Tanya Sitton, Author at Eat Drink Better

Author: Tanya Sitton

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Top News from the Food Front: Safety Fails, GMO Nopes, Vegan Wins

Check your kitchen! Multiple food recalls attempt to keep mad cow disease and salmonella off your plate (and out of your smoothies). Industry behemoths sue Vermont over their groundbreaking GMO labeling law, as the USSC comes down on the side of accountability in cola labeling. Meanwhile Harvard researchers link red meat consumption to breast cancer (anyone see a trend, here?) as vegan wins multiply like happy prolific little spring bunnies. Read on, food news junkies — feed your brain, with all the best stories from around the Food-O-Sphere!

June 14th

Not as Hard as You Think: Veganism is My ‘Easy Button’ for Healthy Eating

‘I just could never do it!’ my friend said. ‘Just, gosh, the constant vigilance — I could never be vegan, it’d be way too hard for me!’ Then she told me all about the new Weight Watcher’s plan she’s on now, since the gluten-free diet failed to perform as promised. Points, lists, calories, meetings, portion measurements — all designed to counteract the chronic obesity spiking her risks for diabetes, stroke, cancer, heart disease, and early mortality resulting from standard American food habits. As I listened, I had the feeling I always have in conversations like this: seriously?! Veganism is just SO MUCH EASIER than all’a that!

June 12th

Top News from the Food Front: Salmonella Spice Rack, Soda Ban, OMG BSE

This week’s food news will make you cringe and rejoice. New obesity research offers both hope and Western chagrin. Animal ag’s dark footprint puts salmonella on the spice rack, as well as on sandwiches. According to the CDC, we’ve got a bit of a mad cow problem around here — though obviously it’s actually a human problem; more specifically, it’s a wildly dysfunctional food-system problem that we could fix if we chose to do so. Don’t miss the yum or ignore the yuck: read on, for the week’s top news in food!

June 7th

Top News from the Food Front: Veggie Kids, Printed Food, White Bread Health Risk

Did you see those great new vegan cooking sites that just launched? Did you hear about the secret for getting kids to ask for seconds on their veggies? And oh my goodness, what about that 3-D printed food for nursing home patients?! In other news, a science group files a complaint against the USDA over antibiotic resistant salmonella, and Idaho’s ag-gag foolishness faces well-deserved constitutional challenges. Read on, for all the week’s tastiest food news — in one convenient package!

May 31st

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

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!

May 24th

Top News from the Food Front: Organic Market Booms, USDA Drops Balls

What’s new in food? Glad you asked! This week the USDA shows off its rubber stamp for ‘humane’ meat and poultry labels, while it shops for guns (no, really!) instead of regulating anything as silly as food labels. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of pounds of meat are recalled due to lack of USDA inspection. In less infuriating news, consumers seek out organics in ever-increasing numbers, and nifty new research weighs in on both high blood pressure and Egyptian vegetarians.

May 17th

Can Fast Food be Fair Food? Food Worker Strikes Go Global, Aim for ‘Yes’

When we talk about the impact of fast food, often we mean its effect on public health or its role in the ongoing obesity crisis. But the fast food industry also boasts an awful record when it comes to worker treatment. Today hundreds of fast food workers across 80 cities on six continents staged a one-day strike, seeking a livable wage from their $200-billion-dollar fast food industry exploiters — er, I mean employers.

May 15th