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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

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

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

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

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

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