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Blog: Food Politics
- Weekend reading: Fixing the Food System
Posted 1 day ago
Steve Clapp. Fixing the Food System: Changing How We Produce and Consume Food. ABC-Clio, 2017 (but it’s out).
I wrote the Foreword to this book. Here’s what I said:
In this welcome…
- FDA seeks input on issues related to dietary fiber
Posted 3 days ago
You might think that fiber simply refers to components of food plants that cannot be digested by human enzymes and are excreted in feces.
No such luck.
Like everything else in nutrition, fiber is complicated, not least because intestinal bacteria can digest some of those components and produce nutrients we can use.
In May, the FDA said that naturally occurring dietary fibers such as those found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains—and 7 specific isolated or synthetic fibers—could be declared on the label under “Dietary Fiber.”
The FDA defines fiber as (no, I’m not kidding):
non-digestible soluble and insoluble carbohydrates (with three or more monomeric…
- FDA clarifies what’s happening with menu labeling
Posted 4 days ago
Remember menu labeling—the amazing number of calories posted on your favorite items at chain restaurants? For those of you who don’t live in New York City or other places with calorie labels, they are supposedly coming soon to places near you.
Here’s FDA-speak for what is happening:
In December 2015, section 747 of the 2016 Omnibus Bill prohibited FDA from using appropriated funding to implement, administer, or enforce the menu labeling requirements until one year after FDA finalized the draft September 2015 menu labeling guidance. While FDA originally issued a statement indicating the Omnibus Bill extended the compliance date, FDA is clarifying…
- Small farms: the new math
Posted 5 days ago
My former student, Michael Bulger sends interesting tidbits. This one is an article on 538 by Maggie Koerth-Baker how the USDA’s ways of measuring farm size and number obscure the (a) the increasingly rapid consolidation of large farms and (b) the fact that many small farms aren’t farms at all.
From 2001 to 2011, the number of very large farms — 2,000 acres or more — grew from 1.7 percent of all farms to 2.2 percent. In other words, a relative handful of big farms are getting even bigger, even though the amount of land being farmed stayed about the same.
- Weekend reading: Fig Trees!
Posted 1 week ago
Mike Shanahan. Gods, Wasps and Stranglers: The Secret History and Redemptive Future of Fig Trees. Chelsea Green, 2016.
I have a particular interest in this book. The summer before last,…
Blog: Technology and Food
- Lessons learned from losing an AWESOME PASTOR
Posted 6 months ago
I told my husband, I haven’t felt this sad since the last funeral I went to. WOW that seems a…
- Merry Christmas from our Farm to you…
Posted 12 months ago
- Raising girls to hold on to old fashion morals…respect from boys.
Posted 3 years 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 4 years 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 5 years ago
Just wanted to share how we feed each pen of cattle that we have. Each pen has a recipe and…