Archive: Jul 2011

Quote of the Week

It’s almost funny how often the conventional wisdom about food changes. In the 1970s, “experts” started pointing fingers at eggs after concerns about cholesterol became a health issue. A…
Posted July 29, 2011 at 12:00 am

Organic Greenwashing?

Slowly but surely, the marketing-induced “health halo” surrounding organic food is starting to disappear. One of the more common misperceptions is that organic food is more nutritious than…
Posted July 28, 2011 at 12:00 am

MeMe Roth Talks Twinkie Taxes

Television pundit Bill O’Reilly hosted public-health-legend-in-her-own-mind MeMe Roth on The O’Reilly Factor last night to discuss what so-called “Twinkie taxes” can do to reverse the obesity problem…
Posted July 27, 2011 at 12:00 am

The Tax Man Cometh…For Your Fridge?

“Freedom fries” might be making a comeback—and this time, it’s not because of the French. Writing in The New York Times this weekend, foodie pundit Mark Bittman declares…
Posted July 25, 2011 at 12:00 am

Quote of the Week

Wednesday was the birthday of Gregor Mendel, who you may remember from biology class as the 19th-century monk whose experiments with plant hybridization formed the foundation of the modern study…
Posted July 22, 2011 at 12:00 am

First Lady Makes Much Ado About Produce

First Lady Michelle Obama made a splashy announcement yesterday with Wal-Mart and other supermarket executives regarding a planned expansion of fresh produce and healthy food offerings in 1,500…
Posted July 21, 2011 at 12:00 am

“Green” Activists Pollute Media with Hazy Claims About Meat

There’s a reason the Environmental Working Group is known in some circles as the Environmental “Worrying” Group: It uses shoddy “science” to push agenda-driven, fear-based propaganda. Often, EWG…
Posted July 19, 2011 at 12:00 am

Greenpeace, or Greenwar?

We’ve long agreed with former British MP Lord Taverne, who called environmentalist opposition to genetically modified food crops “not rational.” Greenpeace activists took irrational anti-biotechnology ideology to a…
Posted July 15, 2011 at 12:00 am

Foster Care for Fat Kids?

A new commentary in JAMA (the journal of the American Medical Association) has caused a firestorm over the suggestion that it may be appropriate for governments to…
Posted July 14, 2011 at 12:00 am

Let’s Move, Not Demagogue

We’ve occasionally been skeptical of First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity initiatives, notably when she claimed people “can’t make a healthy choice” in restaurants. But as one of her…
Posted July 13, 2011 at 12:00 am