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Tag Archives: food

Coca-Cola Ends Financial Sponsorship of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

In other news Phillip Morris is sponsoring the Olympic marathon team. (Not really.)

I like a good cold Coke on a hot summer day as much as the next person, but the stuff isn’t healthy. Not that it need be for Coke to sponsor the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, but there is some dissonance there.

Sugar is not unlike a drug in many respects. Some people think it is a drug. For some people it can be addictive like a drug that’s for sure.

Of course sugar is a wonderful thing too. It makes lots of stuff taste good. Try drinking cranberry juice without the added sugar. It is awful stuff. Add sugar and suddenly it’s tasty. We are fortunate to have an abundant supply of the sugar. Historically most humans did not have such a ready supply.

Some consider this historical lack of sugar to be a good thing. I am not in that camp. But moderation is the world. Like with anything.

(Legal) drug dealers shouldn’t be spinning their product through front groups. (Because as we all know Pharma would never ever do that.) Though, again, Coke has every right to do so as long as the company is not making or promoting fraudulent claims etc.

The public however has every right also to counter the voice of Coke. Which is what appears to have happened here.

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Food and beverage powerhouses spend big money on lobbying. Companies like Chipotle and Whole Foods don’t

This reminds me of another article which we ran years ago about Apple. The article was also from Politico and basically amounted to a warning to the profitable company – “Throw some money to the lobbyists, or else.”

This article isn’t as heavy handed, indeed it may be a straight report, not a threat.

But that some of these newer, more innovative food companies are not “paying to play” clearly irks some within the Washington political class.

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San Francisco minimum wage increased 14% and local Chipotles just raised prices by 10-14%?

This is how it works folks. Nothing is free. Everything has a cost. Just because the government says that a price (in this case wages) will be be X doesn’t mean that the real price of a good or service is actually X. The REAL price is X minus the government mandated price increase. The difference must be made up by either cut hours for employees or an increase in prices. One, the other, or both.

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Don’t criminalize churro vendors!

Food, street food especially, is one of life’s great pleasures. Though I am no particular fan of churros, I am a fan of the people who peddle them. Even without a license. Such economic activity is capitalism at its best and most basic level. And it is how many relatively poor people have made ends meet in the city for eons.

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Federal Crop Subsidies Went to Billionaires

Hey, so what if money went from your pocket into the pocket of a billionaire “farmer” thanks to a government subsidy? What’s wrong with that? You know what they say, it takes money to siphon money. Maybe you should get a move on and become a billionaire too.

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Farmers May Reap Subsidy Boom on Record Crops

Every time we post a story on crop subsidies there are at least a few people out there who jump up and down and swear that taxpayers paying to subsidize farmers (really agribusiness) isn’t welfare.

It’s welfare.

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Can You Uber a Burger?

You sure can, and lots else besides.

With mobile computing markets for practically everything are much more dynamic and useful for the average person.

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You want $14.00/hour for unskilled work? OK, please meet your replacement. (Picture)

The SEIU and other unions want very much to turn fast food workers into a unionized force. The Dems want desperately to turn fast food workers into unionized voters. The “minimum wage debate” centers around giving unsophisticated potential voters something to motivate them to the voting booth.

The problem is an increase in the minimum wage will only hasten the destruction of low skill jobs.

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PA Department of Agriculture cracks down on seed libraries*

This is insane. A small town wants to have a place where people can come and get seeds for free, perhaps some of them “heirloom” seeds, so that they can plant a garden from season to season. The state Department of Agriculture hears about it and brings officials and lawyers into the town to explain that the seed library is in violation of the 2004 Seed Act.

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