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Marion Nestle, PH.D
Blog: Food Politics
- The Healthy Nation Coalition doesn’t like the Dietary Guidelines. But what does it want?
Posted 59 mins ago
This is my week to be talking about the Dietary Guidelines, apparently. Yesterday’s Politico Morning Agriculture, a news source on which I greatly depend, noted yet another attack on the…
- More pressures on Dietary Guidelines: The “Back to Balance” Coalition
Posted 2 days ago
I had to laugh when I read Andy Bellatti’s blog post on the latest food industry front group, the Back to Balance Coalition.
A few years ago, Andy started a group called Dietitians for Professional Integrity to advocate for greater financial transparency and ethical sponsorships within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Dietitians for Professional Integrity does not believe that it’s a good idea for the country’s largest organization of nutrition professionals to be sponsored by Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, and other Big Food giants.
I could not agree more. And the same could be said of the American Society for Nutrition. See, for…
- 2015 Dietary Guidelines: more congressional micromanagement
Posted 3 days ago
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is meeting today by teleconference.
One issue, no doubt, will be the House directive in the appropriations bill (page 50 of this draft):
Dietary Guidelines.—The Committee is concerned that the advisory committee for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is considering issues outside of the nutritional focus of the panel. Specifically, the advisory committee is showing an interest in incorporating sustainability, climate change, and other environmental factors and production practices into their criteria for establishing the next dietary recommendations, which is clearly outside of the scope of the panel. The Committee directs the Secretary to ensure that the advisory committee focuses only on nutrient and…
- The loss of pleasure caused by menu labeling?
Posted 6 days ago
Several readers alerted me to a Reuters article about the FDA’s “lost pleasure” analysis of the effects of the new menu labeling rules.
U.S. health regulators estimate that consumers will suffer up to $5.27 billion in “lost pleasure” over 20 years when calorie counts on restaurant menus discourage people from ordering french fries, brownies and other high-calorie favorites.
The lost-pleasure analysis, which is criticized by some leading economists and public health groups, was tucked into new regulations published last month by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration…Public health advocates alerted Reuters to the inclusion of the analysis, which they say makes such…
- Congress again micromanages nutrition standards
Posted 7 days ago
Congress, in its infinite wisdom, is again using the appropriations process to micromanage nutrition standards for school meals and the WIC program, against the advice of the Institute of Medicine and other health experts.
The new appropriations bill includes several provisions relevant to issues I discuss frequently here. By all reports, this is the best that can be expected, given the makeup of this Congress.
Section 751 grants exemptions to states from the whole grain requirements for school meals “Provided, That school food authorities demonstrate hardship…in procuring specific whole grain products which are acceptable to the students and compliant with the whole…
Blog: Technology and Food
- Raising girls to hold on to old fashion morals…respect from boys.
Posted 468 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 820 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 1150 days ago
Just wanted to share how we feed each pen of cattle that we have. Each pen has a recipe and…
Posted 1151 days ago
Mixing a ration for his bucket calves in his feedwagon.
- Shocked and Disappointed with NE Farmers Union
Posted 1156 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…