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.

Food

Who put McDonald's in charge of kids' health?

Improvements to the McDonald's Happy Meal just distract policymakers from doing their job of setting boundaries for corporate behavior.

Food

Don't eat your broccoli: Junk food industry determined to target kids

Government agencies are set to release voluntary suggestions for how Big Food could less slimy in its advertising. The industry is pushing back.

Food Safety

Who really benefits from the egg industry deal?

An agreement between the Humane Society and United Egg Producers to seek federal legislation for better henhouse conditions is still a long way from having any real effect.

Food

What’s wrong with the USDA’s new MyPlate graphic? Plenty

The collective wisdom in press reports last week was that the USDA’s new “easy to understand” ChooseMyPlate image is “better” than the old pyramid. Well, that’s not saying much. But it’s also completely beside the …

Scary Food

Jack in the Box surprise: How E. coli became a household word

Double your trouble.Photo: theimpulsivebuyFor most of us working in food policy, it’s hard to remember a time when food outbreaks of bugs like E. coli didn’t happen pretty much weekly. But reading the new book …

Scary Food

Mimicking Big Tobacco, Big Soda blows smoke in Philadelphia

Big Soda can blow smoke with the best of ‘em.Coke image: Andrew AtkinsonFor years now, numerous commentators (myself included) have made comparisons of the food industry with Big Tobacco. The most recent example should become …

Trix are for kids

As in U.S., European food giants use shenanigans to continue marketing junk to children

Big burger, little bugger: Fast food marketing to small children knows no borders.Photo: (C) sean dreilingerI just returned from a two-day meeting in Brussels. I was asked to participate with other experts from around the …

Some cuffs with that fancy suit?

Victims of tainted peanut butter outbreak demand criminal charges

Peanut Corporation of America execs knowingly sent out tainted peanut butter — that eventually killed people. Will they pay the price? Last Friday, I spoke at the Government Accountability Project Food Integrity Campaign conference. During …

Pyramid scheme

Time to retire the USDA’s dietary guidelines?

Once every five years, the federal government goes to great lengths to update its recommendations for how Americans should eat. In fact, Congress mandates that the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) be based on the …

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