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Trump?s trade policies hurt the heartland

I am ever surprised by the extent to which Trump Administration’s policies directly harm its core supporters.  Two recent reports tell the story...
23-10-2018 21:59

Unsavory Truth: A peek at chapter 4

I just got an advance copy of my new book about food company sponsorship of nutrition research and its effects on public health—to be published ...
22-10-2018 21:49

Weekend reading: Fruitful Labor

Mike Madison.  Fruitful Labor: The Ecology, Economy, and Practice of a Family Farm.  Chelsea Green 2018 (short at just 164 pages). Every now and then,...
19-10-2018 21:51

Who is suing whom" Food politics lawsuits

FoodNavigator-USA has collected its recent articles on food industry lawsuits.  As it puts it, There have been hundreds of class action lawsuits direc...
18-10-2018 21:53

The Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak: an update

I wrote about the recall of Honey Smacks cereals last June when its Salmonella outbreak was just past its peak, but a post from food-safety lawyer Bil...
17-10-2018 21:50

Connecting the dots: The trade war with China and feeding Am

I was struck last week by an article in the Wall Street Journal with this intriguing title: ?Food Banks Reap Unexpected Bounty From Trade Disputes.? I...
16-10-2018 21:53

Unsavory Truth: A peek at page 2

Coming October 30: My new book about food company sponsorship of nutrition research and its effects on public health. Here’s what page 2 has to ...
15-10-2018 21:50

Lucky Australians: Sandro Demaio?s The Doctor?s Diet

Sandro Demaio.  The Doctor’s Diet.  Pan Macmillan Australia, 2018. I don’t usually say anything about diet books or cookbooks, and this is...
12-10-2018 21:52

Annals of marketing: ?Free from.? A Bakery & Snacks Special

From the daily industry newsletter,, I learned that “free from” is an entire marketing category.  Here is its collecti...
11-10-2018 21:52

French National Assembly issues tough report on ultraprocess

An article in got my attention.  It said the French food industry was outraged by a report from the French National Assembly calling...
10-10-2018 21:51

Unsavory Truth: the Table of Contents

Coming October 30: My new book about food company sponsorship of nutrition research and its effects on public health. And here’s what’s in...
09-10-2018 21:47

Popular ready-to-eat breakfast cereals: sales figures

Ever wonder why breakfast cereals take up so much supermarket space" has the answer: It would be fun to match these up with t...
09-10-2018 21:47

Weekend Reading: Eating NAFTA

Alyshia Gálvez.  Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico.  University of California Press, 2018. This compelling book, by a ...
05-10-2018 21:49

Coca-Cola considering new drinks infused with?Cannabis!

Really"  Cannabis Canada reports that Coca-Cola is seriously considering going into the cannabis business. Get high on Coke"  No such luck. ...
04-10-2018 21:51

Rice cereals for infants: the arsenic problem

I?ve been collecting items on concerns about the levels of arsenic in rice, especially rice cereals for children. The arsenic problem Arsenic is toxic...
03-10-2018 21:47

The farm bill expired. Now what"

Because our dysfunctional Congress did not pass the farm bill by midnight on Sunday, the 2014 bill has expired. What does this mean"  Basically, ...
02-10-2018 21:50

Unsavory Truth: Early reviews

Coming October 30:  My new book about food company sponsorship of nutrition research and its effects on public health. The Kirkus review (August 1) A ...
01-10-2018 21:51

Weekend reading: Elliot Coleman?s New Organic Grower

Elliot Coleman.  The New Organic Grower: A Master’s Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.  30th Anniversary Edition. ...
28-09-2018 21:51

The Fight Against Non-Communicable Diseases: A Global Emerge

I signed a letter published in Le Monde on September 18:  La “lutte contre les maladies non transmissibles:” une urgence sanitaire mondial...
27-09-2018 21:49

Calorie labeling works. A little.

A study from The National Bureau of Economic Research finds that calorie labeling on restaurant menus reduced calorie consumption by about 3%, mainly ...
26-09-2018 21:52

A glimmer into the stunning effects of our trade war with Ch

I find the details of trade policy almost impossible to understand (so many arcane rules, so many countries), and am grateful whenever I read somethin...
25-09-2018 21:53

Unsavory Truth: The Blurbs

Coming October 30: My new book about food company sponsorship of nutrition research and its effects on public health. Here is what some early readers ...
24-09-2018 21:53

USDA?s double-speak proposal to ?improve? the ERS: brute-for

I listened in yesterday to the webinar on USDA?s proposed relocation and reorganization of the Economic Research Service.  Participants included Scott...
21-09-2018 21:49

Plant-based dairy and meat: latest developments

Here is the latest collection of industry articles on dairy alternatives and plant-based meats—all doing quite well these days. Dairy Alternativ...
20-09-2018 21:51

Soda company pouring rights contracts: exposed!

I first wrote about soda company pouring rights contracts in 2000.  I also discussed these contracts in Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning...
19-09-2018 21:51

What should be done to repopulate and reinvigorate rural Ame

I’m catching up on reading and just came across the USDA’s annual report, Rural America at a Glance, 2017. Rural areas, says the USDA, fac...
18-09-2018 21:50

Unsavory Truth: How I deal with conflicts of interest

Coming October 30:  My new book about food company sponsorship of nutrition research and its effects on public health.   To introduce the book, which ...
17-09-2018 21:49

Weekend reading: Food Justice Now!

Johsua Sbicca.  Food Justice Now!  Deepening the Roots of Social Struggle.  University of Minnesota Press, 2018. This book is about how to turn the &#...
14-09-2018 21:48

Beer: sustainable, THC-infused, from does a monthly special collection of industry-focused articles on beer.  This one spotlights sustainability, but includes a couple o...
13-09-2018 21:47

South Africa?s record-setting (not in a good way) Listeria o

In April, I wrote about the deadly outbreak of Listeria-contaminated processed meat (?polony?) in South Africa.  Back then, the country’s Health...
12-09-2018 21:49

Why food companies should not have a role in formulating obe

I was interested to read FoodNavigator-Asia?s account of food industry comments on what to do about obesity is Australia. By all reports, two-thirds o...
11-09-2018 21:48

Call for nominations: 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Commi

The USDA has issued a Call for Nominations for the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee The independent advisory committee will review the scien...
10-09-2018 21:50

Weekend reading: Kosher and Halal market regulation

John Lever and Johan Fischer. Religion, Regulation, Consumption: Globalising Kosher and Halal Markets.  Manchester University Press, 2018. This book i...
07-09-2018 21:51

Corporate profits v. public health: Campbell?s as a case in

Campbell?s has just announced that it will divest its portfolio of healthier foods: Bolthouse Farms carrots, organics, salsa, hummus and dips, fresh s...
06-09-2018 21:52

Trump?s NAFTA deal with Mexico: What about Canada"

The basic agreement does not say much about agriculture, but the Trade Representative has produced a separate fact sheet for agriculture. The White Ho...
05-09-2018 21:51

How did glyphosate get into Cheerios"

The Environmental Working Group recently released a report on the amounts of glyphosate (Roundup) in children?s breakfast cereals, particularly those ...
04-09-2018 21:52

Halal meat: Global Meat News? updates on the industry

Global Meat News is one of those industry newsletters I subscribe to.  This is a collection of its articles on halal meats—those from animals sl...
31-08-2018 21:50

The $12 billion trade mitigation promised to farmers: who ge

Recall that to mitigate the damage to U.S. agriculture caused by our current tariff disputes, President Trump promised to give affected farmers $12 bi...
29-08-2018 21:50

Childhood poverty is increasing, alas

The proportion of U.S. children living in poverty, says the USDA, is higher than it was before the Great Recession of 2008 and seems to be increasing,...
27-08-2018 21:53

Weekend reading: Overcoming barriers to the Sustainable Deve

A group of organizations interested in achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, has issued a report spotligh...
24-08-2018 21:48

Trump?s trade war with China: the retaliation lists

I have been trying to track what?s happening in our current tariff war with China.  Politico Morning Agriculture helps a lot, but even so keeping up w...
22-08-2018 21:48

USDA?s latest ideas for GMO labels

I am indebted to IEG Agribusiness Intelligence (formerly Food Chemical News) for alerting me to USDA?s latest proposals for GMO labeling—BE (bio...
20-08-2018 21:49

Weekend reading: Food Trucks!

Julian Agyeman, Caitlin Matthews, and Hannah Sobel, eds.  Food Trucks, Cultural Identity, and Social Justice.  MIT Press, 2017. I love books about sin...
17-08-2018 21:48

Eating 14.5 pints of ice cream in 6 minutes is not enough to

It?s summer, it?s hot, and I enjoy ice cream, so I was riveted to learn the sad fate of Joey Chestnut who lost the Indiana State Fair?s World Ice Crea...
15-08-2018 21:50

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

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