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Blog: Food Politics
- GMO labeling: Politico’s winners and losers
Posted 3 days ago
I’m just back from Spain and feeling lazy today so I’m just going to “borrow” Politico Morning Agriculture’s Jenny Hopkinson’s take on stakeholder positions on the GMO labeling bill passed by Congress and waiting for the President to sign it, which he is expected to do.
To recap: The bill allows three options for labeling GMO foods.
A QR code requiring a smart phone (the option favored by industry)
A symbol to be developed by USDA
A statement that the food contains genetically modified ingredients (the option favored by pro-labeling groups)
If the President ignores the veto campaign and signs the bill, the USDA will…
- How did Philadelphia pass a soda tax?
Posted 5 days ago
I’m at the Summer Academy in Global Food Law and Policy in Getxo, Spain speaking about Soda Politics and was happy to see Healthy Food America’s analyses of how Philadelphia passed a soda tax.
Jim Krieger starts out with a reminder that all cities are different and all politics is local, but in this case Philadelphia did an outstanding job on the
Political path: a budget proposal to be passed by the City Council
Timing: end of budget speech while still a new mayor
Framing: source of revenue to fund pre-K
Community base: a coalition
Financial support: Bloomberg and Arnold foundations
An effective champion in Mayor Jim Kenney…
- Check out who funded this study of kids’ lunches in Brazil
Posted 6 days ago
Brazilian researchers have published a study clearly aimed at countering Brazil’s dietary guidelines, which the authors say, include advice to “avoid fast food.”
The study, which looked at the nutritional quality of children’s lunches, comes to three conclusions:
The nutrition quality of lunch in fast food restaurants is similar to a typical Brazilian meal [Really? Who paid for this?].
The restaurant meals could fit into a balanced diet from time to time [Of course. Anything can].
Every meal observed here could be improved with regard to sodium and fiber to promote children’s health in adulthood [Ditto].
Did you guess?
The authors acknowledge Equilibrium Consultancy which led this…
- City Voices: Hard Truths about Eating Healthy
Posted 7 days ago
I am a member of the New York Academy of Medicine and am happy to say that its Institute for Urban Health has just published a terrific new report in…
- Big Sugar and Florida’s Everglades: Money Talks
Posted 1 week ago
The Los Angeles Times has reprinted a story about Big Sugar’s hold on Florida politics. The story appeared first in the Miami Herald (but don’t even try to read it there; the ads make the site impenetrable).
The LA Times version is worth a look.
Between 1994 and 2016, a review of state Division of Elections records by The Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times Tallahassee bureau shows, the sugar industry led by United States Sugar and Florida Crystals has steered a whopping $57.8 million in direct and in-kind contributions to state and local political campaigns. (The total does not include federal contributions.)
It appears to…
Blog: Technology and Food
- Lessons learned from losing an AWESOME PASTOR
Posted 2 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 7 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…