Archive for February, 2011

Speaking Event at CUNY Law School – Tuesday, March 1

If you’re in the vicinity of New York City Tuesday March 1, I hope you can join me for what promises to be a great evening. Organized by the City University of New York School of Law, the event is called, “Food Fight! Countering Corporate Control of the Food Supply.” I am especially excited because my wonderful friend and colleague Anna Lappé will be moderating. Also on the panel is New York City food and garden organizer Karen Washington, Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter, and New York City Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito.

You don’t want to miss it! The event is free. Details here. Hope to see you there.

Victims of Salmonella Poisoning Want Criminal Charges

Last Friday I spoke at the Government Accountability Project Food Integrity Campaign conference. During the lunch break, food safety attorney and advocate Bill Marler hosted a press event with 10 family members of victims of the 2009 Salmonella outbreak in peanuts. Hundreds of companies recalled thousands of products made with peanuts from Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). At least 700 people became ill with Salmonella infections after eating those products, and 9 died.

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Time to retire the Dietary Guidelines for Americans?

Once every five years, the federal government goes to great lengths to update its recommendations for how Americans should eat. In fact, Congress mandates that the Dietary Guidelines for Americans be based on the most current science available. Yet over the years, the DGA process has been wrought with politics, which should come as no surprise. With each cycle, we gather to witness exactly how bad the industry influence turns out. And this time is no different, with plenty of spin and criticism stemming from last week’s release of the 2010 version.

But really, what does it matter?

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