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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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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Sunday, April 05, 2020
Efficiency vs. Resilience
Many years ago, bestselling author Michael Pollan explained there’s a trade-off between efficiency and resilience. For example, your grocery store probably did not have a warehouse full of toilet paper backstock sitting around somewhere when their customers bought out their entire supply. It would...
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Unsurprisingly, a government simulation exercise just last year found we were not prepared for a pandemic. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Stay in Your Home—And Stay Angry
Social distancing is hard, and it’s not fun. I don’t question that we are doing what is necessary. Until better testing, treatment, and prevention are available, it is. But quarantining us in our homes separates us at a time when we need connection. And you know what? It’s okay to feel angry about...
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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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