Michele Simon

Michele Simon is a public health lawyer specializing in industry marketing and lobbying tactics. She is the author of Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back. She is grateful to live in Oakland, Calif., within walking distance of a farmers market. You can follow her on Twitter.

Would you like germs with that? Why food workers need paid sick days

The National Restaurant Association doesn't think workers should get paid sick leave. Which means more waiters sneezing in your salad -- or worse.

Is a major science group stumping for Monsanto?

When the American Association for the Advancement of Science came out against GMO labeling one week before the vote on California's Prop 37, it raised some big questions about the group's affiliations.

Pop culture: The industry forces behind New York’s soda war

Companies like McDonald's and Coca Cola came out swinging in the fight against NYC's soda ban. Here's what they had at stake.

Monsanto’s 10 most misleading talking points on GMO labeling

The biotech giant will go to great lengths to spin the story on GMO labeling, even if that means making claims it can't support.

Big Food puts its back into fighting GMO labeling in California

The Grocery Manufacturers Association -- a group that includes PepsiCo, General Mills, and Monsanto -- has made fighting California's Prop 37 its "highest priority."

Three ways to protect food stamps from a cruel Congress

If the House gets its way, two to three million Americans could go hungry. But it doesn't have to be this way. Here are some recommendations.

HBO’s ‘Weight of the Nation’ should have taken focus on food system change further

One critic says the mini-series spent too much time focusing on size and not nearly enough on the politics and industry lobbying behind today's "obesity epidemic."

The man who blew the whistle on ‘pink slime’

Glad to see so many people talking about getting ammonia-treated beef trimmings out of school lunch? You have this former Beef Products Inc. employee to thank.

Protein propaganda: It’s what’s for dinner

By working hard to ensure that nutrition guidelines equate "protein" with meat, the meat industry often edges plant-based protein sources out of the picture.