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Aesthetics and Food

Right on the heels of my post earlier today, I come across this at Quartz, “One in six Americans are going hungry—ugly fruits and veggies may be the solution,” which addresses class bias in produce availability. It is an aspect

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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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Everyday Insults

I am working on a major post at the moment, one that looks at income and household expenses in my zip code and puts food costs into context. That will take another day or two to get finished. In the

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Whole Foods Nation

While I write a lot about food, health and obesity, this is first and foremost a political blog. I’m interested in excavating and interrogating the comfortable assumptions that get passed around in the US, turning into conventional wisdom, asinine legislation

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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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Health Class

As I asked in an early post, Not Obvious, just what is “health” (and all variants of the term) when it comes to food? The Fed Up documentary has people blathering about “healthy eating” and “healthy food,” but how well

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It Adds Up

I’m a little sorry to keep harping on the Fed Up “documentary” but it encapsulates so much of what is wrong with food politics in this country that it’s the gift that keeps on giving. The fun today is its

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Locovores

This post originally appeared on my old blog on October 18, 2010. It was my attempt to pull together thoughts about why something which would ordinarily appeal a great deal to me – supporting local industry and community by eating

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Fed Up with Fat Shaming

I recently wrote a post on the LA Times’ review of the documentary Fed Up, Demon Rum Redux. My focus was on the way sugar is promoted as the single point of failure when diagnosing the societal increase in body

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