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