Playgrounds Give Kids the Tools to Get Fit
(September 30th, 2010)
First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiatives to fight childhood obesity have so far ranged from wishy-washy to downright wrongheaded. But today, the campaign took a promising turn with news of a $1 million grant from Disney to build playgrounds in 10 poor communities across America. The First Lady...
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Hands Tied Over Murder-Advocating Doctor
(September 29th, 2010)
Remember Jerry Vlasak? He’s a trauma surgeon and animal rights activist who has advocated for the deaths of other doctors who conduct medical research that uses animals. Two years ago we filed a petition with the Medical Board of California (where Vlasak is licensed as an M.D.), asking...
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Babysitting at the Drive-Thru
(September 28th, 2010)
Last night city officials in San Francisco heard testimony on a proposal to outlaw serving toys with certain “unhealthy” kids meals. No vote occurred last night, but a second hearing is scheduled for next week. If this sounds familiar, you might remember that California’s Santa Clara County proposed...
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One Moo-vement That Doesn’t Make a Latte Sense
(September 27th, 2010)
The war against all things sweet has taken an even more ridiculous turn. The Orlando Sentinel reported last week that the Florida Board of Education will soon consider a statewide ban on chocolate milk in public schools. The heavy-handed proposal, of course, claims a noble goal: fighting childhood...
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Happy Birthday, PETA!
(September 24th, 2010)
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals celebrates its 30th anniversary tomorrow, so we thought this would be a great time to share our thoughts on PETA’s continuing relevance:                           Continue reading
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Quote of the Week
(September 23rd, 2010)
With an FDA panel holding hearings this week on whether to allow the first genetically modified animal (salmon) on Americans’ plates, “green” scaremongering is once again rearing its science-challenged head. People have been tweaking animal genes for millennia through selective breeding; That's why your pet might be a...
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Who Says “Junk” Food is Junk?
(September 22nd, 2010)
We hear a lot from self-anointed food police like those at the Center for “Science in the Public Interest” that there are “good” foods and “bad” foods, with most tasty treats always falling in the latter category. Even parents tend to embrace phrases like “junk food.” But an...
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Animals vs. Human Animals
(September 21st, 2010)
Every now and then, an animal rights activist will toss aside all pretenses to common sense and make a truly inane (and frighteningly candid) statement. Today’s case in point: Dr. Jerry Vlasak, a part-time trauma surgeon who was at one time a spokesperson for the PETA-linked “Physicians...
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Pointing Fingers Over Obesity
(September 20th, 2010)
First Lady Michelle Obama gave a speech to the restaurant industry last week with a pointed message: Restaurant dishes are to blame for people choosing not to eat healthy food. No, really:
Even if we give parents all the information they need and improve school meals and build brand...
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Sugar = Sugar
(September 17th, 2010)
Big news in the food world this week: Producers of high fructose corn syrup, the sweetener that’s been a perennial punching bag for food activists, want to change its name to “corn sugar.” The Food and Drug Administration will consider a petition to do just that. Good move? Absolutely....
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