Advocates who fight for better food at schools across the country are questioning the alliance between companies that manufacture processed food and companies that serve school meals. A fourth of the school nutrition program has been privatized, much of it outsourced to food service management giants that work with food manufactures, which create highly processed food.
Melinda Hemmelgarn, a nutrition and health communications consultant, hosts a 30 minute weekly podcast covering topics ranging from food access, nutrition and diet related diseases, food policy, to agriculture and farming issues.
The Pew Charitable Trust’s Food and Health initiative covers topics such as food safety, food additives, produce safety, and school food. Their Safe and Healthy Foods Campaign recommends policies to increase nutrition standards in schools, and ways to implement rigorous school food safety policies.
The 2001 Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study is one of the very first studies to look at the effect that the environment has on food choices. Over 10,000 participants were given questionnaires about their dietary intake in order to study the association between the local food environment and the location of grocery stores and the intake of fruits and vegetables.
This 2009 USDA Economic Research Service report looks at several national conditions and trends of food insecurity in low-income households, household spending on food, the use of federal and community food assistance programs, and how food pantries are used as emergency kitchens.