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Michael Pollan on the Political Situation of Food

Posted on November 29, 2012

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes writer Michael Pollan for a discussion of the agricultural industrial complex that dominates consumer choices about what to eat. He explores the origins, evolution and consequences of this system for the nations health and environment. He highlights the role of science, journalism, and politics in the development of a diet that […]

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Marion Nestle on The Situation of Our Food

Posted on November 28, 2012

Related Situationist posts: Dr. David Kessler Waxes Situationist The Situation of our Food – Part I The Situation of Our Food – Part II The Situation of Our Food – Part III The Situation of our Food – Part IV The Situation of Our Food – Part V For more on the situation of eating, see Situationist contributors Adam Benforado, […]

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The Situational Effects of Food Advertising

Posted on February 9, 2012

Pierre Chandonm and Brian Wansink recently posted their paper “Is Food Marketing Making Us Fat? A Multi-Disciplinary Review” on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. Whereas everyone recognizes that increasing obesity rates worldwide are driven by a complex set of interrelated factors, the marketing actions of the food industry are often singled out as one of the […]

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News about the Captured Situation of Food Policy

Posted on November 16, 2010

From the New York Times: Domino’s Pizza was hurting early last year. Domestic sales had fallen, and a survey of big pizza chain customers left the company tied for the worst tasting pies. Then help arrived from an organization called Dairy Management. It teamed up with Domino’s to develop a new line of pizzas with […]

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Winning the Food Fight

Posted on October 27, 2010

Back at the end of August, I wrote a post about the benefits of “nudging” people towards heath, in particular, by resetting food defaults.  I argued that we could combat obesity without unduly infringing on individual choice or autonomy by changing the food situation so that when a person ordered “a latte,” for example, she […]

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The Addictive Situation of Fatty Food

Posted on March 30, 2010

Sarah Klein wrote an article for CNN, titled “Fatty foods may cause cocaine-like addiction,” discussing recent research co-authored by Paul J. Kenny, Ph.D., an associate professor of molecular therapeutics at the Scripps Research Institute.  Here are a few excerpts. * * * In the study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, Kenny and his co-author […]

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The Situation of Our Food – Part V

Posted on January 6, 2010

Michael Pollan (a professor of science and environmental journalism at the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California) has a new, short book, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual. Pollan’s writing has been frequently featured on this blog because it is superb and because of his fascinating situationist perspective regarding our food “choices.”  […]

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The Spicy Situation of Food, Flavor, and Taste

Posted on December 27, 2009

With holiday feasts now behind us, we thought this might be a good time to post some portions of Linda Bartoshuk’s article, “Spicing Up Psychological Science,” from the September issue of The Observer.  Here are some excerpts. * * * The anatomy of spice perception involves illusion. We seem to perceive spices both with the […]

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The Situation of Food: The Movie

Posted on July 3, 2009

From Michael Phillips’ Chicago Tribune review: Several things — too many, probably — are going on in “Food, Inc.,” all connected. Kenner begins by tracing the impact of 20th Century American fast food on industrialized food production, and notes that when McDonald’s brought factory assembly-line strategies into practice, everything changed. McDonald’s became a universe of […]

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The Situation of Food – Part VI

Posted on December 17, 2008

From FORA.tv: Author Michael Ruhlman and Chef Dan Barber talk about modern industrial farming and agriculture in the United States as part of Chautauqua Institutions week long program called “What’s for Dinner: Food and Politics in the 21st Century.” * * * For related Situationist posts, go to “The Situation of our Food – Part […]

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The Situation of our Food – Part IV

Posted on March 17, 2008

Michael Pollan has made a career studying and writing about the situation of food. We in include his wonderful TED lecture, “The Omnivore’s Next Dilemma,” from last month below. “What if human consciousness isn’t the end-all and be-all of Darwinism? What if we are all just pawns in corn’s clever strategy game, the ultimate prize […]

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The Situation of Our Food – Part III

Posted on May 8, 2007

This three-part series is based on Michael Pollan’s recent article in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. Part I describe the puzzling fact that a hyper-processed and heavily packaged hostess Twinkie is cheaper than a bundle of “yanked from the soil” carrots. Part II helped to solve that puzzle by summarizing the role of the […]

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The Situation of Our Food – Part II

Posted on April 29, 2007

Part I of this series, built around Michael Pollan’s recent article in the New York Times Sunday Magazine . . . ended with the following observation and question from Pollan: * * * Compared with a bunch of carrots, a package of Twinkies, to take one iconic processed foodlike substance as an example, is a […]

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The Situation of our Food – Part I

Posted on April 25, 2007

As many of our readers likely already know, Michael Pollan is an environmental journalist and educator of unparalleled eloquence and unusual influence. What many people may not realize is that Pollan is (as far as we’re concerned) also a first-rate situationist. His best-selling and award winning books, include “The Botany of Desire” and more recently, […]

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Posted in Food and Drug Law, Life | 3 Comments »

Fast Food Litigation

Posted on February 28, 2007

Lianne S. Pinchuk, an associate at Weil Gotshal, has an article today at Law.com comparing fast food litigation with cigarette litigation and summarizing the unpromising prospects of the former. The article highlights some of the obstacles to lawyers seeking significant damages from purveyors of fast food — including evidentiary burdens (particularly on the element of […]

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Natasha Schvey on Obesity in the Courtroom – Today!

Posted on November 1, 2013

When: Friday 11/01/13 12-1pm Where: WCC 2012 Today, join Section 6’s Ninja Tortles and the Student Association for Law and Mind Sciences (SALMS) for a talk by Natasha Schvey on bias against overweight defendants in the courtroom. Schvey, a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Yale University, has focused her research on obesity, weight stigma, […]

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Legal theory must incorporate discoveries from biology and behavioral sciences

Posted on October 15, 2013

Some recent discoveries in evolutionary biology, ethology, neurology, cognitive psychology and behavioral economics impels us to rethink the very foundations of law if we want to answer many questions remain unanswered in legal theory. Where does our ability to interpret rules and think in terms of fairness in relation to others come from? Does the […]

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Posted in Legal Theory, Morality, Neuroscience, Philosophy | 3 Comments »

The Financial Situation of Think Tanks

Posted on May 23, 2013

For The Nation, Ken Silverstein has a revealing article, titled “The Secret Donors Behind the Center for American Progress and Other Think Tanks.”  Paying special attention to the Center for American Progress, the article shows how ideas, policies, and people gain credibility, legitimacy, and influence through unseen corporate investments in think tanks. Here are a […]

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The Situational Benefits of Compassion

Posted on May 20, 2013

Emma Seppala, for The Observer, has an outstanding overview of some of the health consequences and contagiousness of compassion.  Here is a portion of her article: Decades of clinical research has focused and shed light on the psychology of human suffering. That suffering, as unpleasant as it is, often also has a bright side to […]

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Posted in Altruism, Distribution, Emotions, Morality, Positive Psychology | 2 Comments »

An Interview with NYU’s Adam Alter

Posted on March 25, 2013

As detailed in a post last week, NYU marketing and psychology professor Adam Alter’s terrific new book, Drunk Tank Pink, is now out in bookstores around the country.  It is a thoroughly interesting and engaging read and well worth picking up (indeed, you can order a copy here on Amazon). As part of what I […]

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