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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

Weekend reading: Let?s take real action on childhood obesity

On World Obesity Day, I posted links to three recent reports. An editorial in The Lancet made me realize that I had not read this one nearly carefully...
08-11-2019 21:54

The dairy industry in Asia: a round up, one of those industry newsletters I love getting every day, tracks the international dairy industry and occasionally collects them ...
07-11-2019 21:52

Soda industry hypocrisy: recycling

I was fascinated to see this ad in the October 24 New York Times extolling Coke, Pepsi, and Dr Pepper’s commitment to improve recycling. The ad ...
06-11-2019 21:51

Broccoli: the vegetable v. its antioxidant sulforaphane

Thomas Björkman, Professor of Vegetable Crop Physiology at Cornell University wrote to ask me what I thought about this new review article about the b...
05-11-2019 21:51

How industry funding of research introduces biases from the

I get letters like this from food trade associations all the time.  Here is the latest:. The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council has issued a request for ...
04-11-2019 21:55

Weekend reading: Food and Museums

Nina Levent and Irina D. Mihalache, editors.  Food and Museums.  Bloomsbury Academic, 2019. I love food collections in museums, the quirkier the bette...
01-11-2019 21:56

Happy Food Politics Halloween

No getting around it.  It?s candy time again. Researchers (somebody has to do this) tell us that candy popularity varies by state.   Here are a f...
31-10-2019 21:57

The Zombie Center for Consumer Freedom is back. Its target&

Just in time for Halloween, the zombie is back. I can hardly believe that the deeply discredited Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF)is on the attack aga...
30-10-2019 21:56

Who gets trade aid" Big Ag, of course.

I’m catching up on posts put on hold for quieter times.  Here’s one that’s worth a look. The Environmental Working Group’s ana...
29-10-2019 21:56

Industry-funded study of the week: avocados yet again

The study: A Moderate-Fat Diet with One Avocado per Day Increases Plasma Antioxidants and Decreases the Oxidation of Small, Dense LDL in Adults with O...
28-10-2019 22:03

Study of the week: Mushrooms, prostate cancer, Japan?Gastro-

A reader, Jeff Nelson (whose interview with me is online here), sent me a link to this Japanese study that identified a link between eating mushrooms ...
28-10-2019 22:03

Weekend reading: Kid Food (!)

Bettina Elias Siegel.  Kid Food: The Challenge of Feeding Children in a Highly Processed World.  Oxford University Press, 2019. I did a blurb for this...
25-10-2019 21:52

Ultraprocessed foods: US vs. UK

Vani Hari, a.k.a. The Food Babe, is interested in getting rid of artificial food additives.  She asks an interesting question.  If American companies ...
23-10-2019 21:52

Industry-funded study of the week: Dairy yet again

This one was sent to me by a reader who wishes to remain anonymous (thanks!). The Study: Dairy Fat Consumption and the Risk of Metabolic Syndrome: An ...
22-10-2019 21:56

The U.S. Dairy Industry: A disaster (especially for small fa

Rick Barrett at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has written a series of articles under the heading “Dairyland in Distress.”   Chapter One: ...
22-10-2019 21:56

Weekend reading: New York City food activists

This book was especially interesting to me because I know some of the players and reading it told me a lot about their backgrounds and accomplishments...
18-10-2019 21:56

Plant-based meat and dairy: recent innovations

I’ve been collecting items related to plant-based meat and dairy foods from the various newsletters I read.  I am having a hard time keeping up....
17-10-2019 21:57

Hey?Sugar is Plant-Based!

I love the Sugar Association, the chief lobbying group for producers of sugar cane and sugar beets, for its endlessly creative ways of trying to convi...
16-10-2019 21:48

World Obesity: Three More Reports

Friday October 11 was World Obesity Day, which explains why so many groups are issuing reports on obesity prevalence, risks, costs, and prevention str...
15-10-2019 21:54

Industry-funded study of the week: Organics, alas

I am a great believer in the value of organic production methods, which avoid the most toxic pesticides and herbicides, are demonstrably better for so...
14-10-2019 21:54

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 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 An Exchange with its editor

I am an avid follower of industry newsletters such as, 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 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, 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

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