Kelly Brownell, the portly former director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and now-dean of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, has spent over a decade trying to convince the scientific community and the public that … Continue reading

Big Organic to POTUS: Deny Science

(January 16th, 2014)
In his first inaugural address, President Obama vowed to “restore science to its rightful place.” One area in which the president has indisputably done just that is his administration’s approach to genetically improved foods: Obama’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) … Continue reading

Brits Go Nuts over Sugar

(January 9th, 2014)
The front page of notorious U.K. tabloid the Daily Mail — so notable for hyping scares about everything from cancer to foreigners that somebody made a “headline generator” to show just how ridiculous the paper can be — puts the … Continue reading
The Wall Street Journal reports that certain varieties of Cheerios breakfast cereal will be produced using ingredients not produced from genetically improved crops. Like the craze a few years ago to replace high-fructose corn syrup with sucrose sugar (credible evidence … Continue reading
Hippie-ish grocery chain (and $21.4 billion-dollar corporation) Whole Foods Market announced this week that it would no longer carry Chobani-brand yogurts, which are produced using milk produced by cows fed genetically improved feed crops. It’s a case of the retailer … Continue reading
Activists opposed to genetically improved foods (which they call genetically modified organisms or GMOs) have taken to the retraction of the only scientific study purporting to find any harm to human health about as well as could be expected. Like conspiracy … Continue reading

Latest Food Panic Targets Mothers

(December 4th, 2013)
With ideological activists trying every measure to get foods regulated like alcohol — their openly stated goal — it shouldn’t surprise anyone that activists are trying hard to hoodwink the public. First, they speculated on essentially no evidence that sugar … Continue reading
Last year, anti-biotechnology activists from France published a paper alleging that a strain of genetically improved corn led to cancer in rats. The publication, conveniently timed in advance of the vote on Proposition 37 that would have mandated scientifically unnecessary … Continue reading
With a ballot initiative that would mandate scientifically irrelevant labels on foods produced using genetically improved crops heading to defeat in Washington State, activists and organic-industry fronts like the Environmental Working Group, the Center for Food Safety, and the Organic … 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