Jill Richardson

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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We have areas of very wealthy people whose children attend wonderful schools, and areas of concentrated poverty where children attend failing schools. Views
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Sometimes the Poor Make It Big. Usually They Stay Poor
We all want to live in a country where all it takes is hard work and some talent for anyone to succeed. We tell ourselves that we do. We even see examples of people who “came from nothing” and ended up rich and famous. And it’s true that it sometimes happens. Sometimes a child born into poverty...
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Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping Views
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Is This How the World Sees America Now?
Donald Trump recently returned from meeting with the other powerful countries of the G20 group—one of his first big performances on the world stage. So how did it go? Not swell, according to a no-holds-barred account delivered by Chris Uhlmann, an Australian journalist. Uhlmann made four main...
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Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Are We Tired of ‘Winning’ Yet?
Can we stop pretending that leading Republicans care about anything beyond winning and power? To be sure, there are some in the party who are guided by conservative “principles.” House Speaker Paul Ryan said he’s been “ dreaming ” of gutting Medicaid — the program that provides health care to the...
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Trump’s Budget: Feeding One Kid, Starving the Family
Imagine a parent who starves his children and fails to do any number of basic parental duties, but then buys one of his kids a healthy meal. Well, that’s good. Great, really. But it’s not enough. An act of goodness directed at one child cannot feed an entire starving family. That’s essentially what...
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
A War on Regulations
The incoming Republican government is waging a war against regulations. “For every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated,” Donald Trump promised after the November vote. Since then, Republicans in Congress have voted to give themselves broader authority to strike down federal...
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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Why We Still Need Feminism
From his campaign rhetoric to his transition appointments, our next president has placed himself squarely in a conservative movement calling itself the “alt-right.” That movement, the Los Angeles Times reports , “generally embraces and promotes white nationalism, racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia,...
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Saturday, October 29, 2016
Trump is the Nation’s Abuser-in-Chief
As an emotional abuse survivor, I get an eerie feeling watching Donald Trump. In fact, a checklist of 30 tactics used by an emotionally abusive partner , published by the blog Live Bold and Bloom , reads like Donald Trump’s debate prep to-do list. One of the telltale signs of such abuse, for...
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Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Is Solar Energy Really Too Expensive?
In order for solar power to compete with other forms of energy, the conventional thinking goes , it needs to become way cheaper. Installing rooftop solar panels can be prohibitively expensive, after all, and it takes years before the resulting energy savings pay off. For the individual, it doesn’t...
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
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 08, 2016
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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