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The Case Against Marketing Health Food To Children

Susan Linn | Posted 08.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Linn

The developmental vulnerabilities of children, along with the legal, ethical, and political pitfalls of encouraging the food industry to target kids, make marketing food to children harmful regardless of nutritional content.

Cooked: Is Fast Food Feminism's Fault?

Martha Burk | Posted 06.23.2013 | Books
Martha Burk

Our culture is stuck in the '50s when it comes to feeding the family. It's still her job, even if it now means picking up a pizza, or microwaving frozen concoctions that taste like the cartons they come in.

'FRANKENFOODS': What The Food Industry Doesn't Want You To Know

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 06.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

The sustainability of our planet, our health, and our food supply are inextricably linked. The ecology of eating -- the importance of what you put on your fork -- has never been more critical to our survival as a nation or as a species. The earth will survive our self-destruction, but we may not.

The Latest McFib: Our Food Is Healthy

Andy Bellatti | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

Last week, in what is yet another example of Big Food's symbiotic relationship with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, McDonald's Director of Nutrition spoke to her fellow colleagues at the Utah Dietetic Association meeting about the chain's new "healthy initiatives."

What Is Processed Food Doing To You?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.26.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Anyone living and eating in the modern world, and paying even a little attention, knows that we are a very long way from eating food, not too much, mostly plants. Not only does our food come mostly in bags, boxes, bottles, jars and cans -- but mostly, it isn't really food.

Occupy Your Table: Why I'm Staging A 'Fork In'

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Our most powerful tool to reverse the global epidemic of chronic disease, heal the environment, reform politics, and revive economies is the fork. What we put on it has tremendous implications, not just for our waistlines but also for the planet and our global economy.

My Conversation With Michael Moss: Bullies, Bodies, and the Body Politic

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.01.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The food industry brings in serious muscle to bully us into eating too much of all the wrong things, while someone counts the cash. Any conversation about personal responsibility or public policy that fails to acknowledge this reality is either disingenuous, or uninformed.

Is the Dietitians' Trade Group in Bed With the Junk Food Industry?

Ocean Robbins | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Ocean Robbins

Could there be any connection between the millions of dollars in sponsorship the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics receives from junk food manufacturers, and a seeming lack of initiative on behalf of the public welfare?

USDA's New "Competitive" School Food Rules -- What You Need to Know

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 04.06.2013 | Food
Bettina Elias Siegel

After months of delay, the USDA released its proposed rules governing the nutritional quality of so-called "competitive" foods and beverages offered on school campuses.  Here's an overview of the rules' key provisions and my take on some of the big issues to watch.

New Report: Big Food Co-Opts Nutrition Group's Message

Kristin Wartman | Posted 03.30.2013 | Food
Kristin Wartman

It's no surprise that Americans are confused about nutrition. Various industries co-opt the word "nutrition" and change its meaning, and Big Food companies also recruit America's nutrition professionals to spread their gospel

Prop 37 Fails: Why We Can't Rely on Policy to Change Our Food System

Kristin Wartman | Posted 11.08.2012 | Food
Kristin Wartman

The food movement learned a valuable lesson in the failure of Prop 37: We can't outspend Big Food and we can't out campaign them, but we can outsmart them. Let's not wait for government to cut ties with Big Food. Let's cut those ties ourselves

Prop 37 and GMO Foods: Yea or Nay?

Dr. Jonny Bowden | Posted 12.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonny Bowden

There are reasonable arguments to be made for GMO foods, just as there are reasonable arguments to be made against them. But there's no reasonable argument to be made against letting people know what it is they're eating, so that they can make an informed decision about what to buy and what not to buy.

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.

Big Tobacco Shills Trying to Stop GMO Labeling in California

Michele Simon | Posted 10.14.2012 | Green
Michele Simon

Why are the same consultants who have worked for the tobacco industry now shilling for Big Food, opposing the ballot initiative that would require labeling of all foods containing GMO ingredients?

The Obesity Paradox: Overfed But Undernourished

Kristin Wartman | Posted 08.28.2012 | Food
Kristin Wartman

Study findings highlight an interesting contradiction: obesity correlates with malnourishment.

Downsizing Soda: A Drop in the Bucket

Kristin Wartman | Posted 08.05.2012 | Food
Kristin Wartman

Mayor Bloomberg is brave to go head-to-head with Big Food by limiting portion size and trying to create a new norm, but this tactic might further distract from the underlying problem of our virtually unregulated toxic and super-sized food supply.

Limbaugh: Liberals Want to Control Your Food!

Kristin Wartman | Posted 05.08.2012 | Food
Kristin Wartman

Limbaugh's a little late to the game on this one, the term food justice is hardly news and he joins an already long line of conservatives who criticize any attempt to reign in Big Food.

On Display: The Health Effects Of Eating Too Much Sugar

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We need to know that we consume too much sugar and that it does us harm because, ostensibly, knowledge is power. In that spirit, we in public health have cause to welcome some important new allies to the mission of advancing health through better nutrition: museums.

Why We Must Occupy Our Food Supply

Willie Nelson | Posted 04.25.2012 | Food
Willie Nelson

When our food is at risk we are all at risk. Over the last thirty years, we have witnessed a massive consolidation of our food system, leading to the loss of millions of family farmers, the destruction of soil fertility, the pollution of our water, and health epidemics.

Paula Deen: From Big Food to Big Pharma

Kristin Wartman | Posted 03.24.2012 | Food
Kristin Wartman

Personal responsibility and consumer choice are solutions heralded by conservatives and liberals alike--the idea being that ultimately good health comes down to what we choose to buy and eat. But it's not that simple.

Paula Deen at the Crossroads: Punch Line or Role Model?

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 03.20.2012 | Food
Nancy Huehnergarth

Could Deen's diabetes diagnosis act as a wake up call to those in denial about the relationship between what you eat and your health?

Nestle Announces Big Layoffs

Chatsworth, CA Patch | Saul Daniels | Posted 01.04.2012 | Food

Merry Christmas. Happy New Year. And Goodbye! Nestlé USA will lay off 103 Chatsworth employees on February 1, according to the San Fernando Valley...

Top Six Food Politics Lessons Learned in 2011

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 02.26.2012 | Food
Nancy Huehnergarth

This hasn't been a banner year for improving America's food system, food environment or food policies. A look back demonstrates that not only have we failed to make any new progress in food and nutrition policy, but we actually appear to be moving backwards.

WATCH: Big Food Ads Obsessed With Farmers, Freshness

Posted 12.20.2011 | Food

McDonald's new ad campaign, set to debut January 2, focuses on the farmers that supply McDonald's with food. It's a different strategy than previous ...

The Food Network Broke My Heart

Martha Burk | Posted 01.27.2012 | Food
Martha Burk

The Food Network's popular reality series Chopped departed from its standard lineup of contestants this past week to feature an unusual group of chefs: lunch ladies.