Politics of the Plate: The Price of Tomatoes

If you have eaten a tomato this winter, chances are very good that it was picked by a person who lives in virtual slavery.
March 2009
food politics

Into the Mouths of Babes

Sure, the U.S. provides half of all global food aid. But while that food may be fine for adults, it does nearly nothing to alleviate childhood malnutrition.
food politics

Politics of the Plate: A Ban to Dye For

Artificial food colorings are so ubiquitous that they’re nearly impossible to avoid, but legislators in Maryland are pushing to change that.
food politics

Oscars® Honor a Community Garden

The Academy Awards nominate a documentary film that looks at the tragedy of a once-verdant plot in South Central L.A.
food + cooking

The Kid’s Menu: Warming Up to Frozen Vegetables

I never thought I’d find myself bypassing the farmers market in favor of the freezer section, but that was before I had an infant.
food politics

Politics of the Plate: Secrets of the Stinking Rose

When it comes to garlic, the smellier the better: The compound responsible for its pungent odor is linked to its health benefits.
food politics

Politics of the Plate: Performance-Enhancing Drumsticks

A steroid used in raising chickens can cause athletes to register false positives on drug tests. So maybe A-Rod just needs to lay off the wings?
food politics

Politics of the Plate: High-Mercury Corn Syrup

If you didn’t already avoid high-fructose corn syrup, here’s a good reason to start: Scientists have found mercury in the sweetener.
food politics

The Kid’s Menu: How to Avoid Baby Formula

The world seems to start pushing formula on mothers at the moment of conception. But what if you just want your baby to drink breast milk?
food politics

Politics of the Plate: Obfuscation is Only Natural

The USDA finally defines “natural” foods, but with a huge oversight.
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