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Foodie Backlash Has Come Swiftly, Was Inevitable

Foodie Backlash Has Come Swiftly, Was Inevitable

Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 18:28:11 in Home

“Let's look at this issue from a socio-economic POV.

I had a special birthday dinner last weekend and we went to the to die for foodie experience. Set price menu and with a nice bottle of wine I walked away with $300.00 worth of points on my credit card. Yes, the food was unbelievable.

A trip to the local supermarket brought another POV. Lots of people buying canned soup, grits, oatmeal and snow shovels.

In other words, the people with the most disposable money and an interest in food issues will always pay a premium a price point, but this is a loud noisy minority of shoppers.

FMI says most shoppers go to the store 2.2 times per week and spend about $27.00 per trip. That pretty much covers the goat cheese and sundried tomatoes, but leaves room for little else.

But, then there is everybody else, especially the working poor who buy WIC.What do these folk eat? They choose from the approximately 38,000 items a typical supermarket stocks. The food tastes good,it's convenient and affordable, and many are nutritious although the latest research from IFIC puts nutrition in last place.

So, we have 1% demanding expensive changes for the 99% who are content and focused on spreading their food dollar. They don't subscribe to CSPI's newsletter, read Marion Nestle's pieces, although to my dismay, they watch Dr. OZ for nutrition advice.

Years ago the noisiest got the attention. Now, it may be the richest.”

exile on Oct 30, 2012 at 02:44:49

“you don't have to be rich or smart
well ok skip the second part
to have an interest in food issues
and someone doesn't have to have the will to always pay a premium a price point,
but this is a loud noisy minority of shoppers.
good
keep up the good work for us not as rich but also concerned with taste
not so much hipness
and way less chemicals in our food
but also snow shovels
get some exercise mr nedelman”
Lindsay Lohan & Romney? Actress Says Mitt's Got Her Vote, For Now

Lindsay Lohan & Romney? Actress Says Mitt's Got Her Vote, For Now

Commented Oct 12, 2012 at 13:14:28 in Entertainment

“Dumb endorses Dumber. Who cares?”
Prop. 37 Will Test California's Appetite For GMO Food

Prop. 37 Will Test California's Appetite For GMO Food

Commented Oct 8, 2012 at 09:48:34 in Los Angeles

“Consumers have a right to know information that is important. Should all green veggies carry a warning that they contain arsenic? Should all meats contain a warning that when you BBQ them you consume carcinogens? We have been consuming carcinogens since man discovered fire. If you reject toxicology which basically says "the dose makes the poison," then I guess you could eat nothing and see what the result is.

Sorry to disappoint but there is not a conspiracy hiding in every food package. The first thing MBA students are taught is not how to find innovative ways to kill their customers.”

Rachel Flanagan on Oct 8, 2012 at 11:22:52

“Not sure why your so assertive in denying other consumers their rights.

Watch one of the current documentaries on the subject; Food Inc. or Genetic Roulette. Educate yourself and stop denying other's their right to know where their food came from. You'll never win this argument.”
Prop. 37 Will Test California's Appetite For GMO Food

Prop. 37 Will Test California's Appetite For GMO Food

Commented Oct 8, 2012 at 09:37:15 in Los Angeles

“If you want to talk safety go talk to the FDA, World Health Organization the AMA and countless other public health organizations who have determined GMO products are safe.

The tax comes from the lack of supply to meet manufacturing demands, without putting nonsensical labeling, which costs lots, on their products. Higher food prices, whatever the cause, always are regressive.”

HotelDrama on Oct 8, 2012 at 11:13:42

“Why aren't you pointing out the obvious conflict of interests going on with our govt and Monsanto and other companies putting out these products? It isn't surprising that political organizations aren't turning on a massive donor.

So, it isn't really a tax then. Seems like the market doing what it should.  How does this labeling cost more than the labels that already exist on products?”
Prop. 37 Will Test California's Appetite For GMO Food

Prop. 37 Will Test California's Appetite For GMO Food

Commented Oct 7, 2012 at 18:22:45 in Los Angeles

“This is one of the better articles on this controversial Initiative. However, key facts were left out such as about 80% of the nation's food supply already contains GMO ingredients. No adverse effects have been reported. And, even if manufacturers wanted to avoid a negative label, there would be not enough GMO free raw materials to go around. Sure, the wealthy can shop at the all natural, all organic markets but what about hard working taxpayers, the working poor and those in our society who need food assistance? This idea really is a regressive elite tax that will not provide one ouince of additional protection for the consumer. Vote No on 37.”

JeffNedelman on Oct 8, 2012 at 09:48:34

“Consumers have a right to know information that is important. Should all green veggies carry a warning that they contain arsenic? Should all meats contain a warning that when you BBQ them you consume carcinogens? We have been consuming carcinogens since man discovered fire. If you reject toxicology which basically says "the dose makes the poison," then I guess you could eat nothing and see what the result is.

Sorry to disappoint but there is not a conspiracy hiding in every food package. The first thing MBA students are taught is not how to find innovative ways to kill their customers.”

eva07 on Oct 8, 2012 at 06:31:03

“Why would it be controversial? I have the right to know what I buy. And a lot of adverse effects have been reported and shown when the researchers were not paid by Monsanto or some other company. There is enough GMO free material going around and once we require labeling it will be even more.
Btw the elites always ate organicanic, Romney, Bush, Obama and even Clinton..
http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/09/report-monsanto-man-mitt-romney-eats-organic

HotelDrama on Oct 7, 2012 at 23:10:11

“"This idea really is a regressive elite tax..." How do you come up with that? This is about a label. There is no added tax. Stores will still carry these foods, albeit with a label on them, and people will still buy them.

And did you see the article that came out last week that said that we are now using more pesticides and herbicides because of GMOs? That is surely an adverse effect.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/02/genetically-modified-crops-pesticides_n_1931020.html?utm_hp_ref=green

The consumer should have a right to know what is in their food. Vote yes on 37.”

gp Idaho on Oct 7, 2012 at 19:56:37

“Vote Yes on 37... For one, Monsanto has not allowed anyone to study their GMO products past 90 days. You don't see a problem with this? Recent study out of France is suggesting that their is a link between mammary gland tumors and GMO foods. It was the first of its kind to do research on GMOs past 90 days that was done independent of the GMO company.

And two, if it is sooo good for us and its the technology foods of the future then why not label them? Wouldn't it help promote the product in the market out competing natural foods? Or would it? No instead companies like Monsanto have been quietly making their GMO product the only product left to buy and trying to leave the consumers no choices withgout labeling without consumers knowing what they are buying. If people think they would eat healthier and decrease their risks to cancer by avoiding GMOs, then they should be labeled. I find it absolutely curious how GMO corn and soy have taken over those crops in the US and breast cancer rates have continued to increase along with that trend.”
Food Packaging Labels: What Do They All Really Mean?

Food Packaging Labels: What Do They All Really Mean?

Commented Oct 3, 2012 at 20:21:21 in Healthy Living

“I guess you have two choices if you have no faith in our current science based food safety system. One, if you are of the 1% you can afford the all natural, all organic food or you could choose not to eat anything. Either way it is up to you. You have the choice.”

yogamews on Oct 4, 2012 at 02:22:31

“Is that the "science based food safety system" that is run by Monsanto, Dupont, et.al. ? The weekly littany of hospitalizations and deaths from food contamination refute your faith. You are presenting us with false choices....no one eats an all organic diet and no one chooses to eat nothing. I am fortunate in that I live in a location that has access to the healthiest food in the nation. Because of demand, even the national chains have to include extensive sections of organic and non-GMO wholesome food products. In addition many of our citizens have gardens. We have many local farmers and farmers markets that are supported by our communities because we are informed and refuse to swallow the corporate marketing BS. Any other community can do the same and enjoy the same benefits of superior health and wellbeing.”
Food Packaging Labels: What Do They All Really Mean?

Food Packaging Labels: What Do They All Really Mean?

Commented Oct 3, 2012 at 16:49:41 in Healthy Living

“Yep. Been that way for 5700+ years, according to the jewish calendar.”
Food Packaging Labels: What Do They All Really Mean?

Food Packaging Labels: What Do They All Really Mean?

Commented Oct 3, 2012 at 16:48:25 in Healthy Living

“The sad truth is consumers don't stand much of a chance navigating the legal and marketing world of food. They want taste, affordability and healthfulness, according to a recent study whose results have not changed in 30 years. How these demands are delivered is the trick. Buyer beware!

Besides you need an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of all the daily "this stuff is good for you" news stories. For example, first butter was "bad," but the trans fats in margarine made this product "worse" than butter. Now, butter is back. Julia Child would be pleased.

Maybe Mom was right, afterall, variety and moderation is the formula, with an emphasis on fruits and veggies and a bit more exercise. That is something we all can live with.”

eversontom2 on Oct 3, 2012 at 23:06:58

“I have made my 73rd year and I followed your mom's recipe. I don't spend one dime on organic when I get the same good flavor and taste from regular food. It's either grown in the ground, on a tree or bush or hydroponically. Moderation should be followed in all aspects of a good life.”

yogamews on Oct 3, 2012 at 18:20:18

“not exactly, if your fruits and veggies are saturated with pesticides and herbicides, or infected with salmonella or ecoli and your meat is from a factory farm you probably won't live with it for very long. : (”
Foods With More Potassium Than A Banana

Foods With More Potassium Than A Banana

Commented Sep 23, 2012 at 10:40:07 in Healthy Living

“Thanks for your note. I know role important role of potassium but my point was most people don't and the story did not provide any information or education.”
Ann Romney To Mitt Critics: 'Stop It'

Ann Romney To Mitt Critics: 'Stop It'

Commented Sep 21, 2012 at 23:01:50 in Politics

“Too funny, but really too sad.

Ann Romney could also grab all those pesky GOPers who are running for their lives away from Mitt and strap them to the top of her private jet.”
Jill Biden Penis Joke: Second Lady Inadvertently Causes Crowd To Crack Up (VIDEO)

Jill Biden Penis Joke: Second Lady Inadvertently Causes Crowd To Crack Up (VIDEO)

Commented Sep 21, 2012 at 20:09:54 in Politics

“you go, Jill”

eugenegerard on Sep 21, 2012 at 20:13:24

“No you go Joe (In a good way:))”
Barack Obama Sets New Fundraising Record, Crushes Mitt Romney In Advertising Spending

Barack Obama Sets New Fundraising Record, Crushes Mitt Romney In Advertising Spending

Commented Sep 21, 2012 at 19:58:35 in Politics

“How could he be so profoundly wrong? Well, if you have $250 million hidden in Swiss banks you have no idea what real people's lives are like. Remembert, we are the victims and he his the King. Washington, Adams and Jefferson were sure of one thing -- they did want a King, so Mitt's out.”

TiaJo on Sep 21, 2012 at 20:21:27

“Mitt's got more than 250 mill hidden. Way more.”
Mitt Romney PwC Letter Is Meaningless, Reid Fires Back

Mitt Romney PwC Letter Is Meaningless, Reid Fires Back

Commented Sep 21, 2012 at 19:55:54 in Politics

“What is Mitt Romney hiding in his taxes? The fact that he paid so little on so much? Ya think?

His Dad was right, release them all.”

Panda1 on Sep 21, 2012 at 19:58:44

“We don't need no stinkin' fact checkers.”
Ann Romney To Mitt Critics: 'Stop It'

Ann Romney To Mitt Critics: 'Stop It'

Commented Sep 21, 2012 at 19:53:45 in Politics

“Ann, to paraphrase Harry Truman, "If you can't stand the heat, tell your servants to get out of the kitchen."”

Stephen Stafford on Sep 21, 2012 at 20:01:56

“Earlier someone posted,

"If you can't stand the heat, tell the butler to ask the cook what's for dinner."”
Ann Romney To Mitt Critics: 'Stop It'

Ann Romney To Mitt Critics: 'Stop It'

Commented Sep 21, 2012 at 10:28:56 in Politics

“Ann, campaign are tough. I really feel for you. You have the answer to Mitt's critics - those rats who have not yet jumped from your sinking yacht. Just round up these GOP victims and starp them to the top of your campaign plane and you won't hear another word of discontent.”
Is Coffee Bad Or Good For Your Health? Two Experts Debate

Is Coffee Bad Or Good For Your Health? Two Experts Debate

Commented Sep 20, 2012 at 18:17:20 in Healthy Living

“Your question is simplistic. It is not a black or white issue.

Coffee is filled with almost 200 biologically active ingredients. Do we know how they all work? No, but a constant flow of peer-reviewed published studies demonstrate that moderate consumption may have a whole raft of benefits.

One note of caution, if you are a woman and thinking about having kids, NIH recommends no more than 300mg of caffeine a day. Good advice. Take it.

Whether this makes it "healthy" or not is up to you and your lifestyle, not an expert.”
Foods With More Potassium Than A Banana

Foods With More Potassium Than A Banana

Commented Sep 20, 2012 at 18:12:04 in Healthy Living

“And, why did you not tell us why we need potassium and what it does for the body?”

jefechip on Sep 23, 2012 at 09:17:30

“Potassium is an electrolyte as are sodium,calcium and magnesium. They allow your muscles to function properly. If you are defecient in electrolytes, you may suffer muscle cramps and spasms when exercising or from over exertion. This is especially true if you perspire heavily. PEACE”

Katie5 on Sep 20, 2012 at 19:16:47

“I take it that it you in your avatar. ..Are YOU SERIOUS??!!!!!”
Nutrition Labels: How To Read Them

Nutrition Labels: How To Read Them

Commented Sep 19, 2012 at 13:31:46 in Healthy Living

“I agree. If you look behind the curtain, as Dorothy did, you will see that the same folks who brought you the Pyramid created MyPlate. It is for the experts, not consumers. Normal people, those without a RD or Ph.D., after their names, don't stand a chance.”
Healthy Food: Nutritional Powerhouses Healthy Living Editors Won't Eat

Healthy Food: Nutritional Powerhouses Healthy Living Editors Won't Eat

Commented Sep 19, 2012 at 11:45:00 in Healthy Living

“Sorry, this just does not work for me -- maybe with a really good butter-lemon sauce.”
Healthy Food: Nutritional Powerhouses Healthy Living Editors Won't Eat

Healthy Food: Nutritional Powerhouses Healthy Living Editors Won't Eat

Commented Sep 19, 2012 at 11:42:58 in Healthy Living

“Yes, you are right. Just had a bowl of steel cut with brown sugar. Warms you up from the inside and can't beat the beta gluten, although you have to eat a large amount to get the cholesterol lowering effect.”
Healthy Food: Nutritional Powerhouses Healthy Living Editors Won't Eat

Healthy Food: Nutritional Powerhouses Healthy Living Editors Won't Eat

Commented Sep 19, 2012 at 11:41:22 in Healthy Living

“The National Institutes of Health says not so -- on the addictive point. Caffeine is a stimulant and like most chemicals we put in our mouths some people react differently than others. NIH is firm on one point -- no more than 300mg/day of coffee if you are a woman thinking of having a kid.”
Healthy Food: Nutritional Powerhouses Healthy Living Editors Won't Eat

Healthy Food: Nutritional Powerhouses Healthy Living Editors Won't Eat

Commented Sep 18, 2012 at 19:38:58 in Healthy Living

“I am not an RD but I do play one on TV. Best advice - To eat his own, but:

Drink a cup of coffee. It's loaded with antioxidants, which we do not know exactly how they work, but do seem to produce beneficial effects. If you are a woman thinking of having a kid, no more than 300 mg per day of caffeine.

Hot oatmeal on a cold winter day with cream and brown sugar - sure, but not every day. Sorry Quaker Oats.

Can't say a good thing about broccoli except it has minute residues of arsenic in it - that's for the pure foods people.

Chocolate, the darker the better. See coffee for how it works.

Bananas, yes. Great source of potassium, which is in short supply in our diets. Only potatoes have more. Bet you didn't know that.

Raisins, only in Kellogg Raisin Bran, sorry Post.

And if Julia Child were here she would say, "drink a glass of wine (see coffee for bioactivity information) and pass the butter."”

jefke on Sep 19, 2012 at 02:47:41

“Broccoli is full of cancer-fighting phyto chemicals like most cruciferous vegetables.”
Nutrition Labels: How To Read Them

Nutrition Labels: How To Read Them

Commented Sep 18, 2012 at 19:25:24 in Healthy Living

“Back in the day, I was in the US Senate Labor and Human Resources hearing room when the Committee marked up what was to become to the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, which produced the Nutrition Facts box.

Everyone in that room knew there would be no funds, no support education. Consumers are confused and while everyone says they read labels and everyone says they want every kind of information possible on the label, I would bet that very few people have a clue about what the information means.

Now we have the MyPlate program. MyPlate is simple enough. Half the plate should be filled with fruits and veggies but what do you do with a consumer who does not know a potato is a veggie, much less one that is packed with potassium, a nutrient of concern.

I think a study would show that the more educated you are, the more disposable you have or the more sicker you are, the more you know about high school level nutrition, which is an oxymoron since most schools don't teach nutrition in their health package.

My RD friends who specialize in pediatric obesity tell me that government cannot force people to change eating habits and it is clear government cannot educate consumers. When one person decides to change, then there is an opportunity.

No silver bullets here. I am not optimistic. .And, BTW, the GOP House is ready to slash what funding is there for the neediest kids. Go figure?”

AngelaQuattrano on Sep 20, 2012 at 17:09:47

“The current format works for me. But most people have no clue how to set reasonable dietary goals and use that information to make their intake reach those goals.”

Karl Wilder on Sep 19, 2012 at 13:14:19

“The MyPlate is confusing as hell for a lot of folks...I can't explain why.”
Is Organic Food Healthier?

Is Organic Food Healthier?

Commented Sep 14, 2012 at 12:34:53 in Healthy Living

“I think Cole Porter was right about the debate between the nutrition of organic and conventional food - You might enjoy the following - Let's Call the Whole Thing Off http://bit.ly/NYkFSB
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