Karen Stillerman

Senior analyst, Food and Environment

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Karen Perry Stillerman is an analyst and advocate for transforming the U.S. agriculture and food system to one that produces affordable, healthful foods for consumers; reduces air and water pollution; and builds healthy soil for the farmers of tomorrow. She holds a master's degree in public affairs and environmental policy. See Karen's full bio.

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Trapped in an Endless Cycle of Corn, Farmers Need Better Choices

Another July 4 has come and gone, and that old saying about a farmer’s corn this time of year (“knee high by the Fourth of July”) is a thing of the past too. Nowadays, the corn plants in many fields around the country are more like waist-high (or even taller!) in early July, and growing fast. But while a bumper harvest of corn seems like a good thing, the dirty little secret in corn country is that a glut of the stuff is wreaking havoc on farm families, on rural economies, and on all of us as taxpayers. Read more >

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Congress Can Help Prevent Diabetes with Healthy School Lunches

From Freddie Gray to the Flint drinking water crisis, the reality of historic and systemic racial inequality in America is making headlines. Communities of color and low-income communities also face deep-rooted inequities in our food system, including unequal access to healthy foods. Cutting school lunches for millions of low-income kids would only exacerbate this inequality, but Congress seems poised to do just that.

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This National Public Health Week, a Look at Prevention and the US Food System

As National Public Health Week winds down, I’m left thinking about what it really means to prevent disease and promote good health. And whether our food system, and the public policies in place to guide it, are set up to do that. (Spoiler alert: They’re not.) Read more >

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Experts and Voters Agree: We Need to Fix the Food System

Add three dozen leading food experts to the growing chorus calling for more and better government action to fix our broken food system. Read more >

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A New Year’s Resolution “In Defense of Food”

Congratulations, you’ve nearly survived the holidays! The gifts have been unwrapped, lavish meals cooked and eaten, countless cookies consumed, and maybe the family is getting restless after all that togetherness. Now what? For inspiration during this last week of the year, I give you a movie review and a suggestion for a New Year’s resolution that—for once—could have real lasting impact. Read more >

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