The Dark Side of Food Campaigns, Part 2

So at this point, it’s clear that big soda and beverage companies haven’t curtailed their marketing campaigns targeted at children and young adults. On the contrary, the marketing towards this demographic has only increased, and the health implications that could result from this have been well-documented.

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The Apple Pushers

Recently I had the pleasure of viewing a documentary film that seemed quite appropriate to blog about, as it examined the politics and policies of a food campaign (just like the title!). The film, The Apple Pushers, specifically looked at the campaign to increase access to healthy fruits and vegetables in areas of New York City where access to these health foods is difficult (a.k.a. food deserts).

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The Dark Side of Food Campaigns, Part 1 (Epilogue)

Oh, the irony. (via http://selfishgiving.com/)

The Dark Side of Food Campaigns, Part 1

I think at this point, it’s common knowledge that consuming lots of sugary beverages, filled with little (if any) nutrients and too many empty calories, is not a healthy food (or in this case, beverage) choice.

Unfortunately, according to an article in The Atlantic last week, these sugary drinks are still being marketed to young people at very high rates. Continue reading

More Crowdsourcing for Improving Food Policy

Hopefully this trend continues.

First, the New York City government started a Tumblr site for New Yorkers to share easy and healthy recipes with one another, which I thought was a fantastic idea and an excellent use of crowdsourcing. Now it appears that similar strategy is being used by Slow Food USA as a tool to promote better and healthier food policies. Continue reading

Getting Smart about Food Choices for Youth

One thing I commended the NYC government for in my last blog post was the use of crowdsourcing for recipe sharing, as my underlying argument was that people are likely to be more receptive to advice from fellow New Yorkers as opposed to the government itself.

Beyond that, I believe it’s a more effective strategy to inform people about food and how to make healthy food choices, rather than just telling them what to eat. Continue reading

Happy Belated Food Day!

(Almost) just in time for the start of this new blog, yesterday was the first ever Food Day, and New York City made the most of it, creating a new website called NYC Food (http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycfood/html/home/home.shtml). This new website is part of the larger campaign that has taken place in the city over the past few years, led by Mayor Bloomberg, and this new website goes into depth discussing this campaign:

Under Mayor Bloomberg, New York City has been a leader in implementing policies like calorie labeling and the transfat ban, in order to help make healthful eating easier for everyone. These efforts are part of a broader food policy, aimed at promoting healthy food, promoting food security, and improving the sustainability of our food system. (via NYCFood) Continue reading