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Sustainability Guru Goes For Labels

Gordon Conway, chief of the Rockefeller Foundation and considered to be the man who spearheaded the choice-limiting sustainability movement 30 years ago, enjoys the kid-glove treatment from Fortune magazine in a major interview. Conway's a leading advocate of labeling GE foods despite industry concerns it will only instill unfounded public fear. "Industry will get dragged, kicking and screaming into labeling," he predicts as his foundation spends $3 million to make sure it happens.
Posted February 11, 2000 at 12:00 am

Cocaine, Crack, Marijuana… Caffeine?

The Georgetown University newspaper is featuring a story on the "dangers and effects of the most accessible drug," none other than caffeine. Typical of a nanny-inspired story, it is full of unsubstantiated charges and devoid of scientific fact.
Posted February 10, 2000 at 12:00 am

Food For Thought

Christian Science Monitor column Marilyn Gardner ponders our 1999 Nanny Awards as a way to examine those groups and individuals who would "protect us from ourselves."
Posted February 10, 2000 at 12:00 am

When Experts Flip-Flop On Nutritional Advice

Bad news for nannies… A new Cornell University survey indicates that the constant barrage of the "nutrition study of week" headlines do more to confuse people than promote healthy eating habits. The study indicates consumers are most confused by nannies' often contradictory claims about salt, red meat, coffee, and butter vs. margarine. ("Food fight! Eggs…Butter…Salt. Where do you draw the battle lines? Even nutritionists don't seem to know," Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, 2/6/00, No link available.)
Posted February 9, 2000 at 12:00 am

Wallowing In Misguided Notions

The eco-nannies at Earth Island Institute weigh in on the "Fat Epidemic." They suggest that fast-food restaurants' marketing to children is to blame and they practically endorse the infamous "Twinkie tax."
Posted February 8, 2000 at 12:00 am

Turning Point Attacks Factory Farming

In their ongoing campaign against modern technologies and agricultural methods, the nannies from the Turning Point Project took out another senseless full-page ad in today's New York Times attacking factory farming and GE foods.
Posted February 8, 2000 at 12:00 am

Heads Up: Restaurants Under Fire

The food police at Consumers Union are deputizing their 5 million Consumer Reports magazine subscribers, asking for their critical comments on chain restaurants. The magazine plans to run an upcoming…
Posted February 7, 2000 at 12:00 am

Dietary Guidelines Met With Derision

The Washington Post article on America's new dietary guidelines quotes lots of nannies, including the Center for Science in the Public Interest's Margo Wooton and 1999 Nanny of the Year Neal Barnard of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, but no food industry representatives.
Posted February 7, 2000 at 12:00 am

Chimps Are People, Too?

Harvard University's prestigious law school now offers an animal rights law class taught by long-time animal rights activist Steven M. Wise. Wise makes the ridiculous claim that a "person" is merely a technical term and under his view of common law, animals "should be legal persons."
Posted February 4, 2000 at 12:00 am

TIME Reports On The Food Police

TIME magazine features a far too sympathetic story on "the food police" and their overzealous attempts to change what we eat. Many of our favorite nannies are featured in this puff piece, including The Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and Jeremy Rifkin. ("Watchdogs who bite: nutrition activists attack everything from milk to fettuccine Alfredo," TIME, 2/7/00, No link available.)
Posted February 3, 2000 at 12:00 am