National Consumers League

Food Policy

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The poultry industry wants to speed up production – but at what cost?

poultry_production-crop.jpgBeef consumption in the U.S is on the decline. The red meat that once played a central role in the American diet is disappearing off of consumers’ plates by the rate of about 20 pounds of beef per person, per year. Increased awareness of obesity and other weight-related diseases linked to red meat, and a public health push to persuade Americans to choose leaner options are likely some of the causes of this drop in demand. As beef consumption has decreased, poultry has steadily risen to become the most popular meat product in the U.S., and the poultry industry isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

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High school students shocked at waste uncovered during cafeteria food waste audits

food_waste_icon.jpg“Schools are a place of learning. The cafeteria should be too!” 

I’m willing to guess that if you ask almost any student their favorite school period, the resounding answer will be “lunch!” My memories of school lunch involve scarfing down a peanut butter sandwich and quickly catching up with friends before our 30 minutes were up. The cafeteria is hectic, lines are long, and many students rush through their meals in order to preserve time to socialize.  So too often, a hasty lunch period leaves trash bins overflowing with half-eaten sandwiches and other barely touched food items. 

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Caffeine Awareness Month: Myth-busting and fact-checking

coffee_icon.jpgWhether you’re working an 8-hour day, at home with the kids, or even trying to burn some excess calories at the gym after work, caffeine is usually within close reach, in one form or another. Within close reach there’s also a multitude of information. But how much of this is true? And, where are the information gaps for consumers?

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Dutch study examines consumer attitudes around food fraud

ali.jpgIn 2013, Europe was confronted with a shocking food revelation. Food safety authorities unveiled that a number of popular products labeled “100% beef” actually contained significant amounts of horse and pig meat. While food fraud is hardly a new issue, this incident attracted global attention and caused consumers to reconsider their trust in the food industry. 

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Different perspectives on the controversial soda tax

soda_tax.jpgBy Maureen Chircop, NCL Intern

In 2012, Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York proposed a tax on sweetened beverages that the New York Court of Appeals struck down. Despite the soda tax’s failure, Mayor Bloomberg believed the tax would improve public health. On June 16, 2016, Philadelphia passed a soda tax bill. Instead of focusing on public health benefits, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney concentrated on the community benefits of the soda tax, which amounts to an extra 1.5 cent on each ounce of soda sold. 

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