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Seattle School Districts are Stepping up School Lunch

If you didn't catch it on newsstands, my article, "Revolution in the Cafeteria," for Edible Seattle magazine is now online!  http://www.edibleseattle.com/september/october-2012/revolution-in-the-cafeteria.htm
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"It is a fundamental characteristic of our species that we have to teach our young what’s good to eat. That’s our responsibility as adults, that’s part of what rearing children is about, and schools are a very important part of where children learn these things, and I think we need to use the school food not just to teach kids what’s edible, but to teach them what’s going to contribute to health and well-being.”  - Janet Poppendieck, Interview with Indiana Public Media, Earth Eats podcast (2/25/12)
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My review of Michelle Obama's new book, "American Grown"

Check it out in +Grist!  The First Lady has been doing a great job getting kids on the move and eating their vegetables, but she has also been sowing her seeds rather safely.
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The single best thing we can do for our health

This has made the rounds already, but I recently shared it with some family members and saw again what a persuasive visual presentation this is for getting on those walking shoes.
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My new article in Grist! The headline suggests that the article is more negative toward red meat, in general, than it really is. I unexpectedly found myself defending red meat – unprocessed, pastured, and in moderation, of course! Not that many people want to hear bad news about bacon, but if you want to be informed of the latest research, I think this is a worthwhile read.
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Thanks, +John Maguire! I find myself a bit perplexed when buying meat the grocery store too, and I've become REALLY picky about what my kids eat. When it comes to processed meats, I usually buy Applegate products: http://www.applegatefarms.com/ Regarding unprocessed meats, I'm pretty sure "certified organic" indicates that the meat is free of antibiotics, growth hormones, food additives, etc. Whole Foods also offers a lot of transparency with their 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Standards: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/meat/welfare.php Of course, these meats are a lot more expensive than the meat behind the deli counter, but since we don't eat much of it anyway, it works out for our budget. Quality over quantity!
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Inspirational Words for the Beginner by Ira Glass.
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My latest! An interview with Kate Adamick, author of the new book Lunch Money: Serving Health School Food in a Sick Economy.
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For the scrapbook . . . Mark Bittman, New York Times food columnist and one of my favorite writers, re-tweeted my article!  :)
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"There's a story that goes like this: In America, moms say, 'Eat this, it's good for you.' In Italy, mammas say, 'Eat this, it's good.' Always remember that how we speak to children about food is critically important in shaping their overall attitudes toward food."  - Kate Adamamick, Lunch Money: Serving School Food in a Sick Economy
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that's awesome, need to share that in the morning (went a little crazy on the shares today).  
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A Marketer's Guide to Pinterest

If you're curious about Pinterest, here's a cool video about how the social network could help your brand or business.
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Monarchs just a memory?

This is me around the age of six. It's hard to see, but there's a butterfly resting on my wrist. I was obsessed with butterflies when I was a kid. Most kids probably are, but I was especially obsessed, and my dad even built me a butterfly house in our backyard where I could keep the caterpillars I found. My hope was that one would make itself at home enough to form a chrysalis and then transform into my very own pet butterfly. That never worked out for me, but I still remember my captivation with these beautiful insects.

So I was saddened to read recently that the population of monarch butterflies is in dramatic decline:

“Study ties GMO corn, soybeans to butterfly losses”
http://www.startribune.com/local/143017765.html

Volunteers for the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project recorded that egg production has declined 81% between 1999 and 2010. Why? A probable explanation is that the Milkweed plant where the butterfly lays its eggs is being eradicated from GMO crops by Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.

Especially now that I have children, I hate to think that a monarch sighting is becoming a rare occurrence. I hope, at the very least, people are opening their eyes to the problems of industrial agriculture. And thank goodness for the small few who will respond by going out and planting milkweed in the world.
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I'm currently working on an article about a recent Harvard study's troubling findings regarding eating red meat, especially processed red meat, on a daily basis. In the study, each of the following represents one serving of processed red meat: two slices of bacon, one hot dog, one sausage, one slice of salami, and one slice of bologna. It reminded me of the hungry caterpillar's binge, which may not be too far from the daily diet of the average American. At least the caterpillar had instinct enough to follow his poor choices up with a "nice green leaf." We'd be smart to eat a few more nice green leaves ourselves.
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That is so kind of you +Maria Stepanov Sommerfield! It hasn't published yet, but I will definitely share it when it does!
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Despite Opposition, Bloomberg's Soda Ban Is A Good Idea
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In today's food environment, education just isn't enough to discourage the overconsumption of sugary beverages.

Beyond chicken patties: How to improve school lunch without spending more
grist.org

As kids go back to school this month, cafeteria expert Kate Adamick is working with parents and school administrators to rethink school lunc

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Jared Fanning is a designer who likes making maps, illustrations and a few other things too. Recently relocated from Chicago to western Mich

The Last Diet You Will Ever Need
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Each of us has the capacity to make the small changes in our lives that will create big changes in our food landscape, our agriculture and e

Processed red meat: The worst of two worlds
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Eating red meat regularly is hard enough on the body, but recent science says that when that meat is processed it could raise one's chances

Still a Fast-Food Nation: Eric Schlosser Reflects on 10 Years Later
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Ten years after his seminal book ‘Fast Food Nation,’ Eric Schlosser reflects on how little has changed in food production in America—but why

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“Food Rules” by Michael Pollan – RSA/Nominet Trust competition from Marija Jacimovic on Vimeo.

TEDxIowaCity - Dr. Terry Wahls - Minding Your Mitochondria
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Dr. Terry Wahls learned how to properly fuel her body. Using the lessons she learned at the subcellular level, she used diet to cure her MS