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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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How Can You Regulate Food?

I’m going to try to keep sarcasm to a minimum in this post. I want to focus on exactly how food as such can be regulated. On purely practical terms, how could this work? My jumping off point is an

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Posted in Economics, Food

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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Posted in Culture, Food, Health, Obesity

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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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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A Rose by Any Other Name

So I’m perusing one of my favorite food sites, Eater: San Diego, to see what food insanity is gripping my fair burgh today, and I come across a link to this click-bait article, “How ‘Hyperpalatable’ Foods Could Turn You Into

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Demon Rum Redux

I was perusing the LA Times this morning (hate the redesign, guys, not everyone uses a fucking iPad, y’know…) and came across an article in the Health & Fitness section called ‘Fed Up’ documentary lays blame for American obesity on

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