Pepsi plans to cut sugar a positive move for profits, obesity rates

Two Cornell University experts comment on Pepsi’s plan for reducing sugar in its soft drinks around the world. John Cawley: Move by Pepsi a win for everybody Cawley is a professor of policy analysis and management and of economics and has studied the effectiveness of soda taxes on the obesity epidemic. Bio: Cawley says: […]

Cornell experts applaud House passing GMO labeling bill which President is expected to sign

David Just and Harry Kaiser are both professors in Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, part of the College of Business. Just is a professor of behavioral economics who has testified on Capitol Hill about agricultural biotechnology and engaged with the media on the need to avoid injecting unnecessary alarm into GMO […]

Cornell joins call for increased federal investment in agricultural research

ITHACA, N.Y. – Thirteen prominent research institutions in the United States joined the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation today in calling for a surge in federal support of food and agricultural science. Retaking the Field, the report released by this coalition, highlights recent scientific innovations and illustrates how U.S. agricultural production is losing ground […]

Cornell University experts explore wages, happiness and realistic deals ahead of Black Friday

The National Retail Federation expects consumers to spend $630 billion this holiday season, starting online and in stores Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Three researchers at Cornell University can discuss a variety of issues related to the retail frenzy – from the impact of material possessions on happiness to the unrealistic perceptions of Black Friday deals. […]

Cornell study suggests soda, junk food not why we’re fat

Media note: A short video explaining the research, as well as an informational graphic and additional details about this research can be found at,   ITHACA, N.Y. — Indulgences like sodas and junk foods have long been blamed as the prime culprits responsible for worrying obesity trends across the United States. But a new analysis […]

Accentuate the positive when it comes to nutrition education

Media note: A short video explaining the research, as well as an informational graphic and additional details about this research can be found at,  ITHACA, N.Y. – If you want people to choose healthier foods, emphasize the positive, says a new Cornell University study. Published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the Cornell […]

Soda law ruling best for consumers and retailers, says economist

David Just, food marketing and economics expert and professor at Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, says the decision by New York’s highest court to not reinstate laws limiting the size of sodas sold in New York City is the right choice.  Just says:  “It is amusing how much effort […]

School food debate must include ways to decrease food waste

While congress and the School Nutrition Association debate the cost of new school lunch guidelines, David Just and Brian Wansink (Co-Directors of Cornell University’s Smarter Lunchroom Movement) say waste of healthy foods is too high and schools much find the most effective way to get kids to eat a better diet. For more information on […]

Fruit and veggies costs too high for schools

David Just, a behavioral economist and co-director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition, says that while the new Harvard School of Public Health study shows an increase in fruit and vegetable consumption at school, food waste and costs are too high. Just recently published a study in Public Health Nutrition that […]

Nutrition report cards receive high marks in pilot program

ITHACA, N.Y. – Parents receiving academic report cards throughout the school year is commonplace, but a new Cornell University study shows that for healthier nutrition, parents should opt to receive a nutrition report card, too. “This pilot study underscores that a nutrition report card is feasible and efficient… Although the results are preliminary, they suggest […]