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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 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’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 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,, 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, 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, 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 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, 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

A roundup of articles about?cocoa deforestation

I subscribe to for information about this industry.  It recently collected a series of articles on the cocoa industry and how it...
16-05-2019 21:54

Online shopping for SNAP participants?the wave of the future

The USDA recently announced a new pilot program for New York State participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  They will no...
15-05-2019 21:55

Meat safety is better, but needs to be even better

I?m always interested to see what food safety lawyer Bill Marler has to say about the latest lapses.  He often represents the innocent-but-unlucky vic...
14-05-2019 21:55

Are oats really gluten-free" A matter of conflicted in

Oats do not typically contain gluten, the protein that produces toxic symptoms in people with Celiac Disease.  They do, however, contain a protein tha...
13-05-2019 21:56

Weekend reading: a new book on food safety?Outbreak!

Timothy D.  Lytton.  Outbreak: Foodborne Illness and the Evolving Food Safety System.  University of Chicago Press, 2019. I did a blurb for this one: ...
10-05-2019 21:57

Annals of international food marketing: Chinese Cocoa Bears&

I was in Beijing a couple of weeks ago and did a supermarket tour. Here’s my favorite souvenir: Nestlé (no relation) markets to children, appare...
09-05-2019 21:58

The number of cherries in pie: a regulatory priority"

I don?t know whether to laugh or cry when I hear things like this.  According to a report from the Associated Press, the FDA plans to follow the Trump...
08-05-2019 21:57

The sad state of the US dairy industry: sensible policies ne

The New York Times writes about the tragedy of Wisconsin dairy farms. Over the past two years, nearly 1,200 of the state?s dairy farms have stopped mi...
07-05-2019 21:53

On book tour this week?in Brazil!

To launch the Portuguese translation of Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat, I am going to Brazil. I’ve posted de...
06-05-2019 22:00

A roundup of articles about?Beer!

This is’s monthly beer special, from the industry’s point of view.  If you don’t think of beer as an industry, thi...
03-05-2019 21:54

Weekend reading: Well?a great introduction to public health

Sandro Galea.  Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health.  Oxford University Press, 2019. I blurbed this one: A superb account of how...
03-05-2019 21:54

The latest in lab-based meat: mouse treats for cats"

Ah the wonders of modern technology. Cats like to catch and eat mice (that what cats do), but if you believe in mouse rights and are appalled at the i...
01-05-2019 21:56


Early in March, I put out a call for information about agriculture, food, or nutrition coalitions working toward improving the food system in one way ...
30-04-2019 21:54

A personal memoir of sorts

I was pleased to be invited to contribute to the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition’s “crystal ball” series: The Crystal Ball Se...
29-04-2019 21:57

Weekend reading: two books about the effects of NAFTA

I was invited to review two books about NAFTA’s effects on foods systems for The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology: Gerardo Otero’s The ...
26-04-2019 21:56

25 years of DSHEA: NutraIngredient-USA?s appraisal has posted a set of articles celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSH...
25-04-2019 21:58

Annals of marketing: Uber Eats? contribution to U.S. diets

Oh great.  Just what we need.  You can’t make this stuff up. Thanks to Elinor Blake for sending....
24-04-2019 21:58

What?s up with cheese in China"

I was in Beijing last week, reading the English-language, government-issued China Daily in my hotel, and ran across this article about China?s ?growin...
23-04-2019 21:56

Industry-funded study of the week: Coca-Cola again

Here is a summary of another funded study with results the funder must love. Joint associations between weekday and weekend physical activity or seden...
22-04-2019 21:57

Weekend reading: Science Breakthroughs for Agriculture

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine has a new report out on Science Breakthroughs to Advance Food and Agricultural Research b...
19-04-2019 21:54

Another update on CBD and marijuana edibles (and drinkables)

I?m trying to keep up with what?s happening with Cannabis edibles and drinkables, still with borderline legality in most places, but gradually working...
18-04-2019 22:04

Comment on a study correlating sugary beverages to mortality

I am occasionally asked to comment on new studies that appear.  Practice Update: Diabetes asked for a comment on this study: VS Malik, et al.  Long-Te...
16-04-2019 22:01

Industry-funded opinion of the week: diets for diabetes

This is one of an ongoing series of examples of how industry funding skews, or to be more precise, is strongly associated with skewing, of research an...
15-04-2019 22:02

Access to Nutrition Index: the 2018 update

The George Institute in Australia (see clarification below) publishes an annual index holding the ten largest U.S. food and beverage corporations acco...
12-04-2019 21:54

No-deal Brexit: Effects on the food industry

The British Parliament has just rejected the plan for Brexit for the third time, and the EU has just extended the exit deadline until October 31.i The...
11-04-2019 21:56

Burger King to serve Impossible Burger"

I thought this was an April Fool joke, but apparently it’s for real.  According to The Guardian (and many other sources), Burger King will be se...
10-04-2019 22:00

In memory of Elisabet Helsing (1940-2019)

The latest issue of World Nutrition, the online journal of the World Public Health Nutrition Association, contains tributes to Elisabet Helsing, the N...
09-04-2019 21:57

Industry-funded study of the week: dairy and chronic disease

This is one of my ongoing updates of industry-funded studies such as those discussed in my most recent book, Unsavory Truth. Here’s this week...
08-04-2019 21:57

Environmental Working Group: Pesticides in Produce

I am often asked about pesticides on fruits and vegetables, how serious a problem they are, and how to avoid them.  I don’t know how harmful the...
05-04-2019 21:55

Coming soon to a supermarket near you" GMO salmon

Now that the FDA has approved production of GMO salmon, here they come.  Next month, a land-enclosed fish farm in Indiana will start raising these fis...
05-04-2019 21:55

Uh-oh. Salmon farms are not meeting eco-certification stand

Here’s a report that’s been sitting in my “to post” file way too long. This SeaChoice report is another blow to the reputation...
05-04-2019 21:55

Weekend reading: Movable Markets

Helen Tangires.  Movable Markets: Food Wholesaling in the Twentieth-Century City.  Johns Hopkins Press, 2019.  Why did Paris destroy Les Halles" ...
05-04-2019 21:55

Weekend reading: Introduction to food sociology

Anne Murcott.  Introducing the Sociology of Food & Eating.  Bloomsbury Academic, 2019. I read an early draft of the manuscript of this book and re...
05-04-2019 21:55

Close the Mexican border" Farewell to avocados!

President Trump’s threat to close the border with Mexico will have a major effect on one beloved food: avocados. Thanks to the USDA’s Econ...
05-04-2019 21:55

Industry-funded study of the week: chocolate milk for teenag

After the debacle over Fifth Quarter Fresh that I wrote about in Unsavory Truth, you might think that sellers of chocolate milk would stop trying to p...
05-04-2019 21:55

GAO?s 40-year plea for better oversight of food safety

Food safety seems very much on the agenda this week. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released its latest biennial High Risk list of pro...
27-03-2019 21:54

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