon
(February 15th, 2010)
We’re at T-minus just a few hours before the official launch of the new HumaneWatch.org, a growing central hub for information—past, present, and future—about the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). It would be fun to be a fly on Wayne Pacelle’s wall during the...
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