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McDonald’s may be sued for Happy Meal toys

Shrek drek: Do inexpensive plastic toys lure children--or their parents--into making unhealthy food choices? The Center for Science in the Public Interest believes they do and is threatening to sue McDonald's if the company doesn't stop using toys to promote its products. "DreamWorks is the supplier of the...

Why Anthony Bourdain thinks Jamie Oliver is a hero

Kid-food confidential: Anthony Bourdain may love foie gras, loathe Alice Waters and vegetarians, and enjoy tipping other sacred sustainable-foodie cows, but a recent excerpt from his new memoir, "Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook" reveals that he's two grassfed-beef...

Report scrutinizes ties between Big Food, health organizations

Ignore the man behind the curtain: Reporters Rick Montgomery and Alan Bavley examine the “marriages of convenience” between unhealthy food producers and organizations aimed at promoting health, such as the newly announced alliance between Coca Cola and the American Academy of Family Physicians. (Kansas City...

Naked Pizza of New Orleans: Because fast food doesn’t have to suck

A pizza a day…: The New York Times Magazine's Consumed column looks at Naked Pizza (formerly World's Healthiest Pizza), a small operation in New Orleans that's poised to go national, with franchises. Naked Pizza makes crust from 12 whole grains, uses low-fat skim mozzarella, and a tomato sauce with “no...

‘So we’re eating at Taco Bell and we’re cleaning the Earth!’

Extra Onion, please!: The Onion has the most satisfying send-up of fast-food greenwashing we've seen in a while. Love...

A big O no! Oprah teams up with KFC

Bucket O' misery: Oprah Winfrey has teamed up with Kentucky Fried Chicken to offer a downloadable coupon from KFC for two pieces of grilled chicken, two sides, and a biscuit. (Los Angeles Times) Ugh. America's hungry, but … KFC? And this after Oprah ran an in-depth investigation into “How We Treat the...

Mom tells school to cut out the junk-food partnerships

Nuggets of truth: A frustrated Pattie Baker blogs about how yet again, her daughter's elementary school is partnering with a fast food restaurant for a "night" (from which it gets a cut of the sales). The class with the most participation gets chicken nuggets for the upcoming field-day picnic. The...

Digest – News: Mega-McDonald’s, bathing moo-ties, and CA Senate embraces food

No budget, but an awesome mandate: The California state Senate reforms its agriculture committee - traditionally a buddy of the state's industrial produce contingent - to prioritize issues such as sustainable agriculture, food safety, animal welfare, and food security. Berkeley/Oakland Senator Loni Hancock...

Making Thyme combines fast with food — but real food, not foodlike substances

Editor's note: Please welcome our newest addition to the Ethicurean "team," Stephanie Pierce, who's written for us quite a lot as a guest contributor. A native of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Stephanie will soon be moving from Grand Rapids, MI, to begin a yearlong kitchen/garden internship at the...

Digest – Blogs: Fast food (no)ledge, eater of the year, and a holiday book roundup

Can we still eat that burger with our heads in the sand?: Several states have passed industry-driven legislation tying the hands of local authorities to require fast food outlets to post nutrition information on restaurant menu boards. (NowPublic; thanks, Jack!) Raw milk? FDA insists "Drink Local": The FDA...

Yes, no, and “later” foods: Why Wal-Mart depresses me as a parent

We went to Wal-Mart yesterday. It was a mistake. Don’t get me wrong: I understand why people shop at Wal-Mart. I live in a rural community that is mostly poor or working class. I see hundreds of people ride the bus to Wal-Mart daily because the store is one of the few places they can afford to shop. The...

Twisted logic from Coke’s [dumbass] exec lets soda off the hook for obesity

Editor's note: This post contains adult language and a dangerous quantity of righteous indignation. So, earlier this week, the top honcho at Coca Cola urged the beverage industry to rage, rage against the unfair claims that soda bears any blame for the nation’s rising obesity problem. It is time, claimed...

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