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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

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

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

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

For the record: I am an omnivore

My Twitter feed over the Labor Day weekend was full of messages like this one: It took me a while to figure out what they were talking about, but even...
03-09-2019 21:56

Have a happy, thoughtful, appreciative Labor Day

I particularly like this poster celebrating Labor Day in 2014. Let’s honor, protect, and pay the people who harvest our vegetables, slaughter ou...
02-09-2019 21:48

Weekend reading and viewing: What the Democratic candidates

The New York Times carried a plea this week for more attention to food and nutrition policy from presidential candidates. Civil Eats is tracking what ...
30-08-2019 21:49

José Andres on the American food system

I ran across an interview with the chef José Andres in Departures, the luxury goods magazine.  Sprinkled among the ads for things I can’t imagin...
29-08-2019 21:51

Eric Schlosser on the meat industry?s hypocrisy about immigr

Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, explains in The Atlantic Why It?s Immigrants Who Pack Your Meat. You really should read the whole thing.  ...
28-08-2019 21:50

Corporations will focus on social values" Really"

The Business Roundtable’s Statement (and see B Corporation Statement below) The Business Roundtable, an organization of corporations, issued a s...
27-08-2019 21:54

Industry-funded study of the week: cherries prevent dementia

Effect of Montmorency tart cherry juice on cognitive performance in older adults: a randomized controlled trial, Sheau C. Chai,, et al. Food Funct., 2...
26-08-2019 21:48

Weekend reading: FoodNavigator-USA?s Special Edition on Meal

If you have been reading for long, you know that I love collections of industry newsletter columns on specific topics.  This one is o...
23-08-2019 21:52

USDA?s People?s Garden evolves: It?s now featuring GM crops.

I’m indebted to Jerry Hagstrom’s Hagstrom Report for this one. The People?s Garden on the grounds of the Agriculture Department headquarte...
21-08-2019 21:51

Industry-funded study?and journal section?of the week: Blueb

The study: Recent Research on the Health Benefits of Blueberries and Their Anthocyanins.   Wilhelmina Kalt, Aedin Cassidy, Luke R Howard, Robert Kriko...
19-08-2019 21:48

The latest on CBD edibles: sales booming, but no science or

I?m watching what?s happening with Cannabis edibles with much interest.  Sales are booming.  Regulators are stymied.  Regulation is virtually absent&#...
16-08-2019 21:48

The world?s most valuable food brands" In a nutshell.

One small table says it all. For the record, I’m not related to the top ranked company....
14-08-2019 21:51

Industry-funded study of the week: Unilever

A low-fat spread with added plant sterols and fish omega-3 fatty acids lowers serum triglyceride and LDL-cholesterol concentrations in individuals wit...
12-08-2019 21:49

Annals of Marketing: A Sugary Cereal for Toddlers

Coming soon to a supermarket near you: Baby Shark cereal. I am so out of it.  I never heard of the song, Baby Shark, before seeing this story about Ke...
09-08-2019 21:52

Want Salmonella in your pet food"  Buy Answers brands.

Since writing two books about pet food in 2008 (Pet Food Politics) and 2010 (Feed Your Pet Right), I haven?t said much about this topic but am inspire...
07-08-2019 21:49

The true purpose of moving the ERS out of DC: ?Drain the Swa

Really, you can’t make this stuff up. The Washington Examiner reports on a speech given by Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s acting chief of staff an...
06-08-2019 22:00

Industry-funded study of the week: ?probiotic? weight-loss s

I spotted some tweets about this study from Washington Post writer Tamar Haspel, who has a sharp eye for this sort of thing.  Her first tweet said: He...
05-08-2019 21:57

Weekend reading: A Sustainable Food Future

I’m always interested in recommendations for how we are to solve world food problems—population increase, environmental degradation, clima...
02-08-2019 21:53

Food Navigator on Vertical Farming has a collection of articles on Innovations in Vertical Farming, this time from an international perspective. ?We are right at the s...
01-08-2019 21:51

Junk food encourages overeating: the evidence piles up

I was fascinated to see this article about how offering kids greater amounts and varieties of snack foods encourages them to eat more and, therefore, ...
31-07-2019 21:53

USDA wants to remove 3.1 million people from SNAP

Every time I think the USDA has done the worst damage it possibly can—I?m still reeling from the destruction of the Economic Research Service...
30-07-2019 22:01

Industry-funded study of the week: Hass Avocados again

The study: Using the Avocado to Test the Satiety Effects of a Fat-Fiber Combination in Place of Carbohydrate Energy in a Breakfast Meal in Overweight ...
29-07-2019 21:53

Weekend reading: Beef in American life

Joshua Specht.  Red Meat Republic: A Hoof-to-Table History of How Beef Changed America. Princeton University Press, 2019. This is an enlightening, eng...
26-07-2019 21:57

The elderly: a target group for marketing functional foods

“In a way, it wouldn’t take much marketing to target this group.” That’s me, they are talking about. As a senior citizen, I am...
25-07-2019 21:53

At last: attention to sugar?s role in dental health

I included a chapter on sugar and dental disease in my 2015 book, Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning), because billions of people have dec...
24-07-2019 21:51

Coca-Cola wants the FDA to let it add vitamins to drinks

Thanks to Elaine Watson at FoodNavigator-USA for writing about Coca-Cola?s efforts to get the FDA to let it put vitamins in its drinks.  OK, its ?heal...
23-07-2019 21:50

Industry-funded study of the week: Walnuts

Replacing Saturated Fat With Walnuts or Vegetable Oils Improves Central Blood Pressure and Serum Lipids in Adults at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease: ...
22-07-2019 21:52

Weekend reading: What Big Ag is thinking about planting deci

Every now and then I run into an excellent source of information about things I know nothing about.  I’ve just discovered Purdue University̵...
19-07-2019 21:51

Snackification: a new word in my vocabulary’s Special Edition: Snackex 2019 introduces the concept of “Snackification,” which as far as I can tell is the co...
18-07-2019 21:52

Externalized costs of Big Ag: The Wall Street Journal explai

High marks to the The Wall Street Journal for its story about the externalized costs of agricultural runoff into the Mississippi River. The article is...
17-07-2019 21:56

Should Food Banks accept donations of Soylent"

I recently received an email from a public relations representative of Soylent, the company that makes those powdered meal replacements.  My NYU depar...
16-07-2019 21:52

Industry-funded studies: The Sugar Association?s view

You may think, as I do, that everyone would be better off eating less sugar, but that’s not how The Sugar Association sees it.  This trade assoc...
15-07-2019 21:54

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