Big Apple Bureaucrats in Soda Scam Cover-Up
(October 29th, 2010)
New York City Mayor (and professional irritant) Michael Bloomberg has launched an all-out war against food and drink, particularly soda. Tossing and turning every night over the prospect that someone in America might be enjoying a beverage that tastes better than tap water, Bloomberg has proposed banning soft drinks from...
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Halloween Scares: Activists and Organic Food
(October 28th, 2010)
Forget vampires and Snooki. The scariest thing to dress up as this Halloween is a food activist. While most people spend the end of October buying candy and planning parties, the anti-sweets squad burns the midnight oil fretting about the candy children are eating. One recent article in the Chicago...
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Fast Food Ad Guru Rebrands Himself
(October 27th, 2010)
Alex Bogusky was an advertising firebrand renowned as a groundbreaking idea machine. He created the Burger King royalty, the oversized fast-food icon that made BK some giant profits. He’s also done work for Domino’s and Coca-Cola. Earlier this year, Bogusky suddenly had an epiphany. He left his advertising company, bought a cabin in Boulder, Colo., and started...
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Kelly Kapowski Serves Up Fishy Complaint
(October 26th, 2010)
Media outlets and activist groups seem to love regurgitating the myth that eating store-bought tuna can cause mercury poisoning. And every so often, a new celebrity will come out with a claim that fish made him or her gravely ill. The latest is Tiffani Thiessen (remember her?), formerly of...
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Finally Fact Checking the Claims Against Corn Sugar
(October 25th, 2010)
Professional busybodies have spent years wringing their hands over high fructose corn syrup, that “everywhere” sugar used to sweeten many foods. An intense fear-mongering campaign sought to tie high fructose corn syrup to obesity and other health problems. But there’s one catch: High fructose corn syrup is nutritionally...
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Clever Changes, Not Nattering Nannies, Inspire Healthier Eating
(October 22nd, 2010)
For years America’s self-anointed “food police” have targeted schools in their quest to impose heavy-handed policies on what people eat and drink—even to the point of cupcake bans. But today, Brian Wansink and David R. Just of Cornell University published an interactive graphic in the New York...
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The Fear-mongering Industry Fights the Facts
(October 21st, 2010)
There’s no shortage of activist groups that make a living breathlessly creating scares about everything from fish to farming to french fries. Usually their tactics, though fundamentally flawed, are subtle enough to avoid scrutiny until the scare has run its course in the media. On the...
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The “Humane Society” That Isn’t
(October 20th, 2010)
Our analysis last year of the Humane Society of the United States’ 2008 tax return drew a lot of eyeballs, because HSUS’s animal-rights priorities became clearer than ever before. Just one-half of one percent of HSUS’s 2008 budget consisted of grants to pet shelters. Meanwhile,...
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Food Cops Wonder Why a Cheeseburger Isn’t an Assault Weapon
(October 19th, 2010)
We’ve seen plenty of hysterical bouts of food scaremongering from self-anointed haters of anything tasty, but today’s hyperbole should get some kind of award. Leslie Samuelrich, chief of staff for the killjoy think tank Corporate Accountability International (CAI), wonders why more people aren’t crusading against fast food restaurants. To...
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Quote of the Week
(October 15th, 2010)
On Wednesday we took a look at Big Apple Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s new proposal to ban poor people from buying soda with food stamps. As we pointed out, Hizzoner is talking out of both sides of his mouth (which is nothing new) by having his administration read more here »