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 by announcing it will require, by 2018, the labeling of GMOs on all products sold in its U.S. and Canadian stores.  For proponents of GMO labeling who’ve had no success at the ballot box so far, this is a huge leap forward.
  • The Kraft food dyes petition started by Lisa Leake of 100 Days of Real Food and Vani Hari, aka the Food Babe, is closing in on a quarter million signatures in a matter of days.  Media coverage of the petition continues, but no word yet from Kraft that it will ditch the artificial food dyes in its “blue box” mac-n-cheese.  I’ll keep you posted.
  • Bloomberg’s soda size cap goes into effect tomorrow in New York City.  The New York Times measures reaction, while Food Politics’ Marion Nestle argues that more, similar reforms are needed.
  • Food activist Nancy Huehnergarth has published a provocative open letter to Michelle Obama asking, “What the heck happened” to Let’s Move?
  • Here’s an interesting piece on food taxes being used to combat obesity in Hungary and whether such taxes really work in practice.
  • TLT friend FoodCorps is hiring.

Have a great day!

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mommm!!!! March 11, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I read Nancy’s letter over at the huffy and I think that until we realize a few things, not much is going to change. Chemical companies, food conglomerates, and pharmaceutical corporations are intimately entwined. To expect “real change” to happen on the white house front is always going to be disappointing on the food front, as well as the others. The only way to REALLY change these things is to stop being loyal to these corporations as consumers on a really grand scale. They will change when they stop making money off of us. In the meantime, there’s simply no reason for them to change their business practices and to expect them to suddenly have a conscience is unrealistic.

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