Chinese-Processed Chicken in School Food: VICTORY!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on December 17, 2014

In January of this year, I and fellow food advocate Nancy Hueherngarth launched a petition seeking to prevent the inclusion of Chinese-processed poultry products in school meals due to our serious concerns about China’s food safety record.  To date, almost 330,000 concerned people have joined us in this effort by signing the petition. We […]


The McDonald’s corporation has lately fallen on hard times, enduring seven straight months of declining domestic sales, a food safety scandal involving its Chinese meat supplier, politically motivated restaurant closures in Russia, even a Consumer Reports survey ranking its burgers as the “worst in America.” So on a December 10th conference call, McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson and […]


What She Said

by Bettina Elias Siegel on December 15, 2014

One thing I love about being part of a blogging community is the way we can draw upon each other’s work and resources to advocate for our common goals. That’s how I felt when I read this recent post from Sally Kuzemchak of Real Mom Nutrition, addressing critics who think that instead of reining in […]

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What the “CRomnibus” Spending Bill Means for School Food

by Bettina Elias Siegel on December 11, 2014

To fund the federal government and avoid a government shutdown, while also specially carving out funding for the Department of Homeland Security,* this week Congress is on track to pass the so-called “CRomnibus” — a combination of a continuing resolution and an omnibus spending bill.  (I thought I was the only person who, upon hearing “CRomnibus” could only […]


On the Radio Talking About School Food Waste

by Bettina Elias Siegel on December 10, 2014

Yesterday I had the chance to speak on a panel on Houston Matters, a local Houston Public Media radio show, regarding food waste in our city. I addressed the issue of school food waste, and I was joined by Partha Krishnamurthy, Professor of Marketing at the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, and Jay […]


An Update on the Battle Over Healthy School Meals

by Bettina Elias Siegel on December 8, 2014

It’s been a while since I’ve updated you regarding a push by the School Nutrition Association (SNA) and some Congressional Republicans to weaken school food nutrition standards by granting districts a one-year waiver from meeting those requirements.  This ABC News report has the latest details on attempts to work that waiver language into the federal spending bill. As noted at […]


Your Toughest “Picky Eating” Questions Answered! (Part Two)

December 5, 2014

Earlier this week I posted part one of our reader Q&A with registered dietitian Maryanne Jacobsen (Raise Healthy Eaters) and today she answers more of your questions about “picky eating.” Q:  How far do you push to get your kids to eat? My son is very skinny and though we have almost no junk food, he often refuses […]

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USDA Announces $5 Million in Farm-to-School Grants

December 3, 2014

As the political wrangling over weakening school nutrition standards continues in Congress, here’s some nice school food news to share:  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced yesterday that the USDA will be providing school districts with over $5 million in grants for “82 projects spanning 42 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands that support . . . efforts to connect […]

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Tweet Chat With Bittman and Pollan re: a National Food Policy, And My Thoughts

December 2, 2014

A few weeks ago, I shared on The Lunch Tray’s Facebook page a widely read Washington Post op-ed urging President Obama to articulate a national food policy for the last two years of his term. Written by four food policy heavyweights — Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Olivier De Schutter, former U.N. special […]

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Your Toughest “Picky Eating” Questions Answered! (Part One)

December 1, 2014

Last year I had the pleasure of reviewing Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School, an excellent guide to feeding children co-written by registered dietitians and moms Maryanne Jacobsen (Raise Healthy Eaters) and Jill Castle (Just the Right Byte). Now Maryanne Jacobsen has authored a new e-book which more fully explores one […]

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