April 20, 2012 |
Starbucks has declared that it will no longer use cochineal extract, an insect-derived red coloring, in its wares. If anyone is imagining that the use of this dye is rare or new, they're mistaken. At a UCLA “economic botany” website we learn, among other things, that cochineal bug, or Dactylopius coccus , if you want to address it formally, is an insect that sucks the sap of prickly pear cactus and was used by the early Mixtec Indians of pre-Hispanic Mexico as a red dye for clothing.
July 16, 2001
If you've ever questioned the motives behind certain research, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has a site for you. Go to http://www.cspinet.org/integrity for a list of nonprofit groups' and scientists' links to the corporate world.
July 2, 1996 |
A consumer group asked the government to ban the nation's first zero-calorie fat replacer, which the group says gave 192 people diarrhea. The Center for Science in the Public Interest said warning labels aren't enough. Olestra manufacturer Procter & Gamble called the claims "irresponsible," saying only 67 people called to complain.
December 28, 2009
Gauging the jitter effect How much caffeine's in that? A few websites where you can view caffeine content estimates of various food products: Mayo Clinic: www.mayoclinic U.S. Department of Agriculture: www.nal.usda.gov /fnic/foodcomp/search/index Center for Science in the Public Interest: www.cspinet -- Elena Conis
July 2, 1989
Mean-spirited is the way to describe the advertising "awards" handed out by the Center for Science in the Public Interest ("Deceit Brings Dishonor to the Worst Ads of '88," June 13.) The center claims to be a public interest organization. Who asked them to represent the public? Most people never heard of the Center for Science in the Public Interest until their nasty "awards" hit the news. The center is actually a special-interest organization whose main purpose seems to be to collect money to attack private enterprise.
April 7, 2002
I am writing to object to the gratuitous insult of our organization in the March 3 magazine. Phil Barber ("Pop Culture," Entertaining) wrote: "Popcorn got a bad rap in 1994, when those old maids at the Center for Science in the Public Interest revealed that cinema popcorn cooked in coconut oil contained as much as 80 grams of fat per tub, sans butter." Why denigrate us as "old maids"? First, it's not true. We're probably a lot like you and your staff: young to middle-aged professional men and women with families and children.
April 16, 1985 |
The Federal Trade Commission today rejected a request that it ban or limit advertising for alcoholic beverages, saying it could find no basis to conclude that such ads affect alcohol abuse. Acting on the basis of a staff report, the commission voted 4 to 1 to turn down the 1983 petition filed by the private, nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest.
October 24, 2012 |
To the naked eye, the white puffs of cotton growing on shrubs, the yellow flowers on canola plants and the towering tassels on cornstalks look just like those on any other plants. But inside their cells, where their DNA contains instructions for how these crops should grow, there are a few genes that were put there not by Mother Nature but by scientists in a lab. Some of the genes are from a soil bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis that makes proteins lethal to flies, moths and other insects.
September 24, 2004 |
A consumer group and 35 doctors and scientists asked the National Institutes of Health to oversee an independent review of the science that led to new guidelines urging wider use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. The Center for Science in the Public Interest and the doctors and scientists said in a letter to NIH that there wasn't enough evidence to justify the recommendations, especially for women, older people and diabetics.