Four of the food industry's leading critics say when there is little choice of what to eat, choice means little. But they also believe that individual consumers making educated choices is the only hope for reform.
FORTUNE -- Debates about the health effects of the industrial food system often come down to how big a role, if any, "free choice" or "personal responsibility" should play. After all, nobody's forcing anyone to MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Feb 27, 2014 10:58 AM ET
Bringing Farmed and Dangerous to a TV network would be a major win for a show produced in part to advance a corporate interest.
FORTUNE -- Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) has held talks with several TV networks to continue Farmed and Dangerous, the four-part comic miniseries satirizing the industrial food system, which began running on Hulu this week.
Mark Crumpacker, chief marketing & development officer of the eco-conscious, fast-casual restaurant chain, declined MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Feb 19, 2014 9:23 AM ET
The satire Farmed and Dangerous, produced by the burrito chain, hits its mark most of the time.
FORTUNE -- There is nothing subtle about the comedic assault on industrial agriculture mounted by the TV comedy Farmed and Dangerous. The show depicts the attempt by a company called Animoil to introduce a product called PetroPellet. Cows eat the oil-based pellets and begin blowing up. That does not stop Animoil from pushing PetroPellet onto MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Feb 13, 2014 10:36 AM ET
Despite recent earnings volatility, Starbucks seems poised for continued growth, both globally and in the United States.
FORTUNE -- Shares of Starbucks (SBUX) are up about 6% from their lows earlier this week, propelled on Friday by an upgrade from Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie Herzog.
The market, she wrote in her note, "is underestimating the power" of the company's foray into mobile payments -- which represented an eye-popping $1 billion in revenues MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Feb 7, 2014 3:46 PM ET
The world's tobacco giants are heavily focused on sales in developing markets, their only source of growth.
FORTUNE -- The announcement Wednesday morning by drugstore chain CVS (CVS) that it will stop selling cigarettes is a big deal. It further cements the widespread rejection of smoking in the U.S. and other Western nations. But for the world's biggest tobacco companies, it's almost meaningless.
Yes, tobacco sales generate about $2 billion in sales MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Feb 5, 2014 1:14 PM ET
After paying $5 million to settle SEC accounting fraud charges, Diamond Foods can now focus on the fundamentals.
FORTUNE -- Diamond Foods (DMND) was already well on its way earlier this month toward getting past its problems when it settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission for $5 million on allegations that it cooked the books in 2010 and 2011 to boost its results. But the San Francisco-based Diamond, which MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jan 29, 2014 9:54 AM ET
The Israeli firm has a plant in the occupied West Bank, which has some American liberals upset. But the situation, like many, is more complicated than it appears.
FORTUNE -- Boycotting businesses for political reasons is often a complicated affair. There are always trade-offs. Take SodaStream (SODA), for example. The company's home-carbonation gizmos reduce pollution and enable people to avoid buying bottles and cans of unhealthy soda from giant corporations like MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jan 21, 2014 2:30 PM ET
There are problems with GMOs, just as there are problems with high fructose corn syrup. But critics divert attention from them to make spurious health claims.
FORTUNE -- We can make fun of General Mills (GIS) for bragging that it will soon offer "GMO-free" Cheerios. It's an essentially meaningless marketing stunt. But we should also know that it is in part the actions of many critics of genetically modified crops that MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jan 10, 2014 1:32 PM ET
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