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Food marketing ploy of the week: Kraft Mac & Cheese for brea

In case you missed it, Kraft Mac & Cheese is now “approved for breakfast.” Why"  Blame this on Covid-19 and parents having to dea...
10-08-2020 21:44

Weekend reading: Transforming the US Food System

The Rockefeller Foundation has a new report out: Reset the Table: Meeting the Moment to Transform the U.S. Food System. The report summarizes what Cov...
07-08-2020 21:42

Hypocritical food ad of the week: Smithfield complains about

This was in Sunday’s New York Times, on page 17 of the edition I get. Smithfield is Big Pork.  It complains in this ad of critics who, it says, ...
05-08-2020 21:43

Who is getting billions in farm payments"

This Tweet got me started on farm payments. Good point.  It sent me to John Newton who is an agricultural economist and lobbyist for the Farm Bureau. ...
04-08-2020 21:45

Dubious health claim of the week: cranberries and UTIs

The FDA has just announced a Qualified Health Claim for Certain Cranberry Products and Urinary Tract Infections. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration...
03-08-2020 21:42

?Let?s Ask Marion? is coming September 1!

I just got the first copies of my forthcoming book with Kerry Trueman, Let’s Ask Marion: What You Need to Know about the Politics of Food, Nutri...
31-07-2020 21:50

Income and sugary beverage consumption

A recent study confirms what we already knew: poorer people drink more sugary beverages than richer people. This analysis suggests the richest 10% of ...
30-07-2020 21:40

Don?t raise industrial chickens near orchards, please

A new study just out confirms what ought to be obvious, but it’s great to have the data. The study:Microorganisms Move a Short Distance into an ...
29-07-2020 21:44

Update on Covid-19 among meatpacking workers: an American tr

Leah Douglas at the Food and Environment Reporting Network (FERN) is doing a great public service.  She has a website where she reports Covid-19 cases...
28-07-2020 21:43

Amazing food study of the week: saurkraut prevents Covid-19

What is one to make of a headline like this" “CABBAGE DIET HOPE: Eating sauerkraut, coleslaw and raw cabbage ?could protect against coronav...
27-07-2020 21:45

Weekend reading: health claims in food advertising.

Chefs Best has issued a short, handy guide to making health claims in advertising that will stand up to the Federal Trade Commission’s scrutiny....
24-07-2020 21:41

What?s in those USDA boxes"

RC Rybnikar sends these photos (thanks!) of examples from USDA’s Farmers to Families program.  The label. What’s inside: Looks good to me....
23-07-2020 21:44

Exciting development in sustainable food: wheat fertilized w

I cannot resist sharing this item from Waste not, want not: Bizaare [sic] ingredient adds nutritional and environmental benefits ...
23-07-2020 21:44

Report questions value of online SNAP shopping

The USDA has a pilot program that permits most low-income families enrolled in SNAP (formerly food stamps) to use their benefits to buy groceries onli...
21-07-2020 21:44

Conflicted nutrition interests in the midst of Covid-19

Simón Barquera, who directs the Center for Research on Nutrition and Health at the National Institute of Public Health in Cuernavaca, sent me a copy o...
20-07-2020 21:47

Cheery thought for the weekend: my pet food book

Thanks to Nate Goldstein (@drnategoldstein), Mitchell Davis (@kitchensense), and the adorable Milo for this photo, discovered in my Twitter feed (@mar...
17-07-2020 21:45

Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee releases report

The report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is now available in online preprint. It sets a record at 835 pages. Its conclusions are h...
16-07-2020 21:42

Oops. Some CBD products are badly mislabeled.

Food Dive reports: FDA study finds some CBD products are mislabeled: Of the 20 edible and beverage products tested that had an amount of CBD marketed ...
15-07-2020 21:43

Recent items on food insecurity

With millions of people out of work, food insecurity is becoming a bigger problem than it has been. Some recent items: From Politico: ?Stark racial di...
14-07-2020 21:42

Food marketing trick of the week: Burger King and Swedish pa

A reader, Max Hultberg, sends this amazing item, which I thought was a joke but apparently is not: Hey Marion! I?d like to pitch this news tip from Bu...
13-07-2020 21:40

Weekend reading: more reports

CAST [Council for Agricultural Science and Technology: Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Food and Agricultural Markets:  This is a collection of 16 arti...
10-07-2020 21:43

One way to help farmers: CSAs

While we are seeking ways to support farmers and feed hungry people, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a good model.  Civil Eats ran an especia...
09-07-2020 21:42

More about the ongoing saga of the food boxes

I’m still trying to figure out what’s happening with the USDA’s food box program.  Is it helping farmers"  Recipients"  It...
08-07-2020 21:41

Coca-Cola drops Odwalla

Coca-Cola, which bought Odwalla juices in 2001, is discontinuing the brand and getting rid of 300 jobs and 230 trucks. Why"  People aren’t ...
07-07-2020 21:48

Annals of food marketing: pistachios have amino acids (duh)!

I was fascinated to see this ad in the June 8 & 15 issue of the New Yorker inside the back cover: I like pistacchios, but never thought of them as...
06-07-2020 21:45

Weekend reading: catching up on recent reports

Read these and you will be up to date on anything known about food systems in the age of COVID-19. FAO and Hopkins Dashboard This gives data on aspect...
03-07-2020 21:44

Sugar in food products: A FoodNavigator collection of articl

I am reprinting this with no comments (beyond really, healthier marshmallows") from the industry newsletter FoodNavigator.  Here is its Special E...
02-07-2020 21:43

Tracking COVID-19 in meat-packing workers

Leah Douglas of the Food and Environment Reporting Network (FERN) is keeping an ongoing map of where COVID-19 cases are clustered among meat-packing w...
01-07-2020 21:40

USDA?s food boxes: some feedback

Last week, I asked readers to tell me how the USDA’s Farmers to Families food box program looked on the ground.  I got a bunch of responses, but...
30-06-2020 21:40

Industry-funded research, Australia style

A reader in Australia writes that she “just came upon a doozy of an industry-funded paper.” Title: Sales of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in A...
29-06-2020 21:47

Weekend reading: marketing of sugary drinks to minorities

The COVID-19 pandemic has pointed out how the higher risk of complications and death among members of minority groups.  The reasons are fairly well es...
26-06-2020 21:41

The effects of Covid-19 on the alcohol industry

I know this is a burning question: Has coronavirus changed how much alcohol Americans are drinking"  New research looks at what impact stay-at-ho...
25-06-2020 21:41

The continuing saga of the food boxes

The USDA says 20 million food boxes have been delivered to food banks through the Farmers-to-Families program, which aimed to buy food from farms that...
25-06-2020 21:41

What is Covid-19 doing to American food habits"

The industry-sponsored International Food Information Council (IFIC) regularly conducts surveys of consumer food buying habits. Its latest survey was ...
25-06-2020 21:41

Food companies respond to #BlackLivesMatter?and about time!

Here’s progress, and about time too.  This long called for, and long overdue decision has been covered by CNN (6/17), New York Times (6/17), Foo...
25-06-2020 21:41

Weekend reading: Eat Like the Animals

David Raubenheimer and Stephen J. Simpson.  Eat Like the Animals: What Nature Teaches Us About the Science of Healthy Eating.  Houghton Mifflin Harcou...
25-06-2020 21:41
25-06-2020 21:41

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee reports in today

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) meets today to talk about its draft report.  Register for it here.   The agenda is here. Reporters te...
25-06-2020 21:41

Keeping up with COVID-19 and meat: items of interest

The meat industry is in deep trouble.  Even industry insiders are taking it to task. I could hardly believe this piece in Forbes by Hank Cardello.  It...
25-06-2020 21:41

Food brands making political statements

On Mondays, I like to start the week by highlighting ways that food companies are exploiting Covid-19 for marketing purposes.  But here’s Tejal ...
25-06-2020 21:41

The NCD Alliance has a map of industry marketing responses t

The NCD [non-communicable disease] Alliance is a network of more than 2000 organizations in 170 countries.  Its purpose to to raise awareness of NCDs&...
25-06-2020 21:41

Coronavirus: Weekend advice about what and how to eat

The Mexican food advocacy group, Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria, has produced this guide for taking care of your food needs during this emergency. A...
03-04-2020 21:52

Tone deaf industry-funded study of the week: avocados and co

I don?t know about you but I?m having a hard time these days paying attention to anything other than Coronavirus.  Everything else seems irrelevant. T...
02-04-2020 21:56

Coronavirus and food: Happy April Fool?s Day

This is what the bagged salad section of the Wegmans in Ithaca, New York, looked like early last Friday morning (right after the store opened for the ...
01-04-2020 22:00

What does $2 Trillion do for US Food Systems" (Not much

President Trump?s $2 Trillion relief package is the ?Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.?? This 880-page (!) bill addr...
31-03-2020 21:56

Coronavirus and food: weekly update

RIP Floyd Cardoz, a chef whose food I loved, is one of the early casualties.  I last talked to him at an event not six weeks ago.  He was having a har...
30-03-2020 21:58

Every crisis has heroes: here?s ours

Thanks to Dr. Leon Axel for his cartoons, especially this one....
28-03-2020 21:55

Coronavirus and pets

They still have to be fed.  Dogs still have to be walked. As I reported earlier, a dog in Hong Kong was found with a case of Coronavirus.   It looks l...
26-03-2020 21:55

Is it safe to eat produce from farmers markets"  Yes an

Not many restaurants will be able to survive Coronavirus, and this is a personal, social, and national tragedy. I?m worried about farmers? markets too...
25-03-2020 22:00

Coronavirus and food: this week?s update

From the New York Times Does food transmit Coronavirus"   Basically no (with some cautions).  See yesterday’s post for details. Keeping up ...
24-03-2020 21:53

Is it safe to eat fresh produce" Yes (with caveats)

I?ve been getting many requests from friends to weigh in on what?s safe to eat. Is it safe to eat fresh produce from supermarkets" Is it safe to ...
23-03-2020 21:55

Weekend reading: USDA?s food and agriculture charts

In this strange era of social distancing, I am catching up on items of interest, this one on USDA’s Selected Charts from Ag and Food Statistics,...
20-03-2020 21:53

What?s up with plant-based"

Here’s what I’ve collected lately on the hot topic of plant-based foods and drinks. Cargill is now doing plant-based: Cargill Inc will lau...
19-03-2020 21:53

Help save school nutrition standards. Deadline extended to

Here’s something useful to do while waiting out the Coronavirus crisis: help preserve school nutrition standards.Dea The Center for Science in t...
18-03-2020 21:54

Desperate for good news" Two cheery items

We need some good news.   I can offer two items. 1.  Coca-Cola says it will align executive pay to employee pay Coca-Cola has agreed to “conside...
17-03-2020 21:55

Industry funded study of the week: the benefits of infant fo

The study:  Influence of a Functional Nutrients-Enriched Infant Formula on Language Development in Healthy Children at Four Years Old.  Ana Nieto-Ruiz...
16-03-2020 21:55

Very early announcement: Let?s Ask Marion

I was surprised to see the announcement of my new book in a tweet from University of California Press, because its publication date isn’t until ...
13-03-2020 21:58

What?s up with pets and pet food"

It?s bad enough to have to worry about avoiding getting sick from Coronavirus, but now we have to worry about making our pets sick too. Hong Kong repo...
12-03-2020 21:53

Coronavirus and food: the latest

Food connects to everything, even to Covid-19.  Here’s how. The New York Times says “Open Windows. Don?t Share Food.”  It reports th...
11-03-2020 21:54

The heartbreaking decline in American agriculture and especi

Farm bankruptcies rose again in 2019 painting a bleak picture on maps of the U.S. Dairy farms showed the largest decline in 15 years. As for dairy con...
10-03-2020 21:54

Industry-funded study of the week: fruit extracts and cognit

I learned about this one from, one of those industry newsletters I avidly follow: “Grapes plus blueberries may boost...
09-03-2020 21:56

Weekend reading: More on food banks

Rebecca de Souza.  Feeding the Other: Whiteness, Privilege, and Neoliberal Stigma in Food Pantries.  MIT Press, 2019. This must be the season for book...
06-03-2020 21:56

What?s up with cell-based meats"

Artificial meats constructed from animal muscle cells are in the works but not yet on the market.  Much less is being written about them than about pl...
05-03-2020 22:03

Coca-Cola wants the 2020 dietary guidelines to say more abou

I am indebted to Margarita Raycheva, who writes for the highly informative newsletter, IEG Policy Agribusiness, for her recent article, which certainl...
04-03-2020 21:58

The food politics of Coronavirus

Food politics connects to everything and Coronoavirus is no exception.  I’ve been collecting items. For starters,  Coca-Cola gets its artificial...
03-03-2020 21:58

Industry-funded reviews of the week: dairy foods

The dairy industry, ever under siege, is doing its best to convince us to eat dairy foods.  Full disclosure: I eat and like dairy foods.  I do not, ho...
02-03-2020 21:58

Weekend reading: Food Banks and their Discontents

Graham Riches.  Food Bank Nations: Poverty, Corporate Charity, and the Right to Food.  Routledge, 2018. I’m not sure how I missed this one when ...
28-02-2020 21:58

What?s up with sugars"

I’m still seeing articles coming out from the USDA’s Economic Research Service, now sadly moved to Kansas City.  This one is based on an o...
27-02-2020 21:55

What?s up with infant formula" has a Special Edition on infant feeding  Infant formula companies have a problem: the products are virtually identical in nutrient c...
26-02-2020 21:58

Meat recalls keep going up. It?s time for USDA action.

A report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) says that USDA recalls of meat and poultry have nearly doubled since 2013. USDA posts its...
25-02-2020 22:00

Industry-funded study of the week: collagen supplements

The study: A Collagen Supplement Improves Skin Hydration, Elasticity, Roughness, and Density: Results of a Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Blind Study...
24-02-2020 21:58

Weekend reading: Industry schemes to deny harm

David Michaels.  The Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the Science of Deception.  Oxford University Press, 2019.   Even though this book is not strictl...
21-02-2020 21:54

What?s up" CBD again.

I can hardly keep up with the accounts of the CBD business.  The business is booming. The research"  Not so much. The regulation" Lagging. H...
20-02-2020 21:53

Formula companies push ?toddler milk?

Formula companies must be desperate for sales.  They are spending four times what they used to on advertising of “toddler milk,” formula o...
19-02-2020 21:56

The Trump Administration?s proposed budget (Sigh)

The Trump Administration has released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2021. I emphasize proposed because Congress has to pass it before it goes in...
18-02-2020 21:52

Industry-funded study of the week: nuts and erectile dysfunc

I swear I’m not making this up. The study: Effect of Nut Consumption on Erectile and Sexual Function in Healthy Males: A Secondary Outcome:  Ana...
17-02-2020 21:55

Weekend eating: Valentine?s day options

Happy Valentine’s Day! How to celebrate"  You can do this: Or this: But Valentine’s Day, in case you haven’t noticed, is about ...
14-02-2020 21:53

What?s up" Plant-based meat and dairy substitutes

I’ve been collecting items on what’s happening in the plant-based food world.  Lots.  It’s the hot new topic, as demonstrated by a r...
13-02-2020 21:53

RIP Chlorpyrifos (well, almost)

Corteva Agroscience, the big agribiz company formed last year by merging much of Dow, DuPont and Pioneer, has apparently announced that it will cease ...
12-02-2020 21:52

California?s almond crop: the bee business

Almonds are great foods, and almond trees are beautiful, especially when in bloom (a lovely thought on a bleak winter’s day). To produce almonds...
11-02-2020 21:56

Industry-funded campaign of the week: Walnuts

A headline in got my attention: “Heart-healthy walnuts could be the next big meat alternative as campaigns build on plant-base...
10-02-2020 21:59

Weekend reading: The Philosophy of Food

David M. Kaplan.  Food Philosophy: An Introduction.  Columbia University Press, 2020. Philosophy can seem impenetrable and confusing.  What I so much ...
07-02-2020 21:54

What?s up with pet food"

Although I haven’t written anything much about pet food since Pet Food Politics  (2008) and Feed Your Pet Right (2010), I occasionally run acros...
06-02-2020 21:56

FDA funding for food safety increases, by a little

Thanks to the Hagstrom Report for this item.  It revealed that The Alliance for a Stronger FDA has produced a chart of the changes to the funding leve...
05-02-2020 21:58

The most trusted food brands: Really"

I am indebted to for this report on consumer [dis]trust of food products. According to Morning Consult’s first annual State ...
04-02-2020 21:54

Self-interested study of the week: Echinacea

Double-blind placebo controlled trial of the anxiolyticeffects of a standardized Echinacea extract.  József Haller,| Laszlo Krecsak| János Z...
03-02-2020 21:59

Weekend reading: the new immigrant farmers

Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern.  The New American Farmer: Immigration, Race, and the Struggle for Sustainability.  MIT Press, 2019. This book is a study of M...
31-01-2020 21:52

What?s Up" Women in the Food Business

This is a collection of articles from, a food industry newsletter, about attempts of food companies to engage women in their busin...
30-01-2020 22:00

The Golden Rice saga continues: approved in the Philippines

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) announces that the Philippine Department of Agriculture/Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRi...
29-01-2020 21:58

USDA?s infographics on school food purchases

The USDA has produced four infographics on its purchasing practices for school meals. USDA Foods in Schools ? This infographic summarizes nationwide U...
28-01-2020 21:57

Industry-funded comment of the week: Tea, this time

Perspective: The Role of Beverages as a Source of Nutrients and Phytonutrients. Mario G Ferruzzi, Jirayu Tanprasertsuk, Penny Kris-Etherton, Connie M ...
27-01-2020 21:54

Weekend reading: Nature Food

It’s pretty exciting when a major international science journal starts a satellite journal devoted to food issues.  Welcome to Nature Food. Silo...
24-01-2020 21:56

What?s Up with the Microbiome", one of those industry newsletters I follow closely, publishes numerous articles on probiotics, gut health, and the microbiome.  ...
23-01-2020 21:57

USDA issues guidance for non-GMO labeling

The USDA has issued a guide for meat and poultry sellers explaining what they need to do to claim that their products are non-GMO.  This, apparently, ...
22-01-2020 21:53

The USDA never gives up in favoring corporate interests over

If it weren’t so tragic, we could all have a big laugh at the USDA’s latest announcement of how it plans to weaken the nutrition standards...
21-01-2020 21:58

Conflicted research argument of the week: meat versus plants

I could not keep up with the number of e-mails I got last week with the subject line “Have you seen this"” “This” referre...
20-01-2020 21:53

Weekend reading: McDonald?s in Black America

Marcia Chatelain.  Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.  Liveright, 2020.   I did a blurb for this book, and was happy to do it: Marcia Chat...
17-01-2020 21:56

Another 2020 trend" Glitter in poop

For this I must thank Firm launches glitter-infused multivitamin to add ?poop-time pizzazz.?  I thought that had to be worth a c...
16-01-2020 21:57

The new food label kicks in at long last

The FDA released its final guidance on the new food labeling rules late in December. I have a collection of Kellogg Froot Loop cereal boxes (or facsim...
15-01-2020 21:53

Nestlé makes its supply chain transparent

Last year, Nestlé, the largest food company in the world (to which I am not related), announced that it would make its supply chain transparent. Nestl...
14-01-2020 21:55

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