S U S T A I N A B L Y
At the juncture of personal, planetary health
Any author likes to have his book mentioned by someone, anyone, any time. When the mention is in the press, it almost always includes contact beforehand with the writer, who's seeking guidance for the topic (additional sources, perhaps) or something else. Read more »
As an advocate on issues including obesity, nutrition, and school food, I’ve had an opinion on bake sales, and especially school bake sales, for some time. But until about a week ago, they were something that people did, as opposed to something that people did in my son’s school. Read more »
Research published in the Journal of Pediatrics says that obese kids are more susceptible to Big Food’s marketing come-ons, which should surprise no one, since they’re the ones (apparently) acting more often on those messages.
Ten overweight kids and 10 healthy weight kids were shown 120 logos, half of them to do with food, so their brain responses could be observed. From a synopsis: Read more »
As one of life’s necessities, food has become intertwined with practically every human emotion: We eat to celebrate, we eat to share tradition and family ties, we eat when we’re happy, we eat when we’re sad, we eat when we’re bored.
Nothing about this is wrong. But especially in a nation where 2 out of 3 American adults are obese or overweight, it’s important to remember food’s first role, to nourish and sustain, and if we need to make compromises, they must come from the emotional meanings before we toss aside our health. Read more »
Some of my friends will tell you I'm insufferable in my certainties (hi, Ron; hi, honey), and they are certainly not reacting to nothing. That's only worth mentioning because I'm not sure if Food Tank, a food policy think tank on the verge of launch, is going to make any difference in the world. So far, there's a website and the following video, which strikes the right notes, if little more. I can't say I even know what "more" there should be, only that that was my reaction. Read more »
I've written several times that marketing to children is a particularly low form of commercial behavior, made worse than it intrinsically is because it is so completely, so blithely accepted — to the point that such marketing is tax deductible. Read more »
The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project has devised a fresh way to expand arable land in Massachusetts — by seeking to put former farmland that was subverted by subdividing back into production.
Yes, of course, they put houses onto those farm plots, but in cases of low-density lots, small-scale farming — enough to make a profit — is still possible. Read more »
A couple of decades in recovery from food addiction has taught me that it's an illness best self-diagnosed, because — well, to speak for my own experience, until I conceded that I had it, I sure wasn't going to do anything about it.
Having said that, I think that Clifford the Big Red Dog may have issues. Read more »
I've mentioned before that I'm a subscriber to the COMFOOD e-mail loop, and though it's lots of mail, I keep receiving enough that's worth it.
The latest tidbit is a database of books and films on issues of interest to sustaina-foodies such as myself (and possibly you?) It is maintained by Philip H. Howard, an associate professor at Michigan State.
It's voluminous, and everything I looked for in a spot check was in there, so I'm guessing that everything else is, too. Worth checking out.