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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In the Marrow of Our Bones

By Anna Lappé for EARTH ISLAND JOURNAL   On March 20, scientists from 11 countries convened by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer released their unanimous conclusions about the world’s most used herbicide, glyphosate. In a paper that would be published in The Lancet Oncology, the experts concluded that the herbicide […]

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Organic is Going Mainstream

by Anna Lappé for Al Jazeera America You know organic food has gone mainstream when Men’s Health waxes poetic about an organic diet in between shout-outs to a “hot new sex app” and pictures of actress Chelsea Peretti in stilettos. And you know the business of organic is moving out of the margins when CNBC’s […]

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NY Times Letter to the Editor: When Food Is Genetically Modified

In the New York Times Opinion Pages To the Editor: Mark Lynas’s profile of one farmer in Bangladesh does not represent the facts on the ground about genetically engineered eggplant there. The trials of the new variety of eggplant have actually had very poor results: Genetic engineering did not protect plants from most pests and have […]

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Lessons from the Fields

by Anna Lappé with the University of California for Slate California’s 90-mile-long Salinas Valley, with its mild climate and rich soil, is known for abundant agriculture. Often called the “salad bowl of the world,” this fertile valley two hours south of the San Francisco Bay Area produces 70 percent of the nation’s lettuce, along with bountiful strawberries, […]

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Important New Study on Pesticides and the Benefits of Organic

Great reporting over at Civil Eats today on an important new study looking at pesticide residues in the diets of people consuming organic and non-organic foods. Its described as the “largest study to look at organophosphate exposure in humans.” The study found that people consuming diets of chemically grown produce had higher concentrations of chemicals […]

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5 Amazing Things I Learned from the World’s Leaders of the Organic Food Movement

A few weeks ago, at an international summit of the global network for organic agriculture, delegates from Fiji were excited to share the news that one of the islands in the tiny archipelago nation had gone 100 percent organic. The community had kicked out all toxic pesticides and imported, synthetic fertilizer. The impetus for the decision […]

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Yes, Organic Farming Can Feed the World

by Anna Lappé for TakePart A few years ago, I was at a biotechnology trade meeting listening to a panel on GMOs. Throughout the two-hour session, the panelists all sang the praises of the technology—not too surprising at an industry event. (At the time, the GMOs under commercial planting were limited to seeds genetically engineered […]

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