November 25, 2005 |
Four-year-old Ylan Isaac earnestly dumps mulch into a big plastic funnel, then pours it out. He dumps and pours, dumps and pours, in his favorite spot in the new playground at his preschool. Here, "you get to play with dirt," he says. Playing is exactly what PepsiCo Inc. had in mind when it decided to fund the playground at the CentroNia preschool in Washington, the first of 13 that the beverage and snack-food company plans to build around the country as part of its campaign to promote exercise.
June 20, 2012 |
Multinational food corporations have a growing influence on the health of people around the world, including obesity, and their actions need greater scrutiny, according to an editorial Tuesday in the journal Public Library of Science Medicine. The editorial kicks off the journal's three-week series looking at what it calls “Big Food.” The first articles, and the editorial, criticize not just the food companies but also officials charged with protecting public health. “The big multinational food companies control what people everywhere eat, resulting in a stark and sick irony: one billion people on the planet are hungry while 2 billion are obese or overweight,” the editorial says.
April 28, 2002 |
Forget dinner. These days most food companies are moving right on to dessert, pumping up the sugar in many of their new products--even diet food--in hopes of attracting new customers and boosting sales of tired brands. Even frozen french fries are getting a chocolate and cinnamon sugar makeover. Sweet sells, judging by the top-selling products of last year.
January 6, 2014 |
It's good news that General Mills has decided not to include genetically engineered ingredients in Cheerios. Not because crops whose DNA has been tinkered with in a laboratory are dangerous to human health. There's still a dearth of evidence that they are. But plenty of consumers don't like them and outright fear them. (By the way, a New York Times article published Sunday does an excellent job of examining the claims and facts about bioengineered food, in a thorough and balanced way, by following a Hawaii councilman's journey to learn as much of the truth as he can about such food before voting on the topic.)
May 21, 2008 |
If Americans are feeling frustrated about food, who can blame us? It's not just the bugs in the burger or the hormones in Chinese seafood -- or even the skyrocketing prices. It's that most of us feel powerless to fix things. We may be a nation of do-it-yourselfers when it comes to deck repair or tax returns, but even as our industrial food system grows less reliable, our reliance on that system has never been higher. What's to be done? Growing our own isn't a solid option anymore.
January 14, 2013
In addition to the 3,000 deaths it causes each year, contaminated food is very expensive. The cost of food poisoning in this country comes to $14 billion a year, according to a July 2012 study published in the Journal of Food Protection, including the medical expenses of the 128,000 who are hospitalized annually. That figure does not include the millions of dollars that each food recall costs the company involved, the legal expenses from victims' lawsuits or losses incurred by other companies when consumers hear, for example, about contaminated cantaloupes and then avoid all cantaloupes, including those that are perfectly safe.
October 19, 2000 |
Recipes, video games, coupons and advice columns. You name it, food companies are using it to get consumers' attention on the Internet. Their goal is not to cut out the middleman and sell directly to consumers. Rather, these old-line companies are trying to identify their very best customers and cultivate greater loyalty among others who might buy their products only occasionally. The problem, analysts say, is most major food makers are going about it the wrong way.
May 28, 2000 |
It's fitting perhaps, in a time when investors are nervous about "new-economy" and "old-economy" stocks, that the food industry--which is basic economy--should be creating excitement. It's an excitement rooted in changing lifestyles and eating habits as much as industrial patterns. Less cooking from scratch, more prepared foods, warehouse stores, bigger supermarkets and home delivery all tend to make the world's leading brands more valuable than ever.
February 12, 2014 |
Chick-fil-A, the Georgia-based fast-food chain, said it would stop serving chicken raised on antibiotics within the next five years. The restaurant chain, known for its chicken sandwiches and waffle fries, said the action is partly because of customers' concerns about the use of antibiotics in raising livestock. Chick-fil-A's announcement follows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration action to phase out the nonmedical use of antibiotics on farm animals in an effort to combat growing human resistance to the crucial drugs.
August 2, 2001 |
Instinct has always told us to squash bugs before they get us. Now, dangerous germs such as E. coli and salmonella get the same treatment from a machine that uses the simplest of substances--water--to crush these food-poisoning threats without mangling the food itself.