Sarah Reinhardt

Food Systems & Health Analyst

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Sarah Reinhardt is the lead food systems and health analyst for the Food & Environment program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, she applies her academic expertise in nutrition and her practical experience in equitable and sustainable food systems to support increased consumer access to healthy foods, and the development of a comprehensive national food policy.See Sarah's full bio.

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Coronavirus Aid Must Help Farmers Keep Foothold in Local Food Economies

Major grocery chains are seeing sharp increases in sales this week as households stock up and prepare to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Photos of empty shelves in stores across the country have even prompted warnings against hoarding and reminders to shop responsibly.

But beyond the walls of the nation’s big box stores, other vital facets of the food system are faring far worse. Among them are the local and regional markets that allow farmers to sell directly to consumers or to restaurants, schools, and other institutions. Read more >

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Is the US Ready for Sustainable Dietary Guidelines? New Research Makes a Compelling Case

If the Dietary Guidelines continue to sideline sustainability research, the diet the US government recommends today could put a healthy diet further out of reach tomorrow. Read more >

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Trump USDA Commemorates National School Breakfast Week by Declaring Potatoes a Fruit

It’s National School Breakfast Week, and the Trump administration is celebrating by rolling back science-based nutrition standards that are keeping kids healthy at school. Read more >

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On Valentine’s Day, a Love Letter to Legumes

Dear Legumes, I know I shouldn’t wait for a corporate holiday to say it—and apparently Hallmark doesn’t make cards for crops anyhow—but I can’t let today go by without telling you what I feel for you. It’s a soul-feeding, life-changing, makes-the-world-a-better-place kind of love, and I want to tell you why. Read more >

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5 Quotes Capturing the Debate Over Dietary Guidelines

Last week in Houston, a federal advisory committee convened for the fourth time to deliberate the science that will shape the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Revised every five years to reflect current science, these guidelines are the nation’s leading set of evidence-based nutrition recommendations, and they influence the food choices made by millions of people every day. Read more >

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