Archive: Aug 2010

Benefits of Buying Local Can Be a Far-Off Fantasy

It may seem counterintuitive that buying something grown halfway around the world can be more eco-friendly than buying something grown just a county or two away. Strange, but true.
Posted August 31, 2010 at 12:00 am

Activist Fish Report Full of Chum

If you thought the activist Environmental Working Group was silly for making hay over Vitamin A, it’s facing some new competition in the “eternally worrisome” department from…
Posted August 30, 2010 at 12:00 am

Cracking Michael Pollan’s Salmonella Opportunism

As with most food crises, there’s no shortage of activists offering their own self-serving “solutions” along with the recall of more than 500 million eggs. The animal-rights…
Posted August 26, 2010 at 12:00 am

Anti-Sugar Zealotry Could Cost Kids

We’ve always suspected that uncompromising anti-food groups like the Center for Science in the “Public Interest” really only have one set of interests in mind: their own. Routinely…
Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:00 am

A Little Perspective on Eggs

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard the media fanfare over the recall of 550 million eggs that are thought to be at risk for contamination…
Posted August 24, 2010 at 12:00 am

Food “Environment” Logic Just Plain Polluted

Over the weekend, The New York Times took a look at combating America’s rising obesity rates. Unsurprisingly, the resulting article included a comment from leading “food police” academic …
Posted August 23, 2010 at 12:00 am

Food Cops Now Want Literal Badges

   Lest anyone thinks we’re being paranoid about how some foodie activists are trying to control what consumers may and may not eat, let us present “Exhibit A”:…
Posted August 20, 2010 at 12:00 am

More Worries From a “Working Group”

Our database project explores the financial ties and radical relationships among animal rights, environmental, and “food police” organizations. It’s full of the dirty secrets that these activist groups…
Posted August 17, 2010 at 12:00 am

Meritless Animal Rights Theory Skewered, Grilled by Court

We reported about two years ago that the deceptively named “Physicians Committee” for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)—really an animal rights group with few actual physicians—filed a “toxic tort” lawsuit…
Posted August 16, 2010 at 12:00 am

No, Tupperware Isn’t Making Us Fat

As we’ve noted before, the truth (or fiction) behind America’s “obesity epidemic” ultimately comes down to simple math: the balance between calories “in” from food & drink, and…
Posted August 13, 2010 at 12:00 am