Here’s another one of those occasional queries from Kerry Trueman. This one, posted at The Huffington Post, is about FDA regulations for labeling sugars.
Kerry Trueman: I’ve just begun to sink my teeth into Michael Moss’s extraordinary food industry exposé, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants... Read more
For my monthly (first Sunday) Food Matters column in the San Francisco Chronicle, I devote the one in January every year to predictions. Last year, I got them all pretty much on target. It didn't take much genius to figure out that election-year politics would bring things to a standstill. This... Read more
Artificial sweeteners are a terrific example of why correlation does not necessarily mean causation.
Their use has increased in parallel — is highly correlated — with rising rates of obesity. But could artificial sweeteners cause obesity?
Unlikely as that idea may seem, Brazilian researchers... Read more
I get asked to blurb books every now and then and say yes to the ones I especially appreciate. Here are three recently published books, well worth having and reading:
Fred Kaufman, Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food, Wiley, 2012
In Bet the Farm, Fred Kaufman connects the dots between food... Read more
The best explanation of what's happening with the long-delayed 2012 farm bill comes from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. In September, it produced a still very much relevant Q & A on the topic. The 2008 farm bill expired without being renewed and if Congress does not act soon,... Read more
One of the great ironies of food politics these days is this: while journalists and scientists are increasingly documenting the health consequences of diets way too high in added sugars, the producers of two forms of those sugars — sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) — are doing everything... Read more
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which is responsible for regulating advertising, has just revised its "Green Guide" to eco-labeling.
The FTC warns that:
Explanations of specific attributes, even when true and substantiated, will not adequately qualify general environmental marketing claims... Read more
My monthly Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle:
Q: I forced myself to watch all four hours of HBO’s Weight of the Nation. I get it that obesity is a scary problem and I’m supposed to be eating less. What I don’t get is how I’m supposed to do that when food companies can do what... Read more