Stories by Jill Richardson

Jill Richardson is the founder of the blog La Vida Locavore and a member of the Organic Consumers Association policy advisory board. She is the author of "Recipe for America: Why Our Food System Is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It." subscribe to Jill Richardson's feed

Posted on: Oct 21, 2015, Source: OtherWords

Teachers should not be asking "do you want fries with that?"

Posted on: Oct 14, 2015, Source: Other Words

The government didn’t get a chance to see whether a new calorie-cutting additive in Mug Root Beer is safe.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Cosmetically challenged produce is just as nutritious and delicious as perfect produce.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2015, Source: OtherWords

Animal abuse isn’t only a problem when people find out about it.

Posted on: Aug 5, 2015, Source: OtherWords

Not all obese people suffer from binge eating disorder, but it’s good to be aware that some do.

Posted on: Jul 15, 2015, Source: OtherWords

For everything Americans gain from our modern conveniences, perhaps we’ve lost a few too many old-fashioned pleasures.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Is what we're hearing just too good to be true?

Posted on: Jun 24, 2015, Source: OtherWords

“A technology severed from ethics will not easily be able to limit its own power,” said the pontiff.

Posted on: Jun 19, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Bland alt-foods are all the rage, but why?

Posted on: Apr 29, 2015, Source: OtherWords

Even if its neon orange shines a little less bright, the food's problem comes from the other ingredients.

Posted on: Apr 10, 2015, Source: Other Words

If somebody’s struggling so much that they resort to crime, should we really punish them by denying them food?

Posted on: Mar 10, 2015, Source: AlterNet

A huge medical debate is swirling over a bacterium known as H. pylori.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The transition to chemical-free parks was not so simple to pull off for the town of Durango.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Most Americans don't know where their shrimp comes from or what's in it.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2014, Source: Other Words

If you want a clearer conscience this Christmas, buy your gifts locally.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2014, Source: Other Words

The end result of gift-giving without any thought is waste.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A scary blog post about the toxic dangers of wheat recently went viral. Its claims are completely bogus.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Breakfast cereal, fat-free yogurt and apple juice are some of the foods that put a filmmaker on track for fatty liver disease in just three weeks.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A controversial theory linking amalgam fillings and mercury poisoning is starting to gain scientific acceptance.

Posted on: Nov 23, 2014, Source: Other Words

Prevailing over a flood of industry money, one California city just passed the nation's first tax on sweetened beverages.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2014, Source: Other Words

The poor suffer from hunger — not the munchies.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2014, Source: Other Words

If you want to save yourself and your kids from a scary disease, stop fretting about Ebola and eat less sugar.

Posted on: Oct 20, 2014, Source: AlterNet

At least a can of soda per day is safe, right? Nope, much much less, according to the World Health Organization.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2014, Source: Other Words

Gorging on ripe fruit you picked together in an orchard will make a lasting impact.

Posted on: Sep 29, 2014, Source: AlterNet

As the hype around quinoa builds, so do big questions about the problems with its production.

Posted on: Aug 27, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Rapid weight loss is a sign of Hepatic Lipidosos—dangerous in cats—and it's deadly if it goes untreated.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2014, Source: OtherWords

You pay the price at the store when drought-plagued residents ignore water restrictions.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2014, Source: AlterNet

For those who aren't professional runners, sports drinks and energy bars don't provide nutritional value.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Using the right lube is key.

Posted on: Jul 3, 2014, Source: AlterNet

In the wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling, here are some homemade solutions for female Hobby Lobby workers to prevent pregnancy.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Who knew that a mix of plants including lemongrass, peppermint, and vanillin could work so well.

Posted on: Jun 20, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Who knew wooden boards would set off such angry response.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2014, Source: Other Words

On average, U.S. adults eat more than twice as many calories from added sweeteners than they should. It's destroying our health.

Posted on: Jun 13, 2014, Source: AlterNet

With so much hype and confusion swirling around, here are the key facts.

Posted on: Jun 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Evidence suggests massage can medically aid chronic health conditions, reduce pain, minimize anxiety and much more.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2014, Source: Other Words

Europe’s not perfect, but it’s several steps ahead of America when it comes to food standards.

Posted on: Jun 4, 2014, Source: Other Words

Getting help isn't just for those with psychiatric problems — it's for anyone who is human.

Posted on: May 30, 2014, Source: AlterNet

These days, Greek yogurt is hugely popular. But it also poses a problem: what to do with that leftover whey?

Posted on: May 22, 2014, Source: AlterNet

People are warming up to the idea of buying and eating whole animals, not just the choice cuts.

Posted on: May 21, 2014, Source: Other Words

Mainstream registered dietitians even attended a conference sponsored and catered by McDonald’s to earn continuing education credits.