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Weekend reading: Carey Gilliam?s Whitewash

Carey Gilliam.  Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science.  Island Press, 2017. I did a blurb for this book (only t...
22-09-2017 21:49

Food Politics: Canada

I don’t write much about  Canadian food politics, but every now and then collect interesting items. Weighty Matters: an always informative blog ...
21-09-2017 21:52

Crop insurance: some thoughts

When I taught a course on the farm bill some years ago, students were stunned by how crop insurance works.  They wondered how they could break into th...
20-09-2017 21:57

The NY Times? blockbuster investigation: Big Food in Brazil

The article, which starts on the front page and continues to another two full pages and more, is headlined How Big Business got Brazil Hooked on Junk ...
19-09-2017 21:54

FDA wants comments on guidance for pre-DSHEA dietary ingredi

The FDA is taking comments about developing a list of dietary supplement ingredients in safe use before Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health ...
18-09-2017 21:54

Weekend reading: Big Chicken

Maryn McKenna.  Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats.  National Geograph...
15-09-2017 21:51

FoodNavigator-USA?s Special Edition on Kids? Food

Food Navigator is an industry newsletter useful for keeping up with food industry interests.  In Special Editions, it collects articles on specific to...
14-09-2017 21:49

How Big Food does politics in Washington

Big Food trade associations got a meeting at the White House to argue that the deadlines for implementing the new Nutrition Facts panel and GMO labeli...
13-09-2017 21:52

FDA approves ?qualified health claim? for early introduction

I was interested to see the FDA?s announcement that it ?acknowledges? and will ?exercise enforcement discretion? (translation: will not oppose) a qual...
13-09-2017 21:52

Alumni Profile, Berkeley Molecular and Cell Biology

It’s been a long time since I got my doctorate in molecular biology at the University of California Berkeley, so I was especially pleased to be ...
11-09-2017 21:48

Weekend reading: Reinventing the (Cheese) Wheel

Bronwen and Frances Percival.  Reinventing the Wheel: Milk, Microbes, and the Fight for Real Cheese.  University of California Press, 2017.   ...
08-09-2017 21:44

TODAY! New York City school lunches FREE for ALL students

Wonderful news! In a press release yesterday from New York City: CHANCELLOR FARIÑA ANNOUNCES FREE SCHOOL LUNCH FOR ALL  Starting tomorrow, lunch is fr...
07-09-2017 21:44

What?s up with meat substitutes"

I?ve never understood why people who do not want to eat meat for reasons of health, animal welfare, environmental protection, or religion want to eat ...
06-09-2017 21:49

The PURE study warrants some skepticism

I love getting notes like this one from a reader: Why aren?t you saying anything about the PURE study.  Doesn?t it prove that everything you?ve been s...
05-09-2017 21:49
04-09-2017 21:43

Weekend reading: Laura Shapiro?s ?What She Ate?

Laura Shapiro.  What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells their Stories.  Penguin Random House, 2017 I happily did a blurb for this o...
01-09-2017 21:45

Q and A: fruit vs juice

Lots of questions come in about all kinds of things.  This one from a reader with the subject line “Fruit juice is so confusing.” Fruit ju...
31-08-2017 21:44

Another ongoing saga: the legacy of Ancel Keys

I cannot understand the revisionist attack on the work of Ancel Keys, who died at the age of 100 in 2004.  Most scientists are lucky to have made impo...
30-08-2017 21:45

Once more on menu labeling

It never stops, but at last there is a suggestion that the saga of long delays in menu labeling may possibly be coming to an end.  Scott Gottlieb, the...
29-08-2017 21:46

Thought for the week: muffin v. cupcake

Thanks to my colleague Lisa Young for taking this photo at the Magnolia Bakery in Manhattan....
28-08-2017 21:46

Globalization in action: more cheese for pizza in China

Every now and then I see an article that seems like the most perfect indicator of food globalization; this one. According to FoodNavigator-Asia.com, F...
24-08-2017 21:49

What?s up with NAFTA" Here?s how to get started.

The US, Canada, and Mexico have just finished the first round of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) negotiations.  Like all trade agreements,...
23-08-2017 21:47

Menu Labeling: the saga goes on and on

Listing calories in chain restaurants, you may recall, was authorized by Congress as part of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. That was an astonishing ...
22-08-2017 21:49

The Papaya Salmonella (4 kinds!) outbreak continues

The CDC tracking of the papaya outbreak continues, with a score of Case Count: 173 States: 21 Deaths: 1 Hospitalizations: 58 Recall: Yes All foodborne...
21-08-2017 21:45

Reports about sustainable and local farming: one after anoth

Sustainable Food Trust has a report on a conference on the True Cost of American Food. Health is the obvious cost, but others include: the cost of nit...
18-08-2017 21:44

Cane versus beet sugar?A difference"

As a result of yesterday?s post, readers asked questions about sugar.  Here?s one: Q: Is there a difference between cane and beet sugar" A: It de...
17-08-2017 21:47

Sugar industry: here?s what we think about advice to eat les

I am a faithful subscriber to Jerry Hagstrom’s Hagstrom Report on issues having to do with agriculture.  He attended the International Sweetener...
16-08-2017 21:50

Agroecology: it?s the hot issue in agriculture, but what doe

If you are like me, you may have trouble understanding what this term means, but it?s the hot new word in alternative agriculture. Farms of the Future...
15-08-2017 21:47

Coconut water?fad or superdrink"

I like the way it tastes, but oh the hype about its health benefits. I haven’t posted anything about industry-funded research for a long time, m...
14-08-2017 21:47

Eight books on food and farming?a recap

Marion Nestle: 8 Books on Farming and Food That Deserve More Attention May 10, 2016  EcoWatch ...
11-08-2017 21:41

Are we done with pink slime" $177 million says yes.

Remember “pink slime"”  This is the pejorative name given to “mechanically tenderized finely textured beef” an ingredient...
10-08-2017 21:45

Starting out in food policy: advice

I get lots of inquiries like this one from readers working at not particularly satisfying jobs.  This one came with the subject line: Wanted: My passi...
09-08-2017 21:50

What should the farm bill really look like and do"

Representative Earl Blumenauer (Dem-OR), whose portfolio addresses many issues of concern to his constituents, is doing something particularly courage...
08-08-2017 22:00

FDA allows Macadamia Nuts health claim: will they use this&q

Since I don’t want to be accused of making things up, I herewith reprint the FDA notice in its entirety. FDA Completes Review of Qualified Healt...
07-08-2017 21:43

CSPI?s encouraging report on sodas in restaurants

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has a new report out,  Sodas on the Menu. It’s got some good news (we need some).  Restaurants are...
04-08-2017 21:48

Is this for real"

Sent to me from a Cracker Barrel in Florida. Yum....
03-08-2017 21:50

Should nutrition scientists take food-industry funding"

I am an advisor to the American Society of Nutrition’s Early Career Nutrition group and was asked to address this question for its spring/summer...
02-08-2017 21:46

Bakery and Snacks Special Edition: Grain-Free, Gluten-Free

BakeryandSnacks.com is another industry newsletter I subscribe to for keeping me up to date on what’s happening with baked goods and snacks. Spe...
31-07-2017 21:45

Weekend Reading: Urban Food Policy

The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES) has issued a new report with five case studies on successful urban food policy. ...
28-07-2017 21:46

The CDC Nominee?s Links to Coca-Cola

Last Sunday’s New York Times had a front-page story on Coca-Cola’s relationship to the current nominee for director of the CDC.  I’m...
27-07-2017 21:46

Uh oh: Papayas with Salmonella

First cantaloupe, now papayas. The CDC has opened up a homepage on Salmonella infections associated with eating Yellow Maradol Papayas. Here’s t...
26-07-2017 21:47

What?s the story on phthalates in Mac & Cheese"

A reporter asks: I was wondering if you could share your thoughts with me about the new study finding phthalates in boxed Mac & Cheese.  Should co...
25-07-2017 21:46

The food industry vs. menu labeling: the saga continues

Remember menu labeling"  The idea started in New York City in 2008.  Here is one of my early posts on it.  My point in mentioning this: if you ca...
24-07-2017 21:48
 



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