Category Archives: public policy

Nudging College Kids to Eat Less

How do you get college freshman to avoid that first-term weight-gain known as “the Freshman 25?” What’s the right cafeteria policy? How do you balance making sure every student gets enough to meet his or her needs, without overfeeding them? … Continue reading

Posted in choice, diets, health, public policy, teens | 1 Comment

When Vegetarianism Was Patriotic

I snapped this picture at MOMA over the weekend: It’s a World War II propaganda poster for the British War Office / Ministry of Food. The caption says, “A vegetable dish made with dried eggs or household milk is as … Continue reading

Posted in ethics, public policy, values, vegetarianism

Global Food Crisis

While many of us in the wealthier parts of the world are busy arguing about just which sub-type of organic lettuce we’re using in our salads, or whether we ought to take an “animal rights” approach versus an “animal welfare” … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, international, public policy | 3 Comments

Wildlife Farming in Vietnam

This is an interesting bit about value conflict. In particular, it’s about the dangers of focusing on “natural” foods, when those “natural” foods are either endangered or en route to being so. Here’s the story, by Rachel Nuwer, for Science: … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, ethics, health claims, marketing, meat, organic, public policy, values, wildlife

Cloning and “Proportionate” Regulatory Response to Risk

Regulation, it perhaps goes without saying, is a tricky business. It necessarily involves a small number of politicians, bureaucrats, and technical advisors devising and implementing rules on a staggering range of activities and products and services. The number of issues … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, cloning, ethics, health, meat, nanotechnology, public policy, regulation

US Government Contradicts Itself in Promoting Cheese

[Addendum (Dec. 14 2010) — it seems the NYT article cited below may have been misleading. See this blog entry here. Thanks to reader Anastasia for notifying me.] I love cheese. Probably too much. If I ate as much of … Continue reading

Posted in health, junk food, marketing, public policy, USDA | 2 Comments

How Good (or Bad) is the FDA?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is the target of plenty of criticism. In fact, almost nobody seems to like the FDA — except maybe occasionally when they institute a recall or impose a penalty, and even then there’s almost … Continue reading

Posted in FDA, health, public policy, regulation, safety | 3 Comments