Soft Drinks (page 35)

The Consumers (Anti-)Choice Council

Today a handful of leading nanny groups released a set of guidelines for the “sustainable” production of coffee. The Consumers Choice Council, National Wildlife Federation, and Rainforest Alliance (to…
Posted May 30, 2001 at 12:00 am

Fuzzy Research, Fizzy Target

In its discussion of PepsiCo’s newest soft-drink offering, a cherry-red version of Mountain Dew called “Code Red,” the New York Times places anti-soda activist Roland Griffiths squarely on the soap…
Posted May 2, 2001 at 12:00 am

Northern Exposure, Nanny Style

The New York Times (subscription required) and Anchorage Daily News report that Alaska's Native Tribal Health Consortium and Native Health Board have joined the cultural war against soda pop. Citing, among other things, Dr. David Ludwig's flawed soda-and-obesity study, the two government entities have publicly announced their desire to "stop the pop." Don't forget to check out "Hop on Pop," our special report about the war on soft drinks.
Posted April 18, 2001 at 12:00 am

Paved With Good Intentions

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has introduced Federal legislation that would prohibit schools from selling soft drinks or “foods of minimal nutritional value” (read: snacks) during times when breakfast and lunch…
Posted April 12, 2001 at 12:00 am

The War On Soda Heats Up

We’ve been telling you about how the peddlers of junk science have tried to connect soft drink consumption with everything from obesity to broken bones. The Food section of today’s…
Posted March 26, 2001 at 12:00 am

California Schools Going Fizz-free?

The Sacramento Bee is reporting that the California state senate is considering a bill to permanently ban the sale of all soft drinks in public schools. The bill would also…
Posted March 23, 2001 at 12:00 am

I Shall Call You…. Mini-protest

Anti-corporate, anti-technology zealots with the Organic Consumers Association, Friends of the Earth, and Greenpeace picketed 100 Starbucks restaurants on Tuesday, demanding that the company bow down to junk science. Genetically…
Posted March 22, 2001 at 12:00 am

Scout’s Honor

The Arthritis Foundation in Ventura County (CA) recently sponsored a “Bone Builders Day Camp” for girl scouts. described in pre-event publicity as “an educational program designed to teach children about…
Posted March 12, 2001 at 12:00 am

Hook, Line, and Senator

The ridiculous media campaign linking soft drinks with children's health issues has finally hooked a big fish. Following a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing yesterday, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) told the Associated Press that he plans to introduce legislation next week that would give the USDA the authority to restrict vending machine sales outside of cafeterias. The federal agency has been barred from doing that since an appeals court ruling in 1983.
Posted March 7, 2001 at 12:00 am


The Washington Post gives voice to anti-soda advocates today, with a front-page feature, a Metro column, and a Health magazine cover story. This last piece ran under…
Posted February 27, 2001 at 12:00 am