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Food Safety Reform Cannot Wait!

June 4, 2010
Being a grandparent is a joy! You get the perks of bright eyes and giggles, along with the rush of pride to see your own child mature into a parent. In 2001, I was “Grandma” for two absolutely darling children , a girl age 5 and a boy age 2. Then the unthinkable happened – my grandson became sick...
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Ensuring new food-safety legislation is effective

June 1, 2010
The laws governing the food - safety functions of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have not been substantially updated in more than 70 years , but congressional lawmakers will hopefully soon change that fact. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote soon on t he FDA Food Safety Modernization...

Rachael Ray Goes To Washington

May 21, 2010
Child obesity is a crisis in this country. Over the last 30 years, child obesity rates have reached historic highs - more than tripling from just 5 percent to nearly 18 percent today. We must make improving child nutrition a top priority. If we fail to get serious about this issue today, we will...
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Lessons From My Mother

May 8, 2010
The most important lesson my mother taught me was that by believing in myself I could handle anything. The confidence she instilled in me has propelled me through my whole career and helped me through many personal and professional challenges. On this Mothers' Day, I salute the mothers of...

Food Safety Reform Cannot Wait: A Mother & Daughter's Story

May 6, 2010
Valerie There is not a more helpless feeling than to have your healthy, beautiful 20-year-old daughter call you from 200 miles away and tell you something is physically wrong with her. It is a feeling I know all too well. The symptoms my daughter described to me didn’t resemble anything that a...

Child Labor and Our Groceries

May 5, 2010
When grocery shopping for my children, I often ask myself, “Is this cereal healthy?” or “Are these carrots organic?” But until recently, I never thought to ask, “Did a 12-year old pick these strawberries?” Child labor is usually portrayed as a problem in poor, distant countries. But hidden in...

School Lunches a Security Risk?

April 21, 2010
I have heard our school lunches called a lot of things, but never an actual security risk. That's what a group of retired military officers called it since many children today are too overweight to serve in the armed forces. From the Associated Press : "A new report being released Tuesday says more...
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We Need Food Safety Legislation Now: My Personal Story

April 19, 2010
When you’re a mom and your child gets seriously ill, it breaks your heart. It makes you mad when you learn that more could have been done to prevent your child’s illness. It makes you determined that no one’s child should be put at risk unnecessarily when provided a basic need for survival – food...
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It’s not just my food revolution.

April 2, 2010
By now I hope you’ve seen the first two episodes of my new show on ABC, Jamie Ol iver’s Food Revolution. If you’ ve seen it, I hope yo u ’ve realized that this revolution isn’t about me . It’s about you—moms (parents, really) who care about their children—who care about giving them the best...
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Food Dyes and Children's Behavior

March 25, 2010
By Michael F. Jacobson, Executive Director Center for Science in the Public Interest A lot of parents notice that the foods our kids eat affect their behavior. Some of those effects are subtle, some less so. Most dads and moms know that sugar and caffeine can have a dramatic impact on behavior, but...
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