Food & Beverage (page 200)

Editorials Spread Center For Consumer Freedom’s Message

From deploring Kelly Brownell's fat tax to attacking CSPI's call for lawsuits against restaurants, two recent editorials in Charleston's Post and Courier and the Cincinnati Enquirer apparently draw upon Consumer Freedom research to take on the food police. ("The calorie cops demand a Twinkie tax," The Cincinnati Enquirer, 2/26/00.)
Posted February 28, 2000 at 12:00 am

A Prescription For Behavior Modification

In a USDA forum, diet book author Barry Sears said, "We need to view food as a potential drug…as Americans are the fattest we have ever been." Could this be a harbinger of public policy to come?
Posted February 24, 2000 at 12:00 am

CSPI’s New Call For Twinkie Taxes

Claiming "the U.S. has become a hothouse for obesity," the Center for Science in the Public Interest's (CSPI) Michael Jacobson is pushing for new taxes on snack food and calorie listings on menus. ("Obesity in America," Nutrition Action Healthletter, March 2000.)
Posted February 23, 2000 at 12:00 am

CSPI’s Soda War Shuffles Off To Buffalo

The Center for Science in the Public Interest's fatally flawed "liquid candy" report on soda pops up once again. This time, it's an article that cites CSPI's junk science on soda at length, making wrongful accusations that school officials promote teenage obesity, caffeine addiction, attention-deficit disorder, anxiety and sleeplessness by accepting soda makers' support for school programs. In 1998, CSPI issued a retraction for the bad data in their attack on carbonated beverages, but the flawed "study" keeps showing up.
Posted February 18, 2000 at 12:00 am

Nanny Influences On Student Journalism

Thirty years ago, student newspapers were filled with warnings against racism and Vietnam. Today, the University of Texas-Arlington school paper is going out of its way (and out of the bounds of reality) to warn students that the restaurant foods they like to eat are killing them.
Posted February 16, 2000 at 12:00 am

Are Chocolate Addicts On To Something?

New research finds that chocolate can help prevent clogged arteries. As if on cue, the Center for Science in the Public Interest's Michael Jacobson, known for baselessly raving against anything that tastes good, blasts promotion of the newfound benefits.
Posted February 15, 2000 at 12:00 am

No 20/20 Hindsight On caffeine

ABC's 20/20 news magazine recycled a false CSPI claim that teen boys consume three cans of soda a day. Although CSPI retracted their 100% overstated statistic back in 1998, ABC joined many other media organizations who used the nannies' more dramatic - and utterly false - statistic.
Posted February 15, 2000 at 12:00 am

CSPI’s Junk Science Press Machine In Full Force

The Center for Science in the Public Interest's (CSPI) media campaign against sugar surfaced once again in a "breaking" story linking sugar and tooth decay. CSPI has been railing against sugar in an attempt to get the Federal government to impose labels on products with added sugar.
Posted February 15, 2000 at 12:00 am

Marketing Via Addicts

Malcolm Walker's "Iceland" English supermarket chain is marking "salt awareness day" today with a press release stating they have removed some salt from their food products. Walker is a major funder and member of Greenpeace, whose steady stream of junk science has helped instill unfounded fear in the public. Is it possible that "Iceland" supermarkets are marketing a fear of salt, which, in turn, they hope to profit from, rather than providing a useful public service?
Posted February 11, 2000 at 12:00 am

Cocaine, Crack, Marijuana… Caffeine?

The Georgetown University newspaper is featuring a story on the "dangers and effects of the most accessible drug," none other than caffeine. Typical of a nanny-inspired story, it is full of unsubstantiated charges and devoid of scientific fact.
Posted February 10, 2000 at 12:00 am