New Soda War Battles

“It’s worth fighting for. . . . This is about our economy, it’s about jobs, it’s also about our traditions and our values.” The speaker was John Kerrey and the topic was the cranberry. Worried that su…

Super Sized Sodas

Given a huge tub of stale popcorn, people eat it. In a 2005 study, when 158 Philadelphia moviegoers received either 14-day old or freshly popped popcorn in a huge tub or a medium size container, those…

Health Care Costs

Looking forward to your daily Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino, you see that the calorie count sign says 500 calories. Change your mind? Most studies indicate that knowing a calorie count has little …

Health Insurance Dilemmas

Assume for a moment that you are slim, love broccoli and run 4 miles each day. Should your health insurance premium be lower than the amount paid by someone with an unhealthy lifestyle? Wal-Mart, Peps…

Finding Food Deserts

Having just learned that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a food desert website, I am not sure how we should respond. The USDA tells us that in a food desert most low-income households have…

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