Archive: Jun 2010

SCOTUS Nominee: Food Fascism Is “Dumb”

With the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens from the Supreme Court, President Obama’s nominee Elena Kagan is now testifying before the Senate during her confirmation hearings. While…
Posted June 30, 2010 at 12:00 am

Reality Check: Food Isn’t Tobacco

Given the success of the anti-smoking movement in establishing government control over tobacco, it’s no surprise that trial lawyers and other self-anointed “food cops” consistently cite the…
Posted June 29, 2010 at 12:00 am

Obesity Roundtable Showcases Weighty Debate

With a newly released study finding that childhood obesity may be declining, there’s finally some good news in the national fight against fat. But despite those signs of progress, there’s still plenty…
Posted June 28, 2010 at 12:00 am

Menu Labeling Advocate Admits Failure

For years, public health activists have clamored for mandatory calorie labeling in restaurants as a way to fight obesity—despite acknowledging a lack of scientific support for the concept.
Posted June 25, 2010 at 12:00 am

One Vegan’s Account of a Cattle Feedlot

If there’s one thing livestock farmers worry about, it’s “undercover” animal rights activists who lie on their job applications so they can shoot film that their real employers later…
Posted June 24, 2010 at 12:00 am

Fat Taxes Are Bad Policy and Bad Business

Remember Barry Popkin? He’s the University of North Carolina professor who originated the theory—which he now fully admits was incorrect—that high fructose corn syrup is a unique…
Posted June 23, 2010 at 12:00 am

Another Week, Another Fad Celebrity Diet

Whether it’s pushy vegans or organic snobs, it seems like Hollywood’s C-list always has an opinion about the best ways for us mere mortals to lose weight.
Posted June 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

Researcher to Salt Police: Back Off

With an April report from the Institute of Medicine urging the FDA to revisit sodium’s “generally recognized as safe” status, self-anointed food cops are hoping that strict regulations…
Posted June 18, 2010 at 12:00 am

Eco-Unfriendly Organic?

With the U.S. Senate’s rejection of legislation last week that would have limited the EPA’s power to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, climate change is once again grabbing national attention.
Posted June 17, 2010 at 12:00 am

Dietary Guidelines Report: The Good and the Bad

Yesterday a government panel of scientists advising the Dietary Guidelines Committee released its final report for 2010. The federal government’s official Dietary Guidelines are revisited every five years in…
Posted June 16, 2010 at 12:00 am