Christopher D. Cook

Christopher D. Cook

Christopher D. Cook is an award-winning journalist and author of "Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis" (2006). Cook has written for Harper's, The Economist, Mother Jones, The Christian Science Monitor, Common Dreams and elsewhere. See more of his work at www.christopherdcook.com.

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Friday, November 18, 2016
In the Dumps? Ten Ways to Fight Trump
If you care about everything from civil and human rights to economic justice and climate survival, Trump’s impending presidency is terrifying—but the amount of wreckage he can cause depends in part on how people respond. Already, a Dump Trump rebellion is rising up in the streets and online; it’s...
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Thursday, June 23, 2016
Berning Illusions: Why Sanders Can’t Concede to the Clinton Democrats
With a pitched battle over ideas and policy looming at this July’s convention in Philadelphia, the angry chorus urging Bernie Sanders’ concession and “Democratic unity” grows deafening, even among some who voted for him. But the reality is, Bernie can’t (and shouldn't) concede—he would lose all his...
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Thursday, June 02, 2016
Why Bernie Must (and Can) Win
On Tuesday June 7 , voters in California, New Jersey, and four other states can sway the Democratic nomination toward Bernie Sanders – the candidate who all polls show gives Democrats the greatest chance of defeating Donald Trump. Ignoring this factual reality, mainstream media and pundits, even...
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Monday, February 15, 2016
The Pragmatic Case for Bernie Sanders
As Bernie Sanders defies expectations with a resounding New Hampshire victory and a virtual tie in Iowa, Democratic Party leaders still insist Hillary Clinton is the pragmatic choice to beat Republicans and bring effective leadership and change—if incremental—to Washington. Clinton and her...
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Thursday, August 13, 2015
Dignity, Democracy and Food: An Interview with Frances Moore Lappè
Frances Moore Lappè’s iconic Diet for a Small Planet has helped awaken millions of people to the connections between our diets, our bodies, and the fate of the planet. Since its publication in 1971, a rich array of food-related movements has risen up, taking on everything from nutrition and health...
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Friday, February 13, 2015
Seed Libraries Fight for the Right to Share
It’s easy to take seeds for granted. Tiny dry pods hidden in packets and sacks, they make a brief appearance as gardeners and farmers collect them for future planting then later drop them into soil. They are not “what’s for dinner,” yet without them there would be no dinner. Seeds are the forgotten...
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The Case for Food Stamps
To hear Republicans — and some Democrats — in Congress talk, you'd think food-stamp dollars just disappear into a black hole.
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Friday, May 17, 2013
Farm Bill Fiasco: What Next for the Food Movement?
Deciding how America will nourish itself and sustain its farms would seem a top policy priority— yet as the US Farm Bill demonstrates, sustainably grown, healthy food and livable incomes for farmers and workers remain an afterthought in a process controlled almost entirely by agribusiness and a handful of farm-state legislators. Despite strong public opinion supporting local food, farmer’s markets, organic agriculture, food workers’ rights and access to fresh produce, agribusiness and commodity interests continue to dominate food and farming policy.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Conference on 'the Commons' Highlights Disparities and Challenges
Two days before the launch of a global commons conference here in Hyderabad, India, drawing more than 600 people from 69 countries, a roomful of activists and scholars from across South Asia found that even in this controlled environment, unity is not so easy. Playing a theoretical game called “Win All You Can,” these seasoned advocates of the commons — generally united in their efforts for sustainable ecologies and socially just economies — locked their minds and wills in a losing effort to protect a hypothetical commons.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Beyond Stimulus: It's the Revenue, Stupid
Here in the sun-bedecked Golden State, a fiscal storm is roiling. We're about two weeks away from running out of money and handing out potentially unredeemable IOU's in lieu of tax refunds and, possibly, paychecks. California is almost flat broke. One big reason: a 30-year reign of anti-tax hegemony has strangled California's ability to do everything from rehabilitating its ever-ballooning prison population, to educating its youth away from crime and toward opportunity, to building roads and bridges - both real and metaphorical - to a thriving economy.
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