March 30, 2018
Local D.C.-area chef Geoff Tracy is a bacon-lover, popular food Instagrammer, and a budding legal activist. This week he and his attorneys at the Pacific Legal Foundation announced that they are suing the state of Virginia’s Alcohol Beverage Control Authority over its alcohol advertising ban.
January 26, 2018
If you have ever visited California, you have probably encountered the warning labels that appear on everything from seaweed to soft drinks, informing you that they contain “dangerous” ingredients that might cause cancer or birth defects.
January 24, 2018
A new corporate video from Burger King ostensibly supports net neutrality regulations, but actually demonstrates exactly why such rules are unnecessary.
January 12, 2018
A panel of government experts gets together and decides what is healthy to eat and what isn’t. What could possibly go wrong?
Freethink Media’s new video on the history of the Food Pyramid will make for surprising viewing for anyone who assumes official health and nutrition advice should be taken at face value. Starting in the late 1980s, the office of the U.S. Surgeon General took the lead in waging the federal government’s war on dietary fat. This led to years of recommendations and public information campaigns that, among...
January 5, 2018
Our friends at the Federalist Society have a great new short film out about the history of alcohol regulation, from the last days of Prohibition to the new profusion of craft distilleries in recent years.
The producers of American Spirit made the always-smart decision to include my colleague Angela Logomasini among the experts they interviewed. Angela has written for many years about consumer health and chemical risk, and has been fighting for smarter regulation of everything from agricultural pesticides...
November 9, 2017
A substance that “belongs to a class of chemicals developed as a nerve gas made by Nazi Germany is now found in food, air and drinking water,” thanks to President Donald Trump according to an...
November 8, 2017
This Tuesday the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance to help chain restaurants and groceries comply with a little-known provision within the Affordable Care Act that requires chain food locations to post calorie counts for all their menu items.
October 12, 2017
Less than two months after implementing a new “soda tax,” lawmakers in Cook County, Illinois, are repealing the cent-per ounce tax. The Washington Post and others paint it a “major victory for Big Soda,” but county residents recognized the tax for what it was: a bald-faced attempt to raise revenue off the backs of Chicago’s poorest residents. What they may not have realized is that the tax was also an attempt by public health advocates to use their city as a means to convince other, less liberal municipalities to follow their path. Luckily for the rest of the country, the effort has failed.
The Cook Country Board was split on the soda tax issue back in November, with the...
October 11, 2017
I recently attended WhiskeyFest 2017 in San Francisco with my colleague Amanda France (and former CEI president Lawson Bader), where we screened our film I, Whiskey: The Human Spirit, and participated in a panel discussion, along with Distilled...
October 2, 2017
We owe a debt of gratitude to the public health movement. Without its research and advocacy, we would not have learned to stop the spread of diseases that once killed millions, like smallpox, measles, polio, whopping cough, and malaria. But for the last 40 years, public health as a movement has betrayed the trust...