Prohibition: Back With a Vengeance in Bloomberg’s New York
(May 31st, 2012)
New York City, all too often the epicenter of the food police earthquake, has outdone even its own ridiculousness in trying to curtail consumer choice. Mayor Bloomberg, with the support of his hyperbolic when not outright deceptive Department of Health, … Continue reading
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If You Can’t Convince Them, Lock Them Up?
(May 30th, 2012)
When the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (now claiming ten percent genuine M.D.s!) isn’t harassing the President of the United States or the British Prime Minister for eating the occasional cheeseburger or hot dog, it’s targeting medical research charities like … Continue reading
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But Pravda Means Truth!
(May 29th, 2012)
Finger-wagger Marion Nestle is no stranger to inconsistent views: She’d deny food companies the right to make meaningful and honest positive claims about their products, for example, while entertaining proposals to force them to make meaningless negative statements to feed … Continue reading
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Too Poor To Eat Well: Another Food Myth
(May 24th, 2012)
Much of the justification for the various forms of Twinkie Tax that the self-anointed “food police” have demanded for the better part of two decades rests on the premise that healthy food is more expensive and less available than more … Continue reading
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Memo to HBO: A Cheeseburger Won’t Kill You — Or Your Children
(May 23rd, 2012)
When HBO trotted out its big documentary project on obesity featuring every food activist from Twinkie Tax godfather Kelly Brownell to Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) dietary scold Margo Wootan, we weren’t surprised that the producers touted … Continue reading
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Bay Area Bluster on Soda Taxes
(May 22nd, 2012)
Since activists failed to get a statewide soda tax on the books in California last year, they’ve turned to Bay Area municipalities to make local residents lab rats in the war on fat. The first to join them could be … Continue reading
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Latest Study Tries an End Run to the Broccoli Mandate
(May 21st, 2012)
A couple of weeks ago, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended, among other big-brother intrusions into our diets, that governments institute “strong nutritional standards” and ensure foods that meet them “are available in all places frequented by the public.” With … Continue reading
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First The Feds Came For Light Bulbs: Is Steak Next?
(May 18th, 2012)
Mark Bittman, the arch-food snob of The New York Times online op-ed section, came out with another doozy of a column this week. Calling for Americans to become “heroes” in the fight against global warming by giving up–or at least … Continue reading
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The Latest “Latest Study” Strikeout: Rats, Sugar, and Press Releases
(May 17th, 2012)
We’ve made fun of “The Latest Study” for a decade, and today, the mockery rings truer than ever. The newest “latest study” may take the cake. A UCLA press release screams: “Sugar makes you stupid” — and in case that … Continue reading
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How Many MeMe Roths Are There?
(May 16th, 2012)
Of all the would-be dietary dictators, wannabe syrup-saboteur MeMe Roth is perhaps the most freely contemptuous and openly hateful toward those who would choose the simple pleasures of food and drink, whatever their weight. We, however, suspected she wasn’t alone … Continue reading
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