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Co-founder of EatingLiberally.org, a netroots website & organization that advocates sustainable agriculture, progressive politics and a less-consumption driven way of life. Winner of the 2009 CREDO Mobile/Netroots Nation Activist Blogger of the year. Foodie, blogger & edible landscaping enthusiast in NYC's West Village and the Hudson River Valley. Would like to be the missing link between Martha and Jon Stewart.

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A Cookbook of Explosively Good Recipes

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 4:38 PM

2014-06-27-073260_FC_Final.jpgThe 'summer porridge' recipe in Laurie David's new book The Family Cooks (see below) is so delicious, it's dangerous. I didn't realize just how dangerous till a TSA official confiscated the Mason jar containing my latest batch and tossed it in the...

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New York Raises the Bar on Rising Tides

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 10:52 AM

If you think having an underwater mortgage is a nightmare, imagine owning a home that's literally under water. "A rising tide lifts all boats" may have a virtuous ring in the virtual world of trickle-down economics. But a real rising tide -- the kind that's brought catastrophic flooding to so...

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Gardener's Delight: Hudson Valley Seed Library's Heirloom Seed Art Packs

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 9:44 AM

There's no better way to celebrate the end of this awful winter than to stock up on seeds and get ready to break new ground. Gardening always keeps you guessing, because you never know from one season to the next what might delight you, and what might disappoint you. Inevitably,...

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California Drought: The Epic Disaster That Impacts Us All

(6) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 2:18 PM

There's no Oscar for Best Manmade "Natural" Disaster, but if there were, Southern California would win in a mudslide. After all, Hollywood's movie studios have spent decades perfecting the cinematic catastrophe: earthquakes, hurricanes, avalanches, fires, floods, you name it. And don't forget the supporting role that disasters play in many...

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Farm Aid and MakerFaire: Go Forth and Be Fertile, Not Futile!

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 5:49 PM

For such a young nation, we're having an awful lot of senior moments. Where the hell did we misplace those keys to a peaceful and prosperous future? Where's our legendary American ingenuity? Why do we throw up our hands when the pie isn't big enough instead of just rolling up...

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GMO OMG: Mop-Tops Take on Monsanto

(63) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 9:33 AM

GMOs -- aka genetically modified organisms -- weren't on GMO OMG filmmaker Jeremy Seifert's radar till he and his wife Jen became parents and assumed the awesome responsibility of nourishing three young children. How much genetically modified food were they unknowingly feeding their kids? Are these foods safe to...

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California's Beach Pits: Where There's Smoke, There's Ire

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 12:06 PM

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The beach bonfire is a much-loved tradition on Southern California's dunes. After all, what could be more fun than a day of sand and sun followed by a clambake and a batch of smokey s'mores?

But a preliminary study released this spring...

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The Hudson Valley Seed Library: Seeds For the People, By the People!

(3) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 9:47 AM

I'm not one of those petro-centric Pollyannas who trumpets the upsides of climate change. That would be creepy--like complimenting a terminally ill person on her weight loss. There are some 'bonuses' we'd be better off without.

But this unseasonably cool spring -- a by-product of global weirding -- is a...

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Let's Ask Marion Nestle: Who's Got The Power to End Hunger in America?

(4) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 12:50 PM

I check in with food politics pioneer and NYU nutrition professor Dr. Marion Nestle, whose most recent book is Why Calories Count, with Malden Nesheim. Read more of Nestle's insights at food politics.com and follow her on Twitter @marionnestle. Nestle is currently working on her next book, Eat, Drink, Vote: The Illustrated Guide to Food Politics, due out from Rodale in September 2013.)

Trueman: We produce more than enough food in the U.S. to feed every man, woman and child. In fact, we've got such a surplus that we throw away almost half of it. But more than 47 million Americans -- including roughly 16 million kids -- struggle with hunger.

And with budget cuts undermining our food stamp program, aka SNAP, this problem's only getting worse. Who has the power to change this shameful state of affairs, and how?

Nestle: I've just seen A Place at the Table (a film in which I briefly appear), which lays out today's hunger problem in a particularly poignant way. It was clear from the film that its low-income participants had to deal with what is now called "food insecurity," meaning that they couldn't count on a reliable supply of adequate food on a daily basis and sometimes didn't have enough to eat. But they also had to deal with another problem: the food that they did get was mostly junk food. So the question really should be worded somewhat differently: How can we ensure that everyone in America can afford enough healthy food?

I'm guessing that the makers of A Place at the Table intended it to do for the 2013 version of food insecurity what the CBS television documentary, Hunger in America, did in 1968. That film showed footage of children so starved and listless that they might as well have come from countries at war or refugee camps.

What seems impossible to imagine in 2013 is the effect of that documentary. It shocked the nation. Viewers were outraged that American adults and children did not have enough to eat. Within that year, President Nixon called a White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health to recommend programs and policies to end hunger, and Congress appointed the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs (the McGovern committee) to develop legislation. This worked. Food assistance and other programs reduced poverty and hunger. Our present-day WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) and SNAP (food stamp) programs are the legacy of that outrage.

Where is that outrage today? Without it, Congress can ignore the millions of people who depend on SNAP benefits and view the nearly $80 billion cost of those benefits as an enticing target for budget cutting.

Who has the power to do something decent about hunger? In a word, Congress. Unlike the situation under presidents Nixon, Kennedy, and Johnson -- all of whom took decisive action to help the poor -- hunger in America today is nothing but a pawn in Washington power politics. We have come to value personal responsibility at the expense of social responsibility. It's hard for many Americans to think that we must be our brothers' and sisters' keepers when our own economic status feels at risk.

If we can't count on Congress to do the right thing, we have to try to create our own local food security and engage communities in helping to care for one another. This means advocacy and coalition-building on two levels: national and local. On the national level, it means exercising democratic rights as citizens to lobby congressional representatives to address poverty and its consequences no matter how futile that may seem. On the local level, it means working with community residents to address their needs. It means engaging the media to get the word out.

That's where Food Bloggers Against Hunger can help. Your job is to generate outrage and to encourage your readers to take 30 seconds and send a letter to Congress asking them to support anti-hunger legislation. Go for it!

cross-posted from Civil...

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Salt Sugar Fat: Exposing the Junk Food War

(14) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 12:59 PM

From Bagdad to bacteria? Launchables to Lunchables? That's one way to sum up the somewhat peculiar career path of Michael Moss, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the meticulously researched, scathing new exposé, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. A few years back, Moss was risking life...

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Let's Ask Marion: What's The Recommended Daily Allowance of Sugar?

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 10:18 AM

Environmental advocate/writer Kerry Trueman checks in with food politics pioneer and NYU nutrition professor Dr. Marion Nestle, whose most recent book is Why Calories Count, with Malden Nesheim. You can read more of Nestle's insights at food politics.com and follow her on Twitter @marionnestle. Nestle is currently working on...

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The Flaming Faucet That Ignited the Mothers Project: A Conversation With Angela Monti Fox

(3) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 9:45 AM

Angela Monti Fox is a psychotherapist and social worker by vocation, but she's also an activist by what you might call an accident of birth -- she's the mother of filmmaker Josh Fox. Fox's 2010 Emmy award-winning documentary Gasland exposed the perils of hydraulic fracturing -- aka "fracking" --...

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Let's Ask Marion: Can It Really Be Healthier To Be Overweight?

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 11:09 AM

Below I check in with food politics pioneer and NYU nutrition professor Dr. Marion Nestle, whose most recent book is Why Calories Count, written with Malden Nesheim. You can read more of Nestle's insights at food politics.com and follow her on Twitter @marionnestle. Nestle is currently working...

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Let's Ask Marion: Is Beyoncé's Private Gain the Public's Pain?

(4) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 8:18 AM

Below I check in with food politics pioneer and NYU nutrition professor Dr. Marion Nestle, whose most recent book is Why Calories Count, written with Malden Nesheim. You can read more of Nestle's insights at food politics.com and follow her on Twitter @marionnestle. Nestle is currently working...

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Cheers to That Rare Bird, the Conservative Who Conserves

(57) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 1:42 PM

My dad's a lifelong Republican and devout Christian Scientist whose interest in nature is only marginally greater than his interest in Kim Kardashian or Bikram yoga. A retired professor of management science, he lives in Orange County, that conservative California enclave where citrus groves got paved over to make way...

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Going Undercover in the Belly of Our Beastly Food Chain

(23) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 9:53 AM

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Tracie McMillan's The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table takes us on a vivid and poignant tour of a place we don't really want to go: the mostly hidden, sometimes horrible world of the...
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Rare Seeds, Artfully Packaged: Precious Heirlooms For The 99%

(4) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 10:19 AM

It's a cinch to buy nice presents when money's no object. On a budget? There's no shortage of cheap tchotchkes. But a thoughtful, lovely gift that costs less than five bucks? A limited edition that delivers beautiful blossoms and edible treats you'd be hard pressed to find in a store,...

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The Briny Bait & Switch That Could Turn You Off Fish

(3) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 7:17 AM

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Figuring out which fish to eat these days is a "mo'brainer;" you need a pocket guide or a smartphone app just to help you remember which species are overharvested and/or contaminated. But now the truly savvy seafood shopper evidently needs a...
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Does Capitalism Have to Promote Child Abuse?

(199) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 1:07 PM

If we're such a "family values"-friendly nation, why are we so willing to let our kids be abused for the sake of making money?

According to the allegations in the Penn State scandal, a pedophile was allowed to brutally assault/molest numerous young boys because no one dared to upset...

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Have The Merchants of Doubt Sold Us Out?

(31) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 5:10 PM

Who says America's lost its manufacturing edge? We may not make things like sneakers or TVs anymore, but there's one industry of which we're the undisputed king: the doubt industry. And what an insidious industry it is, as Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway reveal in The Merchants of...

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