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National Farmers' Market Week wrapped up last Friday, but there's still a buzz in the air. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack proclaimed the week a celebration of the "benefits of farmers' markets and the bountiful production of our Nation's farmers." Indeed, there was much to get excited about. According to the USDA, "farmers' markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems that support the sustainability of family farms; revitalize communities; offer consumers affordable, convenient, and healthful products and potentially reduce childhood obesity." The good news? The number of farmers' markets in the United States grew 17% last year. There are now 7,175 farmers'...
A new study published by Pediatrics concluded that children would rather eat snacks that are packaged with images of familiar cartoon characters, like Dora the Explorer and Shrek. The study is noteworthy in a time where childhood obesity has become an epidemic; one in three children is overweight. Advocates for childhood nutrition often criticize food companies for adding to the problem of childhood obesity by marketing fattening snack foods and desserts to appeal to children. The study was done by Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. The researchers polled 40 children ages 4 to 8 years old. Two-thirds of the children chose the snack with the cartoon character on the...