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Raw Milk Pennsylvania
18 July 2008, 7:56 am
Filed under: Food and Health, Food Policy, Food Safety, Raw Milk

Keystone Staters may have reason to rejoice: identical legislation has been introduced in the state house and senate to make the sale of young raw milk cheeses legal. Stay tuned; Law for Food will be following this story as it develops in the next legislative session.

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Obesity and Activity
19 June 2008, 3:54 pm
Filed under: Food and Health

Via Marion Nestle, we have news of a study which suggests that the lack of physical activity is not the cause of increasing obesity in Europe. From the abstract:

As physical activity expenditure has not declined over the same period that obesity rates have increased dramatically, and daily energy expenditure of modern man is in line with energy expenditure in wild mammals, it is unlikely that decreased expenditure has fuelled the obesity epidemic.

If this is the case, then it seems highly likely that the increased obesity rate in the population is due to overconsumption of food. Note that the study does not suggest that energy expenditure is unconnected to obesity, but rather that energy expenditure has remained constant during a period in which obesity increased in the population.