Posts Tagged ‘food policy’

Never Give Up on the Virtue of Doubt

February 28, 2018 — Nattering nabobs of negativism. William Safire wrote those words for Vice President Spiro Agnew to push back on people who doubted him. Three years later, Agnew resigned after a corruption probe and conviction for tax evasion. Doubt always has its doubters. But it has special virtues in science and health. Critical thinking is impossible without […]

Wishful Thinking Comes Back to Bite in Childhood Obesity

February 27, 2018 — It’s a comforting story: “Communities are seeing positive results from comprehensive efforts to reduce childhood obesity.” People investing government and foundation money in this effort want to believe that it’s working. But it’s not. A new report in Pediatrics yesterday made that undeniable. Wishful thinking is coming back to bite in childhood obesity. Said lead […]

Time to Redesign the Process for Dietary Guidelines?

February 26, 2018 — Nutrition science is hitting some hard limits. Diverse scholars say those limits are hurting its credibility and relevance. On top of that, the National Academies says the process for updating dietary guidelines needs a makeover. But at the same time, USDA is drawing fire for a former food industry lobbyist who may guide that process. So […]

SNAP, WIC, and Junk Food

February 18, 2018 — It’s a perennial argument. How come we keep letting people in SNAP use it to buy junk food? And every time the answer that comes back is pragmatic. It would be an expensive, bureaucratic nightmare to police junk food in SNAP. But the argument just won’t stop. A new study and new policy proposals promise […]

Is the Sugar Conspiracy Our Favorite Conspiracy Theory?

February 16, 2018 — It’s the stuff of legend. Big sugar orchestrated a vast sugar conspiracy half a century ago. The industry foisted decades of flawed low-fat dietary guidance upon our nation – indeed all around the world. The theory holds that big sugar was out to blame fat for all our health woes. That was so that no […]

Where Telling People What They Oughta Wanna Eat Fails

February 12, 2018 — It’s hard to miss. Some elements of food policy seem to be telling the world what people oughta wanna eat. And the subtext of that message is the idea that people who aren’t listening are eating junk food. You are what you eat. Junk people eat junk food. Healthy people eat healthy food. A new […]

Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure?

February 9, 2018 — Look out, folks. Congress has some common sense nutrition disclosure coming your way. While House members waited for a budget agreement from the Senate this week, they needed something to do. So they passed the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act and sent it on to the Senate. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, sponsor of the bill, hailed […]

A Future of Super Healthy and Delicious Food

February 4, 2018 — Are we ready for a future of abundant, super healthy, and delicious food? None of that nasty ultra-processed stuff that’s full of added sugar, salt, and fat? Be careful what you wish for. The power of many trillions of dollars flowing through the global food industry can grant your wish. But things might not turn […]

Will the Sugar Tax Fad Have an Effect on Obesity?

January 31, 2018 — Resistance to public health policies is the reason that obesity is growing relentlessly. Especially resistance to a sugar tax. That deadpan comment from a health and obesity expert is impressive, opinionated speculation. It came at a recent roundtable of experts to explore strategies for reducing obesity. And the pitch is working. All over the world, […]

Panera Wants FDA to Crack Down on Eggs

January 28, 2018 — Panera want you to know that they will sell you a better egg sandwich than anyone else. This is a natural extension of their smug advertising that tells us they sell “food as it should be.” So now, they’d like a little help from FDA. They want the agency to crack down on fast food […]