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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Kermit the frog lies on greenery Views
Friday, April 19, 2019
Why Is Going Green So Hard? Because Our System Isn’t
Every year around Earth Day, I’m reminded of papers I graded in an environmental sociology class. The assignment was to assess your values, explain how you thought you would live as an adult (about 20 years in the future), and then complete an online calculator to find out: If everyone in the world...
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Womanhood becomes a real drag when I’m in roles I am qualified for and my expertise is questioned in ways it would not be if I were a man. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Do Women Get to Be Experts?
Was that sexist? Did he treat me that way because I’m a woman? Or would everything that just happened be exactly the same if I were a man? Those are familiar questions for women. For as many times when you can know for sure you’ve experienced sexism, there are so many more times when you can’t be...
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People of color are disproportionately sentenced to death. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
The Death Penalty Is Getting Crueler
For years, most of the U.S. has been changing death penalty laws in the direction of phasing it out, or at least applying it in a more humane way. In 2002, the Supreme Court ruled that people with intellectual disabilities cannot be executed . In 2005, another ruling held that the U.S. cannot...
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Would Donald Trump gone anywhere in business if he were born to your parents? Very unlikely. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, February 01, 2019
Another Billionaire Presidential Candidate Who Doesn’t Get It
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz just announced he may run for president as an independent centrist candidate in 2020. I have some concerns about billionaires, however well-intentioned, running the country. For one thing, people generally pay a lot of attention to those who have more than them,...
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The transgender ban in the military has nothing to do with military readiness or cost — and everything to do with bigotry and transphobia. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
The Transgender Ban Is About Bigotry and Distraction
The Supreme Court just paved the way for Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military to move ahead, at least pending other court challenges. The ban will harm the military and help no one, while doing nothing to address the nation’s real problems. I’m neither transgender nor in the...
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Wisconsinites Views
Saturday, December 08, 2018
Republicans Don't Want Your Vote to Count
Wisconsin Republicans have made the news again. After losing the governor’s race (but maintaining control of the state legislature, thanks to gerrymandering), Republicans have passed a series of measures to limit the power of Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
California Is on Fire. Trump’s Solution: Rakes?
California’s in the midst of the deadliest fire our state has ever suffered. As I write, there are 79 confirmed dead, and that number may grow as many more are missing. The Camp Fire also destroyed more structures than any fires before in our history. An even larger area within the state is...
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
The White House Desperately Wants This Election to Be ‘Us’ vs. ‘Them’
In the days leading up to the election, the news has been scary. “We” are under threat from all sides. “They” are threatening us. There’s an actual threat from violent extremists motivated by racial and ethnic hatred. One white supremacist murdered two black people in Louisville and another...
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For straight men who emphasize the performance of sexual prowess, sex with women is necessary to achieving masculinity — and women saying no puts a roadblock in their path to being a man. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, October 04, 2018
We Need to Talk About Masculinity
When we discuss sexual assault, we often talk about women. What should women do to stay safe? When I was in school, girls were even trained in women’s self-defense. I don’t know what the boys did during those time periods. Study hall? Ask any woman what she does to prevent sexual assault and she’ll...
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On TV, politicians say that it’s unreasonable to hold a man accountable for an assault he committed decades ago. Why on earth not? His victim is almost certainly still suffering from it. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
The Unbelievable Cruelty of the GOP’s Kavanaugh Charade
This past week, my private reality and the public reality playing out on the television have diverged. It’s hard to believe that I live in the same world as Senator Chuck Grassley, the Senate judiciary chair trying to Brett Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court. When Christine Blasey Ford first alleged...
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