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Get up and move. It?s good for you.

The Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee’s 2018 Scientific Report promotes physical activity as a ?best buy? for public health. Physi...
23-03-2018 21:55

Food safety Europe: a roundup

The British newsletter,, also does special editions, collections of articles on specific topics, this one on food safety (you to...
22-03-2018 21:52

Canada?s food guide: proposed revisions

Canada’s food guide has been around since 2007.   Bill Jeffery, the executive director of the Canadian Centre for Health Science and Law (w...
21-03-2018 21:54

USDA-sponsored ?Checkoff? program urges more cheese on pizza

The daily newsletter,, sends this intriguing story: ?Pizza Hut adds 25% more cheese to pan pizzas as part of dairy checkoff program....
20-03-2018 21:55

Another note on the Japanese food scene

While I was in Japan last week, a colleague from Washington State asked if his local apples were on sale in Japanese supermarkets.  I looked.  They we...
19-03-2018 21:56

My forthcoming book has a cover!

Basic Books, October 30, 2018. For information about the book, click here....
16-03-2018 21:51

Diet-related disease stats: Japan

I’m reading The Japan Times this week and saw this article: ?Healthy life expectancy? on the rise: survey The article describes how ?healthy lif...
15-03-2018 21:54

Soda Politics: Japan style

I am in Japan this week and am fascinated to see that Coca-Cola produces special products with seasonal themes, just in time for cherry blossoms (whic...
14-03-2018 21:53

Eat breakfast, prevent obesity (says Nestlé and General Mill

I haven?t posted an industry-funded study with predictable results in a while but when I saw this headline from FoodNavigator-Asia, I couldn’t r...
13-03-2018 21:53

The link between obesity and food systems: World Bank

I’m late in seeing this but the World Bank published this report linking food systems to obesity last year. It’s got lots of charts and ta...
12-03-2018 21:53

Weekend reading: Organic Profit / Prophet

Andrew N. Case.  The Organic Profit: Rodale and the Making of Marketplace Environmentalism.  University of Washington Press, 2018. I did a blurb for t...
09-03-2018 21:59

Food Navigator?s Special Edition on Sports and Fitness collects its recent articles about sports and fitness into a Special Edition: Sports & fitness: From niche to mainstream: Device...
08-03-2018 21:52

When are added sugars not" The answer in FDA-speak.

Nutrition labels may seem self-evident but it takes volumes of Federal Register notices to explain how every word works.  When it comes to food labels...
07-03-2018 21:52

Why so may pet food recalls"

Is it just me or does it seem like there are an unusually large number of pet food recalls this year. The American Veterinary Medical Association keep...
06-03-2018 21:51

Forget potato chips. Try jellyfish chips !

I am indebted to for this insight into food of the future: jellyfish snacks. Westerner that I am, I think of jellyfish as exquisit...
05-03-2018 21:51

Weekend reading: the big business of bottled water

Food and Water Watch has a new report that is a must-read: The report documents how water—a public good that comes free and clean from the tap&#...
02-03-2018 21:48

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations: A prototyp

Last week I discussed my skepticism about the Trump Administration’s plan to replace some SNAP benefits with boxes of 100% American-grown commod...
01-03-2018 21:52

Low-fat vs. Low-carb diets: both help cut calories

I subscribe to a newsletter, Obesity and Energetics Offerings, that lists loads of new articles on these topics every week. One of its offerings is a ...
28-02-2018 21:51

New process for Dietary Guidelines: open for comments

I was on a conference call yesterday with representatives from USDA and HHS announcing the new process for doing the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for ...
27-02-2018 21:49

U.S. Agriculture at a glance: USDA report

USDA and the National Agricultural Statistics Service have just published “Farms and Land in Farms: 2017 Summary.” Here’s the bottom...
26-02-2018 21:51

Weekend reading: Effects of Industrial agriculture on health

I reviewed an earlier draft of this report, and was impressed by its comprehensiveness and attention to detail.  If you are interested in understandin...
23-02-2018 21:48

USDA?s pesticide testing results for 2016

Worried about pesticide residues on fresh and processed fruit and vegetables" The USDA tests for a bunch of them in more than 10,000 food samples...
22-02-2018 21:48

Trump?s ?Blue Apron? plan for SNAP: real or a smokescreen&qu

I vote for smokescreen. Let’s take this one step at a time, starting with the FY 2019 Budget announced last week.  In this administration’...
21-02-2018 21:49

The ongoing debates over glyphosate (Monsanto?s Roundup)

What do we know about the carcinogenicity of glyphosate" The International Agency on Research on Cancer (IARC) said it was “probably carcin...
21-02-2018 21:49

Bakery & Snacks: China Market Report

I subscribe to a bunch of newsletters, one of which is  It tracks the market for baked goods and snack foods throughout the world...
19-02-2018 21:48

Weekend reading for kids: Eat This!

Andrea Curtis.  Eat This!  How Fast-Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and how to fight back).  Red Deer Press, 2018. This, amazingly, is a 36-page ...
16-02-2018 21:50

Congratulations Marler-Clark on 20 years of food safety advo

Food safety lawyer Bill Marler is celebrating 20 years of using the legal system to encourage companies to produce safe food by summarizing 25 of his ...
15-02-2018 21:46

Mars Inc says goodbye to ILSI, hello to science policy

Since it’s Valentine’s Day (have a happy one), we might as well talk about a candy company, in this case, Mars, Inc. Mars, Inc., one of th...
14-02-2018 21:47

Overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture: more data (sti

An article in The Guardian alerted me to a new report comparing antibiotic use in the UK to that in the US.  The Guardian explains the problem: The co...
13-02-2018 21:50

Defections from GMA: the score increases

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m keeping score on companies dropping their membership in and substantial financial support of the Grocery ...
12-02-2018 21:52

Weekend reading: Food industry influence on government healt

This report from the UK Health Forum is a compendium of case studies about food industry influence on government food and nutrition policies in develo...
09-02-2018 21:49

Annals of marketing: Meal replacements

A reader in South Africa, Effie Schultz, sends an item from NutraIngredients-USA about a new meal replacement product, Bear Squeeze, “packed wit...
08-02-2018 21:51

Food industry lobbyists running the dietary guidelines"

This tweet certainly got my attention: It referred to Alex Kotch’s article in the International Business Times about how White House lawyer Dona...
07-02-2018 21:50

Anti-Menu labeling: House to vote today

Remember calorie labeling on the menu boards of chain restaurants" This started in New York City in 2008.  The chains have survived, and the worl...
06-02-2018 21:50

Annals of marketing: Bottled ocean water"

I am ever in awe of the creative ways in which marketers sell—water. George Kent sends me this brilliant example from Hawai’i: Kona Deep. ...
05-02-2018 21:51

Weekend reading: Eating Ethically

Jonathan K. Crane.  Eating Ethically: Religion and Science for a Better Diet.  Columbia University Press, 2017. I did a blurb for this one: This enter...
02-02-2018 21:48

Increasingly popular: Vegan diets

GlobalData, a data and analytics company., says vegan diets will be even more popular in 2018. Great Britain: In 2017, 3% self-identified as vegan, co...
01-02-2018 21:51

Annals of food marketing: define ?egg?"

Competition in the food service industry must be fierce these days. My colleagues who are members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recently r...
31-01-2018 21:52

Israel?s Front-of-Package labeling scheme delayed (guess why

The Israeli health ministry has developed a new front-of-package labeling scheme for foods to choose (green) and to avoid (red).  Here are the red lab...
30-01-2018 21:50

Soft drinks: anything that sells

The soft drink industry is in big trouble.  Sugary drinks aren’t great for health, and sales are down.  But this industry keeps trying. I’...
29-01-2018 21:49

Weekend reading: marketing to kids of color

The Berkeley Media Studies Group has a new framing brief on food-industry targeting of minority communities, how it works, and what to do about it. He...
26-01-2018 21:52

USDA Secretary issues guiding principles for farm bill

Secretary Sonny Perdue has released his blueprint for the 2018 farm bill. Its goal is to “improve services while reducing regulatory burdens on ...
25-01-2018 21:55

Food Politics Canada: A Roundup

I?ve been hearing a lot about Canadian food politics lately—lots is going on up there, apparently. I.  Health Canada is working on guiding princ...
24-01-2018 21:51

Weekend Reading: The New Bread Basket

Amy Halloran.  The New Bread Basket: How the New Crop of Grain Growers, Plant Breeders, Millers, Maltsters, Bakers, Brewers, and Local Food Activists ...
19-01-2018 21:53

Durians: a market for durian-flavored products"

I was fascinated to read in FoodNavigator-Asia that the Chinese like durians so much that they have created a demand for durian-flavored food products...
18-01-2018 21:51

Crop insurance, like much else these days, goes to the rich

Crop insurance is the big issue in the forthcoming farm bill.  The American Enterprise Institute doesn’t like it much, and for good reason.  On ...
17-01-2018 21:52

Front-of-package labels: Do they work"

The Hartman Group has a handy Infographic on the effects of front-of-package labels on purchasing patterns.  I haven’t seen this summarized so n...
16-01-2018 21:53

Defections from the Grocery Manufacturers Association: addin

Nonrenewals of membership in the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) are adding up (see my previous post on this).  Helena Bottemiller Evich at Po...
15-01-2018 21:53

Weekend reading: Diet and the Disease of Civilization

Adrienne Rose Bitar.  Diet and the Disease of Civilization.  Rutgers University Press, 2017. I did a blurb for this one: Bitar?s fascinating thesis is...
12-01-2018 21:51

Dietary Reference Intakes are now political"""

Is nothing in nutrition safe from congressional intervention" The American Society for Nutrition has a useful policy newsletter that ran an item ...
11-01-2018 21:51

Our Orwellian USDA doublespeaks again

FERN’s Ag Insider reports: USDA’s top lawyer says politics has nothing to do with the recent reassignment of senior officers. Of course it...
10-01-2018 21:54

What?s the story on FDA recalls"

Let’s start with the report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG).  Now that the Fo...
09-01-2018 21:52

A happy start to the week: Governor Cuomo?s ?No Student Goes

At last some good news: New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a ?No Student Goes Hungry? program.   It has five components: End lunch sham...
08-01-2018 21:55

Weekend Reading: Trends and Predictions for 2018

The Institute of Food Technology publishes a newsletter.  IIts December 27 issue provides a roundup of food-trend predictions from a bunch of sources....
05-01-2018 21:54

The Hartman Group?s 2017 Year in Review

The Hartman Group has an infographic on the most prominent trends and insights in the culture of foods & beverages in 2017.  That was the year tha...
04-01-2018 21:49

Food-Navigator-USA?s 10 trends to watch in 2018

Elaine Watson at Food Navigator-USA says we should be watching these ten trends in 2018. Cellular agriculture: cell-cultured meat, fish, etc. Plant-ba...
03-01-2018 21:52

Rabobank?s survey: what?s up for 2018

To start the new year, I’m going to post predictions, starting with Rabobank’s newsletter on food trends.  This is always worth reading (t...
02-01-2018 21:50
31-12-2017 21:50

Civil Eats: The Year in Food Policy, 2017

Civil Eats reviews what happened this year: It was a tumultuous year for food policy in the United States. The year started off with several efforts b...
28-12-2017 21:52

Planet Fat: The New York Times series on global obesity

Since September, the New York Times has been investigating how the food industry markets its products in the developing world, and how this marketing ...
27-12-2017 21:54

Rattlesnake pills" Really" Contaminated with Sal

I am indebted to food safety lawyer Bill Marler for enlightening me about these pills in the first place, and their contamination with Salmonella. The...
26-12-2017 21:51

Weekend Reading: America?s Diverse Family Farms

I’m not sure how USDA defines “diverse,” exactly, but I think it must be referring to size and income in this report. Like so: IR...
22-12-2017 21:46

Defectors from the Grocery Manufacturers Association: the sc

Politico is tracking what’s happening to the GMA.  The defectors so far: Tyson Foods Unilever Campbell Soup Co. Nestlé Dean Foods Mars The GMA h...
21-12-2017 21:49

FDA ends Food Advisory Committee: an odd idea

The FDA announced last week that it is terminating its Food Advisory Committee (see the Federal Register notice)  The U.S. Food and Drug Administratio...
20-12-2017 21:49

Never a dull moment: snortable chocolate"

I know that everyone loves chocolate, but to snort""" The FDA, ever on the job, has issued a warning letter to Arco Globus Trading that...
20-12-2017 21:49

A contest: Use all 7 of CDC?s forbidden words in one sentenc

You have no doubt heard by now that the Trump administration has instructed CDC policy analysts that they are not to use any of the following words in...
18-12-2017 22:05

In the holiday spirit: 3D printed candy! has collected articles and videos into a Special Edition: The future of 3D printing in confectionery Hershey tips 3D printing to...
15-12-2017 21:46

Splenda is safe. Guess who funded the study.

For months now, I haven’t posted an industry-funded studies with results favorable to the sponsor, but this one about deserves mention. Title: C...
14-12-2017 21:45

Canadians eat a lot of highly processed foods

The Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation has released a report on consumption of processed food consumption in Canada. The report is based on the NO...
13-12-2017 21:47

Oops. Fat replacing sugar in US diets.

In the late 1980s, nutrition scientists identified fat and saturated fat as key nutrients that needed to be reduced in US diets. One result was the Sn...
12-12-2017 21:46

USDA?s case studies on front-of-package labeling

The FDA is responsible for food labeling but in the peculiar way things get done in federal agencies, the USDA governs front-of-package labeling for o...
11-12-2017 21:44

Weekend reading: Global Nutrition Report??The nutrition situ

The annual Global Nutrition Report on progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has just arrived. It does not provide much good news. T...
08-12-2017 21:44

The French food industry v. public health: front-of-package

A colleague in France, Serge Hercberg, a nutrition professor at the University of Paris writes to say that the French government?s decision on October...
07-12-2017 21:43

Orwell-speak from USDA: new SNAP rules

The USDA, straight out of George Orwell’s 1984, has promised “new SNAP flexibilities to promote self-sufficiency.” What does USDA me...
06-12-2017 21:50

Defections from the Grocery Manufacturers Association: Rats

I?ve written many times about the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), an organization so locked into the interests of its food-company donors tha...
05-12-2017 21:45

USDA makes school meals more flexible (translation: less nut

The USDA announces its revised school meal rules, in words that would make George Orwell proud: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today provid...
04-12-2017 21:46

Weekend action: Advocating for organics (Toolkit!)

IFOAM—Organics International–offers a Global Policy Toolkit on Public Support to Organic Agriculture, for use by anyone who wants to advoc...
01-12-2017 21:46

Policy wonks: Here?s USDA?s latest introduction to global tr

The USDA has a new report out on global trade.   It’s full of facts and figures about what foods we export and import, how the trade agreements ...
30-11-2017 21:47

Good news about farming!

How about some good news for a change" I.  Politico reports on on a new report, Feeding the Economy, on the importance of agriculture for the US ...
29-11-2017 21:46

The glyphosate (?Roundup?) saga continues

Glyphosate (Roundup), the controversial herbicide used with crops genetically modified to resist it, has been in the news a lot lately.  I’ve be...
28-11-2017 19:49

Where are we on menu labeling"

At the moment, we are on track to have the long-delayed calorie labeling on menu boards by May 2018. The FDA has just issued draft guidance on how to ...
27-11-2017 21:52

Farm bill #5: EWG, NASC, and other resources

I.  The Environmental Working Group It just released its farm subsidy database for 2015 and 2016. The new information reflects the demands of the 2014...
24-11-2017 21:50
23-11-2017 21:50

Farm Bill #3: Philip Brasher?s guide

If you want to get serious about understanding farm bill issues, spend some time (you will need it) with Philip Brasher’s posts at Agri-Pulse (I...
22-11-2017 21:49

Farm Bill #2: Unlikely allies

Politics makes strange bedfellows, as documented by Politico in a report on the coalition of unlikely allies working to reform the farm bill. Let me s...
21-11-2017 21:50

Farm Bill #1: Earl Blumenauer?s bill

It’s Thanksgiving week and I can’t think of a better time to talk about the farm bill. My starting place for thinking about this topic is ...
20-11-2017 21:50

Weekend perusals: Food system policy databases

Policy wonks, students, advocates:  If you are looking for data on what countries are doing to promote healthier people and food systems, check out th...
17-11-2017 21:54

Food Policy Action?s 2017 Scorecard on Congressional Votes

Food Policy Action has released its annual scorecard, evaluating how our federal legislators vote on food issues.  In case you haven?t noticed, they a...
16-11-2017 21:49

Sugar industry politics, 2017 style

If you search this site for ?Sugar Policy,? you will get lots of items over the years. Now, several members of Congress have introduced a bill, the Su...
15-11-2017 21:47

WHO: Restrict medically important antibiotics in farm animal

The World Health Organization has issued guidelines on use of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals.  Its latest report recommends...
14-11-2017 21:54

An Atlas of Agribusiness for Food Systems Advocates

I?m going to be using this week?s posts to catch up on reports that have been flooding in. Let?s start with a publication from the Heinrich Böll Found...
13-11-2017 21:52

Weekend reading: the Hamlet Fire

Bryant Simon The Hamlet Fire, A Tragic Story of Cheap Food, Cheap Government, and Cheap Lives. The New Press. This book, which deserves a much better ...
10-11-2017 21:47

?Make November 8 Great Again??Nathan Myhrvold

And how is the fabulous Nathan doing that"  By releasing Modernist Bread this week. Nathan Myhrvold and Francisco Migoya.  Modernist Bread.  The ...
08-11-2017 21:47

Food Navigator special on dairy innovation

This is one of’s collections of articles on one topic of interest to the food industry. Dairy innovation From kefir to savory ...
06-11-2017 21:47

Weekend cooking: Sullivan Street Bakery

Jim Lahey with Maya Joseph.  The Sullivan Street Bakery Cookbook.  Norton, 2017. Jim Lahey of My Bread, No-Knead Bread, and Sullivan Street Bakery fam...
03-11-2017 21:49

USDA updates its chart collection

The USDA has just updated its agricultural statistics charts. Some of the charts deal with trade issues.  I thought this one was especially interestin...
02-11-2017 21:48

It?s NAFTA again: an update

I haven’t said anything about NAFTA since August, but events are moving so quickly in the Trump administration’s attempts to undo this tra...
01-11-2017 21:54

Bread: the staff of life (Ithaca version)

I live part time in Ithaca, New York, where I participate in a bread CSA (a prepaid “Crust Fund”) run by Stefan Senders of Wide Awake Bake...
30-10-2017 21:51

Weekend Reading: Foodie?s Guide to Capitalism

Eric Holt-Giménez.  A Foodie?s Guide to Capitalism: Understanding the Political Economy of What We Eat.  Monthly Review Press, 2017. I wrote the Forew...
27-10-2017 21:47

Meat on the agenda: Bacon and Fast Food antibiotics

I’m collecting reports about meat. The first is The Bacon Report from   And here’s Restaurant Report Card: What?s in...
26-10-2017 21:46

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