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?
Solving hunger cannot be accomplished without a government that considers it a basic right of citizenship to have access to fresh, healthy food. It's up to citizens to demand farmer's markets, school gardens and sustainable agriculture.
In the process of creating ONQI 2.0, we are obligated to look at how the algorithm handles every food, including all of the quirkiest foods. In doing so, I wind up learning all of the intimate details about foods I could not otherwise have cooked up in my nightmares.
It was a perfect weekend for the Food Book Fair, a three-day series of panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, book signings and meet-and-greets celebrating food and the words, art, ideas and people behind it.
Do celebrities with Beyoncé's massive influence on young kids have a moral obligation to consider the horrendous impact of excessive soda consumption in our culture when they mull over megabuck branding opportunities?
The conclusion of Dr. Marion Nestle's Why Calories Count offers refreshingly straightforward advice about how to stay healthy and trim in a society that promotes overeating: Eat less, eat better, and move more.
I won't speak for my friends and colleagues in public health, although I suspect they feel the same; I'll just speak for myself. I am nobody's nanny. But as you play with the military-industrial establishment with your health on the line, I don't mind being a referee.
Even though we all know that we should be eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, we're still living in a society desperately struggling with obesity, and very often, putting the wrong thing on our plate.