Food Babe’s Bubble Bursts

Published on: 18:48PM Apr 16, 2015

Food Babe’s 15 minutes are about to expire. While she’s made bank spewing pseudoscience, the Food Babe “army,” as she calls her fans, seems to be in full retreat. Her downfall is reminiscent of a snake oil salesman who overstayed his welcome. A couple of reminders: she claimed flu shots were used as genocidal tools, and warned travelers that the air in aircraft "isn’t pure oxygen either, it’s mixed with nitrogen, sometimes almost at 50%." Hmmmm…she must have missed that day in elementary school science when most of us learned air is about 21% oxygen and 78% nitrogen. Fox News published “Five Food Babe myths you shouldn’t believe,” and Health.com published “Five more Food Babe myths you shouldn’t believe.” Correlation? Food Babe myths come in multiples of five.

Border Insecurity

Border security expert Sylvia Longmire says the turmoil on both sides of the U.S.–Mexico border is hurting the cattle business. It’s common for American ranchers near the border to find drug-laden trucks running through their pastures, fences cut and water lines broken. But violence on the Mexican side of the border also impedes the legitimate cattle trade between American and Mexican ranches. Longmire spoke to attendees at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention, and is the author of “Border Insecurity: Why Big Money, Fences, and Drones Aren’t Making Us Safer.

Congress Considers Estate Tax Repeal

Barring the discovery of some long-lost relative with enough money to burn a wet elephant, we don’t anticipate headaches over estate taxes. Still, if you’re in that category, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the tax today. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration, where it will likely face stiffer competition from critics, who note the estate tax is only paid by 0.2 % of U.S. estates.As for our heirs, we’ve promised to live long enough to be a burden to them.

Where Beef Is Banned

India’s ban on cow slaughter, adopted in some regions with the election last year of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, is disproportionately affecting the poor. Ironically, India is the world’s fifth-largest consumer and second-largest exporter of beef – though none of it would be mistaken for USDA Prime. In India beef comes from bulls and buffaloes, as cows are considered sacred by Hindus. But hardliners are pushing to expand the slaughter ban to all types of cattle. As one might imagine, the ruckus has slashed the value of beef, now just half the price of chicken. Now that’s sacrilegious!