Plant-based diet should be central to national food policy

By Jean-Pierre Kiekens || Policy Options || July 21, 2017 I recently visited in a university hospital in Montreal a relative who had suffered a significant cardiovascular event. After 24 hours, she was offered a meal: macaroni and cheese. Other options included more junk foods: pizza, hamburger, spaghetti with meat sauce, and so on. There were no… Read More


Study: Nearly all consumers find transparency in food and beverage important

by Megan Poinski || Food Dive  || July 13, 2017 Dive Brief: Consumers are overwhelmingly interested in more transparency in food products, according to a new study from Response Media. Study results say almost everyone finds transparency important in food products — 99% for fresh food and 98% for packaged food — and 70% said their purchases are… Read More


Domino’s “wins” award for putting profit over purpose

by Kate Cox || The New Food Economy || August 1, 2017 In December of 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its final rules requiring chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments with 20 or more locations to provide calorie counts and other nutrition information for standard menu items. Regulations requiring mandatory calorie declaration… Read More


Clif Bar & Company’s On-Site Café First in the Nation to Receive Gold REAL Certification

Business Wire || August 2, 2017 EMERYVILLE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Clif Bar & Company’s Kali’s Kitchen, an employee-run sustainable café at Clif’s headquarters, is the first to receive Gold certification in sustainability and nutrition from the United States Healthful Food Council’s (USHFC) non-profit organization Eat REAL. Eat REAL, or Responsible Epicurean Agricultural Leadership, holistically audits food service providers’… Read More


It’s About Time You Learned What Your Meat Labels Mean

by Emma Loewe || Mind Body Green || August 1, 2017 Photo: Agencia As far as fruits and veggies are concerned, there’s one major label that people know they can trust. The USDA Certified Organic seal makes it easy to find produce you can feel good about eating (just make sure it’s 100 percent organic). Shopping for meat, on… Read More


Doctors Condemn Hospital for Housing a McDonald’s Inside It

Fast-food franchises inside medical centers are under fire again by Erin DeJesus || Eater || July 26, 2017 Cate Gillon/Getty Images News Should hospitals be offering its visitors access to triple-decker burgers and candy-topped shakes? The seemingly odd practice of hospitals leasing space to fast-food franchises is coming under fire yet again: In the newest debate, a group… Read More


The #GiveHealthy Movement

  The #GiveHealthy Movement is designed to solve a big problem. Donating food to food drives is one of the most popular forms of giving in the US.  More people donate food than watch the Super Bowl each year, a great display of the public’s interest in supporting one of our most pressing social issues… Read More


Inside the big revamp of Canada’s Food Guide

By Ann Hui || The Globe & Mail || July 19, 2017 Seventy-five years after the country’s official nutrition guide made its debut, Ottawa is hard at work on a new version, Ann Hui writes. Health Canada faces a tremendous task in their first update since 2007: Addressing concerns from experts who feel the document is dated,… Read More


The Chemicals in Your Mac and Cheese

By Roni Caryn Rabin || The New York Times ||  July 12, 2017 Potentially harmful chemicals that were banned from children’s teething rings and rubber duck toys a decade ago may still be present in high concentrations in your child’s favorite meal: macaroni and cheese mixes made with powdered cheese. The chemicals, called phthalates, can disrupt male… Read More


Program ethically certifies eateries; one in Arkansas takes spot on list

By Nathan Owens Arkansas Online || July 4, 2017 As a way to make healthful and sustainable foods more profitable for producers and to give consumers peace-of-mind about what they’re eating, the U.S. Healthful Food Council developed Eat REAL, a nonprofit group designed to improve the quality of restaurant fare and treatment of farm animals. With… Read More