Jill Richardson

Jill Richardson is the founder of the blog La Vida Locavore and a member of the Organic Consumers Association policy advisory board. She is the author of Recipe for America: Why Our Food System Is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 2:45pm
Is This New Reform a Toxic Waste?
There should’ve been an overhaul in how we regulate toxic chemicals years ago. Like when the 2010 President’s Cancer Panel report concluded that babies are now born “pre-polluted.” Or when it came to light that a common flame retardant used in household items actually causes cancer. Finally, our...
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 2:30pm
Our Immigration Policies Are Ridiculous
I recently stayed with a friend who lives just a few miles from the Mexican border — and from the start of the Pacific Crest Trail. Since I was there anyway, I thought, what the heck? I might as well hike a bit of it. I’d walked less than a quarter mile from the wall at the border — yes, there’s...
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Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 11:00am
'Bathroom Bills' Don't Help Women at All
The time has come for me to play my Woman Card. A male Republican politician in my state of Wisconsin has introduced a “ bathroom bill ” like the one passed in North Carolina, which requires transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender they were assigned at birth. He says it’s to “ protect...
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 2:00pm
Walling off Common Sense
“We’re going to do the wall,” Donald Trump told a cheering crowd of supporters in a victory speech following the South Carolina Republican primary. He was reiterating his fanciful promise to wall off the entire U.S.-Mexico border — and force Mexico to pay for it. Never mind whether even Trump...
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 4:00pm
A Healthy Way to Build Communities
Mark Winne, an author and anti-hunger activist, often says that the most important word in “community garden” isn’t “garden.” I saw this firsthand not long ago. Standing in the sun between several small garden plots all morning, it may not have looked like much was going on. A few people stood in a...
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 2:00pm
Make America Great, Like It Was — When?
The holiday season is a time for nostalgia. We watch It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story , engage in time-honored traditions, and even sing songs about sleighs and sleigh bells. Honestly, when was the last time you rode in a sleigh? I’ve eaten a roasted chestnut (purchased on the streets of...
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Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 9:45am
Big Ag Spars with the First Amendment
The First Amendment may be inconvenient to some people at times, but it’s still the law of the land. Case in point: so-called “ ag-gag laws .” These are laws in Idaho, Montana, Utah, North Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa that prohibit people from taking photos or videos of farms without...
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Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 3:30pm
The Right To Eat (and Why Being Poor Isn't a Crime)
There’s one group of people in this country who probably get less sympathy than anyone else: felons. If you’re a convicted felon, very few Americans care about your plight. Can’t find a job or an apartment because of your record? Too bad, we tell them, you shouldn’t have committed a crime. In...
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 2:45pm
America’s ‘Post-Racial’ Lie
Shortly before Michael Brown’s fateful encounter with Ferguson cop Darren Wilson, I was appointed as a teaching assistant in a class on race and ethnicity. I’m white. I didn’t go to grad school to study race — I study agriculture. When it comes to race, I’m clueless. I wish I could say that I was...
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Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 10:00am
No Appetite for Fixing School Lunch
You can lead a kid to vegetables, but you can’t make her eat. Especially if the food doesn’t taste good. That’s what the government found out in the wake of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. I was active in advocating for school lunch reform at the time. The bill became law shortly after I...
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