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USDA Focus on Nutrition Program “Integrity” is a Smokescreen

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

The US Department of Agriculture has announced it will hire a new “chief integrity officer” to oversee federal nutrition programs such as the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). The integrity of SNAP in particular has been a popular topic among those in the Trump administration, including USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, who argue that SNAP enables a “lifestyle of dependency” and seek major program reforms in the upcoming Farm Bill. But these arguments have been conjured from very little science and a whole lot of smoke—and have the effect of distracting the public from more pressing issues at hand.

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USDA Nominee Perdue’s Connection to Coca-Cola is Deeper Than Georgia Roots

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Agriculture secretary is the last Cabinet post to be filled by the Trump transition team. The delayed nomination of this position says a lot about the administration’s interest in the agency, which is incredibly important considering that the USDA is responsible for the production, distribution, and safety of the food we eat. Read more >

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For Healthier Kids, US Policies Need an Added Sugar Fix

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

I’m not a parent, but I know from conversations with colleagues and friends who are that getting children to eat a healthy diet is a top priority when you have a little one. Yet, children’s health isn’t exactly at the top of the priorities list for the food industry. Instead, food companies have been capitalizing on children’s inherent attraction to sweet foods and beverages and the likelihood that early exposure in childhood will hook them on sugars into adulthood. Read more >

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Sugar Cuts in Day Care Meals: A Public Health Victory

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

The Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP) is one of the nutrition safety net programs run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service and state agencies, and serves over 4 million eligible children every day. The program reimburses day care centers for nutritious meals and snacks (largely following the Dietary Guidelines) for children from low-income households. However, the guidelines hadn’t been revised to reflect changes in nutrition science since 1968, lagging behind the national school lunch and breakfast programs which made sweeping positive changes back in 2010. Read more >

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Healthiest Nation by 2030? Not Without Healthier Women and Children Today

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

The American Public Health Association has focused its advocacy attention and this year’s National Public Health Week on making the United States the healthiest nation in one generation, by 2030. I have to admit I was skeptical when I first heard this announcement. Read more >

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