The Food Environmentalists
(January 31st, 2011)
Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" report. It’s mostly the usual blather about avoiding trans fats and increasing vitamin intake. But food scold Marion Nestle is excited, so something must be amiss:
An advisory committee of 13 scientists spent the past five years working...
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Quote of the Week
(January 27th, 2011)
Usually our quotes of the week come from fresh op-eds or commentaries that extol the virtues of consumer freedom. But today's quote dates back to 1859 when political philosopher John Stuart Mill published his famous treatise On Liberty. Mill's theoretical argument that government should intrude in someone's life only if he...
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Lead for Me But Not for Thee
(January 26th, 2011)
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is an environmental research and advocacy group that specializes in sounding the alarm over toxic substances. When it comes to lead, EWG seems to have a zero-tolerance policy, as shown from this 2009 blog post on its website:
Laboratory tests commissioned by the Campaign for...
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Center for Consumer Freedom Takes the Media by Storm!
(January 25th, 2011)
Our study on lead in reusable grocery bags is a hot story in the national media right now. From ABC News:
Twenty-one reusable bags sold as alternatives to disposable plastic or paper bags had dangerous levels of lead, according to new test results provided to USA TODAY. The non-woven-polypropylene...
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Center for Consumer Freedom Takes the Media by Storm!
(January 25th, 2011)
Our study on lead in reusable grocery bags is a hot story in the national media right now. From ABC News:
Twenty-one reusable bags sold as alternatives to disposable plastic or paper bags had dangerous levels of lead, according to new test results provided to USA TODAY. The non-woven-polypropylene...
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Vice Taxes, Poverty, and Unintended Consequences
(January 24th, 2011)
Yesterday we appeared on Fox News' Fox and Friends to discuss so-called vice taxes. State and federal legislators have considered levies on everything from soda to snack foods in an attempt to plug their budget holes. But as we point out, these taxes would hit the poor disproportionately while doing little to...
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Excessive Amounts of Lead Found in Reusable Grocery Bags Supplied by Major Retailers
(January 24th, 2011)
Today, the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) released new lab results showing that a number of major retailers’ reusable shopping bags contained excessive levels of lead. Of the 44 organizations whose bags were tested, 16 are selling or distributing reusable bags containing lead in amounts greater than...
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2011: Year of the Nanny?
(January 21st, 2011)
We hate to intrude on the long-established Chinese Zodiac. But just as 2010 was the Year of the Tiger, we’re afraid 2011 could end up being the Year of the Nanny. (Qualities: irritating, finger-wagging, spiteful, incapable of having a good time. Partners best with regulators. Incompatible with freedom and...
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PCRM’s Latest Pigheaded Victory Causes Problems
(January 20th, 2011)
Animal rights groups are well-known for deploring the use of pigs to ... well, to do just about anything. But thanks to a recent campaign from the notorious "Physicians Committee" for "Responsible" Medicine (PCRM, a group that is neither), a trauma training program at Canada's McMaster University read more here »

How About a White House Task Force on Anorexia?
(January 19th, 2011)
The Law of Unintended Consequences states that whenever governments meddle in something complex, they create negative outcomes that they didn't predict or intend. This idea dates as far back as 18th-century economist Adam Smith. But today's food cops, believing that we can make people healthier if we let the government...
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