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Weekend reading: ban factory farms

Food and Water Watch has a new report advocating a ban on factory farms. Why"  Because factory farms: Produce enormous volumes of waste Fuel clim...
18-05-2018 21:55

Annals of history: medical advice about sugar, 1918

The JAMA issue of May 1 reprints an article first published 100 years ago.  If I hadn’t seen the original date, I would have thought it had just...
17-05-2018 21:52

Should organic eggs be labeled ?healthy"? Their produc

You have to have some sympathy for egg producers.  Egg consumption has been declining for years. Egg producers blame the decline on cholesterol concer...
16-05-2018 21:48

Have some glyphosate with your food" Broccoli, at leas

Journalist/author Carey Gillam of US Right to Know has an article in The Guardian about glyphosate (Roundup) in food based on emails obtained in a law...
15-05-2018 21:51

WHO seeks comments on saturated fat and trans fat

The World Health Organization (WHO) is collecting comments until June 4 on its recent ?consultation? (committee report) on saturated fat and trans fat...
14-05-2018 21:52

Food for thought: top 20 fruits and vegetables

The Packer worries that millennials are not buying as much produce, even bananas, as older folks. Maybe they will…"...
11-05-2018 21:52

FDA delays Nutrition Facts revisions 1.5 years

On May 4, the FDA gave food companies a gift when it announced a 1.5-year extension of compliance dates for the Nutrition Facts label. We are taking t...
10-05-2018 21:50

USDA?s proposals for GMO labels

One picture is worth a thousand words. Here is my favorite of USDA’s proposals for the front-of-package icon for GMO foods. Translation: “...
09-05-2018 21:52

Don?t eat romaine lettuce until this outbreak ends

I’ve been following the E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak caused by eating romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona. The CDC says the body count so far is:...
08-05-2018 21:52

Today: Menu labeling goes national

Remember menu labeling"  In 2010, Congress said fast food places should reveal calories on their menus (New York City required this in 2008). Foo...
07-05-2018 21:51

FoodNavigator-USA on fiber, probiotics, and digestive health

This is one of FoodNavigator’-USA’s ongoing series of collected articles on specific topics from a food-industry perspective, in this case...
04-05-2018 21:47

Weekend reading (and cooking): Sam Kass?s Eat a Little Bette

Sam Kass was, of course, the Obamas’ personal family chef and Michelle Obama’s policy person in charge of Let’s Move.  This is his f...
04-05-2018 21:47

China?s ?outward? (foreign) investments in food and agricult

USDA’s Economic Research Service has a new report on China’s investment in agriculture and farmland. China’s outward agricultural in...
02-05-2018 21:48

Amazon and SNAP: a taxpayer-supported alliance

The Intercept published an account last week pointing out that: Amazon will soon accept grocery orders from SNAP (food stamp) participants One third o...
01-05-2018 21:53

The Smithfield Nuisance (Stench) Verdict: $50 million!

As anyone who has ever been within sniffing distance of an industrial pig farm can tell you, the stench is pervasive, gets into your clothes, and seem...
30-04-2018 21:56

Weekend reading: Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Sy

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has named about 50 Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS). These recogni...
27-04-2018 21:49

Interim federal spending for food programs

I am just getting to this (better late than never), but in March Congress passed the 2,232-page appropriations bill H.R. 1625 (115).  This continued f...
25-04-2018 21:51

Food recalls increasing: Is this good or bad news"

Do food recalls reflect failures in food safety regulation or should they be considered a success" USDA reports a significant increase in recent ...
24-04-2018 21:51

The House version of the Farm Bill: Amendments

You have to love Congress.  It has just passed a bunch of amendments to its draft of the Farm Bill among them, this: Apparently, this is such a seriou...
23-04-2018 21:53

Weekend reading: SNAP reports

While Congress is trying as hard as it can to cut funding for SNAP and impose work requirements, it’s worth taking a look at some recent reports...
20-04-2018 21:49

200 million eggs recalled" The mind boggles.

I’m trying to get my head around 200 million eggs being recalled because of Salmonella. The Washington Post has the story: An investigation by t...
19-04-2018 21:50

Where are we on the Farm Bill"

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has scored the farm bill (?HR 2?) meaning that they have estimated its costs. Here?s the CBO summary, and its ke...
18-04-2018 21:56

China is eating more dairy foods. Is this good"

I will never understand the push to increase dairy consumption in China. Many if not most Asian adults lack the enzyme that digests the lactose in mil...
17-04-2018 21:47

Recommendations for improving SNAP

While the farm bill is in play, it’s worth looking at what The Bipartisan Policy Center has to say about SNAP: It provides evidence for a long l...
16-04-2018 21:48

Weekend reading: The Farm Bill

It will take more than a weekend to figure out what is actually in this 641-page monster. Its table of contents alone is 13 pages. The House produced ...
13-04-2018 21:49

The fuss over kangaroo meat in Australia

I was fascinated to read in Global Meat News that the Australian agriculture department has had to come to the defense of eating kangaroo meat. Austra...
12-04-2018 21:52

Will the new food label ever appear"

Remember way back when the FDA proposed updating the Nutrition Facts label"  It?s hard to keep track of the delays but the label, first proposed ...
11-04-2018 21:53

Home-delivered meals save health care costs!

It’s always seemed obvious to me that feeding hungry people would prevent nutritional deficiencies, and that feeding healthy diets to people who...
10-04-2018 21:49

FoodNavigator on Sugars and Sweeteners

Here is another collection of Food Navigator articles on special topics from a food-industry perspective. Special Edition: Sugar reduction and sweeten...
09-04-2018 21:50

Weekend reading: Intro to the Farm Bill

The 2018 Farm Bill is due in six months but it impossible to follow without a scorecard.  Fortunately, we have help. National Sustainable Agriculture ...
06-04-2018 21:52

Global Meat News Focus on Brazil

One of the ways I keep up with current issues is through daily newsletters focused on the food industry.  This example comes from ...
05-04-2018 21:53

South Africa?s really bad Listeria outbreak: record-setting

Outbreaks of foodborne illness occur frequently but some of them grab my attention more than others. Take, for example, the Listeria outbreak still go...
04-04-2018 21:52

FDA says public health matters, promises to consider nutriti

Last week, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb spoke at the National Food Policy Conference in Washington, DC where he announced FDA?s Nutrition Innovatio...
03-04-2018 21:52

US Food Assistance, 2018 Overview

USDA has just published its latest overview of US food assistance. Here’s what this is about: These percentages apply to total USDA spending on ...
02-04-2018 21:57

How much of the food dollar do farmers get"

USDA has just issued a revision to its food dollar series—its graphic explanation of how the U.S. food dollar gets spent. This tells us that 15....
29-03-2018 21:57

The NIH?s dubious partnership in industry-funded alcohol res

Last week, New York Times reporter Roni Rabin wrote how the National Institutes of Health (NIH) solicited funding from alcohol companies to fund—...
28-03-2018 21:55

NAFTA negotiations put front-of-package warning labels at ri

Last week, the New York Times published an article about how the US was inserting provisions in NAFTA negotiations to restrict the ability of Mexico t...
27-03-2018 21:52

Selling dietary supplements in Latin America

This comes from one of those daily food-industry newsletters I subscribe to, in this case  It occasionally focuses on regions an...
26-03-2018 21:54

Get up and move. It?s good for you.

The Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee’s 2018 Scientific Report promotes physical activity as a ?best buy? for public health. Physi...
23-03-2018 21:55

Food safety Europe: a roundup

The British newsletter,, also does special editions, collections of articles on specific topics, this one on food safety (you to...
22-03-2018 21:52

Canada?s food guide: proposed revisions

Canada’s food guide has been around since 2007.   Bill Jeffery, the executive director of the Canadian Centre for Health Science and Law (w...
21-03-2018 21:54

USDA-sponsored ?Checkoff? program urges more cheese on pizza

The daily newsletter,, sends this intriguing story: ?Pizza Hut adds 25% more cheese to pan pizzas as part of dairy checkoff program....
20-03-2018 21:55

Another note on the Japanese food scene

While I was in Japan last week, a colleague from Washington State asked if his local apples were on sale in Japanese supermarkets.  I looked.  They we...
19-03-2018 21:56

My forthcoming book has a cover!

Basic Books, October 30, 2018. For information about the book, click here....
16-03-2018 21:51

Diet-related disease stats: Japan

I’m reading The Japan Times this week and saw this article: ?Healthy life expectancy? on the rise: survey The article describes how ?healthy lif...
15-03-2018 21:54

Soda Politics: Japan style

I am in Japan this week and am fascinated to see that Coca-Cola produces special products with seasonal themes, just in time for cherry blossoms (whic...
14-03-2018 21:53

Eat breakfast, prevent obesity (says Nestlé and General Mill

I haven?t posted an industry-funded study with predictable results in a while but when I saw this headline from FoodNavigator-Asia, I couldn’t r...
13-03-2018 21:53

The link between obesity and food systems: World Bank

I’m late in seeing this but the World Bank published this report linking food systems to obesity last year. It’s got lots of charts and ta...
12-03-2018 21:53

Weekend reading: Organic Profit / Prophet

Andrew N. Case.  The Organic Profit: Rodale and the Making of Marketplace Environmentalism.  University of Washington Press, 2018. I did a blurb for t...
09-03-2018 21:59

Food Navigator?s Special Edition on Sports and Fitness collects its recent articles about sports and fitness into a Special Edition: Sports & fitness: From niche to mainstream: Device...
08-03-2018 21:52

When are added sugars not" The answer in FDA-speak.

Nutrition labels may seem self-evident but it takes volumes of Federal Register notices to explain how every word works.  When it comes to food labels...
07-03-2018 21:52

Why so may pet food recalls"

Is it just me or does it seem like there are an unusually large number of pet food recalls this year. The American Veterinary Medical Association keep...
06-03-2018 21:51

Forget potato chips. Try jellyfish chips !

I am indebted to for this insight into food of the future: jellyfish snacks. Westerner that I am, I think of jellyfish as exquisit...
05-03-2018 21:51

Weekend reading: the big business of bottled water

Food and Water Watch has a new report that is a must-read: The report documents how water—a public good that comes free and clean from the tap&#...
02-03-2018 21:48

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations: A prototyp

Last week I discussed my skepticism about the Trump Administration’s plan to replace some SNAP benefits with boxes of 100% American-grown commod...
01-03-2018 21:52

Low-fat vs. Low-carb diets: both help cut calories

I subscribe to a newsletter, Obesity and Energetics Offerings, that lists loads of new articles on these topics every week. One of its offerings is a ...
28-02-2018 21:51

New process for Dietary Guidelines: open for comments

I was on a conference call yesterday with representatives from USDA and HHS announcing the new process for doing the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for ...
27-02-2018 21:49

U.S. Agriculture at a glance: USDA report

USDA and the National Agricultural Statistics Service have just published “Farms and Land in Farms: 2017 Summary.” Here’s the bottom...
26-02-2018 21:51

Weekend reading: Effects of Industrial agriculture on health

I reviewed an earlier draft of this report, and was impressed by its comprehensiveness and attention to detail.  If you are interested in understandin...
23-02-2018 21:48

USDA?s pesticide testing results for 2016

Worried about pesticide residues on fresh and processed fruit and vegetables" The USDA tests for a bunch of them in more than 10,000 food samples...
22-02-2018 21:48

Trump?s ?Blue Apron? plan for SNAP: real or a smokescreen&qu

I vote for smokescreen. Let’s take this one step at a time, starting with the FY 2019 Budget announced last week.  In this administration’...
21-02-2018 21:49

The ongoing debates over glyphosate (Monsanto?s Roundup)

What do we know about the carcinogenicity of glyphosate" The International Agency on Research on Cancer (IARC) said it was “probably carcin...
21-02-2018 21:49

Bakery & Snacks: China Market Report

I subscribe to a bunch of newsletters, one of which is  It tracks the market for baked goods and snack foods throughout the world...
19-02-2018 21:48

Weekend reading for kids: Eat This!

Andrea Curtis.  Eat This!  How Fast-Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and how to fight back).  Red Deer Press, 2018. This, amazingly, is a 36-page ...
16-02-2018 21:50

Congratulations Marler-Clark on 20 years of food safety advo

Food safety lawyer Bill Marler is celebrating 20 years of using the legal system to encourage companies to produce safe food by summarizing 25 of his ...
15-02-2018 21:46

Mars Inc says goodbye to ILSI, hello to science policy

Since it’s Valentine’s Day (have a happy one), we might as well talk about a candy company, in this case, Mars, Inc. Mars, Inc., one of th...
14-02-2018 21:47

Overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture: more data (sti

An article in The Guardian alerted me to a new report comparing antibiotic use in the UK to that in the US.  The Guardian explains the problem: The co...
13-02-2018 21:50

Defections from GMA: the score increases

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m keeping score on companies dropping their membership in and substantial financial support of the Grocery ...
12-02-2018 21:52

Weekend reading: Food industry influence on government healt

This report from the UK Health Forum is a compendium of case studies about food industry influence on government food and nutrition policies in develo...
09-02-2018 21:49

Annals of marketing: Meal replacements

A reader in South Africa, Effie Schultz, sends an item from NutraIngredients-USA about a new meal replacement product, Bear Squeeze, “packed wit...
08-02-2018 21:51

Food industry lobbyists running the dietary guidelines"

This tweet certainly got my attention: It referred to Alex Kotch’s article in the International Business Times about how White House lawyer Dona...
07-02-2018 21:50

Anti-Menu labeling: House to vote today

Remember calorie labeling on the menu boards of chain restaurants" This started in New York City in 2008.  The chains have survived, and the worl...
06-02-2018 21:50

Annals of marketing: Bottled ocean water"

I am ever in awe of the creative ways in which marketers sell—water. George Kent sends me this brilliant example from Hawai’i: Kona Deep. ...
05-02-2018 21:51

Weekend reading: Eating Ethically

Jonathan K. Crane.  Eating Ethically: Religion and Science for a Better Diet.  Columbia University Press, 2017. I did a blurb for this one: This enter...
02-02-2018 21:48

Increasingly popular: Vegan diets

GlobalData, a data and analytics company., says vegan diets will be even more popular in 2018. Great Britain: In 2017, 3% self-identified as vegan, co...
01-02-2018 21:51

Annals of food marketing: define ?egg?"

Competition in the food service industry must be fierce these days. My colleagues who are members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recently r...
31-01-2018 21:52

Israel?s Front-of-Package labeling scheme delayed (guess why

The Israeli health ministry has developed a new front-of-package labeling scheme for foods to choose (green) and to avoid (red).  Here are the red lab...
30-01-2018 21:50

Soft drinks: anything that sells

The soft drink industry is in big trouble.  Sugary drinks aren’t great for health, and sales are down.  But this industry keeps trying. I’...
29-01-2018 21:49

Weekend reading: marketing to kids of color

The Berkeley Media Studies Group has a new framing brief on food-industry targeting of minority communities, how it works, and what to do about it. He...
26-01-2018 21:52

USDA Secretary issues guiding principles for farm bill

Secretary Sonny Perdue has released his blueprint for the 2018 farm bill. Its goal is to “improve services while reducing regulatory burdens on ...
25-01-2018 21:55

Food Politics Canada: A Roundup

I?ve been hearing a lot about Canadian food politics lately—lots is going on up there, apparently. I.  Health Canada is working on guiding princ...
24-01-2018 21:51

Weekend Reading: The New Bread Basket

Amy Halloran.  The New Bread Basket: How the New Crop of Grain Growers, Plant Breeders, Millers, Maltsters, Bakers, Brewers, and Local Food Activists ...
19-01-2018 21:53

Durians: a market for durian-flavored products"

I was fascinated to read in FoodNavigator-Asia that the Chinese like durians so much that they have created a demand for durian-flavored food products...
18-01-2018 21:51

Crop insurance, like much else these days, goes to the rich

Crop insurance is the big issue in the forthcoming farm bill.  The American Enterprise Institute doesn’t like it much, and for good reason.  On ...
17-01-2018 21:52

Front-of-package labels: Do they work"

The Hartman Group has a handy Infographic on the effects of front-of-package labels on purchasing patterns.  I haven’t seen this summarized so n...
16-01-2018 21:53

Defections from the Grocery Manufacturers Association: addin

Nonrenewals of membership in the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) are adding up (see my previous post on this).  Helena Bottemiller Evich at Po...
15-01-2018 21:53

Weekend reading: Diet and the Disease of Civilization

Adrienne Rose Bitar.  Diet and the Disease of Civilization.  Rutgers University Press, 2017. I did a blurb for this one: Bitar?s fascinating thesis is...
12-01-2018 21:51

Dietary Reference Intakes are now political"""

Is nothing in nutrition safe from congressional intervention" The American Society for Nutrition has a useful policy newsletter that ran an item ...
11-01-2018 21:51

Our Orwellian USDA doublespeaks again

FERN’s Ag Insider reports: USDA’s top lawyer says politics has nothing to do with the recent reassignment of senior officers. Of course it...
10-01-2018 21:54

What?s the story on FDA recalls"

Let’s start with the report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG).  Now that the Fo...
09-01-2018 21:52

A happy start to the week: Governor Cuomo?s ?No Student Goes

At last some good news: New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a ?No Student Goes Hungry? program.   It has five components: End lunch sham...
08-01-2018 21:55

Weekend Reading: Trends and Predictions for 2018

The Institute of Food Technology publishes a newsletter.  IIts December 27 issue provides a roundup of food-trend predictions from a bunch of sources....
05-01-2018 21:54

The Hartman Group?s 2017 Year in Review

The Hartman Group has an infographic on the most prominent trends and insights in the culture of foods & beverages in 2017.  That was the year tha...
04-01-2018 21:49

Food-Navigator-USA?s 10 trends to watch in 2018

Elaine Watson at Food Navigator-USA says we should be watching these ten trends in 2018. Cellular agriculture: cell-cultured meat, fish, etc. Plant-ba...
03-01-2018 21:52

Rabobank?s survey: what?s up for 2018

To start the new year, I’m going to post predictions, starting with Rabobank’s newsletter on food trends.  This is always worth reading (t...
02-01-2018 21:50
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Civil Eats: The Year in Food Policy, 2017

Civil Eats reviews what happened this year: It was a tumultuous year for food policy in the United States. The year started off with several efforts b...
28-12-2017 21:52

Planet Fat: The New York Times series on global obesity

Since September, the New York Times has been investigating how the food industry markets its products in the developing world, and how this marketing ...
27-12-2017 21:54

Rattlesnake pills" Really" Contaminated with Sal

I am indebted to food safety lawyer Bill Marler for enlightening me about these pills in the first place, and their contamination with Salmonella. The...
26-12-2017 21:51

Weekend Reading: America?s Diverse Family Farms

I’m not sure how USDA defines “diverse,” exactly, but I think it must be referring to size and income in this report. Like so: IR...
22-12-2017 21:46

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