Articles (page 6)

Hop on Pop

Anti-soft-drink activism usually focuses on four arguments, and the Washington Post article embraced them all. Soft drink consumption causes childhood obesity. In addition to the obvious flaws in David…
Posted March 30, 2001 at 12:00 am

2000 ‘Tarnished Halo’ Awards

The only thing we have left to say about 2000 is that it was a good year for the nannies – those activists, organizations and bureaucrats who work tirelessly to…
Posted February 1, 2001 at 12:00 am

Cooking Up Fear

“Within memory, the biggest step backward that Phoenix dining has seen is the recent arrival of Morton’s: The Steakhouse. What an insult to anybody who has an ounce of intelligence…[S]o…
Posted November 27, 2000 at 12:00 am

One Potato, Two Potato . . .

In a side-by-side comparison of organically grown and conventionally grown potatoes by researchers at the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, organic spuds were shown to have higher…
Posted November 1, 2000 at 12:00 am

Polishing the Apple

Meryl Streep is up to her old tricks again. The "ALARmist" who cost apple growers hundreds of millions of dollars in her (oops!) baseless campaign against the pesticide Alar says that this time she's protecting the fruit growers from consumers! Or is she? You decide: "My main interest has been… to support growers so they don't get caught short. So they understand that this is a consumer concern that's not going to go away. People are suspicious… of their food sources and that will only increase in the next century." And why do you suppose they're so "suspicious"?
Posted October 1, 2000 at 12:00 am

The Foundation for Deep Ecology

Meet the Daddy Warbucks of Deep Ecology Douglas Tompkins started The North Face Company, a Berkeley-based mountain climbing equipment purveyor, in the 1960s. He later sold it to start…
Posted October 1, 2000 at 12:00 am

Warning: organic and natural foods may be hazardous to your health

Some consumer activists are demanding that genetically modified foods be labeled so today’s safety-conscious homemakers can avoid them. Meanwhile, organic and natural foods are soaring to new heights of popularity.
Posted October 1, 2000 at 12:00 am

Who’s Running the Anti-Biotech Public Relations Machine?

The PR mastermind behind the media-savvy attacks on genetically improved foods is David Fenton, the spin-meister who brought us the thoroughly phony Alar-on-apples food scare in 1989. This summer,…
Posted October 1, 2000 at 12:00 am

Check the Source!

John Fagan is head of the for-profit GMO testing and organic certification lab Genetic-ID and ID Consulting. He is also a professor and department chairman at the Maharishi International University…
Posted September 1, 2000 at 12:00 am

Case against biotech food has to do with commercialism, not safety

Ah, here at the end of summer, we are back to reading about the survival of the Monarch butterfly. On Aug. 19, critics of agricultural biotech again unveiled their “poster…
Posted September 1, 2000 at 12:00 am