Challenges in handling perishable foods in small stores that sell food on the side

Imagine living in a community, either here or abroad, without easy access to fresh food. It could be in a city with no ready transportation to a market within a mile, or it could be in the country where the nearest grocery store is a 20-30 minute drive away. Welcome to a food desert. Millions of Americans share this fate. Is there anything we can … Continue reading Challenges in handling perishable foods in small stores that sell food on the side

Food Access and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by Bailey Houghtaling

Have you heard of SNAP? Or the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)? The SNAP used to be called food stamps and, in the U.S., this federal nutrition assistance program provides low-income Americans with supplemental income for household food and beverage purchases. We know that a lack of access to safe and nutritious foods causes a host of issues for populations, especially … Continue reading Food Access and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by Bailey Houghtaling

Food deserts, food swamps, food apartheid, grocery gaps and other names for food maldistribution

I learned recently that I need to be careful what I share with my pastor. I was particularly pleased with the Jonathan Katz post on processed food, disability and autonomy, and I recommended that he read the article.  My pastor liked it and suggested that I pursue the issue of food deserts, a topic I had not planned to write about on the blog. Two … Continue reading Food deserts, food swamps, food apartheid, grocery gaps and other names for food maldistribution

Food in the news–July 2019

What are anti-vaxxers turning their attention to as a possible cause of autism? Why are opponents of meat substitutes engaged in vegan shaming? How do the 2020 Presidential candidates shake out on the Green New Deal and related issues? Are natural flavors superior to artificial flavors? Are expiration dates useful or useless? These are just some of the questions being asked about food in the … Continue reading Food in the news–July 2019

Reducing Food Waste: A Systems-Level Approach By: Susan Chen & Lily Yang

Imagine feeding a world with 9 billion people in a climate that is rapidly warming (Godfrey, 2010). Vital agricultural resources (e.g. land, water, nutrients) are quickly becoming increasingly more difficult to obtain. As food prices have soared, so too has food insecurity. Simultaneously, food is being discarded due to its increasing unaffordability as discarding unbought food has become cheaper than distributing it to those in … Continue reading Reducing Food Waste: A Systems-Level Approach By: Susan Chen & Lily Yang

Food Safety Challenges in the Modern Food Delivery World by Donald Schaffner

The reason why I chose (as a high school senior) to major in food science almost 40 years ago can be summed up in one short sentence: “people have to eat, so there will always be jobs”. What I could not have possibly imagined 40 years ago would be all the different ways that people currently get their food today. It is a pleasure to … Continue reading Food Safety Challenges in the Modern Food Delivery World by Donald Schaffner

The future of marketing and distribution of food

Predicting the future is filled with pitfalls. What may be apparent to any individual within a specialty is frequently incomprehensible to those outside that specialty. Many specialties may collide in the future such that small misunderstandings in distant fields can profoundly influence what will happen next within an area of expertise. Life rarely moves in straight lines. It is so much easier to be critical … Continue reading The future of marketing and distribution of food

The Future of Shopping: Where Everyone is a Retailer

If you like the shopping scene now, get ready for more change faster. If you think the shopping escalator is going too fast already and you want to get off, you ain’t seen nothing yet! At least that is the message I took home from The Future of Shopping by Jeorg Snoeck and Pauline Neerman. I for one am looking for an off-ramp, but it … Continue reading The Future of Shopping: Where Everyone is a Retailer

Seven misleading statements and three rational ones about ultra-processed foods

Ultra-processed foods are in the news and the news is not good. Anything labeled ULTRA has to be either wonderfully good or horribly bad. There is nothing in between. The last several posts on this site have explored the world of ultra-processing. From a classical nutrition standpoint they were to be avoided. Public-health nutrition condemnation was more muted, but these food products are also not … Continue reading Seven misleading statements and three rational ones about ultra-processed foods

Is it time to discontinue the Nutrition Facts panel on processed food?

Numerous articles are warning us of the health consequences of consuming ultra-processed foods. Earlier this month, I reviewed the study by NIH that has provided a direct link to weight gain, and, thus, obesity. Nutritionists from both the classical side of the street and those in public health nutrition are cautioning us against consuming ultra-processed products. Last week I provided some insight at how much … Continue reading Is it time to discontinue the Nutrition Facts panel on processed food?