Waving the White Flag on Personal Responsibility?
(March 31st, 2010)
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 newspaper also notes the work of former FDA Commissioner David Kessler, who thinks that food makers create irresistible—essentially, addictive—products. ...
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What if Menu Labeling Doesn’t Work?
(March 30th, 2010)
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, menu labeling is now the law of the land. As we (and the Los Angeles Times) recounted last month,...
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Potato Chips = Heroin? Yeah, Right.
(March 29th, 2010)
“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 in Florida found that rats fed high-fat diets exhibited “addiction” symptoms, lost control, and overate. Get ready for the hyperbole. Common...
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Skepticism Grows About High Fructose Corn Syrup Hype
(March 26th, 2010)
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 sucrose (table sugar). The authors of the research speculated that this could signify that high fructose corn syrup has a...
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Zoning Bans: Just Another Big Government Ploy
(March 25th, 2010)
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 offer cheap food. If that sounds familiar, you might remember that the Los Angeles City Council tried something similar with...
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U.N. Walks Back Meat and Climate Change Report
(March 24th, 2010)
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. Mitloehner found that the U.N.'s analysis of global transportation emissions was not as detailed as its review of meat...
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Marion Nestle Agrees: A Sugar Is A Sugar, Period.
(March 24th, 2010)
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 flags because sucrose and high fructose corn syrup are handled the same metabolically and contain the same number of calories per teaspoon. And a set...
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“Meatless Mondays” Campaign Relies on Hazy Climate Claims
(March 23rd, 2010)
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 from a 2006 United Nations report claiming that livestock producers are responsible for 18 percent of global greenhouse...
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More Pushback Against PETA
(March 22nd, 2010)
Hunters and pet store owners are firing back against People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and its radical agenda. In South Carolina, hunters are supporting a statewide ballot initiative to change the state Constitution and give hunters a permanent right to hunt. Says hunting enthusiast...
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Tornado of Soda Tax Opposition Grows and Grows
(March 19th, 2010)
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 whack-a-mole game, with a new state or locality creating a new proposal seemingly every week. Fortunately, they’ve met strong...
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