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Weekend reading: World Resources Report

The World Resources Institute has issued its final report on Creating a Sustainable Food Future. The report addresses the central dilemma of our time:...
11-10-2019 21:53

BakeryandSnacks.com on ?free-from? labels

I love “free-from” labels (no sugar, no salt, no GMOs, no gluten, etc).  My first question is always “OK, so what IS in them"&#...
10-10-2019 21:51

Sugar reduction in the UK: Taxes work, voluntary does not

I was alerted to this story by the FoodNavigator-USA headline: Sugar content in soft drinks cut by nearly a third as voluntary efforts fall way off ta...
09-10-2019 21:56

NutraIngredients.com: An Exchange with its editor

I am an avid follower of industry newsletters such as NutraIngredients.com, and was intrigued to see one titled “Does bias against company-funde...
08-10-2019 21:52

Industry-funded study of the week: cheese this time

The study: Controlled Feeding of an 8-d, High-Dairy Cheese Diet Prevents Sodium-Induced Endothelial Dysfunction in the Cutaneous Microcirculation of H...
07-10-2019 21:54

Weekend reading: Why Trust Science"

In the wake of all the media fuss over the “don’t worry, eat meat” papers published on Monday (see my summary), my favorite is a twe...
04-10-2019 21:53

The International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI): true color

The furor over the “don’t-worry-about-meat” papers published earlier this week (see my post) did not have much to say about the lead...
03-10-2019 21:50

R.I.P Grocery Manufacturers Association

Under new leadership, and in the wake of the defections of prominent food companies, the Grocery Manufacturers Association is changing its name. Good-...
02-10-2019 21:50

Eat as much meat as you like" Really"

The press release from the Annals of Internal Medicine arrived last week under embargo, sent to me by several reporters: “New guidelines: No nee...
01-10-2019 21:52

Industry-funded studies of the week: Yogurt

These three papers were part of a supplement to Advances in Nutrition published in September 2019: Supplement?6th Yogurt in Nutrition Initiative (YINI...
30-09-2019 21:54

Weekend reading: Healthy drinks for kids

HealthyDrinksHealthyKids.org has issued recommendations on what kids should drink in collaboration with impressive co-signers: The Academy of Nutritio...
27-09-2019 21:49

The food industry?s view of healthy aging

NutraIngredients.com, a food industry newsletter published in the UK, has issued a collection of articles on healthy aging.  This should give you a go...
26-09-2019 21:51

Agriculture support payments go higher and higher

As I?ve confessed many times, I have a hard time getting my head around how US farm policy works in practice.  Fortunately, we have Politico to help. ...
25-09-2019 21:50

New report predicts collapse of dairy and cattle industries

A group called RethinkX has produced an attention-getting report: “Rethinking Food and Agriculture 2020-2030.” Its press release argues th...
24-09-2019 21:52

Industry-funded study of the week: Almonds

Title: Almond Consumption and Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease:A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Lee-Brava...
23-09-2019 21:50

Weekend reading: the state of obesity

Trust for America’s Health has just published its annual report on obesity, state by state. As the home page puts it, “U.S. Obesity Rates ...
20-09-2019 21:53

Eating insects: everything you want to know and more

I can’t say that I am particularly interested in eating insects but I know there is a lot of interest in them as an alternative food source, and...
19-09-2019 21:52

In New York" See Super Size Me 2 and eat at Holy Chicke

I went to see Morgan Spurlock?s film Super Size Me 2 (Holy Chicken) at New York City?s Cinema Village where it is playing only at 11:00 a.m. and 11 p....
18-09-2019 21:58

Natural Products Expo: all boxes checked

I was fortunate to be able to attend the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore on Saturday and worth the trip it was. Here is where to see—and...
17-09-2019 21:52

Industry-funded study of the week: whole grains

Here?s another study where I guessed its funder from its title. Everyone knows whole grains are healthy and recommended.  Why do this study"  May...
16-09-2019 21:52

Weekend reading: how farm subsidies really work

The Environmental Working Group does a good job of tracking government payments to agricultural producers.  This makes fascinating reading. The EWG do...
13-09-2019 21:48

FoodNavigator-USA?s articles on food litigation

Food law used to be so boring that hardly any law schools taught anything about it.  Now it’s a hot topic.  To understand why, take a look at Fo...
12-09-2019 21:53

USDA?s Nutrition Education programs

I was astounded to learn that the USDA spends more than $900 million a year on nutrition education since I can hardly recall seeing any of it. But now...
11-09-2019 21:52

Death by backyard chicken"

The CDC reports that more than 1000 people have been infected with a toxic form of Salmonella, almost certainly from contact with backyard poultry. Am...
10-09-2019 21:51

Industry-funded study of the week: circumin

Curcumin is a flavonoid antioxidant isolated from turmeric, the spice used in Indian curries, among other foods. It is about as overhyped as any ingre...
09-09-2019 21:58

Weekend reading: Reducing food waste

The World Resources Institute has issued this report. Here’s what it does:  We encourage countries and companies to adopt the global SDG 12.3 ta...
06-09-2019 21:54

Industry-influenced study of the week: dairy and blood press

A reader, Gema Flores Monreal, who holds a doctorate in Food Science and Nutrition, pointed me to this study.  She noted that it examines the effects ...
05-09-2019 21:50

General Mills ad: Nutritionism in action

Nutritionism is a term coined by the Australian sociologist, Gyorgy Scrinis, and popularized by Michael Pollan.  It means reducing the value of a food...
04-09-2019 21:53

For the record: I am an omnivore

My Twitter feed over the Labor Day weekend was full of messages like this one: It took me a while to figure out what they were talking about, but even...
03-09-2019 21:56

Have a happy, thoughtful, appreciative Labor Day

I particularly like this poster celebrating Labor Day in 2014. Let’s honor, protect, and pay the people who harvest our vegetables, slaughter ou...
02-09-2019 21:48

Weekend reading and viewing: What the Democratic candidates

The New York Times carried a plea this week for more attention to food and nutrition policy from presidential candidates. Civil Eats is tracking what ...
30-08-2019 21:49

José Andres on the American food system

I ran across an interview with the chef José Andres in Departures, the luxury goods magazine.  Sprinkled among the ads for things I can’t imagin...
29-08-2019 21:51

Eric Schlosser on the meat industry?s hypocrisy about immigr

Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, explains in The Atlantic Why It?s Immigrants Who Pack Your Meat. You really should read the whole thing.  ...
28-08-2019 21:50

Corporations will focus on social values" Really"

The Business Roundtable’s Statement (and see B Corporation Statement below) The Business Roundtable, an organization of corporations, issued a s...
27-08-2019 21:54

Industry-funded study of the week: cherries prevent dementia

Effect of Montmorency tart cherry juice on cognitive performance in older adults: a randomized controlled trial, Sheau C. Chai,, et al. Food Funct., 2...
26-08-2019 21:48

Weekend reading: FoodNavigator-USA?s Special Edition on Meal

If you have been reading FoodPolitics.com for long, you know that I love collections of industry newsletter columns on specific topics.  This one is o...
23-08-2019 21:52

USDA?s People?s Garden evolves: It?s now featuring GM crops.

I’m indebted to Jerry Hagstrom’s Hagstrom Report for this one. The People?s Garden on the grounds of the Agriculture Department headquarte...
21-08-2019 21:51

Industry-funded study?and journal section?of the week: Blueb

The study: Recent Research on the Health Benefits of Blueberries and Their Anthocyanins.   Wilhelmina Kalt, Aedin Cassidy, Luke R Howard, Robert Kriko...
19-08-2019 21:48

The latest on CBD edibles: sales booming, but no science or

I?m watching what?s happening with Cannabis edibles with much interest.  Sales are booming.  Regulators are stymied.  Regulation is virtually absent&#...
16-08-2019 21:48

The world?s most valuable food brands" In a nutshell.

One small table says it all. For the record, I’m not related to the top ranked company....
14-08-2019 21:51

Industry-funded study of the week: Unilever

A low-fat spread with added plant sterols and fish omega-3 fatty acids lowers serum triglyceride and LDL-cholesterol concentrations in individuals wit...
12-08-2019 21:49

Annals of Marketing: A Sugary Cereal for Toddlers

Coming soon to a supermarket near you: Baby Shark cereal. I am so out of it.  I never heard of the song, Baby Shark, before seeing this story about Ke...
09-08-2019 21:52

Want Salmonella in your pet food"  Buy Answers brands.

Since writing two books about pet food in 2008 (Pet Food Politics) and 2010 (Feed Your Pet Right), I haven?t said much about this topic but am inspire...
07-08-2019 21:49

The true purpose of moving the ERS out of DC: ?Drain the Swa

Really, you can’t make this stuff up. The Washington Examiner reports on a speech given by Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s acting chief of staff an...
06-08-2019 22:00

Industry-funded study of the week: ?probiotic? weight-loss s

I spotted some tweets about this study from Washington Post writer Tamar Haspel, who has a sharp eye for this sort of thing.  Her first tweet said: He...
05-08-2019 21:57

Weekend reading: A Sustainable Food Future

I’m always interested in recommendations for how we are to solve world food problems—population increase, environmental degradation, clima...
02-08-2019 21:53

Food Navigator on Vertical Farming

FoodNavigator.com has a collection of articles on Innovations in Vertical Farming, this time from an international perspective. ?We are right at the s...
01-08-2019 21:51

Junk food encourages overeating: the evidence piles up

I was fascinated to see this article about how offering kids greater amounts and varieties of snack foods encourages them to eat more and, therefore, ...
31-07-2019 21:53

USDA wants to remove 3.1 million people from SNAP

Every time I think the USDA has done the worst damage it possibly can—I?m still reeling from the destruction of the Economic Research Service...
30-07-2019 22:01

Industry-funded study of the week: Hass Avocados again

The study: Using the Avocado to Test the Satiety Effects of a Fat-Fiber Combination in Place of Carbohydrate Energy in a Breakfast Meal in Overweight ...
29-07-2019 21:53

Weekend reading: Beef in American life

Joshua Specht.  Red Meat Republic: A Hoof-to-Table History of How Beef Changed America. Princeton University Press, 2019. This is an enlightening, eng...
26-07-2019 21:57

The elderly: a target group for marketing functional foods

“In a way, it wouldn’t take much marketing to target this group.” That’s me, they are talking about. As a senior citizen, I am...
25-07-2019 21:53

At last: attention to sugar?s role in dental health

I included a chapter on sugar and dental disease in my 2015 book, Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning), because billions of people have dec...
24-07-2019 21:51

Coca-Cola wants the FDA to let it add vitamins to drinks

Thanks to Elaine Watson at FoodNavigator-USA for writing about Coca-Cola?s efforts to get the FDA to let it put vitamins in its drinks.  OK, its ?heal...
23-07-2019 21:50

Industry-funded study of the week: Walnuts

Replacing Saturated Fat With Walnuts or Vegetable Oils Improves Central Blood Pressure and Serum Lipids in Adults at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease: ...
22-07-2019 21:52

Weekend reading: What Big Ag is thinking about planting deci

Every now and then I run into an excellent source of information about things I know nothing about.  I’ve just discovered Purdue University̵...
19-07-2019 21:51

Snackification: a new word in my vocabulary

BakeryAndSnacks.com’s Special Edition: Snackex 2019 introduces the concept of “Snackification,” which as far as I can tell is the co...
18-07-2019 21:52

Externalized costs of Big Ag: The Wall Street Journal explai

High marks to the The Wall Street Journal for its story about the externalized costs of agricultural runoff into the Mississippi River. The article is...
17-07-2019 21:56

Should Food Banks accept donations of Soylent"

I recently received an email from a public relations representative of Soylent, the company that makes those powdered meal replacements.  My NYU depar...
16-07-2019 21:52

Industry-funded studies: The Sugar Association?s view

You may think, as I do, that everyone would be better off eating less sugar, but that’s not how The Sugar Association sees it.  This trade assoc...
15-07-2019 21:54

Weekend shopping: ?Golden Sugar?

I’m indebted to Mimi Griffith for telling me about an article in Food Dive about a new product Domino must think you can’t live without: G...
12-07-2019 21:52

A roundup of articles on the infant formula industry

DairyReporter.com is another one of those industry newsletters I so enjoy reading.  This particular article is a roundup of articles on the infant for...
11-07-2019 21:53

One more time: the Economic Research Service tragedy

I was asked to do a more formal write-up of my blog posts on what’s happening with the Economic Research Service for World Nutrition, a publicat...
10-07-2019 21:53

An exchange with Ray Goldberg about sponsorship and trust

Ray Goldberg, Harvard Business School Professor of Agribusiness, Emeritus, but still running a seminar that I have attended annually for about 25 year...
09-07-2019 21:52

Industry-funded review of the week: Seafood!

Seafood intake and the development of obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.  Bjorn Liaset, Jannike Øyen, Hélène Jacques, Karsten Kristianse...
08-07-2019 21:52

Enjoy the weekend: Beverage Daily?s Beer Supplement

Beer is a hot topic these days, so hot that the industry newsletter Beverage Daily collects its articles on the topic into MONTHLY BEER SPECIALS.  I&#...
05-07-2019 21:51

Happy (VERY happy, apparently) July 4

I don’t know what to say.  It’s a whole new world of food politics out there.  Happy Fourth!  Enjoy! What does this have to do with food p...
04-07-2019 21:56

Have backyard chickens" Wash your hands!

As readers of this blog should know by now, I?m a big fan of food safety lawyer Bill Marler, whose blog keeps me up to date on food safety matters. He...
03-07-2019 21:54

Coalitions, updated

In April, I posted a collection of coalitions of organizations working on issues in agriculture, food, and nutrition.  Since then, several coalition g...
02-07-2019 21:54

Industry-funded study of the week: grains exonerated!

Perspective: Refined Grains and Health: Genuine Risk, or Guilt by Association" Glenn A Gaesser.  Adv Nutr. 2019 May 1;10(3):361-371. Conclusion: ...
01-07-2019 21:58

Weekend reading: FoodNavigator?s special edition on sweetene

The industry newsletter, FoodNavigator.com, which I follow for its thorough coverage of this industry, has collected a set of its articles on sweetene...
28-06-2019 21:53

Selling baked goods?in China

BakeryandSnacks.com, an industry newsletter I subscribe to, occasionally collects its articles into special editions.  This one is on selling baked go...
27-06-2019 21:53

Letter to a young food studies scholar

As a former member of the editorial board of Gastronomica, I was invited by its new editorial collective to contribute to a compilation of letters to ...
26-06-2019 21:54

FDA approves qualified health claim for omega-3s

I love the FDA?s qualified health claims for food products because they are so patently ridiculous. These are health claims so poorly supported by sci...
25-06-2019 22:06

Industry-funded study of the week: Nestlé?s latest

Estimation of Total Usual Dietary Intakes of Pregnant Women in the United States.  Regan L. Bailey, Susan G. Pac, Victor L. Fulgoni III, et al.  JAMA ...
24-06-2019 21:57

Weekend reading: plant-based and cell-cultured meat alternat

I can hardly keep up with what’s happening with plant-based and cultured-meat products.  Here’s my latest collection from various newslett...
21-06-2019 21:52

Kombucha: A collection of industry articles

FoodNavigator-USA.com, an industry newsletter, has a collection of articles about Kombucha, a drink that Wikipedia defines as: A fermented, slightly a...
20-06-2019 21:56

PepsiCo?s $4 billion investment in Mexico

I was interested to see what BakeryandSnacks.com had to say about PepsiCo’s investment in Mexico. This company, which makes ultra-processed drin...
19-06-2019 21:53

The tragic destruction of the Economic Research Service, con

I care about what?s happening to the ERS because I depend on the research it produces and have relied on its authoritative studies for decades.  I tru...
18-06-2019 21:54

Industry-funded study of the week: this time, Pistachios

Pistachio consumption modulates DNA oxidation and genes related to telomere maintenance: a crossover randomized clinical trial. Silvia Canudas, Pablo ...
17-06-2019 21:55

Weekend reading: Canned

Anna Zeide.  Canned: The Rise and Fall of Consumer Confidence in the American Food Industry.  University of California Press, 2018. This book uses the...
14-06-2019 21:52

Can Oreo cookies be sustainable"

We are seeing intense pressure on food companies to adopt more sustainable supply-chain and production practices.  But can an ultra-processed food eve...
13-06-2019 21:55

Bayer defends glyphosate

This is the second full-page ad like this I’ve seen in the New York Times.  This one is from June 4. As far as I’ve been able to tell, ads...
12-06-2019 21:54

My latest publication: food and nutrition policy primer

This is an invited comment on a series of papers on food policy in the American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 109, No. 7 (July): 985-986. Primer on U...
11-06-2019 21:57

Industry-funded study of the week: dairy foods, type 2 diabe

Knowing that this review was sponsored by the dairy industry, can you predict its conclusions" Association between dairy intake and the risk of c...
10-06-2019 22:00

Weekend viewing: The Biggest Little Farm

I rarely review food movies, but this is an especially good one, beautifully filmed, inspiring, yet raw enough to ring true: The Biggest Little Farm. ...
07-06-2019 21:55

Food industry: efforts to fight hunger"

I keep saying that food companies are not social service or public health agencies and should not be viewed as such.  They are businesses, and everyth...
06-06-2019 21:53

Trump?s trade war with China: not going well for US farmers

As I may have mentioned previously, I have trouble understanding the ins and outs of trade policy.  Fortunately, I subscribe to Politico Morning Agric...
05-06-2019 22:00

Industry-supported review of the week: critique of ultra-pro

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, research is pouring in (see below) about the benefits of avoiding consumption of ultra-processed foods, those th...
04-06-2019 21:50

Industry-funded study of the week: blueberries again

I love blueberries and grow two different kinds on my 12th-floor Manhattan terrace, both delicious if I can get to them before the voracious birds do....
03-06-2019 21:55

Weekend reading: seeds!

Mark Schapiro.  Seeds of Resistance: The Fight to Save Our Food Supply.  Hot Books, 2018. I never think much about seeds, but this book makes it clear...
31-05-2019 21:53

The latest on CBD edibles and supplements

NutraIngredients.com, one of those informative industry newsletters I subscribe to, has a collection of articles on CBD (cannabidiol, the component of...
30-05-2019 21:53

Trade mitigation payments are no substitute for effective ag

One of the daily newsletters I subscribe to is Chuck Abbott?s Ag Insider, sponsored by the Food and Environment Reporting Network (FERN), which covers...
29-05-2019 21:55

USDA?s destruction of the Economic Research Service: A Natio

The reasons behind the Trump Administration?s efforts to relocate the USDA?s Economic Research Service out of the Washington DC area are becoming incr...
28-05-2019 21:52

Industry-funded journal supplement: dairy and health

Nutrition journals sometimes publish supplements on specific topics.  These are paid for by sponsors.  The papers listed here are part of a supplement...
27-05-2019 21:50

Weekend Spanish lesson: a book about obesity for teenagers

Simón Barquera.  ¿Hasta que los kilos nos alcancen" Una introducción desde la ciencia sobre el aumento de la obesidad y la forma de enfrentar est...
24-05-2019 21:51

Global Meat News on this industry?s sustainability problem

The meat industry is under siege these days over issues of sustainability.  The major recommendation of the EAT-Lancet report is to cut consumption of...
23-05-2019 21:50

Annals of marketing: dairy-based functional drinks in Asia

A notice from FoodNavigator-Asia got my attention: Coca-Cola is partnering with the New Zealand dairy company Fonterra to produce ?Nutriboost? product...
22-05-2019 21:54

Obesity explained: Ultra-processed foods ?> Calories ?> Weig

Kevin Hall at NIH has done a controlled diet study demonstrating that people who consume ultra-processed foods eat more calories—500 more a day ...
21-05-2019 21:52

Weekend reading: Bee Wilson?s new book

Bee Wilson.  The Way We Eat Now: How the Food Revolution Has Transformed Our Lives, Our Bodies, and Our World.  Basic Books, 2019. I happily did a bac...
17-05-2019 21:50
 



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