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Food

July 24, 2014

In the 1960s, Fred Kummerow knew trans fats were dangerous. For decades, no one believed him. Now 99 and still publishing research, he has more contrarian ideas about what really causes heart disease.

December 17, 2013

NewYorkTimes

With a majority of American consumers concerned over the possible health hazards of high fructose corn syrup, the sweetener has become a nutritional liability for food manufacturers. The fact that science doesn’t support this demonization doesn’t seem to matter.

April 30, 2010

NewYorkTimes

A startup company wants to help employers cut healthcare costs by getting employees on diets of whole, unrefined foods.

November 29, 2009

NewYorkTimes

Activist groups criticize Wal-Mart and other big retailers for getting their organic milk from large factory farms that dilute the principles of organic agriculture.

September 16, 2006

NewYorkTimes

Many scientists say there is little data to back up the demonization of high-fructose corn syrup as worse than regular sugar.

July 2, 2006

NewYorkTimes

McDonald’s has attracted considerable attention for introducing healthy food items like salads and fruit. Yet the company’s core business continues to be fast-food staples, like double cheeseburgers and fried chicken sandwiches from the Dollar Menu.

April 19, 2006

NewYorkTimes

The heated controversy over the artificial sweetener aspartame and new research showing a cancer link.

February 12, 2006

NewYorkTimes

The struggle over standards in a fast-growing food category.

November 1, 2005

NewYorkTimes

Food scientists are concocting new ingredients to try and make food healthier, including fat-repellent coatings and modified food starches marketed as fiber.

August 11, 2005

NewYorkTimes

As concerns mount over the nation’s elevated obesity rates, food companies have created advisory boards, putting nutrition experts who might otherwise be critics on the payroll.

May 2, 2005

NewYorkTimes

Green Business

Recycled, organic, natural, biodegradable… Welcome to the murky world of green marketing. Fortunately, the fog is beginning to clear.
University of Minnesota Momentum Magazine

Winter 2010

Continental Airlines’ biofuel-powered test flight sets the industry’s course towards brighter skies.

June 2009

FastCo

Advances in clean coal are promising, but no one should be celebrating just yet.

March 2009

FastCo

February 14, 2009

NewYorkTimes

Can wind power a rural renaissance?

February 2009

FastCo

The first woman CEO of one of the world’s biggest mining companies is pushing a wildly controversial project. At stake is half-trillion dollars worth of minerals, millions of wild salmon, and a new corporate strategy for a tarnished industry.

November 2008

FastCo

Why rhetoric is more plentiful than products at America’s largest retailers.

November 2008

FastCo

Why FedEx’s ambitious goal of putting 30,000 hybrid vehicles on the road by 2013 has stalled.

October 2008

FastCo

The giant wants to sell $20 billion worth of eco-friendly innovations by 2013. But what about those controversial ingredients?

July/August 2008

FastCo

 

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