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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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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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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