The myth of an obesity timebomb


Children are healthier and happier than ever before, whatever well-paid scaremongers might claim.

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Frankenburger? Tuck in


Lab-grown burgers are a smart idea, whatever eco-minded food snobs might say.

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Confectionery: the new contraband


A little girl from Watford has been sent home from a school trip - for eating chocolate.

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Obesity is not a disease, it’s a body shape


Classifying obesity as a disease will open up a vast swathe of the population to state-approved bullying.

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Save the world - eat an insect


Being corralled into eating beetles and wasps to save the planet is enough to put you right off your food.

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Eurocrats with a bee in their bonnets


It seems the bee has replaced the whale and the polar bear as the friendly face of green authoritarianism.

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Calculating corporations and weak-willed consumers


In his new book about mass-produced foodstuffs, Michael Moss dresses up a rancid view of firms and consumers as investigative journalism.

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Processed meat causes ‘early death’? Bullshit.


The top story in the UK media this morning is the claim that processed meat is killing us. This is the latest example of the British media churning out food scares like they were cheap sausages.

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Please keep doctors out of my dining room


The UK’s medical royal colleges have come up with a 10-point plan to tackle obesity. But their prescriptions are authoritarian, misguided or useless. In response, here’s a 10-point plan to get rid of meddling medics.

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In defence of cheap food


The horsemeat scandal in Europe has led many of the usual suspects to question the wisdom of cheap food and/or our ‘industrialised food system’. In reality, our food isn’t cheap enough and the food system isn’t industrialised enough.

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