This Is How Much the Average American Diet Has Changed Over the Last 40 Years

Americans, unsurprisingly, are not hitting the major dietary milestones of the recommended diet—and they haven’t been for quite some time. But the ways in which they’re doing that has changed quite a bit in the last few decades.

Source: This Is How Much the Average American Diet Has Changed Over the Last 40 Years

I’d love to see a cost comparison on these as well – something comparable for inflation. I would wonder if the costs of food contribute to the nature of the increases.

Somebody’s Already Suing the US Government Over New Dietary Guidelines Issued Just Hours Ago

This morning, the USDA and the Department of Health and Human services finally issued a new set of American dietary guidelines. Just a few hours later, the first lawsuit over those same dietary recommendations was announced.

Source: Somebody’s Already Suing the Government Over New Dietary Guidelines Issued Just Hours Ago

Dietary cholesterol has little to no impact on your bodies total cholesterol.  But you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs… 😉

A Chart of How Americans Should Spend Their Food Budget… And How They Actually Do

The USDA’s economic research group put together a look at how an American food budget that actually follows dietary guidelines would break down—and then they put together one using the actual data on how Americans spend their food budget. Unsurprisingly, the two match up not at all.

Source: A Chart of How Americans Should Spend Their Food Budget… And How They Actually Do

Honestly that is not nearly as bad as what I expected. Not saying it is not bad, but considering how many people (college kids, graduate students and poor poor young researchers) I know seem to survive sole on frozen meals, I did expect something like junk food taking 50%+.

This Is the One Reason Why Farms Are Only Going to Keep Getting Bigger

People may wax rhapsodic about the virtues of the small-scale farm, but that is not the direction farming is heading in: Farms are getting fewer in number and larger in size across the board, and that’s only going to continue—and there’s one reason why.

Source: This Is the One Reason Why Farms Are Only Going to Keep Getting Bigger

it’s all about economies of scale and the spread and dilution of risk.

This is pretty basic economics that even I, as a total non-economist, understand. The agricultural sector, even with all the immigrant farm labor, employs a tiny number of people. Automation technology is only going to winnow those few remaining people away.

From what I know of farming in my local area – you don’t have a farm to make money.  The majority rely heavily on subsidy.  It’s a buyer’s market if you want to sell the farm, either to someone who will continue to farm or to a real estate developer.  Having grown up on a hobby farm, it was not cheaper to have chickens than it would have been to buy eggs at the store.

Why It’s Sometimes Okay to Eat Chicken That’s Pink After Cooking

Here’s the situation: your thermometer reads 165°, but that meat still looks pretty darn pink. What do you do? According to the USDA, looks can be deceiving.

Source: Chicken Still Pink After Cooking?  Don’t Panic

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Just eat it and let’s not be… chicken.

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Organic Based on the “Dirty Dozen” List

Switching to organic apples because they top the “Dirty Dozen” list of produce with the most pesticides? You may want to reconsider. It turns out the “Dirty” foods are fairly clean, and organic foods aren’t free of pesticides anyway.

The “Dirty Dozen” list, which aims to rank the fruits with the most pesticide residue, comes from the Environmental Working Group, and they publish their methodology on the report’s website. They basically download the test results from the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program, which samples produce for pesticide residues, and come up with a ranking score for each fruit or vegetable based on six criteria relating to the number of different pesticide residues seen on produce of that type, the percentage of samples with pesticide residues, and the total amount of pesticide detected.

Source: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Organic Based on the “Dirty Dozen” List

This isn’t a suggestion to avoid organic produce entirely – it’s to be more aware because you can’t always trust what the label tells you.

The U.S. Just Approved Its First GMO Apple, Which Doesn’t Turn Brown

The Agriculture Department on Friday approved the first genetically modified apple for sale in the U.S., reigniting debate over the safety of modified foods and whether the products should carry mandatory labels.

Source: First Genetically Modified Apple Approved for Sale in U.S.

If it doesn’t brown, then what indicator do we have for how long it’s been exposed to air?  Browning is rather innocuous – I’d have rather seen a GMO approval for something that demonstrated value, rather than a proof of concept.

“Factory Farms” Producing Massive Quantities of Organic Milk and Eggs

In what has been called one of the largest fraud investigations in the history of the organic industry, The Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin-based farm policy research group, announced filing formal legal complaints against 14 industrial livestock operations producing milk, meat and eggs being marketed, allegedly illegally, as organic.

Source: Investigation: “Factory Farms” Producing Massive Quantities of Organic Milk and Eggs

Where there’s demand, there’s fraud.  Lead in spices (because of paying by weight), olive oil not made or containing olive oil

USDA Study: Milk Will Get More Expensive

In the U.S., climate change is likely to increase average daily temperatures and the frequency of heat waves. Dairy cows are particularly sensitive to heat stress and, according to a new USDA study, by 2030, milk production will have lowered to the point that additional economic costs will exceed $100 million per year.

 

Source: Milk Is About to Become Really Expensive

That’s for the US.  It might mean that Canada becomes a more viable location for dairy cattle, and Canada has space to spare… Maybe it’d just be a matter of shifting the source?