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Show notes for Episode 65

Posted by Ethan Clow on June 1, 2010

Radio Freethinker Episode 65 – Interview with Jeff Wagg of the JREF, Washing your hands, Food and Salt.

Download the episode here!

Song: Eat It by Weird Al

Skeptical News:

Hand washing makes you feel less responsible, here

Herbavour robot, here and here

Topics: Food

-Unhealthy Food:
widely available food is unhealthy, contributing to obesity, heart attack risk, etc.
is it a big enough strain on public health to worry?

http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2010/03/does-high-fructose-corn-syrup-make-you-fatter.ars
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/apr/16/trans-fats-ban-uk-food
http://www.scientificblogging.com/news_articles/us_sugar_consumption_rise
http://consumerist.com/2010/04/war-declared-on-salt.html
http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Voluntary+efforts+trans+fats+have+failed+Health+minister/2938278/story.html
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18835-theres-no-doubt-about-the-health-dangers-of-salt.html
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=underage-overweight
http://www.scientificblogging.com/news_articles/whats_solution_obesity_epidemic_researchers_debate
http://www.scientificblogging.com/news_articles/drinking_fewer_sodas_could_lower_blood_pressure_researchers_say

Food Health Taxes:
taxing unhealthy food can encourage healthier buying
but should the gov mandate it?

http://www.scientificblogging.com/news_articles/who_knew_taxes_decrease_consumption_unhealthy_food
http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Soda+movement+gains+steam/2672494/story.html
http://socialpsychologyeye.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/junk-science-the-psychology-of-the-soda-tax/
http://consumerist.com/2010/03/researchers-urge-government-to-levy-tax-on-pizza.html
http://www.scientificblogging.com/news_articles/high_soda_taxes_could_stem_obesity_study_claims

Alternatives to Tax:
there are other ways to
prevent unhealthy eating
but would they work as well as taxation?

http://www.scientificblogging.com/news_articles/want_eat_less_keep_food_out_sight
http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Study+probe+menu+labelling+leads+healthier+eating/2990622/story.html
http://www.miller-mccune.com/health/restaurant-menu-labels-can-make-a-difference-16114/

Ill Effects of Cheap Food:
unhealthy food is chea
per than healthy, which encourages people to buy it. why’s it so cheap?
is taxation the only/best way to control public health?

http://consumerist.com/2010/03/how-oranges-costs-more-than-coke.html
http://www.scientificblogging.com/news_articles/what_do_about_livestock_revolution
http://lifehacker.com/5495883/the-high-price-of-convenience-foods
http://consumerist.com/2010/03/its-cheaper-for-farmers-to-let-strawberries-rot-than-sell-them-now.html
http://www.miller-mc
cune.com/politics/lunches-even-the-lunch-lady-wouldnt-eat-16184/

Other:
http://www.scientificblogging.com/news_articles/organic_farming_not_so_wildlife_friendly_study_finds
http://www.vancouversun.com/health/fast+track+food+like+products/3051087/story.html
http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2010/05/organic-food-is-not-for-the-birds.ars

Skeptical Highlights:

-Anti-Deepak Gathering – Facebook event

-UBC Freethinkers “Breakfast of Champions” – Facebook event

-Philip Pullman: The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ – Here

 

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