Posts Tagged ‘politics’

2012: The Year to Stop Playing Nice

Instead of a potentially depressing year-in-review post, I decided to look ahead. (But do see Andy Bellatti’s amusing compilation of 2011 food news.) Given all the defeats and set-backs this year due to powerful food industry lobbying, the good food movement should by now be collectively shouting: I am mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.

If you feel that way, I have two words of advice: get political.

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Congress to Kids: Drop Dead

Last month, when Congress declared pizza a vegetable, it was hard to believe things could get much worse. But never underestimate politicians’ ability to put corporate interests ahead of children’s health. In the massive budget bill just passed, Congress stuck in language to require the Federal Trade Commission to conduct a cost/benefit analysis before finalizing a report that would provide the food industry with science-based nutrition guidelines for marketing to children. Experts from four federal agencies put heads together, and for the past two years have tried to complete its charge (which ironically, came from Congress in the first place) amidst powerful industry push-back.

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Great New Resource on Legislation

The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University has launched an amazing new searchable database for pending and enacted legislation, both at the federal and state levels. You can search by either state or issue, such as school nutrition or soda taxes. I’ve been tracking legislation for years on both food and alcohol and I know how limited the tools out there are. This is truly a fantastic contribution to the field of food policy. Check it out here.

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