Archive for the ‘Food Politics’ Category

Wisconsin Butter Politics: Making the Competition Illegal

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 8:05 No Comments

Butter interests in the state of Wisconsin are forcing out the competition with a “butter grading” law, and Kerrygold consumers are fuming all over social media. A Kerrygold butter seller in Wisconsin can be subject to a fine of $1,000 or 6 months in jail. The issue here is an obscure state law from the [...]

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FDA Claims the Power to Define Words

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 15:22 2 Comments

The FDA wants full control of the word “healthy.” To quote: The Food and Drug Administration will re-evaluate its definition of “healthy,” which could eventually upend how a range of foods are marketed. The gist of this is that the FDA will take full control of a word. The word “healthy,” and how it is [...]

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Big Food Player Gives Way to GMO Pressures

Monday, March 21, 2016 10:20 No Comments

General Mills feels “forced” to roll out GMO labeling in products across the national spectrum because the state of Vermont stepped forward and became the first state to require GMO labeling. The decision was made by the company because of the cost of complying with individual states, each with their own laws. But don’t worry [...]

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“Processed meat causes cancer, health experts warn”

Monday, October 26, 2015 20:38 2 Comments

This story, at first, seemed like another one of those ignorable media blitzes that distorted some research, drew causation from correlation, and sensationalized the results. The consumption of red meat has been noted to cause cancer, and since the World Health Organization says so, this thing has some traction. Red meat and processed meat has [...]

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Food Insecure, but iPhone and New-Car Secure.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 19:46 1 Comment

A 2014 article from National Geographic gives a brief history of the USDA’s shift from screaming “hungry” to hawking the more politically palatable and marketable description of “food insecurity.” In 2006 the USDA traded the term “hunger” for “food insecurity,” shifting the focus from people who were literally without food to people who subjectively rated themselves as not eating what [...]

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FEE Promotes FrankenAnimals as a “Revolution.”

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 19:07 No Comments

So now FEE is promoting gene-editing and genetically-engineered animals as a free-market alternative for farming while making the case that to do so will foil the rotten FDA, essentially trying to string up this position as a libertarian, free-market position. Besides being some of the worst writing I have ever seen on FEE, this writer [...]

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Desperation Move for the Empty Calorie Complex

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 8:42 1 Comment

The “Global Balance Energy Network.” No, this is not a commie-style, climate change coalition, though the name has that kind of ring to it. This is a new organization funded by Coca-Cola that intends to counter the current backlash against the beverage giants by redirecting the focus of consumers from the quality of their food [...]

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Kraft Slices Are Not “Cheese”

Thursday, August 6, 2015 19:18 2 Comments

Kraft no-cheese. A rather deathly pale, chemicalized product referred to as “food.” In their (Kraft) words: “A thin strip of the individual packaging film may remain adhered to the slice after the wrapper has been removed. If he film sticks to the slice and is not removed, it could potentially cause a choking hazard.” Although this [...]

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Stop Being Brainwashed on Fat

Saturday, July 18, 2015 9:03 2 Comments

From the article “Why is the Federal Government Afraid of Fat?” from the New York Times. This fear of fat has had far-reaching impacts, from consumer preferences to the billions of dollars spent by the military, government-run hospitals and school districts on food. As we argue in a recently published article in The Journal of [...]

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FDA: Protecting & Promoting Outdated Science and Corporate Influence

Monday, July 13, 2015 19:41 No Comments

I wish I could give proper attribution (it’s not mine), but this has just been floating around FaceBook, and it’s worth a plug. I’d argue that corporate influence needs to be at the top, and the science is more intentionally falsified than it is outdated. I’d also get rid of the “Facts Facts” typo, but otherwise, [...]

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