U.K. gives up, hands food policy over to McDonald's, KFC, and friends

The U.K. government has put some very odd companies in charge of making food and alcohol policy. Don't laugh -- things aren't so different on this side of the pond.

White House to put 6,000 salad bars in schools

First Lady Michelle Obama announced today that the White House is backing a national salad bar initiative for schools, despite uncertainties over how local health inspectors might treat those salad bars and USDA nutrition-tracking rules that could prove a major …

Industry groups putting the screws to senators over food-safety bill amendments

The Tester amendment protecting small farms and processors is still in play, while Feinstein's bisphenol-A ban appears dead in the water.


Does the food safety bill give the FDA too much power — or not enough?

Debate begins later today in the Senate on the Food Safety Modernization Act. We conclude our Food Fight over the bill with a discussion about whether the government can be trusted to inspect, regulate, and penalize big and small facilities …

Looking at meat drives men into a fit of calmness, happiness

Canadian researchers recently steaked the claim that the sight of a big, juicy burger and other well-done meats soothes the savage and beastly instincts in men. But can vegetarians remain calm?


Will the Tester amendment to S. 510 help small farms and processors, but put more kids at risk?

"Deadly pathogens do not discriminate based on the size of a business," argues Food Fight panelist Kathleen Chrismer, the mother of a young victim of E. coli poisoning. Others counter that food can never be 100 percent safe.

Why deficit hysteria isn’t good for food-system reform

The Beltway has been overcome by a wave of deficit hysteria. That may spell doom for farm subsidies -- but it can only hurt the effort to reform the food system.

More revelations of FDA bad behavior around GE salmon

A second consumer advocacy group has obtained even more documentation that the FDA is ignoring serious concerns from government scientists over the safety of GE salmon. Perhaps it's time to rethink our fish priorities: some smoked Arctic char on that …

Google's Hotpot debuts: Cool party, lukewarm reception

Google's launch party for Hotpot, its new location-based, restaurant-rating service, was just as fun as the old bubble-era shindigs used to be. Too bad it seems more like Why?-ware than Web 3.0.