No Brotherly Love for Soda Taxes
(February 29th, 2012)
After two years of abortive attempts to place taxes on sugary drinks, Philadelphia Mayor and soon-to-be Center for Science in the Public Interest summit speaker Michael Nutter appears to have kicked the taxing habit – for now. After the Pew … Continue reading
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Quote of the Week: Bittman Asks the Wrong Questions
(February 28th, 2012)
There are food elitists, and then there is Mark Bittman of The New York Times. He raised some eyebrows with his recent call for the government to further regulate what can be bought with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, … Continue reading
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PETA (Still) Kills Animals, and Does HSUS Deserve an Oscar for Best Scam?
(February 27th, 2012)
About two weeks ago, we reported on the latest installment in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ staggering amount of pet killing. According to documents obtained from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, PETA killed 95 percent … Continue reading
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Conventional Agriculture (Still) Feeds the World
(February 24th, 2012)
We’ve been saying for some time that organic activists who would take affordable food out of grocery stores and restaurants fail to acknowledge the reasons behind modern agricultural practices. New research from Wageningen University in the Netherlands backs us up. … Continue reading
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Are We All Ice Cream Junkies?
(February 23rd, 2012)
The idea that foods are “addictive” has been floating around for about a decade. When it was first broached, a psychiatrist cautioned in USA Today that “the word ‘addiction’ is perilously close to losing any meaning.” Unfortunately, her warning wasn’t … Continue reading
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California: A Gold Rush for Nuisance Lawsuits?
(February 22nd, 2012)
The last time we wrote about California’s Proposition 65, we noted that Dunkin’ Donuts had cut online sales to California in fear of lawsuits under the overly broad toxics “right-to-know” law. The chain may have had the right idea: A … Continue reading
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Fructose Gets a “Not Guilty” Verdict
(February 21st, 2012)
In a meta-analysis primarily funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and published in the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers from universities across The Great White North and the United States examined the effects of fructose on weight … Continue reading
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PCRM’s Hogwash Won’t Stop Bacon Festival
(February 20th, 2012)
In November, this Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) billboard greeted Iowans near Des Moines in anticipation of the annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival this month. The Wall Street Journal reports that these “vegetarian doctors” plan to hand out pamphlets at the festival with warnings about how “bacon … Continue reading
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The Daily Show Takes on PETA
(February 17th, 2012)
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) isn’t known for its sense of humor. PETA’s tongue was nowhere near its cheek when the group took up the cause of five performing whales at Sea World, arguing before a federal … Continue reading
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NYT’s Bittman Wallows in Sentimental Mud-Hole
(February 15th, 2012)
Big news earlier this week: McDonald’s reacted to years of pressure from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS, which by the way gives only one percent of its budget to hands-on pet shelters) by agreeing to require its … Continue reading
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