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Coronavirus: Weekend advice about what and how to eat

The Mexican food advocacy group, Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria, has produced this guide for taking care of your food needs during this emergency. A...
03-04-2020 21:52

Tone deaf industry-funded study of the week: avocados and co

I don?t know about you but I?m having a hard time these days paying attention to anything other than Coronavirus.  Everything else seems irrelevant. T...
02-04-2020 21:56

Coronavirus and food: Happy April Fool?s Day

This is what the bagged salad section of the Wegmans in Ithaca, New York, looked like early last Friday morning (right after the store opened for the ...
01-04-2020 22:00

What does $2 Trillion do for US Food Systems" (Not much

President Trump?s $2 Trillion relief package is the ?Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.?? This 880-page (!) bill addr...
31-03-2020 21:56

Coronavirus and food: weekly update

RIP Floyd Cardoz, a chef whose food I loved, is one of the early casualties.  I last talked to him at an event not six weeks ago.  He was having a har...
30-03-2020 21:58

Every crisis has heroes: here?s ours

Thanks to Dr. Leon Axel for his cartoons, especially this one....
28-03-2020 21:55

Coronavirus and pets

They still have to be fed.  Dogs still have to be walked. As I reported earlier, a dog in Hong Kong was found with a case of Coronavirus.   It looks l...
26-03-2020 21:55

Is it safe to eat produce from farmers markets"  Yes an

Not many restaurants will be able to survive Coronavirus, and this is a personal, social, and national tragedy. I?m worried about farmers? markets too...
25-03-2020 22:00

Coronavirus and food: this week?s update

From the New York Times Does food transmit Coronavirus"   Basically no (with some cautions).  See yesterday’s post for details. Keeping up ...
24-03-2020 21:53

Is it safe to eat fresh produce" Yes (with caveats)

I?ve been getting many requests from friends to weigh in on what?s safe to eat. Is it safe to eat fresh produce from supermarkets" Is it safe to ...
23-03-2020 21:55

Weekend reading: USDA?s food and agriculture charts

In this strange era of social distancing, I am catching up on items of interest, this one on USDA’s Selected Charts from Ag and Food Statistics,...
20-03-2020 21:53

What?s up with plant-based"

Here’s what I’ve collected lately on the hot topic of plant-based foods and drinks. Cargill is now doing plant-based: Cargill Inc will lau...
19-03-2020 21:53

Help save school nutrition standards. Deadline extended to

Here’s something useful to do while waiting out the Coronavirus crisis: help preserve school nutrition standards.Dea The Center for Science in t...
18-03-2020 21:54

Desperate for good news" Two cheery items

We need some good news.   I can offer two items. 1.  Coca-Cola says it will align executive pay to employee pay Coca-Cola has agreed to “conside...
17-03-2020 21:55

Industry funded study of the week: the benefits of infant fo

The study:  Influence of a Functional Nutrients-Enriched Infant Formula on Language Development in Healthy Children at Four Years Old.  Ana Nieto-Ruiz...
16-03-2020 21:55

Very early announcement: Let?s Ask Marion

I was surprised to see the announcement of my new book in a tweet from University of California Press, because its publication date isn’t until ...
13-03-2020 21:58

What?s up with pets and pet food"

It?s bad enough to have to worry about avoiding getting sick from Coronavirus, but now we have to worry about making our pets sick too. Hong Kong repo...
12-03-2020 21:53

Coronavirus and food: the latest

Food connects to everything, even to Covid-19.  Here’s how. The New York Times says “Open Windows. Don?t Share Food.”  It reports th...
11-03-2020 21:54

The heartbreaking decline in American agriculture and especi

Farm bankruptcies rose again in 2019 painting a bleak picture on maps of the U.S. Dairy farms showed the largest decline in 15 years. As for dairy con...
10-03-2020 21:54

Industry-funded study of the week: fruit extracts and cognit

I learned about this one from, one of those industry newsletters I avidly follow: “Grapes plus blueberries may boost...
09-03-2020 21:56

Weekend reading: More on food banks

Rebecca de Souza.  Feeding the Other: Whiteness, Privilege, and Neoliberal Stigma in Food Pantries.  MIT Press, 2019. This must be the season for book...
06-03-2020 21:56

What?s up with cell-based meats"

Artificial meats constructed from animal muscle cells are in the works but not yet on the market.  Much less is being written about them than about pl...
05-03-2020 22:03

Coca-Cola wants the 2020 dietary guidelines to say more abou

I am indebted to Margarita Raycheva, who writes for the highly informative newsletter, IEG Policy Agribusiness, for her recent article, which certainl...
04-03-2020 21:58

The food politics of Coronavirus

Food politics connects to everything and Coronoavirus is no exception.  I’ve been collecting items. For starters,  Coca-Cola gets its artificial...
03-03-2020 21:58

Industry-funded reviews of the week: dairy foods

The dairy industry, ever under siege, is doing its best to convince us to eat dairy foods.  Full disclosure: I eat and like dairy foods.  I do not, ho...
02-03-2020 21:58

Weekend reading: Food Banks and their Discontents

Graham Riches.  Food Bank Nations: Poverty, Corporate Charity, and the Right to Food.  Routledge, 2018. I’m not sure how I missed this one when ...
28-02-2020 21:58

What?s up with sugars"

I’m still seeing articles coming out from the USDA’s Economic Research Service, now sadly moved to Kansas City.  This one is based on an o...
27-02-2020 21:55

What?s up with infant formula" has a Special Edition on infant feeding  Infant formula companies have a problem: the products are virtually identical in nutrient c...
26-02-2020 21:58

Meat recalls keep going up. It?s time for USDA action.

A report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) says that USDA recalls of meat and poultry have nearly doubled since 2013. USDA posts its...
25-02-2020 22:00

Industry-funded study of the week: collagen supplements

The study: A Collagen Supplement Improves Skin Hydration, Elasticity, Roughness, and Density: Results of a Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Blind Study...
24-02-2020 21:58

Weekend reading: Industry schemes to deny harm

David Michaels.  The Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the Science of Deception.  Oxford University Press, 2019.   Even though this book is not strictl...
21-02-2020 21:54

What?s up" CBD again.

I can hardly keep up with the accounts of the CBD business.  The business is booming. The research"  Not so much. The regulation" Lagging. H...
20-02-2020 21:53

Formula companies push ?toddler milk?

Formula companies must be desperate for sales.  They are spending four times what they used to on advertising of “toddler milk,” formula o...
19-02-2020 21:56

The Trump Administration?s proposed budget (Sigh)

The Trump Administration has released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2021. I emphasize proposed because Congress has to pass it before it goes in...
18-02-2020 21:52

Industry-funded study of the week: nuts and erectile dysfunc

I swear I’m not making this up. The study: Effect of Nut Consumption on Erectile and Sexual Function in Healthy Males: A Secondary Outcome:  Ana...
17-02-2020 21:55

Weekend eating: Valentine?s day options

Happy Valentine’s Day! How to celebrate"  You can do this: Or this: But Valentine’s Day, in case you haven’t noticed, is about ...
14-02-2020 21:53

What?s up" Plant-based meat and dairy substitutes

I’ve been collecting items on what’s happening in the plant-based food world.  Lots.  It’s the hot new topic, as demonstrated by a r...
13-02-2020 21:53

RIP Chlorpyrifos (well, almost)

Corteva Agroscience, the big agribiz company formed last year by merging much of Dow, DuPont and Pioneer, has apparently announced that it will cease ...
12-02-2020 21:52

California?s almond crop: the bee business

Almonds are great foods, and almond trees are beautiful, especially when in bloom (a lovely thought on a bleak winter’s day). To produce almonds...
11-02-2020 21:56

Industry-funded campaign of the week: Walnuts

A headline in got my attention: “Heart-healthy walnuts could be the next big meat alternative as campaigns build on plant-base...
10-02-2020 21:59

Weekend reading: The Philosophy of Food

David M. Kaplan.  Food Philosophy: An Introduction.  Columbia University Press, 2020. Philosophy can seem impenetrable and confusing.  What I so much ...
07-02-2020 21:54

What?s up with pet food"

Although I haven’t written anything much about pet food since Pet Food Politics  (2008) and Feed Your Pet Right (2010), I occasionally run acros...
06-02-2020 21:56

FDA funding for food safety increases, by a little

Thanks to the Hagstrom Report for this item.  It revealed that The Alliance for a Stronger FDA has produced a chart of the changes to the funding leve...
05-02-2020 21:58

The most trusted food brands: Really"

I am indebted to for this report on consumer [dis]trust of food products. According to Morning Consult’s first annual State ...
04-02-2020 21:54

Self-interested study of the week: Echinacea

Double-blind placebo controlled trial of the anxiolyticeffects of a standardized Echinacea extract.  József Haller,| Laszlo Krecsak| János Z...
03-02-2020 21:59

Weekend reading: the new immigrant farmers

Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern.  The New American Farmer: Immigration, Race, and the Struggle for Sustainability.  MIT Press, 2019. This book is a study of M...
31-01-2020 21:52

What?s Up" Women in the Food Business

This is a collection of articles from, a food industry newsletter, about attempts of food companies to engage women in their busin...
30-01-2020 22:00

The Golden Rice saga continues: approved in the Philippines

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) announces that the Philippine Department of Agriculture/Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRi...
29-01-2020 21:58

USDA?s infographics on school food purchases

The USDA has produced four infographics on its purchasing practices for school meals. USDA Foods in Schools ? This infographic summarizes nationwide U...
28-01-2020 21:57

Industry-funded comment of the week: Tea, this time

Perspective: The Role of Beverages as a Source of Nutrients and Phytonutrients. Mario G Ferruzzi, Jirayu Tanprasertsuk, Penny Kris-Etherton, Connie M ...
27-01-2020 21:54

Weekend reading: Nature Food

It’s pretty exciting when a major international science journal starts a satellite journal devoted to food issues.  Welcome to Nature Food. Silo...
24-01-2020 21:56

What?s Up with the Microbiome", one of those industry newsletters I follow closely, publishes numerous articles on probiotics, gut health, and the microbiome.  ...
23-01-2020 21:57

USDA issues guidance for non-GMO labeling

The USDA has issued a guide for meat and poultry sellers explaining what they need to do to claim that their products are non-GMO.  This, apparently, ...
22-01-2020 21:53

The USDA never gives up in favoring corporate interests over

If it weren’t so tragic, we could all have a big laugh at the USDA’s latest announcement of how it plans to weaken the nutrition standards...
21-01-2020 21:58

Conflicted research argument of the week: meat versus plants

I could not keep up with the number of e-mails I got last week with the subject line “Have you seen this"” “This” referre...
20-01-2020 21:53

Weekend reading: McDonald?s in Black America

Marcia Chatelain.  Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.  Liveright, 2020.   I did a blurb for this book, and was happy to do it: Marcia Chat...
17-01-2020 21:56

Another 2020 trend" Glitter in poop

For this I must thank Firm launches glitter-infused multivitamin to add ?poop-time pizzazz.?  I thought that had to be worth a c...
16-01-2020 21:57

The new food label kicks in at long last

The FDA released its final guidance on the new food labeling rules late in December. I have a collection of Kellogg Froot Loop cereal boxes (or facsim...
15-01-2020 21:53

Nestlé makes its supply chain transparent

Last year, Nestlé, the largest food company in the world (to which I am not related), announced that it would make its supply chain transparent. Nestl...
14-01-2020 21:55

Sponsored research study of the week: Apples

Every now and then a study comes out that I just love. Two apples a day lower serum cholesterol and improve cardiometabolic biomarkers in mildly hyper...
13-01-2020 21:56

Weekend viewing: Hasan Minhaj on obesity politics

I learned about this from a tweet. I recognized the clip.  It was from an interview I did in January in Toronto: TVO’s The Agenda: Battling bias...
10-01-2020 21:53

A trend for the new year: CBD for pets (and pet owners)

CBD, in case you haven?t noticed, is the hot food trend for 2020.  But for pets"  Yes, them too. Pet Food Industry reports the results of a surve...
09-01-2020 21:55

Millennial food purchases: in China, birds? nests

I am indebted to for this intriguing bit of food news: “Health is wealth: Younger Chinese consumers make up 60% of bird?s...
08-01-2020 21:54

Food politics issues for 2020: Science, Immigration, Taxes

Let?s start the new year with three articles in the New York Times about policies that might not seem to but do bear directly on food politics. Scienc...
07-01-2020 21:56

Industry-funded research studies: the egg industry

I read a report in the Washington Post discussing a study done by Neal Barnard and his colleagues associated with the Physicians Committee for Respons...
06-01-2020 21:56 will resume January 6

I am still hard at work getting a book manuscript ready to submit.  It isn’t scheduled to be published until October, but I promise to say more ...
01-01-2020 21:52
31-12-2019 21:53

A merry foodie Xmas!

Happiest of holiday seasons to readers near and far!...
25-12-2019 21:52 is taking a writing break

I have a book manuscript due the first week in January and need to focus on getting it done. My holiday wish for me: Except for an occasional holiday ...
24-12-2019 21:51
23-12-2019 21:59

Weekend reading: History and Ethics of Jewish Food

Aaron S. Gross, Jody Myers, and Jordan D. Rosenblum.  Feasting and Fasting: The History and Ethics of Jewish Food.  New York University Press, 2020.  ...
20-12-2019 21:57

The latest on pet food

Pet food continues to be an ongoing source of news, and pet food politics an ongoing source of interest: The FDA reports and classifies pet food recal...
19-12-2019 21:53

The latest in superfoods: camel?s milk"

Really"  Camel’s milk"  I am indebted to for a review of research on the health benefits of camel’s milk. Acco...
18-12-2019 21:54

What does Brexit mean for food and agriculture"

The election in the UK last week means that plans for Brexit will go forward (although the how and when are a wait-and-see). I have been curious to kn...
17-12-2019 22:00

Industry-funded study of the week: adding pork to a Mediterr

I saw this tweet from Washington Post columnist Tamar Haspel: I took the bait. Science Daily summarized the study. Incorporating 2-3 serves (250g) of ...
16-12-2019 21:54

Weekend reading: Food (of course)

Fabio Parasecoli.  Food.  MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series. 2019. This is the latest work of my NYU Food Studies colleague, Fabio Parasecoli, a pr...
13-12-2019 21:52

A collection of articles about Gluten

One of those industry newsletters I follow closely is  It published an “Editor’s Spotlight: Maintaining the gluten fr...
12-12-2019 21:53

Food corporations recognize need to improve their practices:

I have a subscription to Politico?s Morning Agriculture daily newsletter, an invaluable source of information about doings in Washington DC that I wou...
11-12-2019 21:51

What is the FDA saying about Cannabis products"

My main interest in Cannabis politics has to do with edibles. I am not alone in this interest.  A recent posting from Pet Food Industry magazine came ...
10-12-2019 21:50

Industry-funded study of the week: a live-forever dietary su

When I saw this ad in last Thursday?s New York Times, I immediately clipped it out. What is this" It is an ad for a dietary supplement, Telos95, ...
09-12-2019 21:58

Weekend reading: the latest on plant-based meat and dairy al

I don’t know about you but I am having a hard time keeping up with what’s happening in the market for plant-based meat and dairy substitut...
06-12-2019 21:54

Annals of marketing: functional (CBD, vitamins) gummy candie, a daily newsletter from this industry, has a Special Edition: The Rise of Functional Jellies. “Functional,” you may...
05-12-2019 21:52

U.S. agriculture policies are a mess: trade, tariffs, paymen

Food trade is a mess right now, but I keep trying to keep up with it.  Here are some recent items that caught my attention.. Trade deals dump U.S. jun...
04-12-2019 21:53

The latest Romaine lettuce outbreak: Just say no.

The CDC continues to track the latest outbreak of illnesses caused by eating Romaine lettuce contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The outbreak at a glan...
03-12-2019 21:53

Industry-funded scientific argument of the week: do blueberr

I have posted several studies funded by blueberry trade associations over the years, including my all-time favorite, the one about prevention of erect...
02-12-2019 21:58

Weekend reading: history of American cuisine

Paul Freedman.  American Cuisine: And How it Got that Way.  Liveright Publishing, 2019. Paul Freedman is an historian at Yale who in recent years has ...
29-11-2019 21:49

Happy Thanksgiving: The Farmers? Share

The National Farmers Union publishes an annual survey of how much of every Thanksgiving dinner food dollar goes to the farmers who produce the food.  ...
28-11-2019 21:49

Food options for Thanksgiving" Omega 3-enriched farmed

I was interested to see this announcement from the University of Eastern Finland about new research suggesting a way to improve the nutritional qualit...
27-11-2019 21:56

Good news: Changes to the WIC package are associated with a

Here?s some good news for a change.  The CDC announces that young children enrolled in the WIC program are reducing their prevalence of obesity. The s...
26-11-2019 21:52

Industry-funded study of the week: Potatoes (they improve at

The study: Potato ingestion is as effective as carbohydrate gels to support prolonged cycling performance.  Salvador AF, et al.  J Applied Physiology,...
25-11-2019 21:52

Weekend Reading: Labor of Lunch

Jennifer Gaddis.  The Labor of Lunch: Why We Need Real Food and Real Jobs in American Public Schools.  University of California Press, 2019. This book...
22-11-2019 21:54

Food industry in the Middle East?A Collection of Articles

The industry newsletter, FoodNavigator-Asia did a special edition on the food business in the Arabian Middle East: Special Edition: Middle East Spotli...
21-11-2019 21:55

Should dogs eat pea and lentil proteins"

Plant proteins for dogs"  I’ve written about this before, but now there’s more. Contrary to prevailing rumor, dogs are well documente...
20-11-2019 21:54

Food crime" New term, old problem

Food crime is a new term in my lexicon.  I’m used to hearing it called food fraud or intentional adulteration. As I learned from reading an arti...
19-11-2019 21:51

Industry-funded study of the week: Pomegranates

The study: Matthews LG, Smyser CD, Cherkerzian S, Alexopoulos D, Kenley J, Tuuli MG, et al. (2019) Maternal pomegranate juice intake and brain structu...
18-11-2019 21:51

Weekend reading: Meat, Cultured and Not

I’ve been seeing lots of books about meat lately.  Here are two recent ones. Josh Berson.  The Meat Question: Animals, Humans, and the Deep Hist...
15-11-2019 21:53

Lab-based meat and dairy: recent trends

No lab-based meat or dairy product is yet on the market, but lots of people are working on such things.  Here are some recent examples, starting with ...
14-11-2019 21:53

The latest on the dietary supplement industry alerted me to a study by the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the main trade group for the dietary supplement industry. Its con...
13-11-2019 21:53

SNAP: A special section in the American Journal of Public He

I guest-edited a series of papers on SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, for the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH).  The paper...
12-11-2019 21:57

Industry-funded study of the week: Dairy foods again and aga

The Study:  Dairy Foods and Dairy Fats: New Perspectives on Pathways Implicated in Cardiometabolic Health.  Kristin M Hirahatake; Richard S Bruno; Bra...
11-11-2019 21:57

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