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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pediatric Academy and Heart Association endorse soda taxes!

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have issued a joint statement endorsing soda taxes along with other...
26-03-2019 21:53

Industry-influenced study of the week: sugars v. calories

Unsavory Truth came out late last year, but I’m following up by posting recent examples of the issues it covers.  Here, for example, is a recent...
25-03-2019 21:56

Weekend reading: Gandhi?s dietary aspirations

Nico Slate.  Gandhi?s Search for the Perfect Diet: Eating with the World in Mind.  University of Washington Press, 2019.   Let’s start with my b...
22-03-2019 21:53

Supplements for pets: has collected articles on this topic into a Special Edition: Supplements for pets The market for supplements for pets is valu...
21-03-2019 22:02

Another Romaine lettuce outbreak takes its toll

I occasionally write about disease outbreaks caused by food and am especially interested in those caused by romaine lettuce, because it?s so hard to t...
20-03-2019 21:53

Trump budget double-speak: USDA/ERS budget cuts

The Trump administration released more details on its proposed budget, in language straight out of George Orwell’s 1984. Framed as “saving...
19-03-2019 21:54

Industry-funded study of the week: Eggs

Here’s another in my series of post-Unsavory Truth examples of studies whose funder can be predicted by their titles. The consumption of 12 Eggs...
18-03-2019 21:55

Weekend reading: The Grand Food Bargain

Kevin D. Walker.  The Grand Food Bargain and the Mindless Drive for More.  Island Press, 2019.  I did a blurb for this one: A former USDA insider?s ac...
15-03-2019 21:55

Do artificial sweeteners do any good"

A study by European investigators concluded that artificial (non-sugar) sweeteners [NSS] had no particular benefits for health. Most health outcomes d...
14-03-2019 21:51

FDA and USDA agree on how to regulate cell-based (?fake?&quo

Last week, the USDA and FDA ended their turf battle and announced a joint framework for jointly regulating cell-based meat products. Congress instruct...
13-03-2019 21:54

RIP The Salt Institute

I never thought I would live to see this day, but the Salt Institute announced that it is ending operations at the end of this month. I first learned ...
12-03-2019 21:55

Industry-funded research journal: potatoes

Since my book Unsavory Truth came out late last year, I am posting occasional recent examples of issues I discussed in it.  Today’s issue: indus...
11-03-2019 21:55

Weekend reading: The Perils of [Corporate] Partnership

Jonathan Marks.  The Perils of Partnership: Industry Influence, Institutional Integrity, and Public Health.  Oxford University Press, 2019. I blurbed ...
08-03-2019 21:53

Plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy: a round up

I?ve been collecting items about plant-based “meat” and “dairy foods.”  These are a hot topic, with new announcements almost d...
07-03-2019 21:52

Seafood fraud again and again

Seafood fraud, long a problem (I wrote about it in What to Eat), is still a problem.  The latest evidence comes from a report from the New York State ...
06-03-2019 21:52

Food movement coalitions: Do you know of any"

I?ve been giving talks lately on how to strengthen the food movement and my two-word answer is this: build coalitions. The food movement includes thou...
05-03-2019 21:53

Industry-funded study of the week: artificial sweeteners and

The study: Assessing the in vivo data on low/no-calorie sweeteners and the gut microbiota.  Alexandra R. Lobacha, Ashley Roberts, Ian R. Rowland. Food...
04-03-2019 21:54

Weekend reading: Krimsky?s GMOs Decoded

Nestle M.  Foreword to Sheldon Krimsky.  GMOs Decoded: A Skeptic?s View of Genetically Modified Foods.  MIT Press, 2019. You might notice that I wrote...
01-03-2019 21:55

The tragedy of Brexit: not enough Pringles

At last, an explanation of the effects of Brexit on the British economy that I can understand: a Pringle shortage! The New York Times helpfully report...
27-02-2019 21:52

At last: the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

Very late in the process, the USDA and HHS have finally announced the membership of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee for 2020: Today the Secr...
26-02-2019 21:55

Industry-funded study of the week: avocados

I love avocados and think they—like all fruits and vegetables—are just fine to eat. But avocado trade associations want us to eat more avo...
25-02-2019 21:54

Weekend reading: Rabobank?s survey of food-industry trends

I like receiving Rabobank?s occasional research reports on trends in the food industry. This one gives the results of its annual survey, which asked i...
22-02-2019 21:51

The FDA is taking on the supplement industry"

I thought the FDA had decided long ago that dietary supplements were untouchable, given the Courts? interpretation of the Dietary Supplement Health an...
21-02-2019 21:52

What is a portion size" The British Nutrition Foundati

Lisa Young, author of Finally Full, Finally Slim, has long argued that portion control is the key to maintaining healthy weight. Now, the industry-fun...
20-02-2019 21:53

The Corn Refiners Association responds

In response to my post of last week on Bud Light’s use of corn syrup as a means to attack competing beer companies, I received this note from Jo...
19-02-2019 21:52

Industry-sponsored research of the week: Cherries

In my book, Unsavory Truth, I mention that I often receive letters from food trade associations requesting research proposals aimed at proving the ben...
18-02-2019 21:52

Weekend reading: A common food policy for the European Union

The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) has put together a thoughtful, detailed blueprint for creating a food polic...
15-02-2019 21:52

Some hopeful news on the chemicals-in-food front

Three items for a happy Valentine’s day I.  Food animal producers are using fewer antibiotics According to a report from the FDA, U.S. sales of ...
14-02-2019 21:50

Another casualty of trade disputes: Cheese

The Wall Street Journal reports this mind-boggling statistic:  Cheese producers have put 1.4 billion pounds in cold storage in the hope that the marke...
13-02-2019 21:56

Resolution for a Green New Deal to reduce climate change

If we don’t have goals, we will never come close to attaining them. The fabulous new Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and the esteemed Sen...
12-02-2019 21:51

Food politics issue of the week: corn syrup in beer"

I am not a football fan and missed the Super Bowl but I gather it was a hotbed of food politics due to Bud Light’s Game of Thrones? commercial a...
11-02-2019 21:53

Weekend reading: food marketing to minorities

The Rudd Center at the University of Connecticut and the Council on Black Health have produced a fascinating (to me, at least) report on food marketin...
08-02-2019 21:51

Gallup Poll: Vegetarian and vegan Americans

A Gallup poll reports the percentages of vegetarians and vegans in America. 5% of Americans say they are vegetarians, unchanged from 2012 3% say they ...
07-02-2019 21:54

Mind-boggle of the week: USDA buys pork from JBS

The Washington Post reports that the USDA has committed about $5 million of bailout funds to buy 1.8 million pounds of pork products from the Brazilia...
06-02-2019 21:54

The Iceman?s Last Meal: high in fat from ibex, red deer, and

I?ve long argued that the most intellectually challenging issue in the field of nutrition is finding out what people eat. Here’s what it takes: ...
05-02-2019 21:53

Industry-funded study of the week: chewing gum again

You must not be chewing enough gum.  Mars-Wrigley wants you to chew more of it.  How best to do that"  Fund research (for evidence, see my most r...
04-02-2019 21:53

Industry-funded study of the week: coffee protects DNA

I love coffee (preferably not over-roasted) and have long been convinced that it is not a health risk (more on that in the comment below).  But a mira...
31-01-2019 21:51

Guess what: advertising to kids sells food products

It never occurred to me that we needed more research to prove that advertising to kids makes them want food products, pester their parents to buy the ...
30-01-2019 21:54

My latest honor: ?Crankster!?

I don?t usually pay attention to what the American Council for Science and Health (ACSH) says or does, mainly because it is a long-standing front grou...
29-01-2019 21:52

New Lancet report: The Global Syndemic: Uniting Actions to A

The Lancet has been busy.  Last week, it published a blockbuster report on the need for worldwide dietary changes to improve human health and that of ...
28-01-2019 21:52

Weekend reading: The Lancet / EAT Forum report on healthy an

I’ve saved this for Weekend Reading because it will take a weekend to get through it.  The report is a blockbuster: 37 authors, 47 pages, 357 re...
25-01-2019 21:53

Palm oil politics: corporate effects on health

The World Health Organization is about to publish a report on how the palm oil industry is promoting obesity and chronic disease as well as environmen...
24-01-2019 21:59

Canada?s new food guide: a better version of MyPlate"

Here’s Canada’s new food guide: Doesn’t this look a lot like the USDA’s MyPlate" Actually, the Canadian guide is better. ...
23-01-2019 21:52

American Society for Nutrition?s ?Trust? report: open for me

Last week, I received a press release from the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) announcing the release of the long-awaited (by me, at least) repor...
22-01-2019 21:54

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