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: 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.

Posted on: Sep 29, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Sometimes herbs can deliver up healing powers that pharmaceutical companies can only dream about.

Posted on: Aug 30, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Catastrophic fires are emblematic of our troubled relationship with nature.

Posted on: Aug 27, 2013, Source: AlterNet

When a sugary cereal like Count Chocula appears to be a healthy choice, you know something has gone terribly wrong with nutrition labels.

Posted on: Aug 3, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Breeding livestock for profit comes at the huge expense of an animal’s ability to live a natural life.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2013, Source: Other Words

What do people in other countries do differently that makes them live so much longer?

Posted on: Jun 25, 2013, Source: AlterNet

It's going to be a tough row to hoe, from here on out for Monsanto.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Can humans control and contain genetically engineered crops? The answer appears to be no.

Posted on: May 23, 2013, Source: AlterNet

When it comes to fats such as omega-3s and omega-6s, it's not just a matter of the right fats, but the right ratio.

Posted on: May 20, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Mark Pendergast's book, "For God, Country, and Coca-Cola" guides readers through decades of shrewd marketing campaigns and the company's ugly history.

Posted on: May 9, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Scientific studies with phony findings are not as uncommon as they should be.

Posted on: Apr 29, 2013, Source: AlterNet

An interview with the acclaimed writer about his new book, "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation."

Posted on: Apr 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Monsanto controls our food, poisons our land, and influences all three branches of government.

Posted on: Mar 22, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The Paleo diet might be more successful in generating profit for its proponents than producing health for its followers.

Posted on: Mar 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Despite scientific evidence indicting certain common pesticides, the EPA continues to allow their use.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Why a legal dispute over soybeans could be a major win for corporate food producers.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2013, Source: AlterNet

You may want to think twice about buying roses this Valentine's Day.

Posted on: Jan 25, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A new report exposes the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics as a pay-for-play scheme that provides junk food manufacturers endless opportunities to influence registered dietitians.

Posted on: Jan 17, 2013, Source: AlterNet

With so much profit to be made from keeping people overweight, the public is not hearing the truth about obesity.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Advocates of detox diets, cleanses and flushes swear they purge the body of toxins. But do they actually work?