Sam Kass: From White House Chef to Senior Nutrition Policy Adviser
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Sam Kass: From White House Chef to Senior Nutrition Policy Adviser

As former Assistant Chef at the White House, Sam Kass believes in good-tasting food that is also good for you. So upon discussing the current state of the American food system, he finds himself at odds. Just a few minutes in to a question and answer session at Harvard University, Kass blurted, “schools are serving sh*t” and “grocery stores are cr*p.” … Continue reading

MOFAD Roundtable: Whose Responsibility? The Ethics of Manufacturing and Marketing Big Food
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MOFAD Roundtable: Whose Responsibility? The Ethics of Manufacturing and Marketing Big Food

Public health experts gathered in the Grand Hall at New York University’s Global Center this past Thursday, June 19, for yet another “honest discussion about tough food issues.” The roundtable discussion was the third of its kind, in an ongoing series hosted by the Museum of Food and Drink, or MOFAD, a non-profit startup that is launching New York … Continue reading

Food Justice: How A Movement With 1000 Meanings Has Resulted In Conflicting Practices
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Food Justice: How A Movement With 1000 Meanings Has Resulted In Conflicting Practices

The food justice movement has done much to promote a more sustainable food system in recent years. The emergence and re-emergence of farmer’s markets, food cooperatives, and community supported agriculture, among others, is commonly described as “a step in the right direction.”  However, and somewhat surprisingly, some of the key players in the food justice movement have chosen dramatically … Continue reading

Childhood Nutrition Education: What Works, What Doesn’t and What’s Missing
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Childhood Nutrition Education: What Works, What Doesn’t and What’s Missing

Feed them and weigh them. Such were the words of nutrition education pioneer, Mary Schwartz Rose, in regards to some of the earliest studies on malnutrition. Today, though the topic of discussion has shifted from malnutrition to obesity, nutrition education still promises healthier and happier lives. However – while some programs promote fruits and vegetables, and others … Continue reading

A Call For “Good Food Jobs”
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A Call For “Good Food Jobs”

A new report by the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College set out to answer a complex question: Can the food sector support health and economic development? Society has traditionally focused only on the former. With the rise of supermarkets and fast food – distancing food from its growers, purveyors and handlers – food wasn’t food until … Continue reading

Scooby Wekstatt: What He Taught Us About Health Communication
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Scooby Wekstatt: What He Taught Us About Health Communication

On July 21, 2013, Scooby Wekstatt, the fisherman hat-wearing bodybuilder who took the internet by storm, bid farewell to the YouTube community. News of his departure came as a shock to fans and fitness experts alike, whom long considered Scooby as the “Godfather of YouTube fitness.” Scooby is first and foremost the founder of Scooby’s Workshop, an online community … Continue reading