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  • Top News from the Food Front: Vegetarian ‘Controversy,’ Food Industry Chicanery

    Ag-gag, organic standards, and GMO labeling debates rage through this week’s food news cycle. Meanwhile Tyson recalls contaminated chicken nuggets (mmm, plastic!), and the media erupts with glee over an Australian study they say indicts vegetarianism: does it really? Don’t miss the drama — find the week’s hottest food news here! More

  • 5 Reasons I’d Still Be Vegan If I Were a Dude

    As the vegan movement grows, statistics say it resonates most strongly with women — at least so far. Of the 2.5 million or so Americans who identify themselves as part of Team Vegan, about 79% are female. Society sends some screwy messages about ‘acceptable’ gender-based behavior; in this case, those messages may be doing men a disservice. Vegan eating isn’t ‘a girl thing’ — especially if you’re a fellow who values strength, health, environmentalism, and sex! More

  • Top News from the Food Front: Feed the Hungry, Fail the Hungry, Print a Burger

    I’ll give it to you straight: this week’s food news isn’t for the faint of heart! Food recalls, food insecurity, corporate SNAP exploitation, and 3-D food printing loom large on the week’s newsfeed. But there’s good news too: Hawaii’s surfers are getting up to some nifty non-GMO activism, and Samuel L. Jackson gives vegan eating (yet another) hefty celebrity boost. So don’t be afraid: read on, for the worst and best news this week in the world of food! More

  • Top News from the Food Front: Water Woes, Meat Recall Mayhem, & Powerful Plants

    Don’t drink the water, and don’t eat the beef. Don’t go to Chick-fil-A, but DO give ’em a high-five for their recent move against antibiotic resistance. New research links food prices to diabetes risk for low-income consumers, Idaho strives towards ag-gag ugliness, and farmers sue each other over genetic contamination. Meanwhile, genies with name-tags reading ‘GMO awareness’ and ‘plant-based health’ escape irretrievably from bottles. Read all about it: get your weekly food news fix here! More

  • Are You Getting What You Need? Top 5 Nutrition Resources for New Vegans

    Are you looking for some good nutritional guidance, to make sure you’re getting what you need from your newly plant-based habits? Thinking of going vegan, but not sure exactly how to healthfully make the leap? Look no further: these nutrition resources make it easy to be a healthy herbivore! More

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    New Documentary ‘Fed Up’ Indicts Food Industry for Obesity Crisis

    ο»ΏKatie Couric strode impressively onto the documentary scene this week with Fed Up, a film premiering last Sunday at the Sundance film festival. Fed Up explores the underlying and often invisible forces driving the childhood obesity crisis, and brings the idea of food as a vital political issue to an ever-growing mainstream audience. More

  • Top News from the Food Front: Global Obesity, Stacked Resistance, Punishment Loaf, & Food Fraud

    Holy guacamole, Bat-Man (or -Woman) — there’s some big news afoot in the food world! Consumers and citizens view GMOs with skyrocketing skepticism; but the Monsanto-staffed USDA doesn’t much care, and pushes on with expedited approval of new stacked-resistance genetically modified crops. Not to be outdone, the FDA draws fire for lackadaisical (ahem) ‘regulation’ of agricultural antibiotics. Newly published studies show alarming global obesity trends, and disturbing trends among patients with metabolic syndrome. Fox meat, donkey meat, and ‘food loaf’ as punishment — read on for all the best stories from this week’s top news in food! More

  • Vegan For Her, by Ginny ‘The Vegan RD’ Messina & JL Fields (Book Review)

    Do your New Year’s resolutions involve vegan eating? Do you happen to be a person of the lady persuasion? If so, you have only two choices: read this book or cheat yourself! Whether you’re a seasoned long-time plant eater or just stepping onto the vegan path, Vegan for Her offers a wealth of vital information for women interested in going (and staying!) healthfully vegan. More

  • Top News from the Food Front: Chicken Ick, Meat Recall, GMO Rejection, & Vegan Pizza

    This week’s news features not one but two reports indicting the chicken industry, as well as the USDA’s (ahem) ‘regulatory’ oversight of it. GMOs face new and improved regulation in Hawaii, but China kicks our imports to the curb for sub-par GMO-related quality control; meanwhile Whole Foods ditches suppliers over genetically modified ingredients. If you still eat animal meat, beware! Several meat recalls are underway — none of them (so far) involve horse meat, but that could change if horse slaughter’s allowed to resume as planned. A recent study touted health benefits of organic milk over conventionally produced milk; but did you get the full story? Read on, for the week’s top news in food! More

  • Top News from the Food Front: Sugary Cancer, Food Industry Cruelty, Non-GMO Win, and Norway’s Military Vegfest

    This week’s news will make you cry, make you sigh, and make you smile. Some of it may even help you avoid diabetes, cancer, and kidney failure! New health research indicts meat and soft drinks, but encourages healthy eaters to go nuts. Animal factories continually find new ways to turn the stomachs of anyone who glimpses their work — and then they file charges against those who dare to see (and record) it. USDA proposes new anti-poop policies targeting organic farmers; but announces new projects supporting local food in public schools. Hawaii knocks the GMO-regulation ball right out of the park! In other breaking news, I suddenly want to move to Norway. Read on, for all the week’s top food news! More

  • Top News from the Food Front: Righteous Research, Processed Poison, AgriBiz Aggro, and a Vegetarian Ruckus

    This week’s top stories bring some nifty research to the table: meat and diabetes, school lunches and student health, Alzheimer’s and herbs! The FDA tries some more baby steps towards regulating dangerous stuff in our food — what a neat idea! — and processed foods reach a new low, sending children to the emergency room. GMO apples that resist turning brown won’t save the world; but they’re the hot new biotech item, and the USDA seeks public comment about it. Also, cattle ranchers hate Joan Jett — read on to find out why! More

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    Top News from The Food Front: Meat, Mayo, & McFoolishness

    Another study links red meat to cancer, low blood sugar impacts brain health, new vegan mayo company prepares for national launch, and McDonald’s highlights the connection between our dysfunctional food system and social justice. Read on, for the week’s top news for foodies! Food, Health, and Mayo Seems like every time I load my browser […] More

  • Mmm, Toxic Nanoparticles!

    When you bite into fresh produce, are you also biting into health-damaging silver particles? Apparently — I’m not even making this up — no one really knows. Some 1,000 foods currently on the market are nanotechnology based, and there’s no question that such contaminants can damage human health. Now new research points to methods that could help identify these toxic nanoparticles on our food, so we can know whether or not to (continue?) eating them. Great news, or disturbing wake-up call? More

  • Insurance Giant to Doctors: Recommend Plant-Based Diet!

    In a startlingly reasonable development, health insurance monolith Kaiser Permanente urges physicians to make use of the abundant existing evidence regarding diet and disease prevention. Kaiser now encourages its 15,000 affiliated doctors to recommend a plant-based to all patients, “especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.” More

  • Childhood Obesity: Progress Underway?

    If you follow food and health news in the U.S. our obesity crisis is no secret: more than 18% of premature deaths can be linked to excess weight. An estimated 1 in 3 American children now struggle with obesity, a rate that has almost tripled since 1963. But after decades of skyrocketing obesity rates, new research offers a glimmer of cautious optimism. More

  • Hispanic Kids and Childhood Obesity: What Michelle Left Out

    On Tuesday Michelle Obama addressed an enthusiastic audience about health concerns facing Hispanic families in the U.S. The First Lady spoke eloquently about the importance of healthy choices in fighting debilitating lifestyle diseases, now distressingly prevalent even among our children — especially among Hispanic (and other minority) children. But framing childhood obesity as a choice-driven issue sells parents and kids way short, especially within economically marginalized communities. If we fail to address the underlying problems, we can’t begin to hope for actual progress. More

  • Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, by T. Colin Campbell (Book Review)

    When the publisher sent me a review copy of Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, it was already on my Amazon wish list. I’ve long admired nutritionist T. Colin Campbell as both a researcher and as a writer; and per my expectations based on past work from this author, he knocks this one right out of the park! More

  • Pork-Queen Disasters and Unrelated Infamies: the Paula Deen Debacle

    I’ll make this short and sweet, because the subject matter is distasteful no matter how you slice it. But following a week or so of full-throttle media frenzy and public mea culpas, in which Paula Deen’s butter-soaked bacon-wrapped food empire seems to be doing a slow-motion crash-and-burn, the strangest aspect of the Paula Deen scandal seems to be what it isn’t. More

  • Anna Lappe TED Talk: Marketing Food to Children

    It’s no secret: food manufacturers see kids as golden geese. Establish brand recognition during the preschool years, and you’ve got yourself a customer for life! Of course, you’ve also got a nation filled with children struggling with obesity, diabetes, and other lifelong health risks… but hey, that’s for their parents to worry about! Parent, author, and educator Anna Lappe calls food companies out — and calls all of us to action — in a TEDx talk published earlier this month. More

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