Fantastic Organics and Where to Find Them

How important is it to choose organic food?  That all depends on why you are asking the question. Organic food costs more in actual dollars than conventional food and you may not always be able to afford the premium. Keep in mind that there are many hidden costs to industrial food (medical care, government subsidies, tax breaks to…

Some Good News

While the presidential results overshadowed everything else this election, voters approved several measures that will improve our food system, particularly in the Bay Area. The cities of San Francisco, Albany, and Oakland joined Berkeley (as well as Philadelphia and Boulder) in adopting taxes on sugar sweetened beverages. Taxes on soda have decreased consumption in areas…

Food System Funk

Writing about nutrition feels a bit frivolous after the election results. Clearly our country is deeply divided and the status of our health care and social safety net is again in jeopardy. We are unlikely to see any improvements to our food system coming from Washington in the years ahead. One message that is finding…

How to Eat for Exercise

Regular physical activity is a key to health and fitness. Yet, as with healthy eating, Americans are failing to meet minimum standards of exercise. Health experts recommend 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise at least five days a week. A government study in 2013 found that only 20% of U.S. adults exercise at this level…

The Plate of the Union

As we all know, this presidential election is unique in innumerable ways. However, there is at least one topic where it has been business as usual: food. You haven’t heard the major party candidates talking about the food system despite the array of social and economic impacts of how we grow, produce, package and eat…