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" (2009).

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speaks to reporters as he makes his way to the Senate Subway on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, January 26, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Saturday, January 30, 2021
GOP Talking Heads Try to Score Political Points by Stoking Resentment About Accusations of Racism
President Biden recently became the first president to condemn white supremacy by name in an inaugural address. Then some Republicans got mad because, they say, it’s an attack on them. He’s “calling us racists,” Rand Paul complained . “According to the left, supporting border security and...
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Scientists hold the power to define what is true and what is not in a way that non-scientists do not. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
The Coming Battle Over Vaccines
With the new COVID-19 vaccine available, Dr. Anthony Fauci says Americans can begin to achieve herd immunity by next summer. Herd immunity occurs when so many people are immune to the virus that it can’t spread, because an infected person won’t have anyone left to spread it to. Yet as of November,...
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Trump stoked anti-immigrant sentiment in the name of fighting crime, and his claims were baseless and false. The lie should end with his presidency. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Trump’s Lies About Immigrants Should End With His Presidency
As Donald Trump finally prepares to be evicted from the White House, it’s worth remembering how he first launched his campaign: by calling immigrants “murderers” and “rapists.” This was outrageous then. And there’s more evidence now that it was, of course, patently false. A new study finds that “...
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A girl wears a face mask as students sit in a classroom of the Petri primary school in Dortmund, western Germany on June 15, 2020. (Photo: Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Sunday, December 13, 2020
Failing Students Need Support, Not Blame
As the semester ends, I fear many of my students will fail my class. Most will pass, thanks to their hard work and a generous grade curve, but I've never had this many students failing or dropping the course before. In my experience, low grades mean something is wrong. Often the problem is mental...
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Our electoral system is riddled with policies that amount to little more than voter suppression. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Voter Suppression in a Pandemic Election
Although the United States hails itself as a bastion of representative democracy, voting regulations suppress the vote even in a normal year—and even more so during the pandemic. Texas , for example, only allows absentee voting if voters are 65 or older, disabled, or incarcerated but eligible to...
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Sunday, August 23, 2020
Colleges are Still in Uncharted Territority
In a few weeks, I begin my semester as a teaching assistant in an undergraduate sociology class. I am not sure what to expect. Last March, when our school sent the students home, everything happened suddenly. We weren’t sure what time zones our students would be in. We didn’t know if each student...
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Universal design includes disabled people as equal members of society and paves the way for a day when disabled people can be appreciated for their unique talents. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Happy 30th Birthday, ADA. What’s Next?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrated its 30th birthday this July. Three decades ago, the ADA represented a huge step forward for the rights of people with disabilities. In 2020, I think it’s time to advance even further. The ADA offers people with disabilities the right to "...
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We need to govern with facts instead of fantasy. If Trump can’t handle the job, he should get out of the way. (Photo: AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Views
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Trump's Authoritarianism Is Ill-Suited to a Pandemic
The Trump administration is apparently undertaking its latest effort to make 2020 more of a Kafkaesque nightmare than it already is. Yes, we’ve got murder hornets and a swarm of flying ants that can be seen from space over in Ireland , but maybe the scariest plague of the year is the president...
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Meat plant workers. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
A Death Sentence for Meatpackers
Meat processing plants are high risk for spreading COVID-19 , and many are shutting down. Animals due for processing have nowhere to go, and they are being culled. Workers there aren’t treated a great deal better. I’ve interviewed one meatpacker who worked at a pork plant, years ago. He told me he...
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This election was a sham. It will cost votes—and lives. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Wisconsin's Unconscionable Sham
Wisconsin might have just decided the November election for Trump at the expense of its own citizens’ lives. As of April 7, the state’s primary election day, there were 2,511 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state, with the disease continuing to spread. Thanks to Wisconsin Republicans and the...
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