No More Junk Food in Schools

At this point, it’s no secret that America has been fighting a health crisis unlike anything we’ve ever seen. For the first time ever, today’s parents may live longer than their children because of unhealthy eating habits and the lifestyles of today’s youth.

No Talkin’ Turkey This Thanksgiving: 3 Tips for Keeping Table Talk Civil

Gathering around the holiday table with family is always a bit tense, but lingering strain from a particularly divisive election has the potential to make this year’s Thanksgiving even more of a tinderbox. Will Aunt Bev launch into a Trump tirade? Might dad transform into a Hillary Hellion? Will a cousin pass the turkey … ...

Hungry on Campus: Are College Students the Hidden Face of Food Insecurity?

College kids, they say, are always hungry. But Alabama A&M University student Justin Franks noticed hunger went beyond the stereotypical late-night noodle cravings. A desk worker in his dorm, Franks noticed in September that several of his fellow students frequently went to bed hungry.

5 Things We Learned From the New York Times GMO Investigation

With only a few exceptions, the New York Times has been a reliable supporter of the use of biotechnology in agriculture and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Bummed Out About the Election? These 5 Food System Heroes Will Brighten Your Day

Are you a bit down on humanity these days? We don’t blame you. So are we. As our two candidates for the highest office in the land rip one another to shreds, it seems like we’re more divided as a nation than ever. Kind of makes us want to look at pictures of puppies all ...

Why 7 Large Food Companies Are Re-Thinking Their Water Practices

The World Economic Forum identifies water crises as the third “most impactful risk” facing the planet with shortages capable of causing food insecurity, mass migration, and political instability. Agriculture uses 70 percent of the world’s water, meaning large-scale food production may play an outsized role in one of Earth’s scariest threats. Worst of all, according ...

Coke and Pespi Give Money to Health Groups—While Fighting Against Health Legislation

Imagine a cigarette company financially backing health and anti–smoking organizations, and then turning around and fighting laws that help people stop smoking. Or a gun manufacturer donating to anti–violence groups while opposing gun control legislation—all the while reaping billions from the good PR generated from its charitable donations. This is exactly what soda makers are doing.

Americans Really Do Care About Food Policy, According to a New Poll

Looking at what many Americans eat these days—and what it’s doing to us—it’s easy to get depressed. Bad news keeps pouring in from every direction, and it almost feels like the country has given up on nutrition.

What You Need to Know About the 2018 Farm Bill, and Why You Should Care

Every five years, conversation turns to the Farm Bill: that hulking, billion-dollar piece of legislation that governs much of what we eat and grow.

Finally, the FDA Will Set Definitions for ‘Healthy’ and ‘Grass-Fed’ Food Labels

You’ve heard it from us before: when it comes to claims made on the packages of the food we eat, we can’t always believe what we see.

Take 2 Cucumbers and Call Me in the Morning: Why Some Doctors Are Prescribing Veggies

The great father of medicine, Hippocrates, famously said the following: “Let food be thy medicine.” We haven’t always heeded his advice. The pharmaceutical industry has exploded over the last century, and the solution to most of what ails us has come to be found in a pill. But most doctors still say that many diagnoses—especially ...

Here’s Why Cage-Free Eggs Cost Twice as Much as Conventional Eggs

It all started in 2008, when California voters approved a ballot measure that outlawed confining all farm animals—including chickens—to small cages. The landscape around egg production in the United States is changing. These days, it’s actually more like a tectonic shift.

Steve Holt

Steve Holt's stories about food, nutrition and food politics are found at Civil Eats,, Boston Magazine, and elsewhere. He's been featured in the Best Food Writing anthology. Follow his tweets and Instagrams @thebostonwriter.

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