Paula Crossfield

Paula Crossfield is the managing editor of Civil Eats. She is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post's Green Page and is a contributing producer at The Leonard Lopate Show on New York Public Radio where she focuses on food issues. She is currently tending a vegetable garden on her roof in the Lower East Side. You can follow her on Twitter.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Farmworker Wage Theft: As Common as Dirt
In the latest report by the Food & Environment Reporting Network , “ As Common as Dirt ,” produced in collaboration with The American Prospect magazine, reporter Tracie McMillan investigates how farm labor contracting–a ubiquitous, but relatively unknown, practice–often blatantly disregards labor laws governing wages, safety and health.
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Monday, April 30, 2012
Pink Slime and Mad Cow Just the Tip of the Iceberg
Following on the heels of pink slime, mad cow disease (AKA bovine spongiform encephalopathy—or BSE) is back this week after a California dairy cow destined for a rendering plant that makes pet food was found to have the disease. So far, it looks like the beef industry is playing down the finding, hoping to dodge a loss in sales at home and abroad. The U.S.
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Friday, April 20, 2012
Our Chemical Cocktail Evaluated in New Report
When it comes to the chemicals used in food packaging, there is much we still don’t know. After a recent U.S.
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Wednesday, March 09, 2011
UN: Eco-Farming Feeds the World
For years now, the most-asked question by detractors of the good food movement has been, “Can organic agriculture feed the world?” According to a new United Nations report, the answer is a big, fat yes.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Genetically Engineered Salmon: Coming to a Plate Near You?
The genetically modified salmon called AquAdvantage was discussed on Monday in front of the Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee, which will help the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decide whether or not to approve the fish for commercial production. The meeting comes after an unusually short 14-day period of public comment on the “new animal drug.”
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Friday, September 17, 2010
Ezra Klein on Industrial Ag: Asking the Wrong Questions
On Monday, domestic policy wonk Ezra Klein published a short piece over at his Washington Post blog entitled “Industrial Farms are the Future,” in which he challenged the idea that the local food movement is doing anything but informing the big players in their marketing strategy.
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Pesticide Lobbyist Gets Posted as Chief Agricultural Negotiator
Confident after his success with health insurance reform, President Obama exerted his executive power on Saturday by making fifteen appointments during the Senate's recess. Among the appointments was Islam Siddiqui, who will now be serving as the Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the U.S.
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Thursday, January 14, 2010
The Farm Bureau: Denying Climate Change, Undermining Labor and Losing Relevancy in 2010
The president of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), Bob Stallman, threw down the gauntlet on Sunday in his annual speech to his industrial cronies. What got him riled up? Not rising seed prices, superweeds, or the unpredictable weather farmers face due to climate change.
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Thursday, January 07, 2010
Big River: The Legacy of Big Ag Downstream
What happens in Iowa doesn't stay in Iowa. This is the lesson illuminated in Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney's latest film, Big River , a companion to their successful film King Corn (made with director Aaron Wolff). In King Corn, Ellis and Cheney grew an acre of corn and followed it to the plate by way of the processing that brings us most of our packaged food and the confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that bring us 99% of our meat.
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Friday, December 18, 2009
Why Seed Consolidation Matters
What would you say if I told you that one company is making decisions about what you eat?
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