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Marion Nestle, PH.D
Blog: Food Politics
- Reading for a snowbound day: Noodle Narratives
Posted 9 hours ago
Frederick Errington, Tatsuro Fujikura, and Deborah Gewertz. The Noodle Narratives: The Global Rise of an Industrial Food into the Twenty-First Century. University of California Press, 2013.
How did it happen that…
- Some thoughts about the Revolving Door
Posted 1 day ago
Joel Leftwich has left his job as senior director for PepsiCo’s public policy and government affairs team (since March 2013) to become staff director for the Senate Agriculture Committee now led by Pat Roberts (R-Kansas).
In some ways, it’s a perfectly logical appointment. Before joining PepsiCo, Leftwich worked for Roberts as a legislative aide from 2005 to 2010 and as deputy staff director for the Ag Committee from 2011 to 2013.
But his connection to PepsiCo raises concerns. The Ag committee will be dealing with several issues involving sodas and snack foods opposed by some members of Congress:
Reauthorization of WIC, the Women, Infants…
- Weekend reading: Liz Carlilisle’s Lentil Underground
Posted 4 days ago
Liz Carlisle. Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America. Gotham Books, 2015.
I did a blurb for this one:
What does it take to farm sustainably—and make a…
- Seattle menu labeling improves calorie awareness and use
Posted 5 days ago
A study just published in the American Journal of Public Health demonstrates some benefits from menu labeling.
In 2009, a year after New York City, Seattle required calorie labeling on the menus of restaurants. Its evaluation found:
Calorie information awareness and use increased significantly from 2008 to 2010…the proportion who saw and used calorie information tripled, from 8.1% to 24.8%…White, higher income, and obese respondents had greater odds of seeing calorie information….Significant increases in calorie information awareness and use following regulation support the population-wide value of this policy.
As Helena Bottemiller Evich reports in Politico, this is
a finding that gives some hope to…
- Why voluntary guidelines for marketing to kids can’t work
Posted 6 days ago
Some of the reaction to yesterday’s post commenting on guidelines for voluntary restrictions on marketing to kids focused on political realities. Given that our current Congress is highly unlikely to enact mandatory guidelines, improving voluntary guidelines is the best we can do.
Maybe, but some members of Congress are willing to take action.
Take a look at Buzz Kill, a report on the marketing of highly caffeinated energy drinks by the staff of Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) in coordination with the staff of Senators Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)
Concerned about the effects of these drinks on the health of…
Blog: Technology and Food
- Raising girls to hold on to old fashion morals…respect from boys.
Posted 508 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 860 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 1190 days ago
Just wanted to share how we feed each pen of cattle that we have. Each pen has a recipe and…
Posted 1191 days ago
Mixing a ration for his bucket calves in his feedwagon.
- Shocked and Disappointed with NE Farmers Union
Posted 1196 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…