Two new nominees for key food and nutrition positions have received varied reactions from food policy blogs.
Agricultural biotech companies claim that genetically modified crops have a higher yield. But a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists states that traditional genetic crosses outperform genetically modified crops by a wide margin.
Last year, a record half of U.S. infants were enrolled in food assistance programs such as the WIC. But are these programs healthy? And why are one in two American infants so impoverished they require food assistance?
A chorus of editorials and experts calls for federal oversight to ensure the safety of the country's food supply. Congress should listen.
Other countries require scientific proof of health claims before they can be advertised, such as the much-advertised "benefits" of antioxidants or omega-3 in food. Why don't we?
A USDA report examines what the rising food prices mean for U.S. agriculture. But shouldn't we also be concerned about what will happen to farmers in the rest of the world? If we are part of a global food system, don't we have some global responsibility?
A recent eating behavior experiment demonstrates the odd effects of "health aura." Not only does the phenomenon let people deceive themselves into over-indulging, it may contribute to the success of largely-unproven and unnecessary vitamin supplements.
What should the Obamas feed their new dog Bo? And is commercial pet food safe? Addressing some pressing concerns about the new White House pup.
The CDC says that rates of foodborne illnesses are neither increasing nor decreasing significantly. The meat industry may be using this to claim that the system is working, but shouldn't thing be improving for it to be a success?
A recent New York Times opinions column uses a study to argue that free-range pork has a higher rate of disease than factory-farmed pork. But guess who paid for the study?
Lots of well-meaning people are trying to develop systems for labeling foods by their degree of nutritional quality. A new study says traffic lights beat out the other systems tested in helping consumers choose healthier foods: green for "eat anytime," yellow for "once-in-a-while," and red for "hardly ever."
Cutting down on sugary drinks is the first thing to do to control weight. So should we tax soda to encourage people to stop sipping the sweet stuff? Some health experts say yes.The debate on soda taxes.
Brazilian food scientists have invented ice cream with probiotics, bacteria that are supposed to do great things for your health. But doesn't freezing kill off most friendly bacteria? And do we really need someone to make us feel better about eating lots of ice cream?
The FDA is getting tougher about food safety. But their success on the pistachio recalls don't get at the real problems: the lack of a unified food safety system with some teeth in it, resources to carry out food safety oversight and inspections, and authority to order recalls of potentially unsafe food (recalls are currently voluntary).
Instead of stuffing customers with giant portions, restaurants can actually help them eat healthier. It's easier than you might think. Here are a few modest suggestions that would make a big difference for all of us.
A German study shows that more water in schools decreases childhood obesity rates. But could it work here?
The Department of Health and Human Services recently conducted an exercise to see if the government could effectively trace food products. It couldn't. The companies that produce the food can't do it either. If only Congress would give the FDA the necessary authority.
This time, the contamination was discovered by a small nut company that routinely tests for salmonella. What's reassuring--and what's scary--about the ongoing recall, already up to 74 different products and two million pounds of food. Update (April 3rd): A mysterious new development.
Eating well doesn't always come cheap. Nutritionists are always telling everyone to eat more fruits and vegetables. You might think this would be harder to do when the economy goes bad. You would be right. A new report finds that people bought less produce in 2008 than they did in 2007, but are paying more for it.
The FDA is announcing the "voluntary" recall of certain pistachio products: a mere million pounds of apparently Salmonella-contaminated products from a California producer. As with the peanut butter recalls, pistachios are used in many different kinds of products. Will this ever end?