Deconstructing the Food Fearmonger

(February 15th, 2013)
We mentioned in passing earlier this month that we had discovered a document written by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity (the home of Kelly “tasty food is like crack” Brownell, at least for a few more months) … Continue reading
Listening to activists like Kelly “Twinkie tax” Brownell or Michael “Carrot-Juice House” Jacobson, you might think that the key to solving America’s obesity problem is a soft drink tax. You might also think that such a tax is well supported. But those are both … Continue reading
Today the Houston Chronicle brings us a profile on Texas State Representative Joe Farias’s vision for his misguided soda tax. It sounded familiar to us, with the usual mix of (evadable) promises to designate revenue for the children and misinformed hyperbole that links soft drinks with drugs. … Continue reading
Sometimes, bad ideas just won’t die. A perennial favorite is the sin tax on soft drinks, and with state legislatures convening across the country for their new sessions, they’re sprouting like weeds. Despite considerable evidence that soda taxes will not … Continue reading
In 1991, a young professor started his career at Yale. Many pants sizes, several awful proposals to regulate what everybody can eat and drink, and 22 years later, Kelly “Twinkie Tax” Brownell is moving on from Yale’s Rudd Center for Food … Continue reading
The impulse among America’s food police to tax soft drinks is an old one— Kelly “Twinkie tax” Brownell pushed the idea as early as 1994 — but it has the nine lives of a cat. Despite multiple defeats in Democratic-leaning districts last year and in the … Continue reading
British newspaper The Guardian brings us a gem of unintended consequences from the so-called “sustainable” food movement (that wins a striking lack of converts). Vegans and vegetarians looking for meat substitutes have turned to a South American grain, quinoa, and that decision has made life difficult in … Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago we reported on a hearty result for food freedom advocates: A poll by the Associated Press (AP) found that 59 percent of Americans opposed food and soda taxes and 74 percent balked at New York-style … Continue reading
The Associated Press released a poll today that told us nothing new, but filled us with good cheer. According to a survey of 1,011 American adults by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 75 percent of Americans would oppose a … Continue reading
USA Today released a big feature today taking the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to task for its relatively lax charity rating criteria compared to alternative raters like CharityWatch (until recently called the American Institute of Philanthropy). The feature noted that one group … Continue reading