Adding Imaginary Value to Food Labels

In a recent AP-GfK poll, 66% of Americans want food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be labelled as such. Only 7% oppose the labeling. Plant and animal breeding that selects some attributes and suppresses others has been in use for about 14,000 years. Intentional alteration of the DNA within a cell (resulting in a […]

Sugar – The Political Football

First we must stipulate that no consumer was force-fed sugar during the writing and research of this blog. Consumers were merely given all the sugar they wanted at a true market price.  Unlike in our politicized nanny-state environment, no one was denied sugar, and no one was overcharged for it. The state and local sugar […]

GMOs — No Room for Imaginary Problems

Agricultural production faces a steep challenge as the world population is expected to grow from 7 billion to 10 billion by 2050.  Many aspects of agriculture and consumer expectations will change in order for another 3 billion people to sit at the table. The agricultural retooling will take place while nations juggle environmental factors such […]

The Vermont Food Police

Vermont legislated mandatory special labelling for food treated with Genetically Modified Organisms.  The labels must warn consumers that foods within the package were treated with GMO nutrients.  Connecticut and Maine enacted similar labelling mandates, but their laws are contingent on a critical mass of nearby states enacting similar laws.  These trigger clauses are intended to […]

Coalition Letter to Sebelius on Potential New Dietary Guidelines

ACI has signed onto a coalition letter that expresses concern about the mission creep of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.  The letter asks the Committee be transparent, rely on scientific evidence, and consider the economic impacts of its decisions.  The letter is available at the Independent Women’s Forum.

The Food Police and Consumer Choice

John Cisna, a high school teacher, has documented how McDonald’s fast food can be a basis for losing weight.  His regimen was to eat 2,000 calories of McDonald’s food and walk 45 minutes each day.  Over a 6 month period, he lost 56 pounds and greatly improved his physical condition. Cisna’s book, “My McDonald’s Diet,” […]

The Genetically Modified Organisms Potboiler

American consumers have not yet developed firm opinions on the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in their food.  Many are sympathetic toward better crop yields and insect resistance.  For others, GMO opposition is rooted in suspicion toward “tinkering with nature” or the popular pejorative “frankenfood.” Public attitudes aren’t yet shaped by a dispassionate assessment […]

Consumer Tips on Grocery Savings — The Facts of Fruit

The USDA’s Nutrition Pyramid suggested that consumers should eat 2-4 servings of fruit and 3-5 servings of vegetables each day.   Following the fruit and vegetable part of that guideline in a 2,000 calorie diet would cost $2 to $2.50 per day for each adult.  In June 2011, the Nutrition Pyramid was replaced by a very […]

Should you Dine in or Dine out? The Price of Convenience

Restaurants are a significant part of the economy.  Americans have a love affair with restaurants persisting even through our recent economic slump.   In 2010 there were 11 million food preparation and serving employees, paid a median wage of $9.02/hr.   In 2009, we spent an average of $2,619 per household for “food away from home” (largely […]