News You Can Use

Some real heavy hitters here.

Michael Pollan has done a great job over the last few years enlightening us about how the American food industry and infrastructure works, how food gets from seed to plate. But the American agricultural industry is just one player in a very complex global system. This month, Foreign Policy has produced an insightful and a bit alarming look at the geopolitics of food. It’s a lot to digest, but anyone who owns a fork needs to bookmark it and make the time to read it.


Sports drinks and energy drinks:  If you’ve ever been inside your child’s school, odds are you’ve seen a Gatorade vending machine. Somewhere along the way, we became convinced that sports drinks were healthier than sodas. Which might be like saying a cigarette is healthier than a cigar. The American Academy of Pediatrics has published a paper warning about the dangers of excessive consumption of sports drinks and energy drinks.


Hate onions? Try leeks. Tara Parker-Pope in The Well.

The End of Candy: How Health Food Threatens Our Sweets, in The Atlantic Monthly.  Money quote:  “There is only so much you can do to candy to make it “healthy” before it doesn’t really work as candy any more.”


Men in the Kitchen: Review of John Donohue’s new book Man with a Pan, a collection of essays by fathers about cooking for their family.

Fair-trade spices: Spices are starting to catch up with coffee, tea, and chocolate in the eco-friendliness category.

Cheers and happy reading.





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6 Responses to News You Can Use

  1. Lea Ann says:

    I do own a fork. I’ll have to take a look. Plus I had no idea there were Gatoraide vending machines in schools.

  2. Faith says:

    Sounds like some really insightful reading, thanks for compiling and sharing the list!

  3. Excellent roundup, I especially appreciated your likening cigars to a healthy cigarette. Sports drinks have to be one of the most successfully marketed product ever. They’re glorified sugar waters!

  4. Robin Sue says:

    Great group of articles here. Loved the “Duh” and the money quote about candy- yes candy is candy, let’s modify our intake instead of morphing a jellybean into a carrot stick- have a carrot stick for cryin’ out loud! We like coconut water for hydrating in place of the gatorade drinks and our one kid with coconut alleriges does get a gatorade during his little league game, but you know what? Water and some good ole salty sunflower seeds do the trick just fine and it’s a whole lot more fun watching a bunch of little boys trying to spit shells when really they should be watching the game:-)
    Cheers! Have a great weekend!

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