A lot is happening in the world of food. From sugar to superfoods, it seems like everyone is examining the story behind the food they eat. Here are some of the most newsworthy stories:
The #DARK Act, which, among other anti-transparency measures, bans states from requiring GMO labeling, passed in the House, moving onto the Senate. Unsurprisingly, the House memberswho voted for the passage of HR1599 have pockets sagging with the weight of agribusiness cash.
Even if you’re lean, drinking one soda per day increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 13%. Meanwhile, Big Soda is suing San Francisco for trying to put warning labels on soda ads similar to those found on cigarette boxes.
Almond milk continues to be vilified, but not because of water use: consumers are suing Almond Breeze because the brand’s almond milk contains only 2% almonds. Mother Nature News reminds us to think critically about food advertising and always read nutrition labels.
Grist continues its phenomenal series, Meat: What’s smart, what’s right, what’s next with a reminder that low levels of meat consumption can be sustainable, and a thoughtful piece on watching a slaughter for the first time.
The ‘Superfood’ label is coming under scrutiny: Civil Eats explains that the label is unregulated and largely a marketing scheme. TreeHugger points out that you don’t have buy goji berries from across the world when you can just snack on some strawberries from down the road (or some drought resistant hemp, for that matter) . The bottom line: all fruits and veggies are full of nutrients–stick to the organic produce aisle, and you’ll laugh all the way to the bank.
You should eat more fish! Just take it easy on the tuna, salmon, and Chilean sea bass. Chefs are embracing smaller and less famous fish, and you should too. Small fish like mackerel, sardines, and anchovies, as well as filter feeders like oysters, are nutritious and packed with flavor–as well as cheaper than their A-list counterparts. Sounds like a win-win to me.
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