WOW. Did you guys read this article from the New York Times Magazine? It’s maybe a bit lengthy – although if you read my blog, you obviously don’t mind wordiness, haha – but so interesting. I really want to encourage you to read it yourself, so I’m not going to summarize it so much as pull out a few things I found particularly interesting. I’d love you to share your thoughts as well. So go on. Go read it. I’ll wait.
Some staggering quotes: Read the rest of this entry »
By now you’ve probably heard about the latest in the long string of recent farm raids. I hope that just the thought of armed federal agents storming Amish family farms or private buying clubs makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up.
If you haven’t heard, last week a private buying club in California, Rawesome, supplying raw and organic foods – including milk – to its members was raided in a multi-agency raid. Read the rest of this entry »
Consumption of food dyes has doubled since just 1990. While you can now find food dyes in almost any packaged “food” product you buy at the supermarket, where are the bulk of them found? Of course, in food marketed to children. This despite the growing body of evidence that food dyes are a cocktail of dangers, from causing thyroid issues and behavioral problems to being neurotoxins. And the (brightly colored) icing on the cake is that these dyes are entirely unnecessary; they are for visual appeal only.
Over the past few days, the FDA held hearings to determine whether or not they should act on these dangerous and unnecessary additives. Read the rest of this entry »
By now you have probably heard about the 11 month-old little girl who died as a result of being exclusively breastfed by her vegan mother. An autopsy showed that baby Louise was deficient in vitamin A and B12, which left her more vulnerable to infection. Her parents are facing 30 years in prison for “neglect or food deprivation followed by death.” Beyond the obvious heartbreak of such a terrible story, I found myself with a number of other frustrations. Read the rest of this entry »
I spent all morning writing and researching it, and by the time I was (almost) done, I was sick. I just hated it. It was so whiny, and depressing, and I quoted from a billion places and it was so confusing and I just HATED it.
So I took a break and made a cup of tea (organic lemon echinacea, for my throat, if you’re interested). And the tag on my teabag said, “Your choices will change the world.” Read the rest of this entry »
“The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are the cornerstone of Federal nutrition policy and nutrition education activities.” So begins the press release page on which, two days ago, the USDA announced the release of the 2010 revamping of their recommendations for healthy eating. The press release itself acknowledges the “prevalence of overweight and obesity,” stating that “more than one-third of children and more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight.” So then why are we offering more of the same ol’ recommendations which haven’t worked for over 30 years?
Food Navigator USA reported on the status of the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI), which supposedly aims to reduce the amount of unhealthy foods directly marketed to children. CFBAI is made up of 17 food-industry giants, including Burger King, McDonalds, Mars, Kraft, General Mills, PepsiCo and Coca Cola. (Can you spot the first problem?) Read the rest of this entry »
The Infamous Egg Recall
On December 11, 2010, The Washington Post reported on the oversights that led to the recent Salmonella outbreak which sickened 1900 and led to largest recall of eggs in our nation’s history. Read the rest of this entry »