Rebecca Boehm

Economist

Author image
Rebecca Boehm is an economist with the Food & Environment program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, she conducts applied economic research to advance the development of a healthier, more sustainable, and equitable food system. See Rebecca's full bio.

Subscribe to Rebecca's posts

Rebecca's Latest Posts

It’s the Economy, Sonny: Why the Coronavirus Demands Maximum SNAP Benefits Now  

As we face a pandemic—and what is rapidly becoming a serious economic crisis in reaction to it—the strength of our social safety net truly could not be more important than it is right now. Read more >

Bookmark and Share

Bettina Elias Siegel’s “Kid Food” Explains My Daughter’s Love Affair with a Fast Food Chain

I’m not a purist about much when it comes to parenting, and that’s by design. And so, I confess: on occasion, our family indulges in a fast food meal, mostly out of what feels like necessity—think ill-planned long car rides or exhaustion after a stomach bug that started at 1 AM. Read more >

Shutterstock
Bookmark and Share

Ian Ransley/Flickr

Baby Shark Cereal and Maple Syrup Collusion: Why Competition in Our Food System Matters

The cereal aisle in your typical American supermarket is remarkable. Though dazzling to the eyes, it’s overstimulating, especially to any parent who has bravely marched down this aisle with a child in tow. But behind the cast of cereal box characters – Tony the Tiger, Toucam Sam, Dig’em Frog, Lucky, Snap, Crackle and Pop – is a story about competition in our food system and how it impacts consumers, the farmers who grow our food and quite possibly the very soil they grow it in. Read more >

Bookmark and Share

White House

Trump Axing Advisory Committees Is Bad for Farmers and Nation’s Food Supply

Earlier this summer, the Trump administration issued an Executive Order that would arbitrarily eliminate one-third of all federal advisory committees (FACs) not mandated by statute across the government, while restricting an agency’s ability to form new FACs. FACs provide an avenue for outside experts and stakeholders to weigh in on federal programs and policies, including roughly 150 that advise the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on a variety of food and farming issues. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and other agency and department heads have until today to make these cuts. Read more >

Bookmark and Share

Ben Stansall/Getty Images

Adults Behaving Badly: Climate Edition

Young people shouldn’t have to organize a global climate strike. That’s our job. Read more >

Bookmark and Share