Category Archives: Food personalities

Michele Obama launches campaign to raise healthier children

ABC News reporters Sharyn Alfonsi and Christine Brozyna in the story “The Obamas fight against childhood obesity” write that First Lady Michelle Obama Pledges to Increase Number of Healthy Schools.

Childhood Obesity Battle Is Taken Up by First Lady – New York Times

First lady Michelle Obama: ‘Let’s move’ and work on childhood obesity problem – Washington Post

Michelle Obama says ‘Let’s Move’ on obesity in American kids – Christian Science Monitor

Fact Check: The cost of obesity – CNN

First Lady Michelle Obama Launches Let’s Move: America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids – The White House


Food Ruler: Alex Cummings

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated announced that Alexander B. Cummings has been named to the company’s Board of Directors. Cummings is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of The Coca-Cola Company. Born in Liberia, West Africa, Cummings joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1997 as Region Manager, Nigeria. In 2000, he was named President of the Company’s North & West Africa Division. In March 2001, he became President and Chief Operating Officer of the Africa Group, responsible for the Company’s operations in Africa, encompassing a total of 56 countries and territories across the continent.

Cummings serves on the Boards of Africare and Clark Atlanta University. In addition, Cummings has served on the Advisory Board of The African Presidential Archives & Research Center, The Corporate Council on Africa, The African-America Institute, and The Center for Global Development’s Commission on U.S. Policy toward Low-Income Poorly Performing States. Cummings holds a B.S. degree in Finance and Economics from Northern Illinois University and an MBA in Finance from Atlanta University.

Charlotte-based Coca-Cola Consolidated is the nation’s second largest Coca-Cola bottler with franchise territories in 10 Southeastern states

Kraft and Sara Lee back Obama

The Chicago breaking news center reports in the article “Local food execs sign on to Michele Obama’s anti obesity campaign” that the program includes a pledge from 40 executives of major food producers and agribusinesses to help promote healthy eating.

Food Ruler: Kevin W. Keane

Spearheading the attack for the beverage industry on the proposed federal soda tax is Kevin Keane, the American Beverage Association Senior Vice President for Communications.

Keane joined the Beverage Aassociation in January 2006. Keane is connected with Tommy Thompson. He was Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services while Thompson was Secretary at HHS. Keane served as deputy chief of staff for then Wisconsin Governor Thompson. Keane managed communications, appointments, constituent relations and the Wisconsin State Office in Washington, D.C.

Earlier, Keane served as Washington Bureau correspondent for Thomson Newspapers, a chain of more than 100 newspapers, where he covered the federal government. Keane also was a reporter for two Wisconsin daily newspapers, the Waukesha Freeman Newspaper and the Fond du Lac Reporter.

Keane received his B.A. from The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he was named outstanding journalism graduate. He was also awarded a Paul Miller Fellowship by Freedom Forum for his work as a reporter in Washington.

Pollan on Democracy Now

Michael Pollan talked with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now about his new book, Food Rules. You can see their conversation here. They discuss the link between healthcare and diet, the dangers of processed foods, the power of the meat industry lobby, the “nutritional-industrial complex,” the impact industrial agriculture has on global warming, and his sixty-four rules for eating.

NYT: Read Pollan’s Food Rules

New York Times writer Jane Brody in the article “Rules worth following for everyone’s sake” writes that you can do yourself and your family no better service than to invest $11 and one hour to whip through the 139 pages of “Food Rules” and adapt its guidance to your shopping and eating habits.

Michael Pollan was excited by the article:

Jane Brody, the personal health columnist in the New York Times, published an article on FOOD RULES this morning that I thought you might want to see. It begins:

In the more than four decades that I have been reading and writing about the findings of nutritional science, I have come across nothing more intelligent, sensible and simple to follow than the 64 principles outlined in a slender, easy-to-digest new book called “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual,” by Michael Pollan.

I’ve been following Brody’s writing for many years, so this was pretty thrilling to read.

Joel Salatin: interviewed in London, praised by Pollan, appearing in Raleigh

Gaby Wood, a reporter for the Guardian newspaper of London, England in an article “Interview: Joel Salatin” writes that Salatin talks about why local is best and his role in the documentary Food, Inc which attacks the giants of industrialised food production.

Michael Pollan has sent along a note encouraging folks to read the article on Salatin:

Friends: There’s a terrific interview with Joel Salatin in the Guardian today, notable not least for the fact that Joel appears in a suit holding a chicken! Well worth checking out. I hope you got to see the Oprah segment last week.

Salatin is the farmer hero of several of Pollan’s books and one of the stars of several of the food movies including Food, Inc. He is a Virginia farmer, operating Polyface Farms. His website notes that he is due to speak at Meredith College in Raleigh on March 9.