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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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Health, Nutrition, and Obesity: Actions for Healthy Living

March 23, 2010
On February 24, I attended California Governor Schwarzenegger's Summit on Health, Nutrition, and Obesity: Actions for a Healthy Living, with special guest President Bill Clinton. At the Summit the Governor described his platform for fighting obesity and promoting a healthier California: Restricting...
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Bring on the radical homemakers

March 12, 2010
...At some point, of course, I realized I wasn’t happy. I was trapped. I had money, but not time. It was like being surrounded by food, and dying of thirst. It turns out that there is a way out of this mess. There are people all over this country–both women and men–who have made a conscious decision to value their time more than their money. Against the formidable current of popular culture, they have decided that this may be the only life they will ever have, and they’re going to live it fully.
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It’s time to reconsider the broad use of antibiotics in farm animals

February 19, 2010
Antibiotics are currently used widely and irresponsibly in raising farm animals. These antibiotics are meant for treating humans and this use in animals entering the food chain breeds antibiotic resistant bacteria that make people sick, and are much harder to recover from. We have been aware for...

Simplicity Is Happiness

February 15, 2010
This is my first blog for Mom’s Rising and so I thought I'd start by introducing myself. I'm the 35-year-old mother of Maayan who just turned 6 months. In addition to being a new mom, I’m a documentary filmmaker. FRESH , the documentary that I completed last year, celebrates the farmers, thinkers,...

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