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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I want to live in a country where talented people from poor families can still go to college. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Trump Wants to Cancel Student Loan Forgiveness for Public Servants
Before sharing my opinions about Trump’s recent proposal to cut student loan forgiveness , let me explain my own situation. In my 20s, I was fresh out of college with a business degree and worked in software for a few years. In my 30s, I went to graduate school for sociology. I’m single and I had...
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Feeding our kids shouldn’t fall only to kind strangers and acts of charity. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Why Do We Have School Lunch Debt at All?
A Google search for “paying school lunch debt” reveals a long list of recent news stories about good Samaritans paying off the school lunch debt of children whose families cannot afford it. A Fredonia, New York man paid off $2,000 in school lunch debt in his area, helping 140 families. A Rigby,...
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Marijuana is still fully criminalized at the federal level and in many states. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug?
Like nearly all Americans of a certain age, I was told in school that tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana are gateway drugs—and that is why marijuana should remain illegal. First of all, even if you accept that these three substances are “gateways” to something worse, why is it that adults can use...
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Trump’s language, his choice of senior officials in his administration, and his popularity among white nationalists show that he holds racist views. Views
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Explaining Trump’s Racism
“Is Trump a racist?” I have two answers to that question. First, most white Americans misunderstand racism solely as intentional beliefs held by individual racists who hate people on the basis of race. For example, at times the media has focused on whether or not they could prove Trump had ever...
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When you can’t do good science, you can’t base your public health regulations—your pesticide bans, your pollution controls, your clean water rules, and whatever else—on good science. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
The EPA’s War on Science Continues
The Trump EPA wants to introduce a new rule : Its scientists can only use studies that make all of their data public. The new proposal is crafted to sound like a win for transparency, which is supposed to be a good thing. In reality, the rule will significantly harm public health — and loosen the...
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The wildfires—and the climate crisis that’s making them worse—are public problems. The reliability of our power grid is a public need. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
We Need Publicly Owned Utilities
Right now, thousands of Californians are fleeing raging wildfires, while millions sit in the dark. And for-profit utilities may be to blame. Pacific Gas & Electric—a private, for-profit utility in the state—has admitted that its equipment likely caused 10 wildfires this year alone . To avoid...
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Why are anyone’s love life, family, and identity a referendum? Why are they a debate? Why must we plead our case to not get fired for who we love in front of the Supreme Court? (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Why Are LGBTQ Rights Even a Debate?
As a newly out lesbian, I couldn’t help but watch the recent Supreme Court hearings on employment rights for LGBTQ people , and a recent Democratic presidential candidate town hall on LTBTQ issues, and think: “I’m sorry, what?” How are my rights and my humanity a debate? And why is a personal,...
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University of Wisconsin-Madison Homecoming Committee video Views
Saturday, October 12, 2019
What Life on the Margins Feels Like
My campus, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is in an uproar over a video to promote the school's homecoming that features no students of color. When marginalized people are represented, it's often to serve a purpose for the dominant group, without challenging their default status as the norm...
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It’s tempting to look for easy ways to fix big problems by trimming around the edges to avoid making the real changes you don’t want to make. Tempting, but not feasible. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
It’s Not About Your Straws or Your Light Bulbs
A few years ago, I had a cupcake problem. I’d go to the cupcake store almost daily and I’d eat at least one cupcake, sometimes more. At the same time, I wanted to lose weight, or at least stop gaining it. So I kept looking up information about diets and superfoods, just looking for some magical...
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It’s not immigrants who are taking from us. It’s Trump. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Get Ready for Unnatural Disasters This Hurricane Season
Donald Trump discusses immigration as if the benefits of residence in the U.S. are a pie. When immigrants get more, the people who were already here get less. In general, that’s not true. When immigrants come here, they don’t just take some jobs (often low-wage jobs U.S. citizens don’t want), they...
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