Archive: Feb 2012

No Brotherly Love for Soda Taxes

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…
Posted February 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Quote of the Week: Bittman Asks the Wrong Questions

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…
Posted February 28, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Conventional Agriculture (Still) Feeds the World

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…
Posted February 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Are We All Ice Cream Junkies?

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…
Posted February 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm

California: A Gold Rush for Nuisance Lawsuits?

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…
Posted February 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Fructose Gets a “Not Guilty” Verdict

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…
Posted February 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm

PCRM’s Hogwash Won’t Stop Bacon Festival

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 …
Posted February 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Will Feds Put the Squeeze on Juice?

Remember the big hubbub a few months back when daytime TV drama-doc Mehmet Oz—not exactly the most credible MD—made a big deal about finding trace amounts of…
Posted February 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Ban Us This Day Our Daily Bread?

There are many things the food police can’t be given credit for, but perhaps their most glaring deficiency is in consistency. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…
Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Food Police Go Retro, Lay an Egg

Walmart recently announced a new labeling program that would help consumers identify healthy choices. The items must meet standards informed by dietary guidelines in line with the Food and…
Posted February 8, 2012 at 3:56 pm