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Food Policy

The Powerful Politics of Healthy Eating: Vegan Podcaster Rich Roll

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 06.06.2016 | Green
Elysabeth Alfano

You know how some people you could talk to forever? Ultra athlete and vegan podcaster Rich Roll is like that for me. In the most recent episode of T...

A Local Apple a Day... Benefits Kids, Farmers and the Environment

Gena Hamshaw | Posted 03.22.2016 | New York
Gena Hamshaw

These days many of us are looking to get more fresh, local, and sustainably grown food onto our plates. Now we have a chance to ensure that New York students have more access to local produce too.

The 2016 Candidates Don't Seem To Care About Our Food Supply

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.22.2016 | Taste

Last month, we noticed something. Though various media outlets have reported on how much the presidential candidates’ campaigns have spent on pizza ...

Where 2016 Hopefuls Stand on Food Policy

Eve Turow Paul | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics
Eve Turow Paul

I wrangled all the information I could find -- from tweets to votes -- to see where the candidates stand on issues of food policy, from climate change and fracking to the minimum wage and GMO foods.

We Know What Candidates Have Spent On Pizza, But Nothing About Where They Stand On Hunger

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics

In this age of oversharing, few moments of the 2016 presidential primary season haven't been documented in detail. We know Florida Sen. Marco Rubio li...

What's That Smell? That Which We Call 'Dietary Guidelines'...

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.11.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Since the release last week of the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and in my case at least, a resulting bout of projectile vomiting, the nut...

Take Back Your Plate

Suzy Amis Cameron | Posted 01.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Suzy Amis Cameron

Let's take our power back from a government who no longer has our best interests at heart. Let's take back our health, our community's health, and our planet's health. It's time to take back our plates.

Big Food: Lobbying Will Only Accelerate the Inevitable

Pam Koch | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Pam Koch

Motivated by what is now a health and environmental crisis, authors, scientists, filmmakers, progressive school chancellors, the White House, consumer groups, entrepreneurs and others have inspired a food movement that now pervades every corner of society.

A Democratic Primary "Food Party" Policy Questionnaire

Donald Carr | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics
Donald Carr

Here's a no-way-definitive list of what I'd like to ask Democratic candidates on the stage in the coming debates about their food and farm policy plans.

Why I Don't Care That We Can't Have Cupcakes at School

Gina Sampaio | Posted 09.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Gina Sampaio

I did have one friend on my side. She moved. So now it feels like me vs. every other parent in the district so I don't really speak up about it. Once in awhile I shoot an email to the principal to tell him that not everyone hates the food policy.

Fierce Love for the Planet? Step Up to Your Plate

Suzy Amis Cameron | Posted 05.07.2016 | Green
Suzy Amis Cameron

Through it all, I have cared deeply -- okay, some might say fiercely! -- about the health of our planet. Most everything I do, as a parent or advocate, circles around the environment.

The Nation's Health Is on Our Plate

Kirsten Saenz Tobey | Posted 06.28.2015 | Impact
Kirsten Saenz Tobey

Why it's on all of us to ensure access to healthy, clean-label food in schools

From Famine to Feast in Forty Years: Policy Matters

Shenggen Fan | Posted 03.03.2015 | Impact
Shenggen Fan

In pursuing increased agricultural productivity at nearly all costs, global agriculture has become a major contributor of greenhouse gasses and resource use. Today, we are challenged with degraded lands, scarce natural resources, and a rapidly warming planet.

Another Bite at the Apple: How SNAP Is Making Us a Healthier Nation

Todd Grindal | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Todd Grindal

There is compelling evidence that monetary incentives to purchase fruits and vegetables work, and this new research suggests that they work in many different types of neighborhoods.

Take Down the Walls

Paula Daniels | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Paula Daniels

With new Senate leadership in place, legislative immigration reform is more uncertain, and President Obama's recent attempt to address aspects of it by executive order is not only understandable but a needed helping hand.

Think a Soda Tax Is Regressive? Try Diabetes

Andy Bellatti | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

If the well-being of lower-income Americans is so important to the beverage industry, how about ending the relentless marketing onslaught of sugar-laden and harmful products targeted right at them?

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.

Using Food as a Treatment for Mental Illness

Food Politic | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Food Politic

Most of us are familiar with food banks and soup kitchens, where donated food goes to feed hungry people in the community. Yet we rarely talk about the connection between mental illness and hunger and how access to food can do more than just provide a full stomach.

Advocating a Change in Farm Policy

Marc Barnett | Posted 08.29.2014 | Green
Marc Barnett

Essentially, U.S. farm subsidies are encouraging obesity among citizens, particularly poor citizens. Obviously this sounds very strong, and quite possibly may seem overstated, but it's not.

Local Foods: From Fad To Force And What It Means For The Food Industry

Michael Zacka | Posted 08.17.2014 | Home
Michael Zacka

Given the fact that the local foods movement offers consumers so many benefits, sustainably processed and packaged food has an important role to play in supporting the admirable goals of local food advocates and supplementing their needs.

WATCH: Experts Talk Pesticides And Health

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green

Tune in at 12:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 22 for an expert discussion about the intersection of pesticides, food, health and policy, streamed live fr...

Christina Wilkie

Food Lobby Creates Stealth Campaign To Attack Anti-Obesity Film

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The world's largest food industry lobbying group is waging a stealth campaign to discredit the highly anticipated anti-obesity documenta...

Win-Win Policy Changes for WIC & Childhood Obesity Rates

Daniel J. Schultz | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Daniel J. Schultz

Some have pointed out the fine details of the study, which showed that obesity rates for the rest of the population remained steady while the rate of obesity actually increased for women over 60 years old. Nonetheless, a decrease in obesity rates is always a positive sign.