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Why Food Belongs in Our Discussions of Race

Kristin Wartman | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Kristin Wartman

While food is by no means at the center of the Black Lives Matter movement, it could emerge as an important corollary issue in the months and years to come.

World Population Day: Addressing Food Deserts in the Land of Plenty

Brian Kennell | Posted 07.09.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

More than 6.5 million American children live in food deserts. Making it possible for those children to get leafy greens, milk, juice and fresh fruit on their tables at home and experience food security will require still more education, innovation and effort on the part of many of the companies and organizations involved in the supply chain.

Platform for Presidential Candidates: Disease Prevention and Healthy Living

Linda P. Fried | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Linda P. Fried

The next Administration will face a much greater challenge: Ensuring that Americans live longer lives in good health. If they don't, the cost to the nation will be astronomical, given heavy reliance on Medicare for older Americans and the sad fact that Americans younger than 50 are sicker than people in other wealthy nations.

Free, Low-Cost Cooking Classes Aim To Help Underserved Communities Eat Better

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 05.26.2015 | Taste

CHICAGO -- A weekly after-school cooking and nutrition class is having a big impact on the lives of families in some of the city's underserved communi...

The 'Side Effects' of Good Intentions

Michael Seo | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Michael Seo

While side effects are commonly thought of as adverse or harmful, side effects can be beneficial. When they are beneficial the side effect often becomes the primary intervention and programmatically an intended outcome.

How One Grocery Chain Is Making Healthy, Affordable Food More Accessible

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 05.20.2015 | Media

NPR: Why A Philadelphia Grocery Chain Is Thriving In Food Deserts There are currently thousands of "food deserts" across the country where heal...

How One Grocery Chain Succeeds In Low-Income, Underserved Communities

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business

Successfully operating a for-profit grocery store in a “food desert” -- that is, a low-income rural or urban area with few or no options in the wa...

Eliminating Food Deserts Will Take A Marriage of Private And Public Enterprise

Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living

In cooperation with our longstanding partner Crowdrise, The Huffington Post is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by focusing on the promise of the n...

This Business Model Cuts Profits To Give Poor Communities Access To Healthy Food

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact

One nonprofit is using its expertise on bringing better foods into underserved areas to help other groups hoping to do the same. D.C. Central Kit...

We Know What Works

Tim O'Shea | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Tim O'Shea

We all must begin to act on what we know. We are, each of us, part of the solution or a continuing part of the problems.

What Is the Cronut Experience Like?

Quora | Posted 03.22.2015 | Taste

What's so special about the cronut?

5 Documentaries to Sink Your Teeth Into for Food Day

Susan Liang | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Liang

What many of us may lack in political pull, we can make up for in taking the time to become more educated and present in our food choices.

Learning Los Angeles: Ron Finley on Grounding the City

Julia Wasson | Posted 12.24.2014 | Los Angeles
Julia Wasson

"Nothing in nature is straight. So that's how I design. There's no rhyme or reason. I'm planting for aesthetics. I want to be assaulted by smell, by beauty, by taste."

Food Justice for Babies

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

Where babies live largely influences what babies eat. Barriers to fresh food means barriers to first food. This matters because what we eat as infants and toddlers sets the stage for later health outcomes, including heart disease, obesity and cancer.

My Office Is in the Middle of a Desert

Tracy Hoover | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Today is World Food Day, a United Nations-sponsored day of awareness and action focused on making sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.

Interview with Wendell Pierce, Part Three: Solutions, Local and Beyond (and Zimbabwe)

James Beard Foundation | Posted 12.07.2014 | Impact
James Beard Foundation

We're holding Health Month on the JBF blog. In this post, we conclude our extended interview series with actor and activist Wendell Pierce, exploring his views on potential solutions to issues of food access, both locally and globally.

Interview with Wendell Pierce, Part Two: Treme, New Orleans, and Chef Culture

James Beard Foundation | Posted 12.07.2014 | Impact
James Beard Foundation

Wendell Pierce: "Treme was art imitating life and life imitating art. I was depicting what was happening in New Orleans as people were trying to rebuild their lives, while I was also doing that in real life."

Interview With Wendell Pierce, Part One: Why Food Deserts?

James Beard Foundation | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
James Beard Foundation

Although he's best known for roles on hit television shows like The Wire and Treme, actor Wendell Pierce is also a dedicated food and community advocate in his hometown of New Orleans.

That's Just Not Fair

Christopher Thangaraj | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Christopher Thangaraj

etween both our sons' adoptions, I can't count the number of times we uttered, "Well, that's just not fair." Such as when a birth mom chooses the heterosexual couple that just finished their application after your two-year wait.

My Street Grocery: Amelia Pape Puts Fresh Food On Wheels In Portland

Dark Rye | Posted 08.25.2014 | Taste
Dark Rye

Fresh fruits and vegetables actually don't necessarily cost more than burgers, fries and sodas.

A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

A Disbeliever's Guide To Fatphobia

Kitty Stryker | Posted 07.05.2014 | Women
Kitty Stryker

We may be threatened with murder for making a documentary on fatness. But fatphobia isn't real, right?

Food Injustice: The Revolution Starts In The Garden

Ron Finley | Posted 05.03.2014 | Home
Ron Finley

By breaking free from the entrapment of our modern day food system the urban gardener is breaking down a system constructed -- masterminded -- by corporations motivated solely by their own gain. The urban garden is no longer just a garden; it is an act of defiance.

Access to Healthy Food Improves Health, Brings Economic Benefits

Don Hinkle-Brown | Posted 04.22.2014 | Home
Don Hinkle-Brown

Access to healthy food can bring triple bottom-line benefits to communities -- better health, new jobs, and a revitalized economy. But nearly 30 million Americans still live in low-income areas with limited access to supermarkets.

Undoing the 'Food Curse': Honoring Food For What It Was Meant To Be

Hannah Laufer-Rottman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Home
Hannah Laufer-Rottman

We are caught in a frustrating and seemingly inescapable loop where hunger and obesity seem to go hand in hand affecting the same population. This is a true curse -- the "food curse!"