The independent product testing organization Consumer Reports, which regularly tests and rates a raft of consumer products—from lawnmowers, to washing machines, to baby monitors, to cars—recently focused its meticulous consumer product testing methods on America’s turkey burgers, releasing the results...continued→
Sasha Lyutse, Policy Analyst, New York
The prospect of working for NRDC brought me back to NY following a stint in London and Paris getting my Masters degree in Public Policy. I miss Paris every day but more and more, I know NYC is home. Besides, a politics junky like me wouldn’t miss such a challenging, exciting, opportunity-filled time in the U.S. for anything.
Apart from that, life these days is pretty much about exploring my Harlem neighborhood, working on my yoga, attempting to cook fresh food daily from scratch and trying to live healthier and greener little by little.
If a federal agency willfully buries its head in the sand, what will it take to pull it out? As I discussed here, sampling of ground turkey, pork chops and ground beef in U.S. supermarkets, conducted jointly by the Food...continued→
In the livestock industry, heroes don’t always get their due. Perhaps that’s because the story of our modern animal agriculture system is so often so bleak—for farmers, animals, our health and the health of our environment. In the U.S. pork...continued→
On the heels of our last Frugal Feast, hosted by my friends and Harlem neighbors Caitlin and Alex, I had the thrill of attending a conference at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a working four-season farm and...continued→
$5 doesn’t sound like much. In fact, I have trouble thinking of many things you can buy for just $5. But turns out $5 can buy you a feast. Here’s how. Two years ago, some friends and I began...continued→
UPDATED: March 11, 2013 Three weeks ago, I joined a massive crowd of more than 35,000 for the Forward on Climate rally on the National Mall to call on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and...continued→
Reporting requirements in new DATA Act a common sense step towards regulating antibiotics in meat industry
Here’s what we know: Antibiotic resistant infections are on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control warns that dangerous bacteria are increasingly resistant to our arsenal of antibiotics. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, “Things as common as strep...continued→
On the heels of his agency's release of a comprehensive report on climate change and its effects on U.S. agricultural production, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said yesterday that America’s farmers and ranchers are a critical part of the solution and that...continued→
To date, the actual cooking portion of Frugal Feasts—monthly dinners organized around the premise that eating well on a budget doesn’t mean eating fast or processed food—has been a bit ad hoc. Each host has, for the most part, been...continued→
Few Americans are as close to the front lines of climate change as farmers. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), about 80 percent of agricultural land experienced drought conditions in 2012. As farmers continue to deal with the...continued→
As the proverb goes, if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. Unfortunately, new data released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week shows that the livestock industry continues to move in the wrong direction on antibiotic...continued→
Every day our economy pumps more heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, with consequences all too real for all too many Americans, from those of us who faced the wrath of hurricane Sandy to all the farmers hit by the...continued→
Our latest Frugal Feast featured a novel twist: frugal wines! To date, the rules of the road for our monthly feasts have been as follows: healthy, well-balanced dinners where the host's task is to source ingredients low on the food chain, mostly...continued→
The holiday season is upon us and if you're anything like me, you start planning your New Years resolutions early. As someone who spends a lot of time thinking about food—what we eat, where it comes from, how it was produced, and what each...continued→
Chef Tom Colicchio calls antibiotics in the U.S. meat system one of our biggest food safety challenges
Tom Colicchio is best known as a celebrity chef, but it’s his role as a good food advocate that brought him to the set of Morning Joe this morning. Colicchio was there to talk about a new scorecard released last...continued→
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