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@marionnestle Weekend reading: Supersizing Urban America - Chin Jou.  Supersizing Urban America: How Inner Cities Got Fast Food with Government Help. University of Chicago Press, 2017. I first read this book in manuscript form and have been its biggest fan ever since.  It’s terrific that it is now out and can—and should—be read by everyone. I was delighted to do a back-cover blurb for it: This page-turner of a book tells a virtually unknown story.  Federal policies to assist small businesse...

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@marionnestle Blueprint for a National Food Strategy - Food policy clinics at the Harvard and Vermont law schools have issued a new report—interactive no less. The report argues that our food system often works at cross-purposes, providing abundance while creating inefficiencies, and imposing unnecessary burdens on our economy, environment, and overall health. Many federal policies, laws, and regulations guide and structure our food system. However, these laws are fragmented and sometimes i...

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@marionnestle The proposed organic “checkoff:” an analysis - The New Food Economy’s Weekly Dish has a riveting piece about the debates over a proposal for an organic “checkoff” program. Checkoffs are USDA-sponsored generic marketing and research programs for specific commodities.  They raise money from fees based on sales (the “checkoff”) that can be used for advertising campaigns such as the the dairy checkoff’s “milk mustache” or the pork checkoff’s “other white meat.” Joe Fassler writes:...

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@marionnestle The President’s Budget: What Does it Mean for Food Politics?

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@marionnestle Weekend reading: Andy Smith’s latest encyclopedia, “Food in America”

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@marionnestle Does Monsanto collude with EPA to cast doubt on the carcinogenicity of Roundup?

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@marionnestle Philadelphia’s soda tax: a round up - If you are having trouble keeping up with articles about soda taxes, you are not the only one.  I’m trying to do this by dealing with one city at a time.  Here’s what’s come in recently about what’s happening in Philadelphia: The Mayor’s office has a summary of what the tax does. Fifteen health organizations have filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the tax and in opposition to the beverage industry’s lawsuit.  Here’s their press rel...

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@marionnestle R.I.P. Carol Field - I am grief stricken to learn of the death of Carol Field, food writer extraordinaire, friend, and occasional travel companion.  The San Francisco Chronicle has a lovely obituary for her with wonderful photographs. But here’s my personal favorite from a happy day at the octopus fountain in Monopoli, Italy, circa 1993.  

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@marionnestle R.I.P. George Blackburn - I was sad to hear of the death of George Blackburn who, as the New York Times put it, “helped America eat better.” He was an important influence on my career.  I first heard of him in the mid-1970s, when I was working at the medical school at the University of California San Francisco.  He and colleagues began publishing articles about the shocking extent of malnutrition—frank starvation !—in patients hospitalized for long periods of time: Bistrian BR...
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