Food writer Mark Bittman’s call for a junk-food tax (New York Times) inspired avid support (seattlepi.com) and pointed criticism (Reason) – as well as reluctant support (Sustainable Business Forum) and sympathetic criticism (Grist).
McDonald’s unveiled new Happy Meals with more fruit and fewer fries. Reactions ranged from tempered praise – CSPI called it a “step in the right direction” while the First Lady “look[s] forward” to the chain’s “efforts in the years to come” – to criticism for being “still unhealthy” (The Atlantic).
On a related note, mandatory calorie-disclosure laws seem to be having a positive impact there and at other fast-food outlets. (Consumer Reports)
Lean protein, yes, but what’s it doing to our waterways? A new exposé links “Big Chicken” to pollution. (Pew Charitable Trusts)
Omnivore chef Mario Batali has signed up his 14 restaurants for the Meatless Monday campaign.
Do you get a headache from 3D movies? You’re not alone. (NPR)