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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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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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:45pm
Shortchanging Our National Treasures
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 1:45pm
The High Price of Cheap Chicken
If you want to buy a fresh, whole chicken at the store, it’ll run you about $1.54 per pound . But if I buy it from my local farmer, it costs $5 per pound. I live in an expensive part of the country — California — but even the farm I visited last year in rural New Hampshire sold its birds for $4 per...
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Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 10:00am
Changing our Climate of Indifference
A new scientific report predicts more dire and irreversible consequences of the climate crisis than ever before. “No one on this planet will be untouched by climate change,” declared Rajendra Pachauri, the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which the UN runs jointly with the...
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 12:34pm
The Great American 'Toxic Chemical' Experiment
There are more than 1,000 chemicals known to be toxic to the brains of animals in lab experiments. Yet we only know of 214 for humans, and just 12 for developing fetuses and infants, a recent study revealed.
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Friday, March 14, 2014 - 8:09am
Why California’s Drought Affects Us All
As a Californian, I have not gotten too much sympathy from friends and family about our rotten weather this winter. Yes, I said rotten weather. It’s been incredibly pleasant— except for a few times when the temperature crept up to 90 — but we’ve hardly had any rain.
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Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 8:02am
Islands in the Storm: Some of Super Typhoon Haiyan's Devastation was Made in the USA
Shortly after the extent of the damage of storm known as either Super Typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda became clear, the United States got to work sending much needed aid to the Philippines. With winds up to 195 miles per hour , it left more than 5,200 people dead and four million displaced .
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 11:38am
Big Food Crushes Consumer Rights in Washington State
When you look at the numbers, how could Washington State’s ballot initiative to require the labeling of foods made with genetically engineered ingredients ever stand a chance? I’m not talking about poll numbers. I’m talking about money.
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Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 9:26am
Meat So Cheap You Could Die
Thanks to the shutdown, the government is doing less to protect Americans from foodborne pathogens and deal with the aftermath of outbreaks. The timing couldn’t be worse.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 12:24pm
More Food Doesn’t Guarantee Less Hunger
Every October, world leaders and corporate executives gather in Iowa to present the World Food Prize. Intended to celebrate those who make the largest contributions to increasing the world’s food supply, the recipients are announced each year by the U.S. Secretary of State.
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