As state legislatures convene for their annual sessions, we will shortly see a tsunami of horrible ideas to regulate, tax, and ban our favorite foodstuffs. California looks to be a hotbed of activity: Activists hope to bring back the soda … Continue reading
Right after now-former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg first proposed his ban on large sodas, researchers from the RAND Corporation published a paper in the Centers for Disease Control-published policy journal Preventing Chronic Disease. While their proposals were largely … Continue reading
We’ve noted that bad ideas, like New York City’s for-now-enjoined ban on certain soft drinks, have a habit of expanding beyond their original territorial boundaries. To us, that’s an annoying problem: Unproven, potentially counterproductive infringements on consumer choices mutate and … Continue reading
It’s the Friday before a major holiday week, so for government agencies large and small it’s the cool day to get in all your cover-your-bum rulemakings and potentially unpopular decisions. California’s Environmental Protection Agency is no different: Today, it will … Continue reading
Led by Belgian UN Bureaucrat and holder of the title “Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food” Olivier De Schutter, activists are beginning to reshuffle some efforts to reduce consumer choice from American democratic domestic politics to un-democratic international structures … Continue reading
The undemocratic monarchical United Arab Emirates (UAE), a country of about 8 million people in the Persian Gulf, has decided that large soft drinks should be banned in the name of battling obesity. The move was reportedly inspired by outgoing … Continue reading
Two items of interest this week for the thirsty: The Pew Research Center polling unit has released its latest findings on Americans’ view of obesity policy and politics, and USA Today reports on the “latest study” by the paternalist crowd … Continue reading

CCF Fights Proposed Fats Ban

(November 11th, 2013)
With the Food and Drug Administration moving to declare partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats) unsafe, we’ve called out for calm and objected to this potentially devastating precedent. Our Senior Research Analyst told the Los Angeles Times: Government paternalism is frustrating, … Continue reading
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a proposed rulemaking that would strike partially hydrogenated cooking oils (better known as “trans fats”) from the list of ingredients Generally Recognized as Safe. The regulation would create an effective ban. While … Continue reading
We previewed ballot initiatives this week with an eye toward how they might change the politics of soda taxes and the scientifically pointless labeling of foods produced using biotechnology. Today, it looks like those politics did not change. Telluride, Colorado’s … Continue reading