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Marion Nestle, PH.D
Blog: Food Politics
- Yes, one more post on the meaning of “natural”
Posted 23 hours ago
At a talk I gave for CQ Roll Call in Washington, DC last week, an audience member asked about the definition of “natural.” I thought I had said everything there was to say about it (see post from August). Wrong.
Another member of the audience sent me the definition of “natural” produced by, of all things, the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Three federal agencies deal with “natural.”
In answer to the question, “What is the meaning of ‘natural’ on the label of food?,” the FDA says:
From a food science perspective, it is difficult to define a food product…
- Book mini-review: It’s Not About the Broccoli
Posted 2 days ago
As we head into the holiday season, I’m going to catch up on books that might make welcome gifts for the people in your life who think that food is…
- Monsanto has a public image problem? A surprise?
Posted 5 days ago
Thanks to Politico for alerting us to Monsanto’s sudden discovery: it has just recognized—can you believe this?—that it has a public image problem.
In recent months the company has shaken up its senior public relations staff, upped its relationship with one of the nation’s largest public relations firms and helped launch a website designed to combat the fallacies surrounding genetically modified organisms.
Monsanto revealed its public image worries in its annual filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC requires companies to list societal factors that create risk to its profitability. Monsanto’s first three:
1. Threats to patent rights
Efforts to protect our intellectual…
- Yes, the environment does influence food choice
Posted 7 days ago
I’m in Washington, DC this week on a bit of book tour for Eat, Drink, Vote (see Appearances for schedule).
At my Politics & Prose bookstore event last night, I got asked why I think the food environment matters so much in dietary choice. Isn’t food choice a matter of personal responsibility?
It is, of course, but the food environment greatly influences personal choice.
Large portions: just about anyone presented with a large portion of food with eat more from it, take in more calories (larger portions have more calories!), and underestimate the calories consumed by a much greater proportion than from a smaller…
- What’s up with the retraction of the Séralini feeding-GMO-corn-to-rats study?
Posted 9 days ago
The big news over the weekend was that the journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology, announced that it is retracting the paper it published last year by Séralini et al.
The Séralini paper claimed that feeding…
Blog: Technology and Food
- Raising girls to hold on to old fashion morals…respect from boys.
Posted 96 days ago
Today I received a snapchat from my daughter’s personal ipad – so I opened it and it was from a high school senior boy who thought the snapchat was going to my other daughter (she has her snapchat on my phone because we have not supplied her with a smartphone)…
- Our Ag kids need our Encouragement
Posted 448 days ago
Our Ag kids need our Encouragement I will soon have the opportunity to coach some “Intro to Ag” kids about the importance of livestock judging and oral reasons.To me it’s easy, looking back having the privilege of being a member of the livestock judging team at Colorado State University was…
- Feed Recipe
Posted 778 days ago
Just wanted to share how we feed each pen of cattle that we have. Each pen has a recipe and…
Posted 779 days ago
Mixing a ration for his bucket calves in his feedwagon.
- Shocked and Disappointed with NE Farmers Union
Posted 784 days ago
I am so disappointed in the Nebraska Farmers Union for their recent agreement with the HSUS. (See it here: http://kticradio.com/news/agricultural/index.php?more=hz7j8tzn ) So rather than sit and talk to my friends I decided I should write to the board members who made the decision and point out just a few facts…