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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Drops in the Bucket

by Anna Lappé, Earth Island Journal  Coral reef die offs; “bomb cyclones” and historic wildfire blazes from the easternmost United States to the Pacific coast; Arctic ice melting faster than models predicted. Persistent bigotry in the highest halls of government; rampant sexual harassment and abuse – the list of dismal news goes on and on. […]

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Real Food Scoop | No. 7

Asking for a friend: can we get a do over on the new year? We’ve been battling freezing temps and this brutal cold and flu season, while cranking out some exciting projects we’re eager to launch (stay tuned!). It’s been a whirlwind so far… and we’re just coming up for air to send you our […]

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Exposing Toxic Legacies in an Age of Fake News

by Anna Lappé As the daughter of an epidemiologist who took on some of the biggest chemical companies in the world, I had a ringside seat to an industry causing global harm and shirking its responsibility for doing so. Through Real Food Media and in my writing and public speaking, I’ve spent nearly two decades uncovering food system solutions […]

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Real Food Scoop | No. 6

In the food world, from the fields to restaurant kitchens, harassment and violence against women are rampant—and largely invisible. As a women-led organization focused on media and communications, Real Food Media has been closely following the wave of sexual assault and harassment allegations against high-profile media personalities and politicians. Many of these stories resonate with […]

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Real Food Scoop | No. 5

Make no mistake. Big Soda knows exactly what sugary drink taxes can do: reduce consumption, raise awareness, and cut into their bottom line. In the wake of the sugary beverage tax repeal last month in Cook County, Illinois—home to Chicago and a Real Food Media home base—we’ve been talking about what this means for soda […]

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