Posts tagged ‘Food Policy’

What’s Wrong With Our Food System?

This 11 year old can tell you…

December 6, 2010 at 9:37 pm 2 comments

Aaaand That Just Happened

Earlier this week Sarah Palin was on Laura Ingraham’s radio show and once again she was not making sense.

“Take her anti-obesity thing that she is on. She is on this kick, right. What she is telling us is she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat. And I know I’m going to be again criticized for bringing this up, but instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us according to some politician or politician’s wife priorities, just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions and then our country gets back on the right track.”

Hold the phone, are we talking about the same government here? Perhaps Mrs. Palin doesn’t realize that it’s our very own government who subsidizes the non-nutritious junk food way more than healthy fruits and vegetables. Or that so many of our government officials in the USDA also have held major appointments at some of the largest agribusinesses in the country. Or that it’s the same government who chooses to our children frozen pizza for breakfast. Oh, my. I’m going to stop now.

November 28, 2010 at 11:23 am 1 comment

Bittman at Yale

Mark Bittman gave a talk at Yale today as part of a seminar series sponsored by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. Mark is the author of the new(er) book Food Matters as well as several cookbooks and writes a column called Bitten for the New York Times. A self-proclaimed “food person” Mark has a great knowledge of what we eat and what it’s doing to us as a society. His talk today focused on soda. Evil, evil soda. One statistic he mentioned is that in the US 7% of our total caloric intake each year come from soda. That’s a higher percentage than any other food source alone. He is an adamant supported of taxing not just soda, but all processed food or UFOs (Unidentified Foodlike Objects) along with subsidizing healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables. Another fact he threw out is that by taxing sugared beverages 1¢ per ounce it would result in a 15% overall decrease in consumption. Write your congressmen people!

Bittman also spoke about how as a society we have learned how to “uncook”. There are tons of families out there who think heating up a frozen dinner is cooking. It’s true that today more than ever time is an interfering factor. Which is why I think it’s important that we all become educated not just in good vs bad foods, but that we begin to change our whole way of thinking about food on the most fundamental level. The more time and effort that goes into preparing a meal the more one is able to appreciate and celebrate it. I’m a huge advocate of bringing dinner back to the table. This means cooking more, eating better, and taking enough time to sit down with family to enjoy it all.  BUT, back to the talk – it was inspiring to say the least. Add him to your google reader, get his books, listen to his thoughts. You won’t be disappointed.

March 31, 2010 at 6:37 pm Leave a comment

Chew On This

Having read Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation a few years ago, I was excited to read another one of his books. There are a lot of similarities between the two but I definitely learned a few new things from Chew On This. Here are some points and facts which I found particularly interesting:

  • NeuroMarketing – some companies who wish to market to children use this technique. Scientists put a child in a brain scanner and study their neural activity as they watch commercials.
  • A sample school lunch menu: M – Lasagna with garlic bread; T – Subway; W – McDonald’s; Th – Burger King; F – Potato bar with toppings (T-Th remain the same all year). (more…)

January 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm Leave a comment

You Mean It’s NOT Pathogen Free!?!?

Senator Feinstein recently introduced a bill to congress that would require all meat producers to test their finished product for pathogens before sending it off to be sold. Umm…so…you mean they don’t already do this? Does it strike anyone else as odd that our supermarkets are filled with meat that wasn’t inspected upon leaving the factory? I suppose now days this probably isn’t so strange, which, is sad. Thanks for trying Dianne.

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December 8, 2009 at 6:11 pm 1 comment


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