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March 31, 2011 - 2:47pm
Manufacturers of processed foods are scrambling to "healthify" their products—but the changes might not matter.

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March 23, 2011 - 1:38pm
Food politics in action: a nutrition study could be just another attempt to get low-dairy countries to embrace cows

I was surprised to read a report in that a private company is about to conduct an enormous--and undoubtedly very expensive--study of the nutritional status of children in Southeast Asia.

The study will collect data from more than 16,000 children aged 12 and under in four...
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March 9, 2011 - 3:57pm

The USDA is revoking the permits of two organic food inspection agencies. It's a step in the right direction.

On March 02, USDA announced that it was revoking its accreditation of two certifying agencies, Certified Organic, Inc. (COI) and Guaranteed Organic Certification Agency (GOCA). USDA says COI failed to:

• Communicate with hired inspectors about proper procedures or ensure they were adequately trained
• Adhere to internal procedures according to their operational manual
• Keep confidentiality agreements on file for all...

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March 8, 2011 - 4:10pm

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has proposed the nation's first aquaculture policy, which it says it did in response to consumer demand for local, safe, sustainably produced seafood ( has a good summary).

Ah yes. Seafood. The wild west of the food industry. Safe and sustainable sounds good, but the statistics are not reassuring.

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