If the FDA Doesn’t Know What’s in Our Food, How Can We?

If the FDA Doesn’t Know What’s in Our Food, How Can We?

In the 1950′s only 800 chemicals were used as additives in our foods. That number has swelled to 10,000 today! You would think the FDA tests and approves each and everyone of them before they are allowed to be called … Continue reading

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A Nobel Laureate (Economics) Writes on the Insanity of Our Food Policy

A Nobel Laureate (Economics) Writes on the Insanity of Our Food Policy

Nobel prize winner Joseph Stiglitz is considered one of the top 5 economists in the world today. He is currently a professor at Columbia University in New York, and has a distinguished track record on both international and national monetary … Continue reading

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Should Food Stamp (SNAP) Purchases Be Limited to Healthy Food?

Should Food Stamp (SNAP) Purchases Be Limited to Healthy Food?

If you are following the legislative battles in Washington DC over the Farm Bill, the you know one of the most hotly contested issues is the Title IV – Nutrition, dealing with food aid programs, the most famous being “food … Continue reading

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Washington DC is ruining our health – but we can reclaim it

Washington DC is ruining our health – but we can reclaim it

I’m speaking next week in New York City at the State of Now Conference. The topic this year is Exploring the State of Health, Wellness, Fitness and Food. You can sign up to participate here. My ten minute talk will … Continue reading

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2 Years After Major Food Safety Law Enacted, FDA Begins Its Implementation

2 Years After Major Food Safety Law Enacted, FDA Begins Its Implementation

Peanut butter. Melons. Lettuce. Seemingly harmless foods that, when contaminated with e. coli bacteria, have caused mass food recalls, hospitalizations, and even deaths. About 48 million Americans get sick each year from contaminated food. 128,000 are hospitalized. 3,000 die! Congress … Continue reading

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BPA Update: French Ban Upsets Our USDA

BPA Update: French Ban Upsets Our USDA

It seems European lawmakers are more in tune with their constituency than Congress. After reviewing the French Food Safety Authority (ANSES) report on Bisphenol-A (BPA), the French parliament issued a ban effective January 2014. (Reminder: BPA  is a chemical compound … Continue reading

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The Double Headed Food Monster in Schools

The Double Headed Food Monster in Schools

There are several ways for children to be fed during school hours. One is to bring home made lunch in a cute little lunchbox (cool until third grade) or a brown bag (recyclable, of course.) The other calorie intake method … Continue reading

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Congress Loves Money, Not Kids

Congress Loves Money, Not Kids

If you had a doubt as to the true alignment of your representatives when it comes to childhood obesity, last week Congress showed that all you need to do is follow the money trail. Lobbies representing the biggest food advertisers … Continue reading

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Unpalatable Farm Bill

Unpalatable Farm Bill

This is a guest blog post by Benzi Ronen, founder & CEO of Farmigo Anyone interested in the future of agricultural policy in the U.S. has surely been following the progress of the U.S. Farm Bill that is currently making … Continue reading

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Congress Invents New Vegetable: The Pizza

Congress Invents New Vegetable: The Pizza

File this under R for Ridiculous. Millions of kids every day receive free or reduced price lunch at school. The federal government foots the bill through the USDA. The program has been under attack in the last few years because … Continue reading

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