food policy


With Lessons from Los Angeles, D.C. Takes a Good Food Policy Coast to Coast

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

Just a week after the Council of the District of Columbia advanced a bill that would transition the city to all renewable energy sources by 2032, it scored a big win on another forward-looking policy issue: putting healthy, local, and sustainable food on the plates of many of its youngest residents. Read more >

Bookmark and Share

What’s in the Nutrition Title of the (Food and) Farm Bill?

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

We’ve been talking a lot about the federal legislation known as the Farm Bill, a major law governing key US food and agriculture programs that’s up for re-authorization during 2018. And while most of the dozen sections or “titles” of the 2014 Farm Bill are deep in the weeds of agriculture, the title governing nutrition programs is actually the largest, and by a long shot. It accounts for approximately 80 percent of the bill’s spending, and its programs are among the most important resources in the federal safety net. Read more >

Bookmark and Share

Photo: wisley/CC BY 2.0, Flickr

If It Ain’t Broke, Defund It: Trump’s Budget Writes Off SNAP—and With It His Supporters

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

Today, the Trump administration released a budget proposal for FY 2018 that would drastically reduce funding for SNAP—the largest nutrition assistance program in the federal safety net—by a full 28 percent over the course of the next ten years. This amounts to a $193 billion dollar cut from a program with a yearly budget of less than $75 billion. Read more >

Photo: wisley/CC BY SA (Flickr)
Bookmark and Share

Photo: USDA

From Soup to Nuts: Science-based Recommendations for FDA’s “Healthy” Label

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

If you wanted to offer your two cents on how the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines “healthy” food, you’ll have to keep those pennies in your pocket for now. The public comment period closed on April 26, and the people—more than a thousand in total—have spoken. Read more >

Photo: USDA
Bookmark and Share

Photo: Marco Verch/BY SA (Flickr)

Helping the FDA Define “Healthy” Food Labels

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

As a registered dietitian, my perspective on healthy foods is pretty simple: there aren’t any.

Before you write to my accrediting board, let me explain. Read more >

Photo: Marco Verch/BY-SA (Flickr)
Bookmark and Share