For Our Food Systems Sake, Let’s Say “No” to Corporate Consolidation

When you look to the year ahead, what do you see? Ensia recently invited eight global thought leaders to share their thoughts. In this interview with Ensia contributor Lisa Palmer for Ensia’s 2017 print annual, I responded to three questions: What will be the biggest challenge to address or opportunity to grasp in your field in 2017? Why? […]

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Corporate Accountability International Advisors, Staff Receive Distinguished Awards

  This fall I am grateful to say that I will be honored with the James Beard Leadership Award. Corporate Accountability International shares the good news. Read the original post here.   From seed to plate our food system is broken — and Corporate Accountability International leaders are making waves in their work to fix it. I’m thrilled […]

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What Bernie Gets Wrong About the Soda Tax

As published in  An estimated 27,500 people in Los Angeles, 20,000 in Seattle, and 18,500 in the Bronx: Bernie Sanders is sparking some of the biggest crowds in primary history. For millions across the country, his message is clearly resonating. It’s refreshing to hear someone running for the country’s highest office finally articulate (without any prodding!) […]

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Lobbyists Distort Our Idea of a Healthy Diet

by Anna Lappé for Al Jazeera America If you made National Geographic collages of the basic four food groups — meat, dairy, grains and fruits and vegetables — in elementary school as I did, you have the federal government’s dietary guidelines to thank. Every five years, the government reviews these recommendations and releases new advice to […]

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Don’t Be Fooled by the Food Industry’s Smart Labels

by Anna Lappé for Al Jazeera America American consumers are waking up to the fact that a lot remains hidden about what is in their food and how it is produced. As a result, they are increasingly demanding greater access to information about added sugar, potential allergens, irradiation, use of antibiotics and more. The food […]

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The Billion-Dollar Business to Sell Us Crappy Food

by Anna Lappé for Al Jazeera America At the turn of the last century, the father of public relations, Edward Bernays, launched the Celiac Project, whose medical professionals recommended bananas to benefit celiac disease sufferers. Those pitched on the sweet fruit’s miraculous properties didn’t know the project was actually created for the United Fruit Co., […]

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Spinning Food: How Food Industry Front Groups and Covert Communications are Shaping the Story of Food

Today, my colleagues Kari Hamerschlag, Stacy Malkan and I are excited to share our new report: Spinning Food. Our findings are stunning (but probably won’t surprise you): The industrial food sector has spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the past few years on stealth PR tactics and deployed over a dozen front groups to push […]

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