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: 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.

Posted on: May 7, 2014, Source: OtherWords

Nature is the best drug out there.

Posted on: May 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Quieter than dogs, but just as affectionate, goats produce delicious milk and cheese. But they're not for everyone.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2014, Source: OtherWords

We all need to cut our neighbors some slack, even if they're urban chicken farmers.

Posted on: Apr 22, 2014, Source: AlterNet

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

Posted on: Apr 16, 2014, Source: OtherWords

You can't encourage other people to eat a diet that's better for them and the planet by getting all vegangelical on them.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2014, Source: OtherWords

The malnourished people I met in my travels didn't just lack vitamins — they simply lacked food.

Posted on: Mar 27, 2014, Source: AlterNet

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

Posted on: Mar 27, 2014, Source: OtherWords

Nearly 1 in 5 coffee drinkers is too lazy to make coffee, and those little serving pods they discard add up.

Posted on: Mar 20, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A growing list of medical tests, procedures and surgeries have dubious benefit to patients: when will America catch up?

Posted on: Mar 14, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Toxins are hard to classify, harder to regulate, and even harder to remove from the products we consume.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The disposable diaper industry sells products containing endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, and sometimes even heavy metals.

Posted on: Dec 23, 2013, Source: AlterNet

There are some great reasons to get outside. Even looking out the window helps.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2013, Source: OtherWords

A whopping 85 percent of the shrimp we eat is imported and when it arrives in the U.S., almost none of this food is ever inspected.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Unlike fads of years past, like the Atkins Diet or the fat-free craze, most of this year's food trends are healthy ones.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Conflicting studies and tons of controversy surrounding GE foods are muddying up the water.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2013, Source: OtherWords

You can be a Scrooge when it comes to holiday shopping and still be generous.

Posted on: Nov 20, 2013, Source: OtherWords

Today’s turkey isn't what the Pilgrims ate. It’s not even what your grandparents ate at their Thanksgiving table.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The peer-to-peer rental economy has gotten a high-tech makeover.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2013, Source: OtherWords

Corporate foes of a genetic labeling measure outspent grassroots supporters by a 3-1 margin.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Scientists have made several amazing discoveries about friendly bacteria and fermented foods that could be a boon for your health.

Posted on: Oct 30, 2013, Source: OtherWords

Children trick or treating for chocolate grown and harvested by child slaves in Africa is the scariest horror story I can imagine on Halloween.

Posted on: Oct 16, 2013, Source: OtherWords

Even under normal conditions, as the latest tainted chicken scare illustrates, we're giving food safety short shrift.

Posted on: Oct 9, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Herbal products can work wonders, but sometimes the products on the shelf are overpriced, ineffective or even unsafe.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2013, Source: Other Words

Most Americans have no idea whether genetically engineered foods are in our supermarkets.

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