FROM Mark Bittman
Overconsumption: The American Way This is the holiday when gluttony is not just acceptable, it’s almost required if you try to taste everything on the Thanksgiving table. But ask yourself: is this the only time you eat more than you ought to? Obesity is a national epidemic, and over-consumption of another kind is on the rise. Credit card debt is up by 66 percent since last year and by 368 percent since 2009, when the Great Recession made Americans try to be frugal. Why do we want so much more than we can afford and, probably, more than we need? Is there a relationship between mindless eating and manic buying?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Its Impact on California After almost eight years of negotiations, the US and 11 other nations have agreed on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the biggest international trade deal in history. What will it mean for business in California? Why are organized labor and environmentalists so unhappy?