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Philadelphia newspaper spreads fear of food

We told you last week about how public television cooking show host Christina Pirello used her column in the Philadelphia Daily News to unequivocally bash milk and dairy products
. Now she’s back with a diatribe against genetically improved foods (“It’s alive! It’s alive! It’s Frankengrub!”
), a childish oversimplification of the current biotech food debate which she characterizes as a clash between the purity of mother nature and “monolithic chemical companies.”

It turns out that Pirello’s misleading journalism is just the tip of the iceberg. Yesterday the Daily News ran a hit piece on quick-service restaurants
, complete with damning commentary from Eric Schlosser (author of Fast Food Nation) and CSPI’s Michael Jacobson. And today in a story called “Who’s minding the store of meat,” Daily News reporter Vance Lehmkuhl warns that “[d]espite USDA assurances, the case is not closed” on the safety of U.S. beef from mad cow disease. He also went out of his way to secure a quote from Earthsave International’s chief mad-cow scaremonger Howard Lyman, but made no room for counterpoint to his assertion that “our [mad cow] ‘firewall’ is riddled with holes.”

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