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September 7th, 2012
There's nothing "cool" about wasting food
There has been a parade of headlines lately about the shocking statistic that approximately 40 percent of the food in the United States is thrown away . Even allowing some room for error, this level of waste is staggering on many fronts.
August 20th, 2012
Feds Playing Politics with Food Safety is Enough to Make You Sick
Rarely does the mainstream media bother to connect the dots when it comes to our broken food safety system. Consider these two recent headlines: Foodborne Outbreaks Falling Short of U.S.
August 20th, 2012
Taming the Lunchbox
Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I used to bring my lunch to school. Invariably tucked inside my “Peanuts” lunchbox was a sandwich, a few carrot sticks, a piece of fruit, and a couple of home-made cookies, usually oatmeal.
August 2nd, 2012
Center for Food Safety Comments at New York City Soda Limits Hearing
Last week I had the pleasure of lending my support, on behalf of the Center for Food Safety, to New York City’s proposal to limit the size of sugary beverages sold at food service outlets.
July 16th, 2012
New York Times' Oversized Argument: Organic Can't Be Stuffed Inside a Big Food Box
There is no disputing the claim that organic has become “a wildly lucrative business for Big Food,” as discussed at length in the recent New York Times article: “Has ‘Organic’ Been Oversized?&.
July 4th, 2012
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Cool...
It’s hot out! With heat records falling across the U.S. every day, we’re a nation in pursuit of cool .
June 5th, 2012
Your Burger Just Got a Little Safer, Thanks to Uncle Sam
After years of debating, petitioning, rulemaking, and outright stalling, this week the federal government is finally implementing new requirements for testing E. coli in ground beef. Why is this cause for celebration? Because while the U.S.
June 4th, 2012
Mercury Bigger Worry than Radiation in Tuna
Few things get a media frenzy going like the combination of two words: radiation and food.
May 25th, 2012
Supporting Vets' Letter to President Obama on 2,4-D a Fitting Memorial
With Memorial Day just a few days away, many across the country will soon stop and remember the meaning of military service and the ultimate sacrifice so many gave — and are still giving. Remembering is what the day is all about.
May 10th, 2012
More Empty Recommendations on Junk Food Marketing to Children
Institute of Medicine Gives Big Food Another Deadline – or else! This week, the nation’s top public health experts are gathered at a much-trumpeted obesity conference hosted by the U.S.
April 4th, 2012
BPA is FDA's Latest Gift to Food Industry
In a long-awaited decision, last week the Food and Drug Administration disappointed health advocates once again by allowing Bisphenol A or BPA, a known endocrine disruptor, to remain approved as a chemical additive in food containers such as plastic.
March 23rd, 2012
"The Hunger Games" -- Fantasy or Prophecy?
“I’m going to see ‘The Hunger Games’ on Thursday night with Eli. It opens at midnight,” announced my fifteen year old son, Owen.
March 15th, 2012
Pink Slime: A Symptom of Industrialized Meat
This past week, the media woke up to the shocking reality that our meat supply is in fact industrialized. Long gone are the days of your friendly local butcher grinding meat for your kids’ hamburgers.
February 22nd, 2012
A Budget Cut Only the Produce Industry Could Love
You’ve probably never heard of the Microbiological Data Program (MDP) but if you eat fresh produce, you should, because it’s currently on President Obama’s budgetary chopping block.
February 22nd, 2011
Nature Happens - Humans Can't Control Everything, Particularly GE Alfalfa
Last week, USDA announced its decision to allow the planting of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready (RR) GM alfalfa without any ongoing monitoring or regulation whatsoever.
January 29th, 2011
Fighting a Common Enemy on the GMO Battlefield
Yesterday’s announcement by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) that it will once again allow unlimited, nation-wide commercial planting of Monsanto’s genetically-engineered (GE) Roundup Ready alfalfa, despite the many ris.