Experts to FDA: Time to Update Fish Recommendations
(May 28th, 2010)
We’ve pointed out many times that Americans’ hysteria over trace levels of mercury in fish is just that—hysteria. The health risks from mercury (some of which is all-natural) are vanishingly small compared to the well-documented health benefits of eating fish. And now here’s some good news:...
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Spraying Context on Organic’s Pesticide Claims
(May 27th, 2010)
With the recent release of a new review in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it now seems pretty well established that organic foods aren’t any nutritionally better than regular, conventional foods. But one of the comebacks we often hear from skeptical consumers (mostly parents of small children)...
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CSPI “Awards” More of the Same (Drivel)
(May 26th, 2010)
It seems like it’s been a while since the nutritional purists at the Center for Science in the Public Interest last pulled a hyperbolic snack-hating stunt. But we knew we wouldn’t have to wait too long. Yesterday CSPI unveiled the latest edition of its “Xtreme Eating Awards” for...
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Organic’s Nutritional Superiority (Still) Nonexistent
(May 25th, 2010)
Another study, another dose of reality for organic-only foodies. A review published this month in the prestigious American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that the evidence from previous studies (after tossing out many whose scientific rigor was found lacking) indicates that organic food isn’t any healthier than ordinary,...
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Resolved: Shareholders Reject PETA Agenda
(May 24th, 2010)
The Associated Press reports today (as though it were “news”) on an old tactic used by the animal rights extremists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). In addition to sending half-nude performers to “shower” with an anti-meat message, PETA is trying a more fully...
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Shaking Up the Nanny State
(May 21st, 2010)
As the federal government’s Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee considers its options before releasing its official nutritional recommendations this year, it’s clear that the latest push is against salt. Backed by activist groups such as the self-anointed food police at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, New York City...
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Fitness Proof Is in the Presidential Pudding
(May 20th, 2010)
Phil Vettel, the Chicago Tribune’s food critic, notes a certain whiff of hypocrisy in First Lady Michelle Obama’s food-focused campaign to solve Americans’ weight woes. While she’s preaching about access to fresh veggies, her husband goes on the road and happily noshes on wings, burgers, and fries. Vettel writes...
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Nutritional Wizardry Not So Wonderful
(May 19th, 2010)
Television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz doesn’t claim to be a “supermarket guru” when he slams high fructose corn syrup, but he does have an M.D. That’s why it’s concerning when he puts out a column advising his fans to avoid products with high fructose corn syrup. He raises a scarecrow...
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More and More Americans Know: HSUS Isn’t a Pet Shelter Group
(May 18th, 2010)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware of our 3-month-old, revitalized HumaneWatch campaign that’s exposing the deceptive “Humane Society” of the United States (HSUS) as the PETA-esque animal rights group that it is. Judging from the reaction of HSUS (and its head honcho read more here »

HSUS and Real Humane Societies: Night and Day
(May 17th, 2010)
Last week the animal-rights “Humane Society” of the United States hosted its 2010 Animal Care Expo in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s a trade show for local pet shelters. The sad irony is that HSUS gives less than one percent of its $100 million budget to those same underfunded shelters—choosing...
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