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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

NutraIngredients-USA on ?Personalized Nutrition?

The food industry is intensely interested in personalized nutrition because it can create and sell products appeared to be aimed directly at individua...
29-11-2018 21:54

Climate change report: bad news for agriculture

The US Global Change Research Program released its 4th report on climate change Wednesday night, coincidentally or deliberately during the slow news T...
28-11-2018 21:53

The latest in dietetic junk food

My colleagues who attended the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting and Expo brought back examples of what I love to call dietetic junk f...
27-11-2018 22:02

Industry-funded study of the week: beer hops improves Alzhei

Even though my book, Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat, is now published, I’m still collecting particularly ent...
26-11-2018 21:55

WHO Europe report on marketing junk foods to kids: not much

Nobody should be surprised by the results of the latest WHO report on the lack of progress in curbing the marketing of highly processed junk foods to ...
23-11-2018 21:59

The Farmers? Share of your Thanksgiving Dinner" 11 Cen

The National Farmers’ Union computes the farmers’ share of the cost of your Thanksgiving dinner. The farmers’ share"  11 cents....
22-11-2018 21:52

New recommendations for type 2 diabetes in kids

Dr. Robert Lustig notes that the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has just released its newest guidelines for management of type 2 diabetes in chil...
21-11-2018 21:56

Healthy diets: Variety"

I was surprised to read a recent paper in the American Heart Association journal arguing that dietary diversity may not be good for health: ?Eat a var...
20-11-2018 21:57

A2 milk: still making claims based on industry-funded resear

I haven’t said anything about A2 milk—milk from cows producing a different form of casein protein than cows producing regular A1 casein...
19-11-2018 21:56

Principles for responsible international investment in food

The Committee on World Food Security of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization has a report out on this topic, well worth pondering.   ...
16-11-2018 21:57

Pet food: a roundup of recent stories

I maintain an active interest in pet food, even though my books on the topic came out a few years ago Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Min...
15-11-2018 21:58

Effects of ultraprocessing: fewer phenolics in corn flakes

In FoodNavigator, I read a report of a study finding that processing of corn into breakfast cereal flakes strips out phenolic compounds and tocopherol...
14-11-2018 21:57

FDA?s conclusions about the E. coli outbreak caused by conta

The outbreak caused by romaine lettuce contaminated with a toxic strain of E. coli (which I wrote about earlier), was especially serious: 210 reported...
13-11-2018 21:58

Another industry-funded study for your amusement

As I discuss in my latest book, Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat, food industry funding of nutrition research produc...
12-11-2018 21:56

Weekend reading: Farming While Black

Leah Penniman.  Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land  Chelsea Green, 2018. This is the second copy of...
09-11-2018 21:59

Progress, of sorts, on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines

Remember the Dietary Guidelines"  Those pesky things that have to be revised every five years by order of Congress" This time, the USDA is f...
08-11-2018 21:57

Trump?s ?public charge? proposal: just say no

The Trump Administration?s ?public charge? proposal is now open for public comment. This ungenerous and unwelcoming idea is to use participation in be...
07-11-2018 21:56

It?s Election Day: Vote!

Voting has everything to do with food politics. To pick just one, light-hearted (we need this), example: Ben & Jerry’s new ice cream flavor:...
06-11-2018 21:57

Why I so enjoy industry-funded studies

My latest book, Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat, is about food industry funding of nutrition research and why it...
05-11-2018 21:59

Weekend reading: Supermarket USA

Shane Hamilton.  Supermarket USA: Food and Power in the Cold War Farms Race.  Yale University Press, 2018. I did a blurb for this one: Who knew that s...
02-11-2018 21:53

Brave new food world: Will you eat these things"

I’ve started taking note of foods and ingredients still in the research phase or soon to come to a supermarket near lucky you. Some recent examp...
01-11-2018 22:00

Organic foods might reduce cancer risk, says new study

I never cease to be amazed by how angry some people get about organic foods. They complain about its higher prices (organics cost more to produce). Th...
31-10-2018 21:55

Published today! Unsavory Truth!

Now published: my new book about how food company sponsorship of nutrition research affects public health.  For information about the book—blurb...
30-10-2018 21:53

Tomorrow: Unsavory Truth is out

Tomorrow is the official publication date for Unsavory Truth.  Here’s the launch invitation. For information about the book, click here. For my ...
29-10-2018 21:52

Weekend reading: The Poison Squad

Deborah Blum.  The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.  Penguin Press, 2018....
26-10-2018 21:56

Do kids need foods just for them" Hint: not after infa

This is a collection of articles from the industry newsletter,, about marketing foods to kids—kids’ food. Really, kids w...
25-10-2018 21:49

The soda industry is having trouble meeting calorie targets

In 2014, the soda industry (American Beverage Industry, Coke, Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper) and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (founded by the Ameri...
24-10-2018 21:54

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

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