Impacts of US/African collaborative research

When groups in wealthier nations try to help out citizens in countries not as wealthy, there is always the danger of a helper’s arrogance by failing to take the time to understand the culture of the host country. Last week, I mentioned such a situation with respect to Nelson Rockefeller trying to bring the wonders of the modern American supermarket to Venezuela as described in Supermarket … Continue reading Impacts of US/African collaborative research

Supermarket USA: Food Power in the Cold War Farms Race

Was the modern American supermarket a pawn in the battle between capitalism and communism during the Cold War? Was the battle strictly between free enterprise and a controlled economy OR did the Americans tip the scales? Shane Hamilton poses these and other questions in what I consider to be a masterpiece in the history-of-food genre. Hamilton is particularly good at mixing historical scholarship with an … Continue reading Supermarket USA: Food Power in the Cold War Farms Race

Canned revisited: The author and the blogger conclude their dialog

In the third installment of their discussion Anna Zeide the author of Canned and the blogger resume their dialog and delve deeper into the differences between the perspectives of food movement and the food industry. They conclude that it is better for people with sharply differing views on food in America to talk to each other rather than talk past each other. Would you care … Continue reading Canned revisited: The author and the blogger conclude their dialog

Canned revisited: A dialog between the author and the blogger continued

Last week Anna Zeide, the author of Canned, questioned the blogger about aspects he covered in his four-part series on the book. This week they resume their dialog and explore the differences between the food movement and the food industry to see if there is truly middle ground between the two perspectives. Once again, the author tends to ask more questions, and the blogger tends to … Continue reading Canned revisited: A dialog between the author and the blogger continued

Canned revisited: A dialog between the author and the blogger

After the four-part series on this blog about the meaningful book Canned: The Rise and Fall of Consumer Confidence in the American Food Industry earlier this summer, the author Anna Zeide and I engaged in a productive dialog via email. She raised some questions for me that led to a conversation, which I’ll reproduce here on the blog over the next three weeks. Can these two professionals engage … Continue reading Canned revisited: A dialog between the author and the blogger

The Bad Food Bible: How and Why to Eat Sinfully

  Finally, a book that challenges directly some of the major premises of the food movement with respect to food, nutrition and health! In The Bad Food Bible Aaron Carroll provides an objective look at some of the major myths that permeate so many popular books. In many ways he provides a measuring stick on how to evaluate the latest book on food at the … Continue reading The Bad Food Bible: How and Why to Eat Sinfully

Everything else is just a chemical

Chemical is NOT a four-letter word! Chemicals can be toxic, but we can’t survive without chemicals like protein, vitamins, minerals, oxygen and water. Somehow, we have become a society that is terrorized by the thought of chemicals in our lives. Here are just a few examples from my life. “When I have a wound, I rub it with Vitamin E, and it heals up quickly. … Continue reading Everything else is just a chemical

The changing face of nutrition by Andrea Boyar

My personal point of view about food and nutrition has been evolving over the three decades I have been teaching nutrition to undergraduate and graduate students who become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists as well as nutrition educators. The responsibility of educating future nutritionists and dietitians whose role it will be to give dietary advice to patients and clients is one that I take seriously. Thus the … Continue reading The changing face of nutrition by Andrea Boyar