The fast-food industry’s $4.2 billion marketing blitz

Yale's Rudd Center reports that the fast-food industry spent $4.2 billion on marketing last year. That's a sign of the industry's robust financial health -- and bad news for the public's health.

Feeding the world means hogging less grain

How many people can the Earth support? Depends on their level of food consumption. At the U.S. average of 1,763 pounds of grain per person annually for food and feed, the 2-billion-ton annual world harvest would feed just 2.5 billion …


Do we really have a food-safety crisis?

In this first installment in our debate over the Food Safety Modernization Act, our experts lock horns over food-borne-illness data and whether the problems we have with the food system are about dirty, bumpy vegetables -- or dirty, buggy cattle.

Cafeteria confidential: Behind the scenes in school kitchens

Boulder schools remove the stigma from free school lunches

Fortunately, gone are the days when students had to identify themselves as too poor to buy lunch in order to get fed.

Who took your cheese? Could be the FDA

The government's war on unpasteurized milk was something most people could comfortably ignore as being about the fringe. But when the FDA starts messing with people's $22-per-pound raw-milk Camembert ... well, now that's serious.


The Food Safety Modernization Act

We've invited an array of food-policy experts along with a few Grist readers to debate whether there is indeed a food-safety crisis and if so, whether the current legislation before the Senate will protect eaters and punish the right producers.

The Times exposes the craziness of the junk-food industry/USDA alliance

On Sunday, The New York Times ran a blockbuster piece on the unholy alliance between the USDA and Domino's to create a monstrously cheesy pizza -- while encouraging healthier eating habits. Here's what this partnership says about our food system …

Eating more fish will save the rainforests, suggests scientist Ray Hilborn

What would happen if we never ate another fish? Fisheries researcher Ray Hilborn thinks that shift could only lead to more rainforests succumbing to the plow to fill the world's growling bellies, and that there really are plenty of fish …

Cafeteria confidential: Behind the scenes in school kitchens

Remaking school meals in Boulder

In my ongoing quest to find the cutting edge in the nation's chronically under-funded and frequently maligned school meals program, I recently spent a week in Boulder with Renegade Lunch Lady Ann Cooper.