Everything You Need to Know About the FDA’s Food Labeling Rule – ENFORCEMENT BEGINS MAY 5th. ARE YOU READY?

“On May 5, the FDA will begin enforcing its new menu labeling rules, which requires that restaurants and other away-from-home food retailers include calorie counts on menus and signage. Though the rules took effect on December 1, 2016 and compliance is already mandatory, the FDA was not permitted to enforce the law until May 5, 2017 so many restaurants have not yet prepared.

One hold up has been that these rules were tied to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare and attempts to repeal the healthcare law have encouraged some restaurants to wait to implement these changes. Though these regulations were likely to remain in the law, some restaurants have been waiting until they find out what provisions will remain.

However, with the most recent healthcare repeal setbacks, this law is still on the books, and until further legislation passes, restaurants are already responsible for labeling their menus appropriately. Here is what you need to know about the rule.”



Hidden Downsides of the Green Revolution: Biodiversity Loss and Diseases of Civilization

With the horticultural shift of the Green Revolution, industrial agriculture has been producing more calories than ever, but the lack of micronutrients in the resulting diet is causing widespread disease.

“The world’s worst health problems derive in one manner or another from problems with industrial agriculture, and are, in short, diseases of civilization. This sobering bit of business strikes straight at the heart of the question of sustainability, which has asked whether the land, the biota, the planet could stand industrial agriculture. The equally urgent question, now, is whether humans can stand it.”



Rethinking Development and Health – Findings from the ‘Global Burden of Disease’ Study

  • The world is in the midst of an epidemiological transition. As countries increase their levels of development, their communicable disease burdens are declining and shifting to non-communicable diseases and disabilities.
  • Diet-related disease is becoming one of the world’s greatest health problems.
  • http://www.healthdata.org/sites/default/files/files/policy_report/GBD/2016/IHME_GBD2015_report.pdf

US agricultural policy, land use change, and biofuels: are we driving our way to the next dust bowl?

“US biofuel policy is intended to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by the US transportation sector. However, the extent of cropland expansion found by Lark et al. suggests that measures like RFS2 are actually accruing an unintended, but substantial, carbon debt.”
-Christopher K Wright, Environmental Research Letters, Volume 10, Number 5