Real Food Scoop | No. 11

Hawaiʻi is doing what the EPA refuses to do—protecting its residents’ health. This month, we are celebrating another win for healthier communities: The Governor of Hawaiʻi signed into law new pesticide regulations, including a ban on the brain-damaging pesticide chlorpyrifos, the first in the nation to do so. For years, organizations like Hawaiʻi Alliance for […]

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Big Soda Is The New Big Tobacco

by Shaniece Alexander and Anna Lappé, East Bay Express Extortion. That’s what people called it—and that’s certainly what it was. Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and other beverage giants just held California hostage and won. The American Beverage Association, whose largest contributors include those two companies, raised most of the $8 million dollars backing a November ballot measure that […]

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Hawaii Just Made a Brilliant End Run Around Scott Pruitt’s EPA

by Anna Lappé, The Nation When Scott Pruitt took over the top spot at the Environmental Protection Agency last year, one of his first formal actions was to reject the recommendation of his agency’s own scientists and refuse to ban the brain-damaging pesticide chlorpyrifos. The move came just 20 days after Pruitt had met with the CEO […]

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ClimateOne: Plate to Planet with Anna Lappé and Mark Kurlansky

Anna had a blast with  Mark Kurlansky at ClimateOne in San Francisco discussing food, climate, and farming. Listen to the podcast episode here, watch a short clip of Anna on the scalability of organic farming, and make sure to follow ClimateOne for more podcasts and events like this.   Find this discussion at ClimateOne’s website.  Photo […]

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Real Food Scoop | No. 10

Celebrate good times, come on! We are riding high from the energy of the latest Good Food Purchasing Program adoption in Cook County, Illinois—the second largest county in the nation and the first county-wide adoption! Driven by ongoing leadership from the Chicago Food Policy Action Council and coalition partners including the Food Chain Workers Alliance, and […]

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What if School Lunch Programs Promoted Public Health, Good Jobs, and the Environment?

by Anna Lappé and Jose Oliva, The Nation Eleven billion dollars. That’s the total tally of the national school-food program in the United States and just a small fraction of what public institutions in this country spend every year in taxpayer dollars on food—including food for county jails, hospitals, city parks, and more. Public food […]

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Real Food Scoop | No. 9

This May Day (and beyond), we’re showing up for workers. There is no food without workers. And the formidable power of workers to transform our food system, as well as our political and economic systems, is on display all around us: Florida farmworkers and their allies demanding an end to sexual violence in the fields […]

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Real Food Scoop | No. 8

Our food system needs radical transformation. It also needs healing from a long history of oppression and exploitation. This healing can only happen if we create spaces for honest conversation, trust, and relationship-building across the food chain. That’s what makes HEAL Food Alliance—a multi-sector, multi-racial coalition building collective power—so special. Christina and Tanya—a.k.a. Real Food […]

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