PopMuse: Culinary http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2020 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Harvest boxes: the ongoing saga https://www.foodpolitics.com/2020/06/harvest-boxes-the-ongoing-saga/ https://www.foodpolitics.com/2020/06/harvest-boxes-the-ongoing-saga/ Tue, 02 Jun 2020 13:00:55 UTC Marion at Food Politics by Marion Nestle Let’s start the latest round of items related to food boxes for the hungry (which I’ve been following closely) with the New York Times Sunday Magazine cover for May 31: cars lined up in San Antonio for handouts from food banks. To deal with this problem—and that of farmers destroying animals and crops—the USDA� has […] http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ In memorium: George Floyd https://www.foodpolitics.com/2020/06/in-memorium-george-floyd/ https://www.foodpolitics.com/2020/06/in-memorium-george-floyd/ Mon, 01 Jun 2020 06:20:01 UTC Marion at Food Politics by Marion Nestle This seems like a good time to post this drawing from Leon Axel, who I thank for doing and sending it. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Weekend reading: The Defense Production Act https://www.foodpolitics.com/2020/05/weekend-reading-the-defense-production-act/ https://www.foodpolitics.com/2020/05/weekend-reading-the-defense-production-act/ Fri, 29 May 2020 13:00:53 UTC Marion at Food Politics by Marion Nestle I was particularly interested in this article from Food Safety News: “What does the Defense Production Act have to do with food?” This past week, FDA and USDA issued a�Memorandum of Understanding Regarding the Potential Use of the Defense Production Act with Regard to FDA-Regulated Food During the COVID-19 Pandemic. The MOU refers to “potential […] http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Tone deaf food company ads of the week: Are these for real? So it seems. https://www.foodpolitics.com/2020/05/tone-deaf-food-company-ads-of-the-week-are-these-for-real/ https://www.foodpolitics.com/2020/05/tone-deaf-food-company-ads-of-the-week-are-these-for-real/ Thu, 28 May 2020 13:00:47 UTC Marion at Food Politics by Marion Nestle Here are two ads sent to me last week.� Both have now been taken down. This one, according to reader Tony Vassallo (thanks!) comes from the Walmart Supercenter Store 908 at 8101 South John Young Parkway, Orlando FL.� I’m not the only one who thought this was in bad taste (sorry).� �After a Twitter storm, […] http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ What’s the story on Vitamin D https://www.foodpolitics.com/2020/05/whats-the-story-on-vitamin-d/ https://www.foodpolitics.com/2020/05/whats-the-story-on-vitamin-d/ Wed, 27 May 2020 13:07:38 UTC Marion at Food Politics by Marion Nestle Yesterday, I wrote about current research suggesting that higher levels of blood Vitamin D [actually, 25-hydroxycholecalciferol, or 25(OH)D] help to protect against Covid-19. To understand concerns that this evidence may not be totally convincing, it’s useful to know the basics about this “vitamin,” which I put in quotes because its active form is a hormone […] http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Vitamin D and Coronavirus? Will it help? https://www.foodpolitics.com/2020/05/vitamin-d-and-coronavirus-will-it-help/ https://www.foodpolitics.com/2020/05/vitamin-d-and-coronavirus-will-it-help/ Tue, 26 May 2020 13:00:18 UTC Marion at Food Politics by Marion Nestle In the past few weeks, several studies have appeared linking low levels of the vitamin D intermediate, 25-hydroxycholecalciferol [25(OH)D] to Covid-19 severity. Vitamin D insufficiency is prevalent in severe COVID-19 [preprint observes that all 20 patients under age 75 had low levels of blood 25(OH)D; calls for further research] Vitamin D Supplementation Could Possibly Improve […] http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Food politics coronavirus Memorial Day greetings https://www.foodpolitics.com/2020/05/food-politics-coronavirus-memorial-day-greetings/ https://www.foodpolitics.com/2020/05/food-politics-coronavirus-memorial-day-greetings/ Mon, 25 May 2020 13:32:00 UTC Marion at Food Politics by Marion Nestle This, from the Iowa Department of Public Health: Enjoy the day, if you can. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Weekend reading: Coronavirus, meat, and food systems https://www.foodpolitics.com/2020/05/weekend-reading-coronavirus-meat-and-food-systems/ https://www.foodpolitics.com/2020/05/weekend-reading-coronavirus-meat-and-food-systems/ Fri, 22 May 2020 13:00:44 UTC Marion at Food Politics by Marion Nestle Three exceptionally thoughtful and interesting pieces by people who have been writing about food and food systems for a long time.� Jane Ziegelman in the New York Times:�America’s Obsession With Cheap Meat During World War I, the idea that American vitality was tied to a meat-heavy diet dictated how the troops were fed. To give […] http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ The meat problem 3: Culling animals, Harvest Boxes again https://www.foodpolitics.com/2020/05/the-meat-problem-3-worker-responses-and-other-effects/ https://www.foodpolitics.com/2020/05/the-meat-problem-3-worker-responses-and-other-effects/ Thu, 21 May 2020 13:00:56 UTC Marion at Food Politics by Marion Nestle I’m trying to keep up with meat crisis items.� Here are two. CULLING This is too upsetting to even talk about. Letter from members of Congress asking for help with animal disposal Instructions on how to do this The New York Times on the details of pig destruction HARVEST BOXES AGAIN The USDA’s current version […] http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ The meat problem #2: Meat as a vital component of national defense https://www.foodpolitics.com/2020/05/the-meat-problem-2-meat-as-a-vital-component-of-national-defense/ https://www.foodpolitics.com/2020/05/the-meat-problem-2-meat-as-a-vital-component-of-national-defense/ Wed, 20 May 2020 13:00:58 UTC Marion at Food Politics by Marion Nestle Let’s review what’s happened here. When workers at meat packing plants became ill, public health authorities ordered some plants to close. Meat companies—and some state governors—resisted. Because of consolidation in the meat industry, plant closures threatened the meat supply. John Tyson, a Big Meat owner, lobbied President Trump to keep plants open. Trump ordered the […] http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/