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Earth Day: Promoting Urban Revitalization and Green Cities

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

April 22nd is Earth Day -- an annual celebration of the planet's biodiversity and an important opportunity to highlight solutions to some of the world...

Overhauling the GRAS Process: What Are Realistic Goals?

Annette Maggi | Posted 12.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Annette Maggi

Whether the GRAS process needs to be overhauled is a major question, not a minor one, as it drives to the issue of how much regulation we want in our country and whether we trust companies to have consumer safety top-of-mind as they develop new products and ingredients.

Joe Satran

The Main Change In American Eating Since 2000

HuffingtonPost.com | Joe Satran | Posted 09.25.2013 | Healthy Living

The American diet, as a whole, changes at a glacial pace. Most individuals eat more or less the same thing, week in, week out, adding new staples and ...

Candy and Junk Food in the Classroom: the Other 'Competitive Food'

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 06.12.2013 | Parents
Bettina Elias Siegel

Kids spend the vast majority of their waking life at school and the food they encounter there does matter. It matters on a purely nutritional level, of course, but it also matters on an educational level.

UNHAPPY MEALS: 9 Of The Unhealthiest Chain Restaurant Dishes

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 03.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Since 2007, the Xtreme Eating Awards have become an (almost) annual tradition. Today, we unveil the latest "winners." What we found is extreme by anyone's definition. Take a look at our nine dis-honorees.

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.

Trans Fat: Hiding In Plain Sight

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 03.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has asked the Food and Drug Administration to get rid of partially hydrogenated oil altogether. In the meantime, avoid products like these.

Any Day But Food Day

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.24.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

This is not about Food Day. This is about the other 364 days this year; the 365 days last year; and the 365 days next year. Why aren't THEY Food Day?

The 10 Best Aspects Of America's Food Scene

Posted 12.17.2011 | Food

On Friday, we brought you the "Terrible 10," which comprised the worst aspects of America's food scene. For today, we decided to brighten up your Mo...

The 10 Worst Aspects Of America's Food Scene

Posted 12.14.2011 | Food

The first annual Food Day is October 24; it aims to bring Americans from all walks of life together to "push for healthy, affordable food produced in ...

Curb Your Extremism, Restaurants

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 09.18.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

"Everything in moderation" is usually used to justify serving (or consuming) one of those bad foods. But there is nothing moderate about most of the choices at sit-down restaurants like Applebee's, The Cheesecake Factory and Denny's.

Coke Turns 125: Why I'm Not Celebrating

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 07.05.2011 | Home
Michael F. Jacobson

Today, "liquid candy" -- non-diet carbonated soft drinks -- is the single largest source of American calories, providing about 7 percent of calories

Introducing Food Day!

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 06.05.2011 | Home
Michael F. Jacobson

Over the course of the next six months, we hope to create what will be a huge grassroots mobilization for changing what Americans eat. It's all connected: The meals we eat, the foods we grow, the policies we form, and the impact we have.

The Next Big Thing For Food Labels

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael F. Jacobson

The food industry wants to come up with its own front-of-package labeling system before the Food and Drug Administration comes up with one for them.

Ben & Jerry's No Longer Fudging the Truth

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

The FDA should devise a reasonable definition for which ingredients can be called "natural." It won't make your Phish Food any better for you, but it'd make the supermarket a more honest place.

Say It Ain't So: Ben & Jerry's To Stop Calling Its Ice Cream 'All Natural'

Wallet Pop | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food

Ben & Jerry's, once a small Vermont dairy operation known for its all natural ingredients, is stripping the claim "all natural" from its packaging und...

Why We Need to Limit Salt in Packaged Foods

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

Cutting sodium levels in packaged and restaurant foods in half is predicted to save 100,000 lives and tens of billions of dollars in health-care expenses each year.

9 Most Misleading Food Labels (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Travis Walter Donovan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

We believe in helping consumers make good choices about what they are eating, for themselves and the environment. Unfortunately, many food companies u...

A Soda Tax Is a Good Policy to Reduce Obesity in the United States

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

Though Paterson's proposed penny-per-ounce tax would be the highest tax yet on soda pop, the taxes themselves are nothing new. In fact, the state of New York has had a sales tax on soft drinks since 1965.

Letter Grades Make Restaurants Safer

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

Restaurant inspection grade cards have been used with great success, providing consumers with information and spurring restaurateurs to upgrade their food safety practices.

Is Coke's Fizz Going Flat?

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

Like Big Tobacco, Coca-Cola primarily sells one product--in its case, sugar water--that is linked to a number of diseases. It's under fire for its environmental, human rights, and health record.

The High Human Cost of Unsafe Food

Marion Nestle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Marion Nestle

Center for Science in the Public Interest has a new report out on the 10 foods that cause the most cases of foodborne illness. So how come Congress isn't forcing all food producers to produce safe food?

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?

Serving Safer Shellfish: Why The FDA Shouldn't Back Down

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

Every summer, like clockwork, a dozen or more Americans with cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, HIV, or alcohol-related liver damage die after eating summer oysters from Gulf Coast states.

7 Secret Benefits Of Exercise

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

Everybody knows that aerobic exercise builds endurance and strengthens the heart, and strength training builds muscles. But did you know that exercise creates new brain cells?