MyPlate vs. MySupermarket

Last Thursday (June 2), in her ongoing efforts to campaign against obesity in America, Michelle Obama unveiled a new, simpler visual image of what most American consumers need to be reminded of: what a healthful diet looks like on their plate. In a good effort to find the much needed “make it easy for the public seeking to understand their magic bullet solution,” the MyPlate IS a laudable upgrade, though insufficient.
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Don’t Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good

I have a confession to make: on a bad day I can feel despondent and jaded when I consider the magnitude of change that is needed to rectify our country’s ubiquitous health crises. Then I remember that every positive action counts, one person can make a difference, and together we can educate, support, and really help each other live better and effect remarkable change.
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A Foodie? Yes/No?

The term foodie has a lot of connotations – some good, some bad. Maybe we just need a new definition of foodie that will eliminate any hint of elitism that has been attached to the term.
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Danes Enact a Fat Tax

The Danish Parliament, the “Folketinget,” has voted by a large majority to introduce a tax on saturated fat, putting meat and dairy products in the same category as cigarettes and alcohol. The tax is to be imposed on meat, meat products, oils and processed foods containing saturated fats, and dairy products.
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Mark Bittman's Food Manifesto

Mark Bittman, a well-known food writer, New York Times columnist, and author of Food Matters, has published his Food Manifesto for the Future, which would make “growing preparing and consuming food healthier, saner, more productive, less damaging, and more enduring.”
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