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No 20/20 Hindsight On caffeine

ABC's 20/20 news magazine recycled a false CSPI claim that teen boys consume three cans of soda a day. Although CSPI retracted their 100% overstated statistic back in 1998, ABC joined many other media organizations who used the nannies' more dramatic - and utterly false - statistic.
Posted February 15, 2000 at 12:00 am

Are Chocolate Addicts On To Something?

New research finds that chocolate can help prevent clogged arteries. As if on cue, the Center for Science in the Public Interest's Michael Jacobson, known for baselessly raving against anything that tastes good, blasts promotion of the newfound benefits.
Posted February 15, 2000 at 12:00 am

You Want To Do What?

Ban "corporate" farming? Close "factory farms"? Produce food only for local consumption? In their ongoing campaign against the modern agricultural methods that allow the United States to feed the world, the nannies from the Turning Point Project advocate these and other absurd proposals in a full-page ad in today's New York Times.
Posted February 14, 2000 at 12:00 am

Marketing Via Addicts

Malcolm Walker's "Iceland" English supermarket chain is marking "salt awareness day" today with a press release stating they have removed some salt from their food products. Walker is a major funder and member of Greenpeace, whose steady stream of junk science has helped instill unfounded fear in the public. Is it possible that "Iceland" supermarkets are marketing a fear of salt, which, in turn, they hope to profit from, rather than providing a useful public service?
Posted February 11, 2000 at 12:00 am

Research That Makes You Want To Hold You Nose

With help from the anti-industrial agriculture movement, professor Steven Wing has produced a highly questionable study claiming that industrial hog farms reduce the quality of life for people living near them and tend to affect their health. Following standard operating procedure for nannies, Wing offers no medical evidence to back his conclusions.
Posted February 11, 2000 at 12:00 am

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