Link Roundup – Big Food Debates, Big Chicken & More

Food writer Mark Bittman’s call for a junk-food tax (New York Times) inspired avid support ( 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.

The Whole Kids Foundation launched this week “to improve children’s nutrition and wellness with the goal of ending the childhood obesity epidemic.” Find out how you can get involved.

A new book from the Korey Stringer Institute explores how to protect young athletes. (Washington Post)

Do you get a headache from 3D movies?  You’re not alone. (NPR)