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Jury rules Roundup carcinogenic, Monsanto malicious: awards

The Guardian?s account of the verdict: Monsanto ordered to pay $289m as jury rules weedkiller caused man’s cancer Dewayne Johnson, a 46-year-old...
13-08-2018 21:51

Weekend reading: Cocoa

Kristy Leissle.  Cocoa.  Polity, 2018. This book is flat-out about the politics of worldwide cocoa production: who holds power in the marketplace, set...
10-08-2018 21:47

Global Meat News on the meat market in China

This is a collection of articles on the Chinese market for meat from the daily industry newsletter, Global Meat News. Special Edition: Focus on China ...
09-08-2018 21:50

CDC?s latest stats on foodborne illness

The CDC has issued its counts for the extent and cause of illnesses and deaths caused by eating contaminated food for the years 2009-2015. For starter...
08-08-2018 21:49

Mars Wrigley says you are not eating enough candy. It wants

Candy makers, like all food producers, want to sell more of their products.  From the standpoint of Mars Wrigley Confectionary, you need to eat more c...
07-08-2018 21:57

What?s in dietary supplements" NutraIngredients on tra

NutraIngredients is another one of those industry newsletters I read every day.  Here is its collection of articles—a special edition—on s...
06-08-2018 21:53

Weekend reading: I Am Not a Tractor!

Susan L. Marquis.  I Am Not a Tractor!  How Florida Farmworkers Took on the Fast Food Giants and Won.  ILR Press, 2017. Susan Marquis is the Dean of t...
03-08-2018 21:52

Eat meat and reduce carbon emissions. How" Feed catt

In response to my post last week about a new report on the effects of meat production on climate change and the need to eat less meat, Ridge Shinn, a ...
02-08-2018 21:49

What should we think about the food industry?s new Sustainab

Danone North America, Mars Inc, Nestlé USA (no relation), and Unilever US have left the Grocery Manufacturers Association to form a new organization, ...
01-08-2018 21:49

Dog owners: watch out for grain-free pet foods containing l

The FDA is warning dog owners about an observed association of enlarged hearts in animals fed dog foods containing peas, lentils, other legumes, or po...
31-07-2018 21:50

What?s up with the Salmonella recall of Ritz crackers and Go

I am baffled by food safety issues related to the recent recall of Ritz Crackers and Goldfish by their manufacturers, Mondel?z and Campbell/Pepperidge...
30-07-2018 21:50

Weekend reading: Amy Trubek?s Making Modern Meals

Amy Trubek.  Making Modern Meals: How Americans Cook Today.  University of California Press, 2017. Amy Trubek, an anthropologist (who also trained as ...
27-07-2018 21:49

Trump?s $12 billion ?gold crutches? to deal with trade retal

President Trump says he will fix the retaliation damage his trade policy has caused for agriculture with $12 billion added to USDA programs. The New Y...
26-07-2018 21:50

Eat less meat: more evidence from climate change and health

GRAIN and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) have issued a devastating report on the effects of meat and dairy production on climat...
25-07-2018 21:57

The Obesity Society should support public health, not corpor

My email inbox was flooded last week with The Obesity Society?s call for more research on the value of taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages. ?Although t...
24-07-2018 21:52

Burning question: are almond and soy ?milks? milk"

Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner of the FDA, says his agency will take up the vexing question of what to call ?milks? made from soy, almonds, and other le...
23-07-2018 21:52

Weekend reading: Paul Greenberg?s The Omega Principle

Paul Greenberg.  The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet.  Penguin Press, 2018. This is the third installmen...
20-07-2018 21:49

Food Navigator Special Edition: Healthy Snacks

Here’s another one of FoodNavigator-USA’s collection of articles on single topics, this one on “healthy” snacks.  I’m pu...
19-07-2018 21:50

Uh oh. California is reporting problems with kids eating ca

The Los Angeles Times reports that calls to California poison control centers about kids ingesting marijuana ?edibles? are increasing.  There have alr...
18-07-2018 21:52

Lab-grown meat: FDA v. USDA

The FDA held a public meeting last week on lab-grown ?meat,? meaning, in FDA-speak, ?foods produced using animal cell culture technology.?  The meetin...
17-07-2018 21:51

The Trump Administration?s support of infant formula v. brea

By this time, you have no doubt heard about the Trump Administration?s attempts to stop the World Health Organization from promoting breastfeeding.  I...
16-07-2018 21:52

Weekend action: speak up for public health

As I posted last week, the New York Times has a handy guide to how to participate in politics. The American Public Health Association (APHA) also has ...
13-07-2018 21:51

Food Navigator?s collection of articles on ?healthy fats?

Fat remains in the news.  Which ones are health, and which not"  FoodNavigator-USA collects its articles on the topic.  My thoughts:  Beyond that...
12-07-2018 21:49

Tariffs induce trade retaliation. Ouch.

This administration’s tariffs on steel and other imports have induced the affected countries to retaliate, particularly by targeting agricultura...
11-07-2018 21:49

Pork Barrel Politics: Trade and Other Issues

Pork.  I love the term.  It reeks of politics. Pork’s Trade Problem I?ve been following the pork industry’s problem with the Trump Adminis...
10-07-2018 21:51

Beverage Daily?s roundup of articles about?Beer!

I hope you enjoyed the weekend. Here’s Beverage Daily’s latest MONTHLY BEER SPECIAL: AB InBev CEO: ?Beer needs to play the natural card mo...
09-07-2018 21:51

Weekend Reading: Food Citizenship (I?m in it)

Ray Goldberg.  Food Citizenship: Food System Advocates in an Era of Distrust. Oxford University Press, 2018. As should be obvious from this cover, I h...
06-07-2018 21:52

It?s July 4. What better time to participate in politics.

The New York Times has issued a splendid guide to how to use the political process to get what our country needs. The guide covers how to vote, lobby,...
04-07-2018 21:49

Big Soda strong-arms California: no more soda taxes for 12 y

In 2017, Jennifer Pomeranz and Mark Pertschuck published an article in the American Journal of Public Health titled State Preemption: A Significant an...
02-07-2018 21:50

Rebooting food: technological solutions to world hunger

Lots of people are worried about how we are going to feed people in the future and are thinking about possible solutions to problems of world hunger. ...
29-06-2018 21:53

Changing SNAP for the better: the politics

The Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington-based think tank whose slogan is ?Working to find actionable solutions to the nation’s key challenges...
27-06-2018 21:51

Confused about dietary fiber" No wonder.

I always thought fiber had a simple definition: complex carbohydrates in food plants impervious to enzymes in our digestive tract. OK, bacterial enzym...
26-06-2018 21:52

Trump?s government reorganization plan: really"

The Trump Administration announced its new plan to reorganize government.  Obviously, this affects the agencies dealing with agriculture, food, and nu...
25-06-2018 21:52

Farewell Anthony Bourdain

I didn’t know him but I too am sad that he is no longer with us.  His memorial continues....
22-06-2018 21:49

Salmonella in Honey Smacks cereal"

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  The latest source of Salmonella is a kids’ cereal, Kellogg’s Honey Smacks.  They may be a good so...
21-06-2018 21:53

Not-so-smart snacks for kids

I am ever indebted to Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, the Canadian obesity specialist, for keeping a sharp eye out for the more amazing ways food companies push j...
20-06-2018 21:50

What?s up with the retracted Mediterranean diet study"

In a most unusual action, the New England Journal of Medicine has retracted a 2013 study of Mediterranean diets and published a new version of it at t...
19-06-2018 21:51

Keeping tabs on the food industry: Access to Nutrition Index

Access to Nutrition has just published its 2018 global report.  Its Global Index: Measures companies? contributions to good nutrition against internat...
15-06-2018 21:53

Question for the day: Is Tofu processed"

With all of the talk these days about avoiding ultraprocessed foods, questions come up about what that means.  After I posted about the added colors i...
14-06-2018 21:55

Farm subsidy payments: an EWG analysis

The Environmental Working Group, ever on the job, has a new analysis of subsidy payments to farmers. Nearly 28,000 farmers got USDA payments worth $19...
13-06-2018 21:52

Biggest global food companies, according to Forbes

Forbes has published a ranking of the top 2000 global companies (all kinds, not just food) by a composite score of revenue, profit, assets, and market...
12-06-2018 21:49

?Functional? candy" Special report from Confectionary

The industry newsletter has a collection of articles on “functional” candy.  In this context, “functional̶...
11-06-2018 21:57

UK report on sugar reduction: ?encouraging start?

Public Health England has a report out on how the country’s food industry is doing with its pledges to reduce sugar. The goal was to reduce suga...
08-06-2018 21:52

What does US vs. NAFTA mean for US food producers" Not

The NAFTA agreement meant that the US, Canada, and Mexico would not impose tariffs on each other’s products. But the Trump Administration has an...
07-06-2018 21:49

The Romaine lettuce outbreak: source still unknown, victim c

The FDA did something quite unusual.  It issued an apparently frank description of where it is in investigating the Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak t...
06-06-2018 21:49

FDA says Golden Rice does not contain enough beta-carotene t

The FDA has concluded its “consultation process” on Golden Rice.  This, you may recall, is rice bioengineered to contain genes for beta-ca...
05-06-2018 21:48

US vetoes any mention of soda taxes in WHO committee report

The AP reports that the reason the WHO committee on preventing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) did not recommend soda taxes is that the US representat...
04-06-2018 21:52

Weekend reading: Declining US investment in agricultural res

The USDA reports that investment in agricultural research is declining (since 2009) in high-income countries, particularly in the U.S. The U.S. share ...
01-06-2018 21:50

The latest on the beer industry from

The industry newsletter,, offers a collection of recent articles about the beer business. Brewers Association: Microbreweries and t...
31-05-2018 21:51

Diet and cancer risk: the latest research evidence

The World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research have published their third compendium of information about diet and canc...
30-05-2018 21:48

Pay inequality in the food business

The New York Times describes the enormous gap between the pay of company chief executives and their employees. Its two printed pages of lists compare ...
29-05-2018 21:51
28-05-2018 21:55

Weekend reading: Farms and rural communities at risk

American Farmland Trust has a new report out documenting the rapid loss of farmland to urban and suburban development. Action Aid USA has videos demon...
25-05-2018 21:52

Pork (the meat, not goodies in the farm bill)

One of the industry newsletters I read regularly is, which occasionally collects articles on specific topics into “special ed...
24-05-2018 21:48

Yes, the USDA is still giving direct payments to Big Ag

The Government Accountability Office reports that Under the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill), each member of a farming operation that is a ge...
23-05-2018 21:48

Plant-based meat: the cosmetic color problem

Plant-based meats are touted as the technological solution to the health and environmental problems caused by excessive meat-eating.   Venture capital...
22-05-2018 21:49

Sugar policy: absurd but apparently permanent

The House version of the farm bill is in a mess right now and there is much to say about both its process (highly politicized) and content (thoughtles...
21-05-2018 21:51

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

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