Obesity, world hunger, ultra-processed and more

Food continues to be in the news. Many of these items have been covered in previous posts on this blog, but there is more to report. Here is my take on some of these stories. Ted Kyle weighs in on obesity and food issues. He posts daily on these issues, but his passion is prevention and treatment of obesity. We don’t always agree, but I … Continue reading Obesity, world hunger, ultra-processed and more

Is weight loss a signal for eating healthy? (and a rant on relocation dissonance)

Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions. Did you make any? If you did, chances they are about eating healthy or losing weight. Have you complied with these resolutions so far? Or did you go out and break one or more? Resolutions at the beginning of the year are common in many cultures. Are they useful or an outdated custom? Would we be better off … Continue reading Is weight loss a signal for eating healthy? (and a rant on relocation dissonance)

In Defense of The Food Safety Modernization Act: What Is It and How Does It Protect Consumers? by Stephanie Brown

Imagine sitting down to a delicious, homecooked meal with your family. A few days later, you suddenly start to feel sick. You are sweaty, your stomach is aching, and you start to wonder where the closest bathrooms are in case things get worse. As you assess your options, you get a call from your partner saying everyone at home is sick too and you need … Continue reading In Defense of The Food Safety Modernization Act: What Is It and How Does It Protect Consumers? by Stephanie Brown

Uncontrolled Spread: What we did Wrong and what we did Right in the battle against COVID

As I got back into my reading habit that was diminished by my reaction to Ian, I picked up Uncontrolled Spread by Scott Gottlieb. The author served as FDA Commissioner for the first two years of the Trump Administration. The book describes Why COVID-19 Crushed US and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic. The author is uniquely qualified to tell this story as he … Continue reading Uncontrolled Spread: What we did Wrong and what we did Right in the battle against COVID

Biting the Hands that Feed Us. Are we burdened with too many food regulations?

The subtitle, How Fewer, Smarter Laws would Make Our Food System More Sustainable, provides a clue of the book’s direction. From the book jacket we learn that author Baylen J. Linnekin is a conservative, which explains his desire for fewer regulations. His hook, sustainability, appeals to segments across the political spectrum. Artisanal sausages provide Linnekin’s first example of the undue burden of food regulations. Il … Continue reading Biting the Hands that Feed Us. Are we burdened with too many food regulations?