Nutrition and Lifestyle

Gary Hirshberg: Organic yogurt guru’s credibility under attack

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In the early 1990s, Gary Hirshberg, chairman and former president and CEO of Stonyfield Farm, was a leader of the nascent “corporate responsibility movement” …..But now, Hirshberg has deserted evidence-based science in his support of mandatory labeling of GMO foods Continue reading

Changes in attitudes about obesity led to drop in Americans’ calorie consumption

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In a number of cultures around the world, excess body fat is seen as a good thing. In traditional Chinese culture as well as in many African and Pacific Island ones, a larger body means one has enough to eat (not so common is some areas), perhaps because of more than average income. Continue reading

Does organic food contain prohibited substances? USDA says many do.

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While organic crops supposedly aren’t treated with synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, a recent report suggests that isn’t always true. Continue reading

Data suggest we’re seeing a real decrease in Americans’ calorie consumption

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After decades of concerns and warnings about Americans’ obesity and related encroaching health problems, there does seem to be a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Continue reading

Why GMO labeling is confusing, misleading, and ultimately pointless

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On Thursday, the US House of Representatives passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 – a bill that would ban states from requiring labels for all genetically modified foods. The bill passed by a vote of 275 to 150. Continue reading

Bean Box defies organic hype, brings truth about coffee

To people in science, organic coffee always seemed a little silly, because you don’t eat coffee beans any more than you eat the shell of a pineapple, and by the time you do get to the consumable part, whether or not the toxic pesticide on the plant was an organic one or a synthetic one has ceased to be relevant. Continue reading

Let them eat weeds

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We’ve taken NYTimes columnist Mark Bittman to task many times for his superficial understanding of the food business, economics, or even common sense. His most recent story is no different: he advocates for weed foraging on city streets as a source of nutritious, organic food in underserved Continue reading

Restaurant food is often at least as unhealthy as fast food

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A new study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating at a full-service restaurant is no better for your health than eating at a fast food joint. In fact, in some cases, a full-service restaurant is less healthy. Continue reading

You Say Sugar – Whole Foods Says ‘Evaporated Cane Juice’ And Charges More

To a scientist, sugar is sugar.

To Whole Foods marketing experts, some sugars are superior to others (in the minds of their customers), so if they want to sell people “evaporated cane juice” in a cookie — crystallized sugar from sugar cane, which is sugar — well, they can. Continue reading

How genetic modification could save bananas from extinction

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Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in the world, but a rapidly spreading fungus has the potential to wipe them out. The fungus, called Fusarium Oxysporum Tropical Race 4 (TR4) is sickening the Cavendish banana. Continue reading


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