The Problem with “Local”

By ELIZABETH OLSON I work in a café that prides itself on serving fairly traded coffee, tea and chocolate. In addition to fair trade drinks, we sell sandwiches and pastries that are delivered every morning by the local artisans that produced them. A few weeks ago, on a rather slow day, a representative of a very large soft…

Food Marketing is Hurting Our Kids

By BETSY GARDNER The cartoon rabbit gazes into the window, eyes widened at the slow motion video of colored cereal pebbles lusciously bobbing among a stream of milk. Dance music thumps in the background, and a little cartoon girl whirls around, holding a bowl filled with Trix cereal, brilliantly flashing in the animated party lights.…

Push Past Partisan Gridlock to Regulate Food Marketing to Children

by JAKE FISHMAN Three thousand, three hundred, and sixty-one: that is the average number of television advertisements children see every year. The vast majority of these ads are for energy-rich, nutrient-poor products like Coke, Big Macs and Snickers. Bypassing and undermining efforts by parents, teachers and healthcare professionals, the food industry spends approximately $2 billion…