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The Natural Food Label Means Nothing

June 25th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe

When you grocery shop, do you choose natural food because it's healthier? The word "natural" on a food label actual means nothing at all. Let's talk about it


Top News from the Food Front: GMO Bans, Paleo Nope, & Toxic Jerky

May 24th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

DO NOT eat hummus or walnuts before reading about these ongoing food recalls -- also avoid the ground beef. I know, I know, I always say that -- but this time (in addition to many other good reasons!) it's an e. coli contamination thing. The week's food safety issues aren't just bothering 2-legged diners: if you have canine friends, beware the toxic jerky! So, yes, the week's news does feature some ickiness. But don't be scared -- there's also some nifty GMO news, plus research on Paleo diets, cheap food, and obesity. Holy guacamole, but there's much to report this week!


How Safe Really are Substances ‘Generally Recognized as Safe’ by FDA?

February 28th, 2014 | by Jill Ettinger

"Generally recognized as safe" (GRAS) is a distinction the FDA gives to certain food products as criteria for being allowed in our processed foods. (The other two ways ingredients wind up in our food is as a food additive or as an exception to food regulations.) But some advocacy groups are now questioning the definition and allowed ingredients.


Top News from the Food Front: Ag-Gag Alert, GMNo, & Food-Package Poison

February 22nd, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

Idaho strides boldly towards hideousness, with its latest bill aimed at criminalizing animal-ag whistleblowers. Food stamp use rises among a population where it absolutely should not, and a new report indicts the 'substantial equivalence' assessment that boosted GMOs to grocery-shelf sovereignty. Meanwhile poison seeps into your food from its packaging, and grocery manufacturers try to dupe you with deceptive labeling -- okay, technically that last thing isn't (strictly speaking) 'news.' But the food news world has been hopping this week: don't miss the good stuff, read on!


Top News from the Food Front: Global Obesity, Stacked Resistance, Punishment Loaf, & Food Fraud

January 4th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

Holy guacamole, Bat-Man (or -Woman) -- there's some big news afoot in the food world! Consumers and citizens view GMOs with skyrocketing skepticism; but the Monsanto-staffed USDA doesn't much care, and pushes on with expedited approval of new stacked-resistance genetically modified crops. Not to be outdone, the FDA draws fire for lackadaisical (ahem) 'regulation' of agricultural antibiotics. Newly published studies show alarming global obesity trends, and disturbing trends among patients with metabolic syndrome. Fox meat, donkey meat, and 'food loaf' as punishment -- read on for all the best stories from this week's top news in food!


Top News from the Food Front: Year Ends with Organic Vegan Bangs, Fast Food Whimpers

December 28th, 2013 | by Tanya Sitton

Happy almost-New-Year, food news enthusiasts! With all the festivities to attend and holiday soirées to plan, I'll keep this week's top news roundup short, sweet, and to the point. This week's good news features organic food, vegan food, and ag-gag defeats; but wait -- there's also fast food, cancer, and horse slaughter news that deserves to be on the radar of conscious eaters and ethical foodies. Read on, for the final food news roundup of the year!


Top News From the Food Front: GMO Kerfuffles, Organic Shenanigans, Food Industry Uproars

December 7th, 2013 | by Tanya Sitton

GMOs in the news this week disrupt trade with China, while Americans clamor for labeling of genetically modified foods. Does food taste better when it's organic? What if you only THINK it's organic? Can you afford to eat food that won't kill you? Can fast food workers afford to eat food at all? Could you be allergic to meat? Read on for these answers and more, from the week's top food news!



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