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Food Policy

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.

3 Steps to Protecting Food Stamps From a Cruel Congress

Michele Simon | Posted 09.14.2012 | Politics
Michele Simon

Given that nine states have attempted to pass bills to try to improve SNAP, (all failed thanks to a combined lobbying effort by the food industry and anti-hunger groups, which also stopped New York City's high-profile attempt) why not give the idea a chance?

PepsiCo's Imperative to Increase Wellness: Derek Yach

Riva Greenberg | Posted 04.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

I find how Yach is looking at health and wellness -- from the ground up -- almost revolutionary amid the status quo, and his working within this snack foods giant to improve quality of life around the world a mighty stand.

Taking On Agriculture to Reduce Obesity And Hunger: Derek Yach

Riva Greenberg | Posted 03.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Derek Yach's mission is to help address global challenges such as hunger and obesity, and the ills they cause, by finding ways for PepsiCo to be a part of the solution.

Controversial Additive Kills More Livestock Than Any Other Drug

Paula Crossfield | Posted 03.26.2012 | Food
Paula Crossfield

A new report reveals that a drug given to livestock has become the focus of an international trade dispute concerning its potential effects on human health.

The 8 Best TED Talks On Food Policy

Posted 01.21.2012 | Food

On Saturday, TEDx Manhattan, an unofficial offshoot of the non-profit TED, will be hosting a series of lectures on the theme "Changing The Way We Eat....

Joe Satran

Soda Taxes Might Save 2,600 Lives A Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Joe Satran | Posted 01.16.2012 | Food

People get emotional when you bring up the idea of a soda tax. Proponents of the tax are quick to compare it to excise taxes on cigarettes. They argue...

Food Lobby Says EPA's Dioxin Limits Will "Scare the Crap Out of People"

Michele Simon | Posted 03.07.2012 | Food
Michele Simon

It doesn't take much for a food industry freak-out over potential government action, but this latest corporate outcry is especially galling and self-serving.

Five Food Predictions for 2012

Andrew Stout | Posted 03.05.2012 | Food
Andrew Stout

For every step forward, the good food movement continues to face unique challenges and unforeseen resistance from the industrial food complex. Here are a few food trends we can expect to see, hear, read or eat more of in 2012.

Lawsuit Alleges Frito-Lay's GMO Snacks Aren't "Natural"

Michele Simon | Posted 02.26.2012 | Food
Michele Simon

One year ago, Frito-Lay promised that "approximately 50 percent of its product portfolio will be made with all natural ingredients, including three of its biggest brands," Lays, Tositos, and SunChips. What does that mean?

It's Time to End Factory Farming

Nil Zacharias | Posted 12.19.2011 | Green
Nil Zacharias

There is common ground to be found by everyone ranging from vegans to die-hard meat eaters. No one can deny the destructive nature of the force that dominates our food system.

Food Court: Winners And Losers Of The Week

Food52 | Posted 12.10.2011 | Food
Food52

In which Shelly Peppel and Fran Brennan, the editors of Food52 News, pass judgement on the week's top food news.   • Winner: The man...

Food Court: The Week's Winners & Losers In Food News

Food52 | Posted 12.04.2011 | Food
Food52

In which Shelly Peppel and Fran Brennan, the editors of Food52 News, pass judgement on last week's top food news. • Winner: Risk takers&nb...

1 in 6 Americans Still Struggle With Hunger

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 11.12.2011 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

Federal nutrition programs work, but they must be funded if they are to help reduce the number of Americans facing hunger. If Congress cuts the food-assistance safety-net, the USDA will surely have a gloomy scenario to report next year.

Marcus Samuelsson's Quest to Change Global Food Policy

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Dylan Ratigan

Marcus believes that there is no one better than chefs to help bring visibility to these enormously important conversations about things like food subsidies, commodity pricing and responsible farming.

Why We Should Care Where Our Food Comes From

Malia Cohen | Posted 09.11.2011 | San Francisco
Malia Cohen

The San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market is a gem nestled in the heart of the Southeast Section of San Francisco. Now that the lease is about to expire, the City is looking to renew the lease with a larger vision for the future.

Why Laying Off Ag Reporter Philip Brasher Is Bad for Food

Paula Crossfield | Posted 08.24.2011 | Food
Paula Crossfield

The agriculture beat was once an important area of coverage at all major outlets, delivering information about rural areas as well as policy making on food in Washington. But the "agriculture beat" has been dying a slow death for five decades.

My Beef With MyPlate

Kristin Wartman | Posted 08.15.2011 | Food
Kristin Wartman

Many in the food world are calling the clearer and more concise image of MyPlate progress. In my view though, when you look a little deeper, you see that beyond the clearer image not much has really changed.

Politicians Jump To Defense Of Much-Maligned Potato

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 07.18.2011 | Food

WASHINGTON -- Often maligned, the french fry is fighting back. The spud has had a tough time lately. In the last year, it has been marginalized by ne...

Food Prices May Soar to Crisis Levels

Robyn Griggs Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Several trends, including aquifer depletion, severe soil erosion, rising temperatures and population growth, indicate that the world is headed toward a food security crisis today,

Schifoodphrenic Nation

Valerie Orsoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Valerie Orsoni

Let's unite. Together we can change the way we eat, one bite (or gulp) at a time.