Archive: Mar 2010

Waving the White Flag on Personal Responsibility?

USA Today editorializes this morning that we’re “hooked on junk food,” citing the recent Scripps Research Institute study claiming that high-fat, high-sugar foods are—literally—addictive like crack cocaine. The…
Posted March 31, 2010 at 12:00 am

What if Menu Labeling Doesn’t Work?

We’re not going to wade into the general healthcare kerfuffle that’s dominating the news. But it’s worth noting that, since President Obama has signed the 2,000 page bill,…
Posted March 30, 2010 at 12:00 am

Potato Chips = Heroin? Yeah, Right.

“Junk food could be addictive 'like heroin',” screams one news headline today above a story describing a new study in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute…
Posted March 29, 2010 at 12:00 am

Skepticism Grows About High Fructose Corn Syrup Hype

Every day, more people are pointing out flaws in last month’s Princeton University study finding that rats fed high fructose corn syrup gained more weight than rats fed…
Posted March 26, 2010 at 12:00 am

Zoning Bans: Just Another Big Government Ploy

Yesterday the New York Daily News reported that New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn wants to impose zoning bans on fast-food restaurants to supposedly “help” poor areas by blacklisting establishments that…
Posted March 25, 2010 at 12:00 am

U.N. Walks Back Meat and Climate Change Report

Yesterday, we reported that University of California-Davis researcher Dr. Frank Mitloehner has documented a major flaw in a 2006 United Nations report about greenhouse gas emissions from livestock producers.
Posted March 24, 2010 at 12:00 am

Marion Nestle Agrees: A Sugar Is A Sugar, Period.

We were surprised on Monday to read that researchers found that rats fed high fructose corn syrup experienced more weight gain than rats fed table sugar. It raised some red…
Posted March 24, 2010 at 12:00 am

“Meatless Mondays” Campaign Relies on Hazy Climate Claims

With the announcement this week that Quebec will soon begin promoting “Meatless Mondays,” anti-meat activism got a significant boost. As usual, news stories about the campaign cited sketchy figures…
Posted March 23, 2010 at 12:00 am

Tornado of Soda Tax Opposition Grows and Grows

As revenue-starved politicians everywhere seek new ways to collect every last available nickel and dime, more and more are turning to soft drink taxes. It’s almost a sort of…
Posted March 19, 2010 at 12:00 am

Momentum Builds Against Soda Taxes

Kansas legislators found out yesterday that taxing soda is not the easy, controversy-free way to raise revenue they probably thought it would be. Hundreds of soft-drink bottlers, convenience store…
Posted March 18, 2010 at 12:00 am