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Marion Nestle, PH.D
Blog: Food Politics
- Small farms in Cuba: a brief report on my visit
Posted 14 hours ago
As noted in an earlier post, I was offline from from June 13-20 on a visit to Cuba with a Food First group visiting small organic farms, rural and urban.
- The FDA’s latest move on trans fats
Posted 2 days ago
I’m still catching up on what happened during the week I was offline in Cuba (more on that later this week).
One big event was the FDA’s announcement that it no longer considers artificial trans fat as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption, meaning that processed food manufacturers need to get rid of it. They get three years to do so.
Here are the relevant documents:
Federal Register Notice: Final Determination Regarding Partially Hydrogenated Oils June 2015
Federal Register Notice: Tentative Determination Regarding Partially Hydrogenated Oils; Request for Comments and for Scientific Data and Information; Extension of Comment Period December 2013
Final Determination Regarding…
- Bird flu poses big-time challenges for egg producers
Posted 3 days ago
This is a roundup of recent items on the effects of bird flu on egg producers: (1) the toll of the epidemic, (2) the politics, (3) the effects on restaurants, (4) the potential for a vaccine, and (5) a Food-Navigator-USA special edition.
1. The toll: According to the USDA’s Chicken and Eggs report, the number of chickens laying table eggs declined by 33.5 million since April 1, a loss of 11%, and the number of eggs is down by 5%. In May alone, 31.4 million layers were “rendered, died, destroyed, composted or disappeared,” four times the usual mortality rate. No surprise, but egg prices…
- Sugar politics: a roundup of recent events
Posted 6 days ago
While I was visiting Cuba, formerly the largest supplier of sugar to the United States and now blocked from selling anything to us, I missed several stories about sugar. It’s time to catch up with them.
The Mexican Nutritional Health Alliance announces a 6% reduction in purchase of sugary beverages since implementation of the peso-per-liter tax.
Johns Hopkins issued a case study on Mexico’s soda tax, explaining why it worked.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has a new advertising campaign on the health risks of sugary drinks for children. You can view the ads here.
Canada has decided against requiring…
- Industry-funded studies that do NOT favor the sponsor
Posted 7 days ago
I’ve been posting summaries of studies funded by food companies or trade groups, all of which come up with results that the sponsor can use for marketing purposes.
In each of these posts, I ask for examples of industry-funded studies that produce results contrary to the interests of the funder.
In response, I received this comment from Mickey Rubin, Vice President for Nutrition Research, National Dairy Council.
He gave me permission to reproduce his letter:
By way of introduction, my name is Mickey Rubin and I am a scientist at the National Dairy Council. I understand that you know Greg Miller, and I asked him…
Blog: Technology and Food
- Raising girls to hold on to old fashion morals…respect from boys.
Posted 663 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 1016 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 1346 days ago
Just wanted to share how we feed each pen of cattle that we have. Each pen has a recipe and…
Posted 1346 days ago
Mixing a ration for his bucket calves in his feedwagon.
- Shocked and Disappointed with NE Farmers Union
Posted 1351 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…