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The economics of food

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | James Bolt

Have you ever not ordered something at a restaurant because it had strange ingredients, and ordered the roast chicken instead? Ever tried a restaurant because the social vibe of the place made you think it would be a great night out? They're safe...

The Biggest Loser is the Nanny State

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Louise Staley

The recently concluded reality TV show, The Biggest Loser, contains some surprising lessons for public policy. Of all the reality television shows bombarding us, The Biggest Loser best combines entertainment with the spectacle of social...

The GST is a massive fat tax

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Mikayla Novak

Many public health activists claim that a tax on fatty food is necessary to tackle obesity. The critics of this fat tax idea point to a number of studies revealing the limitations of such a scheme. A 2005 US study of a 10 per cent fat tax on dairy...

Organic without redemption

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Tim Wilson

It's official-you aren't being harmed by supermarket food. In July the UK Food Standards Agency released a commissioned report that found there are no additional health benefits from organic foods. The research found only a third of all studies...

Big fat beat up

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Louise Staley

Arnold Schwarzenegger is obese. He's been obese his entire adult life, including the seven times he won the Mr Olympia bodybuilding title. Despite obesity not impacting his own, clearly excellent, health, Governor Schwarzenegger has introduced...

Who should take the blame for the biofuels tragedy?

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Alan Moran

In Mexico early last year, 75,000 people took to the streets in protest of the increasing cost of basic grain, in what were branded the ‘tortilla riots.' In March 2008, there were food riots in Egypt. And in April, Haitians rioted over the...

Taking apart Australia

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Louise Staley

After more than two decades of economic reform there were few truly egregious examples of government sanctioned protection left to greet the incoming Rudd Government. Perhaps the most outstanding was the monopoly granted to a publicly listed...

Gordon Ramsay's Worst Recipes

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Louise Staley

The problem with Gordon Ramsay isn't his swearing. It's his hypocrisy. Gordon Ramsay, Britain's most notorious celebrity chef has demanded ‘stringent laws-licensing laws-to make sure produce is only used in season.' In a BBC interview in...

The 'food miles' fallacy

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Tim Wilson

Fair Trade no substitute for intellectual property

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Tim Wilson

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