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Paranoia, Purity and Profits

One of the deeply amusing aspects of food politics in America is how easy it is to identify anti-industry stances and market to them. There is pretty much no limit on how operations – from local food stands to multinational

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Fetishization of Fresh Produce

“Eat your fresh fruits and vegetables!” is a message blared through American media. How can you object? Big piles of brightly colored, marvelous looking produce is the standard illustration for news articles on being healthy. I myself love walking through

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Episodes in Food Alarmism

So I’m perusing Quartz this morning and come across an incredibly ridiculous article, “There is a secret ingredient in your burgers: wood pulp” which purports to uncover the shocking, shocking, I tell you, secret that fast food, especially McDonald’s (this

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Sustainable for Whom?

The term “sustainable” gets a lot of buzz in food politics these days. The big complaint against, well, everything in how food is currently grown, transported, prepared and purchased is that whatever part of the food chain is currently under

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Against Invasive Puritanism

In a rare case of common sense, the California Assembly’s Health Committee declined to pass through to the full Assembly a bill that would require soda pop – and only soda pop – to carry warning labels that sugar contributes

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Food Fundamentalism

One of the most frustrating aspects of Fat Land Living is trying to deal with the pseudoscience and anti-modern tropes of Whole Foods Nation. Their determination to believe in the sanctity of Nature and the irredeemably corrupt world of modern

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Crappy Diets are Ubiquitous

One of the biggest fat myths out there is that non-fat people eat sensible diets, composed mostly of organic kale, macrobiotic yogurt and lean meats, they only drink water and green tea, and they get their exercise every day. They

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Posted in Culture, Food, Health, Obesity

Real Processed Food

Something that I encounter out in the Intertubz on a regular basis is the fantasy that all health issues, especially obesity, can be prevented, avoided, healed, resolved, etc., by eating “real” food and avoiding “processed” food.  So, curmudgeon that I

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By the Sweat of Your Brow

A well distributed screen grab from Fed Up shows a swimming pool with two people doing laps. Superimposed on them photo is an icon of a cup of french fries modeled on a standard McDonald’s package and the words “1

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The Raw, the Cooked and the Half-Baked

There are many agendas and themes in America’s food politics. One major current, with various tributaries, is the obsession with “natural” and “healthy” foods, always presented as the counter-balance to “unnatural” and “toxic” food. It is time for some political

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