Marion Nestle

While this blog was dominated by the discussion of Chinese-processed chicken in school meals, a lot has been going on in the kid-and-food-news world.  Here’s a quick roundup to keep you up to speed. First Lady Addresses Problem of Junk Food Marketing to Kids On September 19th, Michelle Obama convened a landmark summit at the […]


Your Monday Kids and Food News Round-Up

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 16, 2013

As is often the case, sometimes there’s so much news out there that I have to share it all in one post!  Here goes: Michelle Obama Muddies the Waters The latest campaign from Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, which encourages Americans to drink more water, is being met with howls by food policy critics.  With […]


I’m so excited to share with you today’s post on Marion Nestle’s influential Food Politics blog:  a write-up of my rhyming kids’ video about processed food, “Mr. Zee’s Apple Factory“!  Wow! I also want to thank the many TLT friends – readers and fellow bloggers – who’ve continued to give the video a little push now […]


A Neglectful Blogger’s Link Round-Up

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 23, 2013

I know I’m not supposed to be blogging daily anymore (to preserve my health and sanity), but it just doesn’t feel right not to share with you some of the many interesting articles and links that come across my screen at a rapid clip each day.  Lately, though, I’ve been playing catch-up on life – […]


Does Childhood Hunger Justify Food in the Classroom?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 8, 2013

A reader named Sheri left a thought-provoking comment on yesterday’s post in which I asked TLT’ers to chime in on a parent’s question about eliminating food in the classroom.  Sheri pointed out that many kids come from food insecure households and therefore my desire to eliminate all food from the classroom (articulated most succinctly in […]


Your Monday Kid-and-Food News Round-Up!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on March 11, 2013

Happy Monday, TLT’ers! In the past few days, so many interesting news items have piled up in my in-box that I can’t possibly do them justice with individual posts.  So here’s a compilation of links you ought to check out: As I mentioned on TLT’s Facebook page late last week, Whole Foods made big news […]

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The Farm Bill: A Link Round-Up

by Bettina Elias Siegel on June 14, 2012

As you may know, the Senate is currently debating the next Farm Bill, a critically important piece of legislation which will have far-reaching effects on the way Americans eat.   (Take a look at this infographic showing how the 2008 Farm Bill has impacted the American diet — and our health.) I’m leaving to experts the in-depth reporting on this […]


NYC Mayor Bloomberg Proposes Ban on Large-Sized Sugary Drinks

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 31, 2012

As I posted on TLT’s Facebook page last night, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is making big headlines this morning with a proposed city ban on most sugary beverages sold in containers larger than 16 ounces.  The move would affect restaurants, ball parks, movie theaters, street vendors and other establishments regulated by the city’s health […]

{ 6 comments }, a meat industry online publication, reports today that USDA has received and approved voluntary requests from meat purveyors to disclose on product packaging the inclusion of lean, finely textured beef. is a members-only site but the relevant excerpt of the post reads as follows: USDA has agreed to approve requests by ground beef product […]


Today’s LFTB Link Round-Up

by Bettina Elias Siegel on March 30, 2012

Before signing off, I wanted to share a few links related to yesterday’s remarkably high-wattage press conference, arranged by BPI yesterday to defend its lean, finely textured beef, also known as “pink slime:” Helena Bottemiller of Food Safety News has a good recap and analysis, including a description of some heated exchanges between BPI’s panelists and Jim Avila of ABC […]