Posts Tagged ‘public health’

FDA Commissioner: We Need to Take a ‘Farm to Table’ Approach to Food Safety

Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, was the keynote speaker this morning at the Atlantic Food Summit at the Newseum. In her opening remarks, she addressed a wide range of issues, including revising the outdated, 70-year-old food safety laws and revamping product labels to make it easier for consumers to make healthy choices […]

Cheap Foods May Come With a High Price Tag

The short vid, from the good folks at GOOD magazine, evocatively synthesizes many of the messages we've received over the years from writers ranging from Marion Nestle to Michael Pollan.  The upshot is this: Our cheap processed foods could be making us sicker, fatter, and costing us a crap more in the long-term. I'm thinking a New […]

The Global Fight Over Meat Eating

History, I think, will look back at the early 21st century as an important period in our developing attitude about greenhouse gases and global warming — and about how far we were willing to go to change our habits.  The fact is, there are many powerful forces, with seriously vested interests, who don't want us […]

The Times’ Shattering Expose of Ground Beef: Where Does It Leave Burger Lovers?

The New York Times published a devastating piece on Sunday, detailing not only how a nasty strain of E. coli ruined the life of a young dance instructor but also how the tainted meat came to be in the first place. The short answer: because the inspection and safety system favors the beef industry, with […]

Swine Flu Is Not New. Check Out These Vintage PSAs from 1976.

The ominous reverberating chord in the first PSA is so cheesy!

World’s Oldest Person Enjoys Sweets and Extra Crispy Bacon

OK, Y&H is not going to make too big a deal about this. After all, one person's experience does not exactly qualify as scientific evidence, and besides, there are so many factors, aside from diet, that go into one's longevity. Luck being one. (Can we please keep this in mind the next time a scientific […]

Marion Nestle Has Three Ideas on How Restaurants Can Make Food Healthier

Public health professor Marion Nestle thinks restaurants cannot skirt their role in America's health problems. So she has three pieces of advice on how they can help keep both our weight and blood pressure down: Give a price break for smaller portions Make healthy kids' meals the default Cook with less salt

Wards 4, 5, 7, and 8 Really Don’t Have Access to Quality Food

Lynda Laughlin, a family demographer at the U.S. Census Bureau and a Petworth resident, just put together this disheartening Google map for Greater Greater Washington, pinpointing the exact locations of supermarkets within the District. As you might suspect, the southeast and northeast don't fair so well. Writes Laughlin: As the map demonstrates, grocery stores are […]