Study: Junk Food Is Like Heroin; FDA May Ban Mexican Oysters

A new study reveals that the brain responds to junk food the same way it does to heroin. According to researchers, "this is the most complete evidence to date that suggests obesity and drug addiction have common neurobiological underpinnings." [Grist]

Meanwhile, Paul Rudnick, the author of I Shudder, a book about his strange eating habits, practically lives on sweets. The 51-year-old is 5' 10" and a lean 150 pounds, and has barely touched a vegetable in nearly a half-century. [NY Times]

The FDA has threatened to ban raw oysters harvested from the Gulf of Mexico unless the shellfish are treated for Vibrio vulnificus, a potentially deadly bacteria. The Gulf region supplies some two-thirds of U.S. oysters. About 15 people die each year due to contamination. [AP @ Google]

After reading Jonathan Safran Foer's book Eating Animals, Natalie Portman says she has gone from being a 20-year vegetarian to a vegan activist. The human cost of factory farming described in the book is what propelled her change in diet. [Huffington Post]

The Street Vendor Project, a nonprofit advocacy group for street vendors, organized a protest on the steps of City Hall yesterday in response to increased targeting of vendors, an accusation the Police Department denies. [NY Times]


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