Quote of the Week
(July 29th, 2011)
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 few decades later, eggs are considered a great food and the public recognizes the earlier concerns about eggs’ contribution to blood...
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Organic Greenwashing?
(July 28th, 2011)
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 “conventional” food. But according to a massive review of data from the UK’s Food Standards Agency, there’s no scientific...
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MeMe Roth Talks Twinkie Taxes
(July 27th, 2011)
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 in America. The trouble is not just that she’s ignorant about the negligible health impacts that such a tax...
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The Tax Man Cometh…For Your Fridge?
(July 25th, 2011)
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 that the federal government should crack down on consumption of fries, chips, soda, and other snack foods while promoting healthier...
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Quote of the Week
(July 22nd, 2011)
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 of genetics. At The Washington Post, Alexandra Peti compares the noncontroversial work of Mendel with today’s biotechnology and the notion of “unmodified”...
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First Lady Makes Much Ado About Produce
(July 21st, 2011)
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 stores over the next five years. She lauded the idea, telling White House reporters, “Make no mistake about it. This...
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PETA Takes First (in Pet Killing)
(July 20th, 2011)
People for the “Ethical Treatment” of Animals (PETA), one of the country’s most notorious and obnoxious animal rights groups, kills thousands of adoptable cats and dogs every year. As it turns out, PETA also has the highest kill rate out of several shelters surveyed near its...
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“Green” Activists Pollute Media with Hazy Claims About Meat
(July 19th, 2011)
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 scaremongers about chemicals and toxins. (Seventy-nine percent of members of the Society of Toxicology who rated EWG say that...
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HSUS Crows Egg Victory Too Quickly
(July 18th, 2011)
Earlier this month, United Egg Producers (UEP) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) surprised the agriculture world by agreeing to a “truce” over the use of enriched cages for egg-laying hens. The animal-rights activists at HSUS were quick to proclaim its victory over Big...
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Greenpeace, or Greenwar?
(July 15th, 2011)
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 whole different level this week by destroying an experimental crop of genetically modified wheat in Australia. This shouldn’t come as...
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