food additives

On Food and Pharmaceuticals

The impacts of industrial agriculture are a regular topic of discussion here on Ecocentric, but we've never delved into the complex relationship and alarming connections between our drug industry and our food industry, so we decided to take a look.

The People vs. The Pizza Lobby

A few weeks ago Congress dismissed the USDA's healthy school lunch reform proposals and decided to count pizza sauce as a vegetable. Sound ridiculous? It is.

Breakfast or Dessert? How Much Sugar Is In Your Kid's Cereal?

According to a new report by the Environmental Working Group, an assessment of 84 popular children's breakfast cereals revealed that only one in four meets the voluntary dietary guidelines proposed by the federal Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children.

Food Fright!

If your biggest worry is getting circus peanuts or conventional apples in your trick-or-treat bag tonight, hold on to your hat, because there are a LOT scarier food issues these days. Here's a roundup of the most frightening.

Sustainable Pet Food: It's the Cat's Meow

Animals' diets are often linked to health problems, and just like their human equivalent, the production of the vast majority of pet food also contributes to an unsustainable food system. Here, we dig up dirt on industrial pet food and provide alternative options.

Our Hero: Lucy Postins, President of The Honest Kitchen

Lucy Postins worked tirelessly in her own kitchen to develop quality food for her puppy, Mosi, that would also support a local and sustainable food system. Eight years later, The Honest Kitchen is a burgeoning green business.

High Fructose Corn Syrup: If This Doesn't Convince You, Nothing Will

Let's start at the beginning - what is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)? Sugar as we know it traditionally came from sugar cane and later from sugar beets. HFCS was developed from corn in the late 1950s, refined for industrial production in the 1970s, and introduced into many processed foods from 1975-1985 - a big dietary and nutritional change that went largely unnoticed over the past 35 years.

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