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Creating At-Risk Kids with At-Risk Foods

The typical image of "at-risk" children is of semi-starved poor children, lacking the basics of life -- shelter, clothing, and medical care. Yet, we are all becoming keenly aware that all of our children are "at risk" of succumbing to the "obesity epidemic." Of course, it's not really an actual epidemic, strictly speaking, but its undeniable that the kids are getting very fat and increasingly unhealthy.We may all scratch our heads and wonder, "How did this happen?" The answer is not ...

Can the Cans

This week it was revealed that the consumer research group Consumer Reports found that BPA (Bisphenol A) is still present in many consumer products, including organic and "health" foods made by Eden Foods and Annie’s Homegrown, as well as foods that claim their packages are "BPA-free." Geez... when even do-goody food turns bad, who can ya trust?Recall that BPA, which has been suspected of being hazardous to humans since the 1930s, only came to public attention in 2008 after scientific ...

It Does Not Compute: Danger Danger in New Robotics

The New York Times had a story the other day about two robots (Nao and iCat) that have been programmed to teach children to avoid overeating. Developed by the TNO research institute in Delft (Netherlands) and by Aldebaran Robotics of Paris (France), the robots are about two feet tall, can see and talk and even mimic emotions such as empathy through their moving facial features. According to the story, the goal is to help build emotional ties with young children which would allow ...

Wonder Bread Revisited: Easy Bread Recipe

Who can forget Wonder Bread, that white spongy bread of our youth that allegedly "builds strong bodies twelve ways"? Hard to imagine how that stuff could build anything much though we recall enjoying making little balls with it that could be used like a kind of play-doh (kind of tasted like it too just a little less salty) so maybe you could build little dough ball people that way after all.Fortunately, we've grown up and our idea of what healthy tasty bread is has changed as well. ...

Cooking Karma: Why Our Eating Habits Can Leave Us Empty

In today's New York Times, the king of the food literati, Michael Pollan, presents, "Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch," a tale of how (and a bit of why) Americans barely cook these days and what it could mean for our future. The best part of the piece, for us anyway, was the guy who got right to the point. According to Harry Balzer, a leading food industry analyst, the real reason we have a national eating problem is "Because we're basically cheap and lazy." He adds, "Besides, the ...

Keeping Safe By Keeping Track: Animal ID and Food Security

So now that many of us are completely freaked out about eating (if you're not, you must be forgetting your recommended daily dose of media) , let's talk about what is touted as the promise of "hope" on the horizon, keeping us safe by instituting an animal spy system, for our own heath and welfare, of course. It's the National Animal Identification System (NAIS for short). Um... Seems a bit creepy if you ask us.This U.S. "government animal health surveillance" system, which requires regist...

Food Bashing is Bogus

Apparently, the tough economy is leading food companies to take off the gloves (were they ever really on?) and go on the attack against their fellow food competitors, so says the Wall Street Journal. Since the "Eat More" strategy can only go just so far when consumers' wallets are empty, the companies have gone on the attack.Burger King tastes better than McDonalds. Campbell's soup has more MSG than Progresso's. Domino's subs kick the pants off of Subway's. You know, that kind of thing. At ...

Influence Peddlers and What We Eat

The Washington Post, reporting all things politico, had a story today about our new Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, formerly Iowa governor. Apparently, he's trying to reassure worried food policy activists, Michael Pollan among them, who think it's going to be agribusiness as usual. Certainly in these times, with accusations of sleeping regulators who allow (even effectively condone) fraud and influence peddlers running amok (isn't that their job?), it's a real worry.The fundamental problem here, ...

Are You Thirsty? Honest Tea? Honestly!

In an issue of Organic Processing, an organic industry trade mag published this fall (yes, odd as it seems, it is an industry), Seth Goldman, the President of Honest Tea (over $27 million in U.S. sales last year) defended his decision to partner with Coca-Cola. He explains that he can still do good, do even more... that his company can still walk the walk on integrity and values. Maybe.Putting aside any issues with the Coca-Cola Company (for another day, that is, because we sure got 'em), ...

In a Rut? Create Your Gut!

and security of our food supply is not all there is to know in order to wake up and eat better. Of course, we all want clean good food. But, one of the most important concepts to help you wake up is the phenomenon of conscious metabolism. Experience shows that just as we can literally "change our mind," by changing how we think, perceive and interact with the world that surrounds us, so too can we "change our metabolism."There is much talk about how the body's metabolic meter, which ...