The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 8/28


Our long national nightmare is over, my friends: Whole Foods has purchased rival Wild Oats for $565 million. (Washington Post)

A new study finds that the obesity rate in America is, um, growing. The study's authors believe government intervention is necessary. (CNN)

This is the best part of the article:

A senior analyst for The Center for Consumer Freedom, a food industry trade group, said government involvement is not needed. "Obesity is a private issue and we do not need Big Brother wagging his finger at us every time somebody wants to eat a doughnut," said Justin Wilson. "If someone wants to be a little heavier because they enjoy eating food that tastes good, that's a person's personal right."

(You think he's related to the Justin Wilson?)

Speaking of fat: A Maryland company is adding a nutritional supplement to the nacho cheese sauce served in school cafeterias nationwide. (Baltimore Sun)

Finally, a look at the little known agricultural process called radiation breeding, which has influenced everything from grapefruits to fine whiskey. (New York Times)

-Ian Froeb