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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Food stamps are a huge stimulus to the economy. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, August 01, 2019
You Don’t Save Money By Forcing People to Go Hungry
The Trump administration has proposed a rule that will cut an estimated 3 million eligible people off food stamps while depriving half a million eligible children of school lunch . I’ve been on food stamps. I spent most of my life with mental illness, and it was not diagnosed until a few years ago...
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Trump has relentlessly promoted the oil and fossil fuel industries at the expense of the environment. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, July 11, 2019
The Good News About Trump’s Very Bad Environment Speech
It’s hard to find the nuggets of good news in the media these days. Many people are so burnt out on the Trump news rollercoaster, which goes around the clock, changes frequently, and often shocks and outrages, that the least painful option is to skip the news entirely. Here’s some good news:...
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Thursday, July 04, 2019
How Do You Celebrate a Flawed Nation?
As the Fourth of July rolls around, I think plenty of us are eager for barbecues, corn on the cob, watermelon, and fireworks, but our feelings about our country are somewhat more complicated. How do you love and celebrate a country that’s so obviously flawed? A country that’s currently committing...
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Sunday, June 09, 2019
Dealing With Climate Fear
I don’t think I’m alone in feeling this way, but here goes: I can’t deal with climate change. I can’t read about it, I can’t watch documentaries on it, and I can’t think about it. I feel too powerless, and it hurts too much. The result feels like apathy, but it’s not that I don’t care. I care too...
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Our need to come together despite our differences arises from our marginalization in a world dominated by heterosexual cisgender people. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Celebrating Pride, Mindfully
Happy Pride month! It’s June so it’s time to bust out the rainbows and… actually, I have a lot of conflicted feelings about it. Supposedly, Pride is when we all come together to celebrate queerness in all forms. Yet, we non-straights are not all the same, and many of us hold various overlapping...
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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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