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4 best food policy blogs
April 6, 2011, 2:54 am
Filed under: food, food policy, blogs | Tags: , ,

So after my many hours trolling food policy and politics blogs, I’ve decided to share the fruits of my labor and share the four most well maintained, thoughtful and through blogs out there discussing food policy and politics.

1. Civil Eats—A great site that offers a lot of different food related categories including Life on the Farm, Re-Localize, Eating Culture and Food Policy. In particular, their Food Culture subsection excels at providing up-to-date information of just about everything going on in the food world as well as really thought provoking opinion pieces. And if you’re still looking for more, follow Civil Eats Editor Paula Crossfielf (@civileater) on Twitter!

A good sampling of Civil Eats style: “No Quick Subsidies Fix for Food”

2. Obama Foodorama—This is one of those blogs that I religiously check. It explores and keeps a diligent record of literally everything that goes on in the White House that even remotely has to do with food. Also, with First Lady Michelle Obama’s core initiative, Let’s Move!, dealing with child obesity and altering food and nutrient guidelines, this is a good place to get the details from an outside source.

An example of the detailed analysis of Obama administration’s food policy initiatives: “FDA Unveils ‘Consumer Friendly’ Search Engine for Recalled Foods”

3. Girst—Another great strictly food policy blogs. It highlights the main stories, but also emphasizes some of the smaller topics like agriculture. In addition to following food policy’s journey through Congress, it also explores the hard questions in U.S. food policy. Nonetheless, one of my favorite things about Girst is that it highlights a lot of emerging scientific studies relating to the food industry, which makes it a great place to stay informed on the newest global food research.

Girst asking the hard questions: Will the U.S. hog industry ever kick its reliance on low-dose antibiotics?

4. Eatocracy—CNN’s Eatocracy might not be all food policy, but it does an excellent job of including the major developments in key food policy. Its playful style and wacky stories are always entertaining and enjoyable reads—be sure to check out their daily “Box Lunch” post, which includes the top articles about food swarming the internet. Still, it’s Eatocracy’s addition of non-partisan updates and detailed interviews and videos, which are uncommon for blogs, involving food politics that keep me coming back.

Post showing Eatocracy’s excellent interviews: “ADHD, the FDA and Blue Dye #1”

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