Hopefully you were able to save a few Christmas cookies after Tuesday because, as our senior research analyst J. Justin Wilson explains in the Oklahoman and the Las Vegas Review Journal, you might be carefully counting those essential sugar crystals for next year’s … Continue reading
At the Center for Consumer Freedom, we read activists’ bad ideas every day. We’ve already covered five of the worst proposals yesterday. We now present the conclusion of CCF’s Tasteless Ten Worst Proposals from a banner year in anti-food activism.  … Continue reading
At the Center for Consumer Freedom, we read activists’ bad ideas every day. Whether they want to tax soda, put meaningless labels on perfectly safe foods produced with biotechnology, or scare consumers about hamburger processing, the food activists and public … Continue reading

Researchers Say Fat Taxes Might Kill

(December 13th, 2012)
Proponents of “junk food” taxes frequently tout how many lives their statistical models predict will be saved by making tasty food more expensive. But don’t expect them to pay much attention to the projected mortality effects from a meta-analysis study … Continue reading
A study recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition pours cold water on claims that eating or shunning certain foods will meaningfully affect cancer risk. As one study author from Stanford University told the Washington Post: “What we see is that almost … Continue reading
The phrase about Washington these days is “fiscal cliff,” and like they did during the 2009 debate over health insurance reform proposals, food activists are attaching themselves like leeches to it in the hopes of getting their pet projects passed. Sure enough, … Continue reading
Despite overwhelmingly cataclysmic defeats in the Bay Area city of Richmond and the San Gabriel Valley city of El Monte, activists still hope to force through extra taxes on sweet drinks. Reports are surfacing that the state of Vermont, several other cities in the Bay … Continue reading
Denmark has repealed its tax on the saturated fat content of food to much rejoicing. The tax created compliance nightmares, encouraged cross-border shopping trips, and punished small retailers that could not absorb the tax’s impact and apply it across all … Continue reading

Foodie Fantasies Meet Harsh Reality

(November 12th, 2012)
As advocates pick up the pieces following the left-leaning California electorate roundly rejecting three food-related ballot measures, denial has given way to other emotions. Author Michael Pollan and columnist Mark Bittman had high hopes that Californians would codify their anti-progress … Continue reading
We have watched with great interest two soda tax ballot measures in California cities that New York Times columnist and resident food snob Mark Bittman hoped would lead to the end of beverage freedom. We’ve also examined a ballot proposal … Continue reading