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 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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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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