Archive for September, 2006

McDonald’s Selling Sex in China

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

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When you think of traditional Chinese fare, cheeseburgers and French fries don’t immediately come to mind. But that hasn’t stopped the king of fast food from infiltrating the world’s most populous nation. As recently reported by the Wall Street Journal, “McDonald’s is looking to open some 230 new stores in China by 2008, bringing its total here to about 1,000.” (more…)

Lawsuit Against McDonald’s Goes Forward

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

While late-night comedians joked when a New York lawyer filed a lawsuit against McDonald’s in 2002 for making his clients sick and obese, the fast food giant is now finding itself one step closer to the courtroom door. As reported today by the New York Law Journal (sub req’d) regarding the case of two teenagers, known as “Pelman v. McDonald’s”: (more…)

Special Report on Food Policy Conference

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

Last week I spoke at the Consumer Federation of America’s 29th Annual National Food Policy Conference. Each year, the meeting brings together government, advocates, and industry. The event was co-sponsored by the Food Products Association, along with such Big Food favorites as Kraft and Coca-Cola. Despite the presence of industry, the panels were remarkably balanced and the atmosphere was such that hard questions could be asked. Topics covered ranged from agricultural policy, to marketing to children, to nanotechnology. (more…)

Soda Lobby’s Back-to-School PR Campaign

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

As reported on September 7 by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution (Soft drink makers start PR offensive), the American Beverage Association has launched a new $10 million ad campaign claiming its members care about children’s health. (You can view the three print ads on the ABA website.) (more…)

Victory for Local Food Democracy

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

Because we should celebrate our victories over Big Food, below is an excerpt from a September 1 press release from Californians for GE-Free Agriculture. Note the ironic twist: While soda companies argue for “local control” in school vending,” Big Agriculture is trying to stop local communities from banning genetically-engineered crops. Industry will use any argument that is expedient. This time it didn’t work. Visit Californians for GE-Free Agriculture. (more…)

Back to School Food - Changes or Same Old Story?

Friday, September 1st, 2006

It’s that time of year again, when parents can breathe a sigh of relief that their kids are well cared for during the day. But can parents trust that schools will protect their kids when it comes to how they are fed? If you’re like most parents, you’re probably more concerned with your child’s education than the vending machines lining the school hallways. Despite ample scientific evidence of the connection between good nutrition and strong academic performance, (not to mention good health) many schools continue to peddle high-fat, high-sugar, and highly processed food and beverages to vulnerable kids. (more…)