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Food Policy

Win-Win Policy Changes for WIC & Childhood Obesity Rates

Daniel J. Schultz | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Daniel J. Schultz

Some have pointed out the fine details of the study, which showed that obesity rates for the rest of the population remained steady while the rate of obesity actually increased for women over 60 years old. Nonetheless, a decrease in obesity rates is always a positive sign.

Top Chef's Tom Colicchio Wants You To Care About Food Policy

Ali Rosen | Posted 03.10.2014 | Taste
Ali Rosen

Most people know Tom Colicchio as the chef and owner of Craft restaurants or as the tough but lovable judge on Top Chef.

Berkshire Grown: A Case Study of an Organization Vital in Creating a Local Food System in Western Massachusetts

Rafi Bildner | Posted 03.06.2014 | Green
Rafi Bildner

Before I started farming, I had little idea that non-profits like Berkshire Grown existed all over the nation, supporting small farms in ways that, unfortunately, state and federal governments are currently not set up to do.

Nutrition Label 2.0: Bigger, Bolder, Better

Andy Bellatti | Posted 02.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

These changes are undoubtedly a victory for health advocates. As First Lady Michelle Obama put it: "This is a big deal, and it's going to make a big difference for families all across this country." They could also create a crisis for the food industry.

Soda Taxes: Leveling the Playing Field

Daniel J. Schultz | Posted 02.24.2014 | Food
Daniel J. Schultz

Only pro-consumption cues were given from both the advertisers and in my personal life, such as being rewarded with a soda after my baseball game or the cheap, allowance-friendly price of a bottle of Pepsi at my local convenience store.

Warning: Industry Spin May Be Hazardous to Your Health; Learn the Truth About GE Foods

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 02.11.2014 | Food
Elizabeth Kucinich

I've taken a tiny sampling of the industry's talking points and looked a little deeper. The following claims come from the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food. The arguments they are propagating are beyond flawed and incomplete: They are downright wrong.

On the Front Burner: CA Food & Farming Legislative Action

Michael R. Dimock | Posted 03.18.2014 | Food
Michael R. Dimock

It is the hope of the California Food Policy Council that 2014 will also be the year that the State of California joins the United Nations in identifying family farms and food systems as a cornerstone for health and resilience in the 21st century.

The Future of Food: 5 Ingredients That Your Children's Children Will Call Dinner

Vincent Kitirattragarn | Posted 12.10.2013 | Green
Vincent Kitirattragarn

Food companies have the challenge of turning the unpalatable into the delectable and changing long-standing cultural norms about what we put into our mouths. It is possible to fill seven billion bellies with nutrient-rich foods; but we're going to have to embrace some unorthodox ingredients.

Bad Reporting Bamboozles the Public on Food Policy

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Huehnergarth

Our nation got itself into this mess of poor nutritional habits, rampant obesity and declining health over many decades. Let's make sure that the facts about food reform policies don't get left in the dust of sensationalism.

Legal Tools to Stop Junk Food Marketing to Children

Michele Simon | Posted 11.18.2013 | Business
Michele Simon

Interview with Cara Wilking, senior staff attorney, Public Health Advocacy Institute For this installment of Ask a Food Lawyer, we profile Cara Wilk...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | Joe Satran | Posted 11.20.2012 | Food

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 | Food

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

HuffingtonPost.com | Joe Satran | Posted 10.25.2012 | Food

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 | Food
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 | Food
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.