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Marion Nestle, PH.D
Blog: Food Politics
- Universal school meals? Not quite, alas.
Posted 2 days ago
Last week during the rollout of all the accomplishments of Let’s Move!, I wrote enthusiastically about one of them: universal school meals.
I pointed out that schools in which 40% or more of children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals will now be permitted to serve free breakfasts and free lunches to every student in the school, regardless of family income. Oops.
And I said: This program, which will affect 22,000 U.S. schools and 9 million children, is cost-neutral. Oops again.
Ain’t necessarily so, not so simple, it’s complicated—objected four readers who know a lot more about the arcane rules for school meal reimbursement.
My first error: the 40% refers only…
- WHO tries added sugar guideline again: 10% of daily calories!
Posted 3 days ago
While I’m on the topic of sugars (see yesterday’s post), the World Health Organization (WHO) has just called for public comment on proposed new guidelines for intake of “free” (added) sugars:
Added sugar intake should be less than 10% of total calories per day (50 grams for a 2000 calorie-a-day diet)
Intake below 5% of calories would confer additional benefits (25 grams)
Although the announcement casually mentions that the draft guidelines reaffirm a previous WHO sugar guideline from 2002, it just as casually fails to mention what happened to that guideline.
I, however, have perfect recall, particularly because I wrote about these events in…
- Oops. WIC rules for yogurt permit loads of added sugar
Posted 4 days ago
After my post earlier this week about the USDA’s final rules for the WIC program, I heard from Tracy Fox, who heads a food and nutrition policy consulting firm in Washington, DC.
She wrote: “Did you see the amount of total sugar they are allowing in the yogurt provision? Up to 40 grams per 8 ounces.”
Oops. She’s right.
The sugar rules for WIC yogurt
The rules say:
As recommended by the IOM, yogurt must conform to the standard of identity for yogurt as listed in Table 4 of 7 CFR 246.10(e)(12) and may be plain or flavored with ≤ 40 grams of total sugar per…
- Food industry puts $50 million into another end run around the FDA
Posted 5 days ago
Over the weekend, Politico announced that the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and Food Marketing Institute (FMI) were finally going to launch their long-threatened $50 million campaign to promote voluntary “Facts…
- Let’s Move! scores one more: No white potatoes in the WIC package
Posted 6 days ago
On Friday afternoon (that slow news moment), Let’s Move! and the USDA announced the release of the long-awaited Final Rules governing foods eligible for purchase by participants in WIC–The Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children.
These are the first such revisions since 1980. The rules:
Increase the dollar amount for purchases of fruits and vegetables.
Expand whole grain options.
Allow for yogurt as a partial milk substitute.
Allow parents of older infants to buy fresh produce instead of jarred infant food
Give states and local WIC agencies more flexibility in meeting the nutritional and cultural needs of WIC participants.
These are good moves but the big news…
Blog: Technology and Food
- Raising girls to hold on to old fashion morals…respect from boys.
Posted 184 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 536 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 866 days ago
Just wanted to share how we feed each pen of cattle that we have. Each pen has a recipe and…
Posted 867 days ago
Mixing a ration for his bucket calves in his feedwagon.
- Shocked and Disappointed with NE Farmers Union
Posted 871 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…