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Sugar: It’s Choice Restriction Week!


Campaigns to impose regulations and taxes on sugary food and drink are bad for consumer freedom.

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Keep bacon, abolish the World Health Organisation


No, we shouldn’t worry about eating meat.

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10 reasons why sugar taxes suck


Illiberal, regressive, unnecessary, ineffective, cynical … need we go on?

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Don’t rush to join Jamie’s sugar crusade


Jamie Oliver’s latest campaign is just as simple-minded as his previous ones.

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The war on fat – a big, fat waste of time


Nina Teicholz talks about her new book, The Big Fat Surprise, which demolishes the official view that dietary fat is bad for us.

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Debating poverty and malnutrition


I took part in a radio debate with food blogger Jennifer Parker, who later blogged about the debate. This is my response to her blog post.

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Banning packed lunches: a slap in the face for parents


The government, school-meals campaigners and schools are using free school meals to take away parental autonomy.

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A school dinners recipe that’s hard to swallow


Politicians are naive to think that meddling with children’s food can solve social problems.

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Fast Food: Saver of the Planet or Humanity’s Destruction?


On 17 June, I spoke at the first of a series of events hosted by the Vibe Bar in Brick Lane, London, and Yelp. Here are my opening remarks.

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How everything fun became ‘the new tobacco’


Activists have taken the lessons learned from the war on smoking and applied it to many other lifestyle choices.

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Once we worried about getting enough food. Now we seem to fret about having too much food, or about what food might do to us and the planet. This website is designed to be an antidote to food fears.

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