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Trump's USDA Just Made School Meals Less Healthy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its revised school meal rules, in words that would make George Orwell proud:

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Why the Soda Industry Is the Big Tobacco of Our Times

The following is an adapted excerpt from the new book Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)Copyright © 2015 by Marion Nestle and published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. Available for purchase from Amazon and IndieBound:

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My Blog No Longer Accepts Comments, Thanks to GMO Trolls

With regret, I asked my site managers at Cre8d to block all future comments to my site, Food Politics.

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The Berkeley Soda Tax Is Working, Driving Down Consumption by a Fifth

Jennifer Falbe and other investigators from Kristin Madson's group at UC Berkeley have just produced an analysis of the effects of the Berkeley soda tax on consumption patterns.

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We Are Winning the Fight Against Big Soda and the Health Catastrophe It Has Created

The following is an excerpt from the new book Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)by Marion Nestle (Oxford University Press, 2015): 

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Coca-Cola Says Its Drinks Don't Cause Obesity -  Science Says Otherwise

These days, you almost have to feel sorry for soda companies. Sales of sugar-sweetened and diet drinks have been falling for a decade in the United States, and a recent Gallup Poll says 60 percent of Americans are trying to avoid drinking soda. In attempts to reverse these trends and deflect concerns about the health effects of sugary drinks, the soda industry invokes elements of the tobacco industry’s classic playbook: cast doubt on the science, discredit critics, invoke nanny statism and attribute obesity to personal irresponsibility.

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Coca-Cola's New Ad Campaign Claims the Company Is Fighting Obesity? Oh, Please

In case you missed all the publicity about Coca-Cola’s new ad campaign positioning the company as a force for public health, take a look at its new two-minute TV ad.

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What the Heck Happened? The Politics of GM Alfalfa Explained

I’m still trying to understand how it happened that USDA’s plan for peaceful coexistence among growers of alfalfa—genetically modified (GM), industrial (but not GM), and organic (definitely not GM))—failed so miserably.  It was the first time that USDA seemed to be recognizing the legitimacy of complaints that GM crops are contaminating organic crops.  I thought this was a food step forward.

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8 Ways to Fix Our Broken Food System

Bill Marler, the food safety lawyer in Seattle, is asking for responses to the question, “if you had a magic wand, how would you fix the food safety system?” 

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How Coke and Pepsi Are Buying Off Charities Like Save the Children

Does corporate social responsibility pay off for corporations?  Indeed it does.  Corporate money buys silence, if nothing else.

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GM Corn Causes Problems in Rats?

French investigators have published a reinterpretation of some feeding studies in small samples of rats.  The studies were done originally by Monsanto to test three varieties of the company’s genetically modified corn.  These investigators obtained the data from the feeding trials as the result of a court case in Europe, which Monsanto lost.   They analyzed the data using their own statistical methods.

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Is Organic Food Healthier than Conventional? A Food Expert Responds to a Controversial New Study

I'm in London and this week's tabloid Daily Express has a headline in type two inches high: "ORGANIC FOOD NO HEALTHIER." The article begins, "Eating organic food in the belief that it is good for your health is a waste of money, new research shows."

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How Food Companies Have Caused Obesity

As a nutrition professor, I am constantly asked why nutrition advice changes so much and why experts so often disagree.  Whose information, people ask me, can we trust? I’m always tempted to say, “Mine, of course,” but I understand the problem.  Yes, nutrition advice is complicated by scientific arguments, the vested interests of food companies, and compromised government regulations.  But basic dietary advice has been the same for 50 years and is not in dispute.  I summarize it as “eat less; move more; eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains; and avoid too much junk food.”  Michael Pollan says the same thing more succinctly: “Eat food.  Not too much.  Mostly plants.”

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