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New Attack On Agri-Business

In their ongoing campaign against modern technologies and agricultural methods, the nannies from the Turning Point Project took out a full-page ad in today's New York Times attacking food irradiation, pesticides, large-scale animal-raising and, of course, GE foods.
Posted January 27, 2000 at 12:00 am

The Fat Tax Is Back!

For the first time, nannies have linked a "body count" to new fat taxes. A British study released today claims a whopping 17.5% tax on high-fat food will save 1,000 lives a year. It was met with cheers in Canada, with one academic calling it "a neat way of getting health care money." The USDA voiced preference for other solutions, but labeled the concept "intriguing."
Posted January 27, 2000 at 12:00 am

Restaurant Portions Blamed For Obesity

The drumbeat against restaurant portions goes on and on. Once again, restaurants are being blamed for the so-called "obesity epidemic." "Restaurant portions have done so much to contribute to obesity," according to a Cincinnati dietician. Another argues that larger restaurant food portions have distorted people's judgment about what is a reasonable amount of food.
Posted January 26, 2000 at 12:00 am

A Nanny’s Super Bowl Party

The Center For Consumer Freedom works to "preserve the right to offer guests a full menu of dining and entertainment choices," but your guests might not be thrilled if you follow these Super Bowl party guidelines from
Posted January 26, 2000 at 12:00 am

Franken Follies

Activists are continuing to press on the international front to force the United States into labeling (or discontinuing the use of) genetically modified food despite repeated evidence of the food’s…
Posted January 24, 2000 at 12:00 am

Healthy People 2010 Kick-Off

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a massive new ten-year information campaign to improve Americans’ health, called “Healthy People 2010.” Among their goals is a…
Posted January 21, 2000 at 12:00 am

Thou Shalt Not Be Obese

Testifying in favor of Colorado’s proposed “Obesity Prevention Act,” Dr. James Hill, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado, told the Colorado Senate, “We…
Posted January 21, 2000 at 12:00 am

Obesity And Restaurants

Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala and Surgeon General David A. Satcher will release the Healthy People 2010 initiative final draft tomorrow. Healthy People 2010 contains broad-reaching national health goals for the first decade of the new century. It is evident in preliminary drafts we've obtained that the federal government is going to try to make the case that restaurants are partly to blame for the so-called "obesity epidemic," giving credence to legislative initiatives like those in Colorado. Check back here for full coverage of the release.
Posted January 20, 2000 at 12:00 am

Eco-Terrorists Strike At Biotech Food

Terrorists from the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) are taking responsibility for $400,000 worth of damage to a Michigan State University (MSU) agriculture building housing Monsanto-funded research projects on genetically engineered food. The research goal of the partially destroyed projects is to develop long-term solutions for food security in the developing world where undernourishment is an epidemic. "I can't think of a worse target for them than this project," said the head researcher.
Posted January 20, 2000 at 12:00 am

PETA’s Pig Tale

PETA protesters in Iowa are trying to catch the attention of the enormous media presence covering the presidential caucuses with their "Cut the Pork -- Tax Meat" campaign. Without evidence, PETA blames meat consumption for $123 billion per year in health care costs. It wants a meat tax to "pay for dietary education programs that would help reduce health care costs and save consumers' and animals' lives."
Posted January 20, 2000 at 12:00 am