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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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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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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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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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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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Diet Soda Does Not Make You Fat

Today’s round of pearl clutching by the food paranoiacs is brought on by the absolutely unsurprising news that zero-calorie beverages (aka, diet sodas) do not make you pile on the pounds. Worse, it may be that indulging in some sweet

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Posted in Food, Obesity

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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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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