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Expect Low Carbs and Low Credibility at Next Week’s Dietary Guidelines Meeting

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

Let’s get this out of the way: Carbohydrates are an essential part of human diets. Full stop. That being said, we’re far too often eating them in the form of highly processed foods with little nutritional value. So why do we seem to spend so much time talking about the quantity of carbs in our diets, and so little time talking about the quality? Read more >

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Profiles in Cowardice: EPA’s Abysmal Failure to Protect Children’s Health

, executive director

Today’s profile in cowardice chronicles the shameful failure of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect children’s health from chlorpyrifos, a recognized neurotoxin. Read more >

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

, Economist

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 >

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Jane Fonda Is Going to Jail This Weekend. Here’s Why I Joined Her on the Barricades

, Director, Food & Environment

I was arrested on the steps of the US Capitol a few weeks ago, demanding government action against climate change. It had been 60 years—or 1.8° Fahrenheit (1° Celsius) worth of global warming—since my last arrest. I’ll get back to that, but first, something more recent. Read more >

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Record 2019 Precipitation in Midwest Financially Crushed Farmers

, Climate Scientist

This blog post was co-authored by Shana Udvardy.


The year 2019 has been one of climate extremes.

A brutal Memorial Day weekend heat wave broke triple-digit records in many places, 6,000-plus wildfires burned nearly 200,000 acres in California, an “ultra-intense” Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas (as well as other slow-moving destructive storms). To cap this, there were mind-boggling amounts of precipitation dumped on many parts of the United States. Among the hardest-hit areas were the Midwest and South-Central United States, which experienced record flooding that severely hurt agriculture there.  Read more >

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