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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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Public health adopts the missionary position


From school meals to smoking, health campaigners demand ever more regulation of our lives – and it’s our personal independence that is being shafted.

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Is it time to restrict fast-food takeaways?


From the spiked plus column, ‘Arguing the toss, spiked style’, a pub-style debate about restricting fast food for our own good.

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There’s no sugar-coating this tax


A proposed tax on the sweet stuff would be another small blow against personal choice.

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No, sugar is not the new tobacco


A recent edition of Channel 4’s current-affairs show Dispatches was heavily sprinkled with prejudice and misinformation.

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10 myths about sugar


Sugar is delicious. We should not allow anti-sugar zealots to take away our right to enjoy it.

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Obesity’s worse than we thought? Bullshit


The claim that more than half of Britons will be obese by 2050 flies in the face of the data.

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Poor people are getting plump? Good


It’s perverse to expect us to panic about obesity in the Third World.

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Labelling GM foods is a bad idea


How to deal with the argument that we need to be ‘warned’ about GM foods.

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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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