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What's the Big Deal About Genetically-Modified Organisms?

Edison de Mello, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Edison de Mello, M.D., Ph.D.

I strongly believe that the future of GMO labeling lies in education, full disclosure, and a decision on the part of the consumer that says NO to the food companies that insist on lying to us. How do we do that? By following the European model: If there is no demand, there is no fabrication.

Can Public Health Unite the Good Food Movement?

Michael R. Dimock | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Michael R. Dimock

For the food movement to place unstoppable pressure on policymakers and industrial food producers, it needs a very focused set of goals that emerge from a single root crisis that binds us all. Public health is that crisis.

The NYC Mayoral Candidate Food Forum: Big Ideas or Real Policy Change?

Heritage Radio Network | Posted 09.25.2013 | New York
Heritage Radio Network

NYC held the first city-wide Mayoral Candidate Food Forum in the country, but now that the food movement has matured to the point where politicians have taken notice, how do we get our legislators to catch up with the mindset of community organizers and local activists?

Foodies With Worries

Liz Neumark | Posted 06.26.2013 | Green
Liz Neumark

How safe is our food? How does the FDA monitor domestic food products (as well as what comes into the U.S. food system from other countries?)

We Serve You -- We Aren't Servants

Food Politic | Posted 05.15.2013 | Small Business
Food Politic

If we really wanted restaurants to pay their workers fairly, we would require them to pay their own workers and factor that expense into their prices -- much like every other business has ever had to do.

The Big Oversight in Our Obesity Conversation

Andy Bellatti | Posted 03.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

My biggest concern is that solely focusing on weight impedes the health movement's progress. Such a clinical and quantitative frame gives very little thought to -- and leaves no room for a conversation about -- socio-political and environmental factors that pose a threat to our health.

Joe Satran

With Election Over, Experts Hope Obama Will Stop Delaying Food Safety Reform | Joe Satran | Posted 11.20.2012 | Home

Usually, when President Barack Obama has been criticized for moving too cautiously on a given issue, he's been able to blame a divided, obstinate Cong...

Time to Sweep Up the Confetti and Start Saving Lives

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

The Obama administration should use the next four years to pursue even more aggressive initiatives that make our food supply safer, our kids better protected from junk-food marketers, and our diets healthier

500 Restaurateurs, Major Senator Protest Fish Fraud

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 10.25.2012 | Home

In the past year year, two major reports -- one conducted throughout the country by seafood watch group Oceana and the other conducted in the Boston m...

Joe Satran

The Best & Worst Senators On Food Policy | Joe Satran | Posted 10.25.2012 | Home

There's no doubting that interest in food issues -- sustainability, safety, health -- has skyrocketed in the last two decades. More Americans than eve...

Setting the Table for the End of Hunger

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 12.16.2012 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

Instead of putting grain on barges and shipping them across the world, what if we could work with local farmers and buy fresh food in local markets and rush it into famine areas? It's about fixing broken policies, and also about things you and I can do.

How The Obesity Focus Hurts the Health Movement

Andy Bellatti | Posted 11.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

The "war on obesity" is in desperate need of reframing and reconceptualization if it hopes to progress and fix some gargantuan wrongs.

Feds Playing Politics With Food Safety Is Enough to Make You Sick

Michele Simon | Posted 10.21.2012 | Home
Michele Simon

Lately, the administration has been lacking "commitment" in preventing food-borne illness outbreaks. Why stop at PR-driven offerings of economic support when the nation's public health is at risk?

Much Ado About Meatless Monday: Why the USDA Retraction Matters

Leslie Hatfield | Posted 10.01.2012 | Green
Leslie Hatfield

I came back to work after a two-week vacation last Thursday and couldn't miss the story about the USDA's internal endorsement for Meatless Mondays, then rapid reversal and resultant fallout, most of which read like an Onion article.

Farm Bureau Gets a Closer Look in New Report

Paula Crossfield | Posted 09.17.2012 | Home
Paula Crossfield

The latest report by the Food & Environment Reporting Network takes a look at how the American Farm Bureau Federation leads the charge against efforts to limit industrial-scale food production and has become the single most powerful farm lobby in the nation.

3 Steps to Protecting Food Stamps From a Cruel Congress

Michele Simon | Posted 09.14.2012 | Politics
Michele Simon

Given that nine states have attempted to pass bills to try to improve SNAP, (all failed thanks to a combined lobbying effort by the food industry and anti-hunger groups, which also stopped New York City's high-profile attempt) why not give the idea a chance?

PepsiCo's Imperative to Increase Wellness: Derek Yach

Riva Greenberg | Posted 04.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

I find how Yach is looking at health and wellness -- from the ground up -- almost revolutionary amid the status quo, and his working within this snack foods giant to improve quality of life around the world a mighty stand.

Taking On Agriculture to Reduce Obesity And Hunger: Derek Yach

Riva Greenberg | Posted 03.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Derek Yach's mission is to help address global challenges such as hunger and obesity, and the ills they cause, by finding ways for PepsiCo to be a part of the solution.

Controversial Additive Kills More Livestock Than Any Other Drug

Paula Crossfield | Posted 03.26.2012 | Home
Paula Crossfield

A new report reveals that a drug given to livestock has become the focus of an international trade dispute concerning its potential effects on human health.

The 8 Best TED Talks On Food Policy

Posted 01.21.2012 | Home

On Saturday, TEDx Manhattan, an unofficial offshoot of the non-profit TED, will be hosting a series of lectures on the theme "Changing The Way We Eat....

Joe Satran

Soda Taxes Might Save 2,600 Lives A Year | Joe Satran | Posted 01.16.2012 | Home

People get emotional when you bring up the idea of a soda tax. Proponents of the tax are quick to compare it to excise taxes on cigarettes. They argue...

Food Lobby Says EPA's Dioxin Limits Will "Scare the Crap Out of People"

Michele Simon | Posted 03.07.2012 | Home
Michele Simon

It doesn't take much for a food industry freak-out over potential government action, but this latest corporate outcry is especially galling and self-serving.

Five Food Predictions for 2012

Andrew Stout | Posted 03.05.2012 | Home
Andrew Stout

For every step forward, the good food movement continues to face unique challenges and unforeseen resistance from the industrial food complex. Here are a few food trends we can expect to see, hear, read or eat more of in 2012.

Lawsuit Alleges Frito-Lay's GMO Snacks Aren't "Natural"

Michele Simon | Posted 02.26.2012 | Home
Michele Simon

One year ago, Frito-Lay promised that "approximately 50 percent of its product portfolio will be made with all natural ingredients, including three of its biggest brands," Lays, Tositos, and SunChips. What does that mean?

It's Time to End Factory Farming

Nil Zacharias | Posted 12.19.2011 | Green
Nil Zacharias

There is common ground to be found by everyone ranging from vegans to die-hard meat eaters. No one can deny the destructive nature of the force that dominates our food system.