Soda Tax/Food Politics

Another Chef Tackles School Lunch

Posted January 12, 2016 by

A well-known chef leaves a flourishing restaurant career in Europe to come to America to fix school lunch. Sound familiar? No, I am happy to report that this is not the second coming of Jamie Oliver. Just before the holidays,
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Got Concussions? Chocolate Milk Marketing Mania

Posted January 7, 2016 by Casey Hinds

Give yourself diabetes while you’re trying to fix brain damage? That’s the question that came to mind reading this press release from the University of Maryland titled “Concussion-Related Measures Improved in High School Football Players Who Drank New Chocolate Milk.”  
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Big Food Politics Victories in 2015

Posted January 5, 2016 by Casey Hinds

As a parent, I’m constantly reminded that the junk food industry spends billions of dollars to undermine the work I do to keep my children healthy.  Fortunately, there are advocates who help to push back against this onslaught. On the
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Craziest School Lunch Myth Yet

Posted November 30, 2015 by

Myths about healthy school lunch rules reached a new level of crazy recently with the misleading claim that adding a dash of spice to garnish a school lunch is forbidden. That bogus assertion was made by a marketing specialist with
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Should Schools Dump Hot Dogs?

Posted November 3, 2015 by

Hot dogs, pepperoni and other processed meats are back in the news again as the World Health Organization issued a report linking consumption of these school lunch staples to increased risk of cancer. The study by WHO’s International Agency for
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Keep McDonald’s “Nutrition” Film Out of Schools

Posted October 22, 2015 by Bettina Elias Siegel

Last week on The Lunch Tray, I broke an exclusive story regarding a new documentary film McDonald’s hopes to screen in middle and high schools under the guise of “nutrition education.”  Two days later, as growing national press coverage brought
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School Lunch Foes Favor Anecdotes Over Evidence

Posted October 19, 2015 by

Media stories about school lunch usually appear in August, along with the Back to School ads, but this year those articles are still a regular occurrence, even as Halloween rapidly approaches. That’s probably because, although the federal legislation covering all
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