Yesterday, I told you about the USDA’s new MyPlate icon and posted the introductory video for the icon. There’s already a lot of buzz about the icon and the accompanying material the USDA has posted on

I haven’t had the time to really dig into all the information yet, but some of the writers on blogs that I admire have. It’s thought provoking to read the varying opinions, and I look forward to reading the original materials and forming my own opinion.

  • Marion Nestle over at Food Politics deconstructs the new food plate and lists its strengths and says that she thinks it took courage for the USDA to make the recommendations that it has.
  • The folks over at Fooducate on the other hand aren’t so impressed. They do see some positives but have listed five problems they see with MyPlate.
  • The Atlantic discusses why we need MyPlate and how previous food pyramid was a failure.
  • Finally, Obamafoodorama has several posts about MyPlate, but I’ll point you to the one that warns against the misuse of the plate. The USDA doesn’t want anyone to go messing with its simple design.
Enjoy your weekend!

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Weekend reads: Let the MyPlate discussions begin
Food news and items of interest from around the Web for your weekend reading.