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.

  • Live and let dioxin: Big Ag is worried about scaring us off meat and milk

    This month, the EPA is expected to finally release limits for safe exposure to dioxins in food. Industry groups — like the United Egg Producers, National Meat Association, and National Milk Producers Federation — are stepping up to say: shhh!

  • Sorry Mrs. O, but jumping jacks aren’t enough

    At a recent summit on childhood obesity, the first lady announced a shift in her well-known Let’s Move campaign — away from food reform and toward an increased focus on exercise. Instead of “forcing [children] to eat their vegetables,” she …

  • Toying with the Happy Meal: Is McDonald’s evading the law?

    Photo: kalavinkaWhile most media outlets dubbed it the “Happy Meal toy ban,” the ordinance passed in San Francisco last year didn’t ban anything. The law just placed a few reasonable nutrition guidelines (a maximum of 600 calories per meal and …

  • How did pizza become a vegetable? Blame lobbyists

    By now, most of us have seen the headlines. They’ve ranged from “Is Pizza Sauce a Vegetable? Congress says Yes” to the more childish, “Congress to USDA: Pizza is So a Vegetable, Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah.” News outlets …

  • Pesticides are good for you

    What happens when an industry front group tries to tell a room full of food experts that pesticides aren’t harmful?

  • Did Walmart buy urban agriculture group's silence?

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, goes the old adage. Will the mega-retailer’s recent donation bring the Milwaukee-based Growing Power $1 million closer?

  • ConAgra sued over 'natural' GMO cooking oils

    The class-action lawsuit could have far-ranging implications for the multitude of GMO products creeping onto supermarket shelves while claiming to be “natural.”

  • Safe, organic food too expensive? Eat less meat

    Laments over the high cost of sustainably raised meat, poultry, and dairy products miss the bigger picture: Americans eat too much meat, period.

  • Why the meat industry sells salmonella

    Last week, the latest massive food safety recall hit the news — 36 million pounds of ground turkey possibly tainted with salmonella, courtesy of meat giant Cargill. Some media outlets reported that it’s currently legal to sell salmonella-tainted meat. While …