Plate of the Union


Plate of the Union—a 2016 Campaign for a Better Food and Farming System

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

I don’t need to tell you that 2016 hasn’t exactly been the presidential campaign year my colleagues and I imagined when we launched our “Plate of the Union” initiative last fall. The national conversation has taken a few detours (ahem) that have made it challenging to maintain a focus on issues that really matter to American families, like what’s for dinner and how it gets there. Read more >

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On October, Apples, and a Sustainable Food System

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

October is surely the best month of the year. From my closet emerge beloved boots and sweaters. And from my kitchen cabinets, baking dishes and heavy cast iron pans. With cooler temperatures and a bounty of fresh food in season, I want to cook again. And during this magical month, my kitchen plays host both to late-season tomatoes and okra and to fall crops including acorn squash and cauliflower. And, of course, apples—which is fortunate, because in a new video released today, UCS Fellow Mark Bittman is cooking up something simple but delicious with that October-est of fruits. Read more >

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Congress Can Help Prevent Diabetes with Healthy School Lunches

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

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

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

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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Coming to the Table: Fixing Food to Combat Inequity

, food systems & health analyst

Earlier this week I was in Atlanta for Wholesome Wave’s Transforming Food Access Summit. My colleague Amelia Moore and I rendezvoused with our good food advocates to discuss equity and racial justice in the food system. We also released UCS’s newest report: Fixing Food: Fresh Solutions from 5 U.S. Cities. Read more >

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