Dietitians Fight Kraft Singles’ ‘Kids Eat Right’ Seal

Kraft Singles

Earlier this month, The New York Times reported on a new collaboration between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and Kraft Foods. According to the article, Kraft Singles will soon begin carrying a nutrition seal that reads “Kids Eat Right” from AND on its packaging. While Kraft told the Times that the Academy had endorsed the product, the Academy “emphatically denied” the endorsement, saying instead that it was using the seal “drive broader visibility to,” a website the organization created to be “a trusted educational resource for consumers.” Read More

All the News That’s Fit to Eat: California’s Disappearing Water, Arsenic in Wine, and Huge Mac and Cheese Recall

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Ripples of panic spread through California after last week’s op-ed in the Los Angeles Times reminded us that the state only has about one year of surface water left. The article’s author, Jay Famiglietti, is a senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech, and in a good position to offer some realistic solutions to California’s persistent drought, now in the fourth year of a dry spell that could extend for years or even decades. Proposed solutions included mandatory rationing and accelerated implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014, which will eventually regulate the use of the state’s dwindling groundwater. Read More

Would You Drink Your Latte Out of a Cup Made From Coffee?

A to-go cup on a counter, made form coffee waste

There is a great deal of waste behind your cup of coffee. Last year, researchers at the University of Bath in the UK found that a small coffee shop throws out roughly 22 pounds of used coffee grounds per day. In January, a satirical short film called “Kill the K-Cup” went viral, projecting a dystopian future overrun by the non-biodegradable, landfill-clogging, coffee-brewing pods. And just this month, the inventor of K-Cups publicly apologized for his innovation, telling The Atlantic, “No matter what they say … those things will never be recyclable.” Read More

Can Patagonia’s New Food Line Revolutionize the Salmon Industry?

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Last summer, the outerwear giant Patagonia made an unusual purchase: 80,000 pounds of wild Sockeye salmon. The fish was for its new food line, Patagonia Provisions, available online and in the company’s 30 U.S. retail stores in the form of a 6-ounce, $12 package of vacuum-packed, shelf-stable smoked salmon. If the product is successful, it could become one of the most verifiably ethical and sustainable salmon options on the market, much in the way Patagonia aimed to change the garment industry nearly two decades ago by switching to organic cotton.

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10 Highlights from TEDx Manhattan 2015

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“The food movement needs money,” announced Shen Tong to hundreds of attendees at last weekend’s TedX Manhattan. He paused, thanked the crowd, and pretended to walk off the stage as if to end his talk there. “That’s probably the shortest TED talk you’ll ever hear,” he said. Virtually everyone at the one-day conference clapped and cheered at the investor and Food-X founder’s point (and it wasn’t the end of his talk). And while the food movement does need investment, it’s not as simple as writing a check.

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All the News That’s Fit to Eat: ‘The Sugar Papers’, a Sardine Crash, and Prison-to-Table

Sardines, an important species at the center of the ocean food web, have seen a rapid decline on the West Coast.

There’s a lot of food news out there; here are some of the stories that caught our eye this week.

1. ‘Sugar Papers’ Show Industry’s Influence in 1970s Dental Program, Study Says (The California Report)

Hundreds of pages of newly-found documents show that the sugar industry worked closely with the federal government in the late 1960s and early 1970s to determine a research agenda to prevent cavities in children. Read More

In Nebraska, a Battle Over Corporate Pork Ownership


A proposed change to livestock rules has put Nebraska hog farmers at the center of a debate that gets to the very core of what it means to be a farmer today.

In the top pork producing states like Iowa, Minnesota and North Carolina, many farmers are under contract with giant meatpackers like Tyson or Smithfield Foods – the companies actually own the pigs and pay the farmers to raise them. That arrangement is illegal in Nebraska. Read More