From the monthly archives:

February 2011

Want kids to eat better?
Stop calling them “picky eaters.”

February 23, 2011

Spend even a few minutes online and you’ll find blogs devoted to sneaky vegetables, artful bento boxes and countless other tricks to make kids eat spinach. Turn on the news, pick up a paper, check Facebook, and you can’t escape talk of school food, Happy Meal toys and the travesty of chocolate milk. Everyone is […]

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It’s not just a cookie

February 19, 2011

When I wrote a post last month questioning Girl Scout cookies, I didn’t know what to expect. People get touchy about American icons.  Or they get afflicted with “it’s just a cookie” syndrome. But I plowed in anyway. No pain, no gain and all that. And wow. Talk about hitting a nerve. But in a good way. A really good […]

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Picture this: Heartfelt

February 14, 2011

Another candy holiday upon us. But who says it has to be all about the sugar and chemicals? My daughter’s class this year made hearts from juice pouches and recycled felt, then sold them to schoolmates, teachers and parents to raise money for a membership in Nature Abounds. And today they’re celebrating with strawberries, apples, […]

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School food with legs: FoodCorps recruiting now

February 11, 2011

Who doesn’t want better school food? (Well, besides these people?) If there’s one food topic that gets heads nodding, it’s that most school kids are being fed government-subsidized junk under the guise of “nutrition.” It’s why we’ve seen such a swell of activism, both grassroots and mainstream. But too often there’s a missing piece. We can’t just give kids better […]

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The ABCs of GMOs:
Alfalfa, bureaucrats and a conversation with a kid

February 5, 2011

Talking GMOs with my 7-year-old: Me: “You know how cows eat grass?” Tess: “Uh, huh.” Me: “Well, some of that grass is made by scientists instead of by nature.” Tess: “How do they make it? Do they rip the plant or give it surgery?” Me: “Kind of. They put genes from bacteria into the grass cells. You remember what genes […]

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