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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

Farewell to GIPSA and bad news for family farmers

Last week, the USDA withdrew its Farmer Fair Practices Interim Final Rule (a.k.a. the GIPSA—Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administr...
25-10-2017 21:47

Celebration of Michael Jacobson

I’m going to be at the National Press Club in Washington DC tonight for the gala event celebrating the retirement of Michael Jacobson from 45 ye...
24-10-2017 21:48

Book launch: Alice Waters? Making of a Counterculture Cook

For those of you in New York, tonight at 7:30 Alice Waters will be at BAM talking with Hilton Als about her new book: Alice Waters.  Coming to My Sens...
23-10-2017 21:48

Weekend Reading: Seven Cheap Things

Raj Patel & Jason Moore.  A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet.  University o...
20-10-2017 21:47

Childhood obesity: progress in the UK, not so much in the US

FoodNavigator reports that Public Health England is taking on?what a concept!—calories as a means to prevent childhood obesity. It will be looki...
19-10-2017 21:50

Keeping up with food politics: new reports

Reports related to food politics flood in.  Here are a few from the last couple of weeks. The Nation: Special Issue on The Future of Food: Setting the...
18-10-2017 21:49

Glyphosate: a roundup (sorry, couldn?t resist)

I’ve been tracking recent reports and commentary about the herbicide glyphosate (a.k.a. Roundup) used with genetically modified crops.  Glyphosa...
17-10-2017 21:47

Menus, San Francisco Style

Grant Street, Chinatown, October 11, 2017...
16-10-2017 21:50

Weekend reading: Politics of the Pantry

Emily E. LB. Twarog.  Politics of the Pantry: Housewives, Food, and Consumer Protest in Twentieth-Century America.  Oxford University Press, 2017. I d...
13-10-2017 21:47

Global Meat News Special Edition: Pork!

I subscribe to to keep me up on the international meat business.  It has just published a collection of its articles—on pork....
12-10-2017 21:52

On my mind: The U.N.?s Sustainable Development Goals

When I give talks these days, I usually wear a pin—the O in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development GOals (SDGs).  These were authoriz...
11-10-2017 21:55

FDA says love is not a food ingredient

Food regulation is no trivial matter.  Every word on a food label has a Federal Register notice and Code of Federal Regulation section behind it. Cons...
10-10-2017 21:47

Belgium?s new food pyramid

Belgium has produced a new food guide “pyramid,” upside down.  Its advice: Drink water Eat more fruits, vegetables, and grains Eat less da...
09-10-2017 21:52

Weekend reading: Nutrition and Food Systems

HLPE [High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition]. Nutrition and food systems. A report by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Sec...
06-10-2017 21:46

FoodNavigator-USA?s special edition on protein

Protein occurs in most foods but is especially abundant in meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, grains, beans, nuts, and seeds.  Most of us get more than...
05-10-2017 21:46

Food security: a roundup of new reports: international and d

International For the past few weeks I?ve been collecting reports on food security.  I’ve already posted the most recent report on worldwide tre...
04-10-2017 21:51

The state of obesity, U.S. 2017

Where are we in obesity prevalence"  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), are keeping score for...
03-10-2017 21:48

Rodale introduces Regenerative Organic Certification

The Rodale Institute has a new Regenerative Organic certification program with four requirements that include but go beyond those for USDA Certified O...
02-10-2017 21:50

Weekend reading: Healthy and Sustainable Diets for Europe

I’m in Europe this week so especially interested in its public health efforts. This report is an example. Healthy and Sustainable Diets for Euro...
29-09-2017 21:51

World food insecurity: moving in the wrong direction

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization has just released its annual report on food security, country-by-country. After years of decline, the...
28-09-2017 21:52

Sugar: a roundup of recent industry reports

Is sugar under siege" The sugar industry must think so. Take a look at these recent industry reports: International Sugar Organization: An Evalua...
27-09-2017 21:54

Capitalism in our food"

I wrote the Foreword to Eric Holt Giménez’s Foodies Guide to Capitalism: Understanding the Political Economy of What We Eat.   His book won̵...
26-09-2017 21:49

Good news: sales of organic foods

The USDA announces:  2016 Sales of U.S. Certified Organic Agricultural Production Up 23 Percent from Previous Year Sales of organic agricultural produ...
25-09-2017 21:58

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

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

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

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, 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 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

Healthy Food America?s resources for advocates

Healthy Food America is relatively new on the food advocacy scene but I am always impressed by the useful resources it produces. It is my go-to place ...
21-07-2017 21:48

Water: With added hydrogen, oxygen, or adjusted acidity

I received this inquiry from a reporter wanting a comment: Hi, Marion, I’m doing a story about the trend of waters that claim to have extra heal...
19-07-2017 21:48

Vatican says bread for Eucharist cannot be gluten-free

Food politics generally doesn’t usually get into matters of religion, but sometimes has to.   Today’s issue is whether bread for the Catho...
18-07-2017 21:55

Food-Navigator-USA Special Edition: Paleo Diets

Here’s another one of this site’s roundup of articles on specific topics, written from the perspective of food companies.  Paleo sells. Sp...
17-07-2017 21:46

Do memory supplements help boost memory (oh how I wish)

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has a new report out calling for better federal oversight of memory supplements. These are a growing market...
14-07-2017 21:47

The fight over non-milk ?milk?: the dairy industry plus FDA

All those non-milk “milks’ in the dairy section—soy, almond, cashew, hazelnut, pumpkin seed, flax, hemp, coconut—make the dair...
12-07-2017 21:46

How the GMO industry gets journalists to buy its messages

Monsanto’s corporate behavior has been so counterproductive that it has damaged the reputation of the entire food biotechnology industry (I docu...
11-07-2017 21:44

Rotating crops in Iowa?a better way to farm

I am a big fan of Wendell Berry, the inspiring Kentucky professor and farmer, long a leading and inspiring proponent of agrarian values.  He displays ...
10-07-2017 21:45

Weekend reading: A People?s Food Policy

From the UK comes one of the best documents I’ve ever seen about food system policy: It has information about why we need a coherent, comprehens...
07-07-2017 21:46

Thinking about: potatoes!

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has a new study with a startling conclusion: “frequent consumption of fried potatoes appears to be as...
05-07-2017 21:43

Wishing you a safe and sane July 4

From the USDA’s partnership with the Ad Council…...
03-07-2017 21:45

Amazon?s purchase of Whole Foods: a roundup

I?ve been asked to comment on Amazon?s proposal to buy Whole Foods.  So much has been written about it that it?s hard to add anything new. My immediat...
30-06-2017 21:51

Weed resistance to glyphosate on GMO crops: EPA needs to do

The EPA is not doing enough to prevent weed resistance to the herbicide glyphosate (Roundup) says a new report from the EPA?s Inspector General’...
28-06-2017 21:46

Chocolate: candy or health food"

I was interviewed by Cindy Kuzma, a reporter for VICE, about research on chocolate.  Her story is here.  Her questions were great (I wish all reporter...
27-06-2017 21:46

A win for GMO trolls: this blog no longer accepts comments

With regret, I asked my site managers at Cre8d to block all future comments to this site. The GMO trolls—people who post deliberately hostile co...
26-06-2017 21:48

Healthy Food America?s Policy and Research Briefs: Diet Drin

Healthy Food America is a relatively new organization.  Based in Seattle, it Acts on science to drive change in policy and industry practice so that a...
23-06-2017 21:49

GMO propaganda film: Food Evolution

I have asked repeatedly to have my short interview clip removed from this film.  The director refuses.  He believes his film is fair and balanced.  I ...
21-06-2017 21:46

The administration?s war on food: summary by the Environment

Scott Faber, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Environmental Working Group summarizes Trump?s Full-Scale War on Food.  Since taking office,...
20-06-2017 21:45

Corn: The crop that ate America

Bloomberg News has an interactive infographic on U.S. corn production.  Corn now accounts for 68 percent of US grain-and-oilseed production. The USDA ...
19-06-2017 21:48

Weekend viewing: Civil Eats? Infographic on Meat

I love Civil Eats’ Infographic explaining the global meat situation.  Here’s how it begins.  Click on the link to see the rest of it.   De...
16-06-2017 21:47

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