Roughly a year after their Bay Area counterparts in Richmond rejected a $1.28 per gallon tax on soft drinks by two-to-one, San Francisco City Supervisor Scott Wiener has proposed a $2.56 per gallon tax on soda sold in the City … Continue reading
Fresh off petitioning the FDA to do an end-run around democracy and ban Americans’ chosen colas, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has taken its war against soft drinks to Hollywood to demand that the stars stop … Continue reading
Last week, the first ballots were mailed out in Washington State’s elections, which include a ballot question, I-522, that would mandate the labeling of foods produced using modern scientific biotechnology. Activists claim that these foods are unsafe, but reputable scientific … Continue reading
Part of activists’ decade-long quest to declare foods “addictive” like cocaine and other drugs are attempts to define what their dubious “food addiction” — supposedly an industry-caused reason for obesity — looks like. After all, it can’t be anything but … Continue reading

Soda-Less in Seattle?

(September 30th, 2013)
When New York City first proposed its now-enjoined ban on certain restaurant sodas last year, The Atlantic looked at which major city might be the first to follow. The magazine concluded Seattleites had the most to be worried about, as … Continue reading
With a vote in Washington state coming in November on whether to mandate scientifically irrelevant labeling on foods have been produced using biotechnology, activists hope their latest P.R. creation will convince people better than their failed campaign last year in … Continue reading
A few months ago, we noted a bizarre study in the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) that suggested that the famine caused by the repressive Communist Cuban Castro regime was good for people’s health. Harvard’s food-scold-in-residence, Walter Willett, commented … Continue reading
The recently concluded campaign by the food police to mandate calorie counts on restaurant menu boards appears unlikely to seriously change obesity rates. A significant body of research indicates that consumers simply ignore the counts and make decisions based on … Continue reading

The Nanny State, Rebranded?

(August 28th, 2013)
Our advertisements mocking New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg from last year continue to prove an annoyance to the diet police, as evidenced by a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Two writers cite our little bit … Continue reading
One would think that the food regulators would give up on their incessant lobbying for total food and beverage control, given the evidence that taxing and regulating soda (and other “junk food”) won’t have a meaningful effect on obesity rates. City of San … Continue reading