Silencing ‘Ag-Gag’ Bills

I want to shed some light on an  appalling trend in legislation, that has emerged in the last 12 months: Ag-Gag bills.  I’m hoping that with a catchy name, people will listen and lobbyists won’t have a fighting chance of getting more of these nonsense bills passed. Basically, Ag-Gag is a term for any proposed […]

10 Alternative Steps for Staying Healthy

Let’s play a visualization game.  I’d ask you to close your eyes, but since I don’t have voice over for this blog post, I’ll just ask you to read slowly and really think about this: Think of the last time you were hungry.  A time when your stomach ached with emptiness and growled for food.  […]

Myth: Your spicy tuna roll is made from tuna

TRUTH:  This isn’t completely a myth but because there’s a 1 in 3 chance that your tuna is actually tuna.  From over 1,000 samples collected over the last couple years, a seafood conservation group, Oceana, has used DNA testing to prove that only about one third of the samples taken were properly labeled.  The most […]

Myth: GM crops require fewer pesticides than conventional farming

TRUTH:  One argument for the use of genetically modified crops is that by splicing in genetic material to deter pests, weeds or insects, the GM crops require fewer sprayed pesticides/herbicides/insecticides.  Using fewer chemicals means more environmentally friendly practices and safer food for human consumption.  It’s a great argument and, if enough research was done (and […]

5 ways the government could improve our food system (and health)

As you probably know, the US is at a fiscal critical moment.  One of the major discussions in this year’s election debates is what programs should or should not be cut from the federal budget.  The Farm Bill costs the federal government about $300 billion dollars – 15% of which (aka $45 billion) is spent […]

How Peru won my heart

If you know me personally, you know that Peru (and Machu Picchu) are on the top of my list of places I want to travel.  If not, maybe you’ve read other posts on my blog that aim to raise awareness about global food issues, particularly in the Americas.  Not that other places aren’t beautiful, as […]

Myth: Food stamp recipients are looking for handouts

TRUTH: Recently inspired by a facebook post from a woman I admire (and am proud to call a friend) and in the wake of President Obama’s re-election, I want to provide some information about food stamp (SNAP) recipients. Obama has been dubbed the ‘food stamp president’, given the increase in the number of recipients since […]

Vindicating Venezeula

You don’t have to be a socialist to appreciate Hugo Chavez’s efforts toward achieving food sovereignty for his country.  Though a small country of about 29 million people, the government’s radical stance on agricultural independence outlined in Chavez’s 21st century constitution is finally starting to pay off. In the 1920’s, when Venezuela struck oil, they gained […]

GM Crops: the results are in and you’re probably going to die

If you read my blog regularly, you know I hate extreme claims like “you’re going to die”  (which is why I inserted ‘probably’), but I’m not joking.  The first long term (lifetime) study examining the effects of long term GM Crop consumption is complete and the results are dismal. I have one more qualification before […]

The hype of the Stanford Food Study

If you have read a newspaper, news website, news or simply watched the news in the last couple weeks, you probably learned that a new study about organic food was recently published by Stanford University.  The major finding was that organic foods really don’t have greater health benefits than their conventionally grown counterparts. However, the […]