Archive for the ‘Food Politics’ Category

Kraft Heinz and the Industrial-Agricultural-Criminal Complex

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 20:10 4 Comments

On the surface, this cartoon below reflects the expectations that health-and-wellness champions hold toward the industrial-agricultural-criminal complex as news of the Buffett-steered Kraft Heinz unification spilled out to the masses. However, I tend toward another view that, I admit, may be slightly over-optimistic, especially considering my acerbic criticism of food politics on the larger whole. Thanks [...]

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Shocker: Eat Fat, Avoid Food Pyramid, Lose Weight

Sunday, February 22, 2015 19:28 2 Comments

This headline is deemed “jolting”: A change in heart, cholesterol may not be as bad as once thought. This headline, in my mind, is couched in a way that insulates the guilty. It should say, “The government and its minions in Big Food-Big Ag and the medical-governmental-pharmaceutical-nutritional complex have been lying to you to further [...]

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Start Cooking Again

Sunday, February 22, 2015 8:18 No Comments

Here is a high-level sketch of Michael Pollan’s take on supermarkets, and how and why they become a very important conduit from Big Food-Big Agra to your mouths, especially as it concerns marketing to children. This short video includes a very informative discussion, set in a supermarket, between New York Times food writer Michael Moss, author [...]

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The Government At Your Dinner Table

Saturday, February 21, 2015 7:07 No Comments

More federal food politics are sprinkling from down on high. One item littering the news-o-sphere, yesterday, is the notion that eating meat contributes to global warming, er, … make that climate change. A federal advisory committee is already setting up the next generation of federal dietary guidelines to knock meat out of the park and [...]

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Government’s “Nutritional Experiment” That Killed Its Willing Subjects

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 7:55 1 Comment

Indeed, this is not a mock Onion piece, nor is it an illusion. The former mother of all conventional wisdom is striking out against conventional wisdom with its defense of fat and the way we used to eat. That is, until the McGovern Committee’s Report put Americans on a path to obesity and disease in [...]

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Butter, We Repent

Monday, July 7, 2014 16:51 1 Comment

My parents, once upon a time, never knew anything but real butter. However, my generation grew up with the usual 70s propaganda: fat bad, industrial-chemical substitutes good. The twisted, power-mongering politics of food have long had a stranglehold on fat, especially in terms of demonizing saturated fat in favor of its plasticized, industrial substitutes. One of the most [...]

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Julia Child on McDonald’s French Fries

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 18:08 4 Comments

A blast from the past: a 1995 interview with Julia Child on the goodness of beef tallow and lard, which was condemned by government bureaucrats, politicized special interests, and other assorted purveyors of food politics in favor of trans fat and industrial oils, and how that forced change turned McDonald’s french fries from a treat [...]

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Pomegranates Gone Wild

Saturday, April 26, 2014 6:50 2 Comments

The Coca-Cola machine vs the self-professed lords of pomegranate – the Supreme Court is hearing arguments. POM Wonderful first sued Coca-Cola in 2008 under the Lanham Act, signed into law by Harry Truman, which “prohibits false and misleading statements” about products. POM’s case is essentially one of competition: Coca-Cola has produced a nasty, little product made [...]

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The Stuff We Eat in Our Meat

Sunday, December 29, 2013 11:50 1 Comment

Mother Jones ran a piece this month, “5 Surprising Things We Feed Cows.” Sawdust, chicken shit, candy, crab guts, ground limestone. Two things to note that are wrong with this piece. First, it’s not “we” – it’s the industrial system propped up by subsidies and government dictates favorable to unsustainable, unhealthy, industrial farming practices. The [...]

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The Industrial Big K: Women, Cereal, and Fat Talk

Friday, December 27, 2013 23:04 No Comments

Kellogg’s is playing to the dumbed-down, Oprahized female masses with its latest campaign, “Fight Fat Talk.” The website is all about “positive posts that are helping silence the negativity.” Seriously – here it is. Kellogg’s is using its signature chick cereal, Special K, to sell women on the notion that “fat talk” is a “barrier to weight management [...]

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