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For over a decade Laurie David has brought her passion and dedication to a long list of environmental and food issues, producing the game-changing Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, and helping to ignite the green movement in America.



Tackling big and complicated issues is Laurie’s forte and to that end she now explores the American diet and why so many of us are sick. Partnering with award-winning journalist Katie Couric, they have executive produced Fed Up.



Leading the charge for families to return to their kitchens, cook real food, and connect with each other, Laurie has authored two cookbooks, most recently The Family Cooks: 100+ Recipes to Get Your Family Craving Food That’s Simple, Tasty, and Incredibly Good for You. A follow-up to The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids One Meal at a Time, The Family Cooks was published on April 22, 2014.



She also authored the bestselling book Stop Global Warming: The Solution is You! and co-authored the children’s book The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming, which has been published in over eight languages.



Laurie has received numerous awards and honors, including the Producers Guild of America’s Stanley Kramer Award, a Humanitas Prize Special Award and a Gracie Allen Award. Laurie has been honored with the Audubon Society’s Rachel Carson Award, the Feminist Majority’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award and the NRDC Forces for Nature Award.



Laurie, a regular blogger on The Huffington Post, has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. She was named a 2006 Glamour Woman of the Year and has been profiled in People, Glamour, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Elle, Wired, House & Garden, The New York Times and Vanity Fair.



You can follow her on Twitter: @Laurie_David



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Entries by Laurie David

How Government Can Make It Easier for Americans to Lead Healthier Lives

(104) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 9:10 AM

Something has to give. We have a serious health crisis in America and it's impacting a whole lot more people than the Ebola virus. Over the past 30 years childhood obesity rates have tripled; 1 in 3 adults are overweight or obese; and over 29 million people have diabetes. All...

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Why Are The Girl Scouts Getting Into the Sugar Bomb Beverage Business?

(61) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 10:26 AM

The beverage industry's got a growing public relations problem. Soda sales are dropping as more folks realize just how bad for us this stuff is. That's why Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and the Dr Pepper Snapple Group just announced that they're going to voluntarily reduce the calories in their sugary drinks by...

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Media Reports Soda Industry 'Study' as News

(51) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 10:32 AM

We thought it was a story from The Onion until we saw the headline running on the CNN ticker:

Study: Diet soda helps weight loss...Diet Soda Better Than Water For Weight Loss

This according to Dr. Jim Hill at University of Colorado's Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.

Dr. Hill's...

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One Multinational Grocery Retailer Just Made a Moral Decision to Put Health Before Profits

(50) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 10:19 AM

Something revolutionary happened last week and you probably didn't hear about it. Tesco, a multinational grocery retailer -- the second largest in the world -- made a moral decision to protect its customers that guaranteed it would lose money. A supermarket behemoth with over six thousand stores, Tesco made an...

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An Open Letter to Congress About the Unconscionable Push to Weaken School Lunch Laws

(369) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 10:10 AM

Last month, when we released the poster for our film Fed Up, the prominently featured initials F and U made it an instant controversy with the Motion Picture Association of America. Less controversial, almost an after thought, was the tagline on the poster "Congress says Pizza is a...

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A Healthy Week Begins... On Sunday!

(7) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 11:12 AM

We need your help -- actually, we all need each other's help!

Although dinner might be just about our only daily opportunity to sit down together, catch up and eat a healthy meal, we tend to be too busy/stressed/tired (you can throw in a dozen other reasons) to cook ourselves....

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Taylor Swift: You Are Sweet Enough

(151) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 10:25 AM

Coca-Cola has gone too far. Just two weeks ago, Coca-Cola made a big show of "caring" about our country's obesity epidemic, releasing an ad that declared, "We are concerned, we care and we are all in this together." The next week, they announce their successful seduction of our children's favorite...

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Why Beyonce Is the Wrong Star for the Star-Spangled Banner

(752) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 12:05 PM

Are we really going to help the children of our nation lead healthy lives, or not? If we are, we'll have to stop pretending it's a good idea to give the new face of Pepsi, aka Beyoncé, the honor of singing our national anthem at President Obama's second inauguration. It's...

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The Real Military Sex Scandal

(554) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 8:28 AM

Flirtatious emails. Jealous threats. Consensual sex. Scandalous? Hardly. Try... Foolish. Ubiquitous. All too human adult behavior. And frankly none of our business.

The real scandal is that this type of behavior -- stumbled upon via highly questionable investigative practices -- is what garners nonstop media coverage and glaring headlines...

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Kick the Can

(160) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 9:47 AM

It's time to start naming names. So, here goes: Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Elton John, Lebron James, David Beckham and Michael Jordan. These are just a few of the athletes and singers who've recently lent (well, OK, sold) their name, cachet, and...

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The Prince's Speech

(54) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 8:34 AM

Last spring, right on the heels of one of the biggest events in his life, his son's wedding -- and with the eyes of the world upon his family -- Prince Charles came to the United States to deliver a speech at Georgetown University about the future of food.

There's...

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Paula Deen Should Turn Lemons Into Lemonade

(275) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 8:54 AM

Dear Paula Deen,

I can't stop thinking about you. Worrying, really, because from the text of your tweets it sounds like you aren't really on board for the lifestyle overhaul your diabetes diagnosis demands. I am sure you are stressed too from the public relations debacle your affiliation with a...

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Parenting Trap # 84: The Date Who Doesn't Ring The Bell

(181) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 9:17 AM

The scary issues of raising kids in the digital age are well documented, but I want to red flag the subtle changes in parenting that occur because of the ubiquitous cell phone, without our even noticing. One of those very moments occurred in my house this week.

It's after dinner...

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Thanksgiving Conversation Starter: Is It Time to Ban Soda Ads on Prime Time Television?

(397) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 1:58 PM

Did you know Coca-Cola's first television ad aired on Thanksgiving Day in 1950? It was part of a special live production featuring the ventriloquist Edger Bergen and his sidekick Charlie McCarthy? It was a humble foray into the new but powerful advertising medium for the soft drink giant....

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The Perennial Plate Comes to Visit

(5) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 1:07 PM

Laurie: It's pretty great having chefs as friends, but when they make house calls, well, that's off the charts. Last week, Daniel and Mirra, the cross-country traveling duo behind my favorite web series The Perennial Plate landed for their first visit to Martha's Vineyard.

A tad road weary,...

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Every Mother's Nightmare: Bacteria in Recalled Ground Turkey Is Resistant to Antibiotics

(226) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 1:01 PM

If you have ever woken up in the middle of the night panicked that you won't make it to the bathroom in time, or heard a scream from your child and sat with them shaking over a garbage can for hours on end, you know how brutal food poisoning can...

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New Girlfriends

(84) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 11:23 AM

Want to be my friend? Feed me. Feed me ideas, wisdom, good food, laughs, knowledge. That is what great friendships are about and that is what makes me happy. Feed me. And when you do that, I feed you. Nourishment, mind and body, is what makes a healthy, mature female...

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Montana, Could Your Congressman's Actions Someday Make Your Child Sick?

(29) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 11:09 AM

Hey Montana moms and dads, do you know what your sole Congressman, Rep. Denny Rehberg is up to these days? Thanks to one of his proposed amendments targeting the Food and Drug Administration the "miracle drug" that your children depend on to fight nasty ear infections or pneumonia could lose...

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Groups Sue FDA for Putting Pigs Before People

(164) Comments | Posted May 26, 2011 | 2:35 PM

Force-feeding prescription drugs to healthy people, just to make them grow faster, would be considered ludicrous by any doctor. Possibly even criminal.

That's why the Natural Resources Defense Council, Union of Concerned Scientists, and other health and science groups filed suit yesterday against the Food and Drug...

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Perfect Harmony or Imperfect Hormone-y?

(68) Comments | Posted May 23, 2011 | 1:56 PM

I love American Idol. Sorry to see it end this week. I watch from the early city auditions to the bitter end, even when my fave is unceremoniously voted off (Durbin rules!). But I have to say there is something really disturbing about those Coca-Cola ads and I can't pretend...

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