Posts Tagged ‘food policy’

Harnessing Sugar Fear to Sell More Food

November 6, 2017 — The food industry is busy. The fight about added sugar is over. Consumers want food with clean labels and none of the bad stuff. So industry is ready to sell a whole new wave of products with no added sugar. The food industry’s clean label movement is hitting its stride. If all goes according to […]

Oh Noes! A Pumpkin Spice Tax?

October 18, 2017 — Leave our pumpkin spice alone, daggone it! Everyone is taking a shot at robbing us of the joy that pumpkin spice brings to fall. John Oliver is mocking us. Frank Bruni is telling us pumpkin spice will destroy us all. But the cruelest insult comes from MagnifyMoney, where Brittney Laryea tells us we’re paying a huge […]

Soda Tax Loses Its Fizz in Chicago

October 11, 2017 — The soda tax we barely knew in Chicago is fading into history. Big soda is celebrating a win. Big soda haters are nursing their wounds. In the face of intense public pressure yesterday, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to roll back the county’s tax scheme on December 1. It only went into effect […]

Antibiotics in Livestock: Time for Slimming Down the Herd?

October 6, 2017 — It’s unmistakeable. Change is coming to the business of fattening up livestock and selling meat for human consumption. Many factors are bringing change, but antibiotics are in sharp focus right now. A report in Science calls for bold global action. The authors recommend caps on antibiotic use, reductions in meat consumption, and a user fee […]

Nutrition Facts Labels: Delay, Delay, Delay

October 2, 2017 — Almost five years. That’s how long most businesses can wait before they tell consumers how much sugar they’re adding to food products. The FDA announced Friday that they were adding another year and a half to the original deadlines announced in 2016 when Michelle Obama unveiled updated Nutrition Facts labels. Companies with less than $10 […]

Pursuing Intellectual Honesty, Free of Bias and Conflicts

October 1, 2017 — In a letter to the editor of Obesity Reviews, a group of distinguished public health advocates call for a high standard of intellectual honesty in evaluating food policies. And it’s a good start. But this letter by Corinna Hawkes and colleagues has one gaping hole in it. It neglects a full consideration of conflicts of […]

Melania Trump’s New Love for Gardening

September 24, 2017 — Food policy wonks can exhale now. Gardening is back in fashion at the White House. On Friday, First Lady Melania Trump hosted a happy contingent of school children to plant and pick in the White House kitchen garden. “I’m a Big Believer in Healthy Eating” The First Lady dressed for the occasion in a red […]

Marketing the Ingredients for a Lousy Diet in Brazil

September 17, 2017 — Brazil has a serious public health problem growing in plain sight. Obesity is now a larger problem than hunger in South America’s biggest economy. A detailed report in the New York Times today paints a picture of multinational food companies expanding their businesses in Brazil with disastrous results. The Brazilian Ministry of Health reports that […]

Stealth Health Study Suggests Less Can Be More

September 1, 2017 — So many food products call out to us with health claims. Lowfat! Light and fit! No added sugar! The not so subtle suggestion is to buy more, and thus, eat more. But there’s another strategy under consideration by industry and health advocates: stealth health. A new study in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition suggests that […]

Seven Principles for Moderation and Respect

August 25, 2017 — Whether the subject is politics, nutrition, or obesity, moderation and respect seem rare. Instead we have bitter arguments between brittle ideologies. Some folks are rallying behind a belief that “sugar is toxic.” But others are raging against a “nanny state” that imposes sin taxes on soda. When the AMA joined many other health experts in […]