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Food Marketing

Congressional Letter-Writing Campaign Helps Torpedo Voluntary Food Marketing Guidelines for Kids

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

While the proposed voluntary principles set for food marketers are ambitious and would take time to put into place, the public health stakes could not be higher.

Into the Mouths of Babes: The Case for Minding Our Business!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The wellbeing of children is everybody's business, and everybody should mind that children are staring down the barrel of a glow-in-the-dark cheese doodle or sugar-laden cereal loop at foreshadowed health and foreshortened lives.

How Technology Is Changing What We Want to Eat

Kit Yarrow, Ph.D. | Posted 06.02.2012 | Technology
Kit Yarrow, Ph.D.

Fast-forward to 2012 and technology has indeed had a notable impact on how and what we eat. Not because it's changed the way we cook, but more because it's changed who we are, how we think, and opened up, literally, a world of options.

Food Marketing to... Neonates? Bad Form, Bad Formula!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The best possible start in life is every baby's birthright. For the vast majority of babies, breastfeeding is an important part of that formula. The marketing of other formulas to neonates as an alternative to breast milk... most certainly is not!

2012: The Year to Stop Playing Nice

Michele Simon | Posted 02.22.2012 | Home
Michele Simon

Given all the defeats and set-backs this year due to powerful food industry lobbying, the good food movement should by now be collectively shouting: I am mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore.

McDonald's Launches Its Own TV Channel: Say 'No' to Television and 'Yes' to Your Family

Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D. | Posted 12.31.2011 | Parents
Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D.

TV for dinner? Fast-food restaurants are taking hold of this trend by putting televisions in plain view for their diners. McDonald's recently launched its own TV channel. Why might this be a problem?

Nickelodeon: Not the Only Company Reaching Young Children Through Advertisements Intended for Older Children

Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D. | Posted 11.29.2011 | Parents
Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D.

Research has shown that advertising to very young children is harmful. Until age 7 or 8, children do not have the cognitive capacity to understand that advertising presents a biased point-of-view.

How Did Our Food Get So Crazy?

Christina Pirello | Posted 10.29.2011 | Healthy Living
Christina Pirello

Sandwiched between each program are ads for food, all kinds of food -- bizarre food, excessive food, greasy, salty, sugary food, diet food, fast food, convenient food -- but no food that supports human health.

50 Years Of Food Marketing Trends That Fool People

CHOW | Posted 09.07.2011 | Home

There are plenty of words that mean nothing on food packages: new and improved, better flavor, artisan. But just like clothes and music, food packagin...

Feds Ask Companies To Limit Food Marketing To Kids

Slashfood | Posted 06.29.2011 | Home

Is the federal government about to put Tony the Tiger out of a job? In the face of a national epidemic of childhood obesity, a collection of federa...

Everything I Needed To Know I Learned From Matt Damon and Eggs

James Napoli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
James Napoli

First my eggs came in a carton with an expiration date stamped on one end. Then they stamped the eggs themselves. This was unsettling. Even my fruit has the decency to use a sticker.

Truth and Marketing: Why Sliced Bread Was Never A Great Invention

Darya Pino, Ph.D | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Darya Pino, Ph.D

Sliced bread was never a great invention, it was great marketing. "The best thing since sliced bread" was derived from an ad campaign."

Advertising, Children, And Public Health

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

What kind of society would invest billions in biomedical research to identify the dietary causes of illnesses, only to encourage young children to eat the very foods that cause those diseases?

10 Things We Should Teach Every Kid About Food

Rob Smart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Smart

We must find creative ways to reintroduce food in its broadest sense to children's everyday activities, starting with school, in order to close the knowledge gap between farm and plate.

Why It's So Hard Not To Be Fat

Christina Pirello | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christina Pirello

Fat, sugar and salt; the triple threat to our waistlines... and health. Mere decades ago, the food industry made a conscious choice to seduce the Amer...

Seeing Through the Food Industry's "Personal Responsibility" Smoke Screen

Rob Smart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Smart

"Personal responsibility" is used as a smoke screen to cover the tracks of industrial food, tracks that run roughshod over the mirage of choice and personal responsibility.

Guess Who's Controlling Our Food Supply

Rob Smart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Smart

It is hard to understand how a handful of companies have amassed so much control over food ingredients found in an estimated 75 percent of processed foods in America's supermarkets.

Why Are We Americans So Fat?

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Irene Rubaum-Keller

The food industry has spent 25 million dollars a day selling kids frosted pop tarts, sugary cereal and candy.