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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

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: 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

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

Industry-funded request of the week: prove peanuts healthy

Peanuts are delicious when freshly roasted—I always keep some on hand—and they are highly nutritious, despite their calories. But the pean...
21-01-2019 21:52

Weekend reading: Halal Food

Febe Armanios and Bo?aç Ergene.  Halal Food: A History.  Oxford University Press, 2018. I reviewed a book about the regulation of Halal Food in Septem...
18-01-2019 21:52

Annals of food marketing: Gold-leafed potato chips!

When Torsten Veblen wrote The Theory of the Leisure Class in 1899, he could not possibly have imagined this product when he invented the term “c...
17-01-2019 21:54

Bad news on world hunger and obesity: they are getting worse

United Nations agencies have just released their annual report on world food insecurity. Its main unhappy conclusion: Food insecurity has increased si...
16-01-2019 21:57

Coca-Cola?s political influence in China: documented evidenc

The BMJ (the new name for what was formerly the British Medical Journal) has just published a report by Susan Greenhalgh, a historian at Harvard, of h...
15-01-2019 21:53

Last chance to comment on 2030 food and nutrition objectives

The endlessly repeating process of defining health goals for the next ten years continues and the Department of Health and Human Services is now (or w...
14-01-2019 21:55

Weekend reading: a diet book!

Lisa R. Young.  Finally Full, Finally Slim: 30 Days to Permanent Weight Loss One Portion at a Time.  Center Street, 2019. I don?t usually write about ...
11-01-2019 21:52

The latest in snack trends"

Here are a few examples of the latest trends in snack products in the U.S. and Europe, culled from articles in  The purpose of thes...
10-01-2019 21:54

Supplements to improve memory: if only

The Government Accountability Office has just published a report on memory supplements. Available data indicate that memory supplements constitute a s...
09-01-2019 21:52

Goodbye GMO, Hello Bioengineered: USDA publishes labeling ru

Trump?s USDA has issued final rules for labeling food products of biotechnology, commonly known to all of us as GMOs. Since GMOs have taken on a pejor...
08-01-2019 21:56

Industry-funded study of the week: Mediterranean diet plus d

Christopher Gardner, the Stanford scientist who studies the ways various dietary patterns affect body weight, sent me this study to add to my post-boo...
07-01-2019 21:51

Weekend reading: A view of how to feed the world sustainably

The World Resources Institute has a new report on how to feed the world in a way that is sustainable. The report is based on the premise that 56% more...
04-01-2019 21:50 on what?s happening in the dairy industry

I think this collection of articles from FoodNavigator on the dairy industry is especially clear in revealing three notable trends: (1) the ongoing de...
03-01-2019 21:50

US votes no on action on global nutrition

I was fascinated to see this FoodNavigator account of the recent United Nations? call for action on nutrition. The lengthy new UN resolution on ?a hea...
02-01-2019 21:50

Where are we on Cannibis edibles (and drinkables)"

Let’s start the new year off with a look at what’s happening with Cannibis, a food politics topic because of its edibles. First, the legal...
01-01-2019 21:52

Happy new year and food predictions for 2019!

It’s prediction season and NBC MACH asked for mine in science and tech.  Here it is, along with those of 18 others (I’m in impressive comp...
31-12-2018 21:54

Selling bakery products in China: Chocolate!

This is from one of those daily newsletters I get about what’s happening in the food industry.  This one covers baked goods, snacks, and candy. ...
28-12-2018 21:51

Weekend reading: a kids? book about cooking?in French

Hélène Laurendeau and Catherine Desforges , illustrated by Stéphanie Aubin.  Je Cuisine Avec Toi.  Edito, 2018. Here’s a way to teach kids Frenc...
28-12-2018 21:51

The Farm Bill did not destroy SNAP, but USDA did an end run

As I noted earlier, Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill without gutting SNAP but President Trump exacted a price for signing it—making it harder ...
26-12-2018 21:51

Foodie Xmas Sweaters?2018

Pillsbury got me started thinking about this tradition. But lots of other people have also thought about putting foods on Xmas sweaters. I particularl...
25-12-2018 21:51

Ithaca?s farmers? market: the annual rutabaga curl

I was lucky to be in Ithaca for the end of the farmers’ market season on Saturday and the not-to-be-missed Rutabaga Curl, now in its 21st year. ...
24-12-2018 21:49

Weekend reading: Soy Milk

Jia-Chen Fu.  The Other Milk: Reinventing Soy in Republican China.  University of Washington Press, 2019. Here’s my blurb for this one: The Othe...
21-12-2018 21:52

Keeping up with what?s happening in the poultry industry: Gl

I subscribe to’s daily newsletter to find out what’s going on in the international meat market.  Here is a sample of th...
20-12-2018 21:52

Indexes: Ranking Systems for Sustainability and Nutrition

Two new Index Systems rank countries for sustainability and corporations for promoting health. I.  Sustainability Index. The Economist and Barilla hav...
19-12-2018 21:51

The 2018 Farm Bill: More of the Same Old Same Old

I?m on record as calling previous Farm Bills ?visionless.? Given what?s happening in Congress, some consider it a bipartisan win"  It is, but onl...
18-12-2018 21:51

Industry-funded study of the week: Hazelnuts

My most recent book, Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat, provides many examples of industry-funded studies with result...
17-12-2018 22:01

Weekend reading: food animal ethics

Christopher Schlottmann and Jeff Sebo.  Food, Animals, and the Environment: An Ethical Approach.  Routledge, 2018. The authors are colleagues at NYU. ...
14-12-2018 21:52

Bakery & Snacks looks at Brexit

While Brexit—Britain’s leaving of the European Union—is in turmoil, the industry newsletter, has a few articles ...
13-12-2018 21:55

USDA weakens school nutrition standards

The USDA has announced some changes to the school food rules implemented in the previous administration.  The USDA press release explains: First, it w...
12-12-2018 21:56

Eat organics, reduce cancer risk"

I rarely post anything about agricultural chemicals, mainly because it?s so hard to find people who are not exposed to them, most people are exposed o...
11-12-2018 21:59

Letter to The Nation about Michelle Obama?s ?Becoming?

Michelle Obama’s new book, Becoming, may be a blockbuster, but The Nation wishes she were more political.  An interview of Nation-contributor Am...
10-12-2018 21:50

Weekend reading: the 2018 Global Nutrition Report

If you want an overview of the current status of nutrition problems in the world, what is being done about them, and what needs to be done about them,...
07-12-2018 21:55

Do probiotics work" Maybe, if you are lucky

The industry newsletter,, regularly posts Special Editions on Probiotics (and here’s another one) collections of its articl...
06-12-2018 21:52

The effects of our trade war with China

President Trump has just announced a truce in our trade war with China.  We need one. In August, the Trump Administration said it would provide $12 bi...
05-12-2018 21:58

Where are we on dietary fat"

The endless arguments about dietary fats and dietary fat versus carbohydrate make no sense to me, because we mostly eat these as components of food, a...
04-12-2018 21:52

Industry-funded study of the week: Cherries and exercise rec

Since publication of my latest book, Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat, I’ve been collecting particularly delic...
03-12-2018 21:56

Weekend reading (OK, many weekends): David Katz?s ?Truth Abo

David Katz.  The Truth About Food: Why Pandas Eat Bamboo and People Get Bamboozled.  Independently Published, 2018. I greatly admire David Katz for hi...
30-11-2018 21:50

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