About the blog

Kids are cute and funny and they smell like rainbows. I get that. But they’re also smart. Scary smart. Smart enough to understand how food choices affect their bodies and the environment. It’s not enough to feed our kids real, healthful food. We need to teach them why we’re doing it. Children need tools to make good choices even after we stop filling their plates. And they need parents and other advocates to speak out against a prevailing but deeply flawed food culture that spoonfeeds kids and hopes we won’t notice.

I’m convinced that food is a fundamental issue of our time, radically affecting children’s health, behavior and well-being, and, frankly, the continued existence of the planet. This blog is my attempt to further the conversation. I share my personal experiences raising my young daughter, as well as ideas, tools and resources. I also report on related news, research and issues. I hope you’ll join the discussion.

About me

My name is Christina Le Beau, and I’m a longtime journalist who worked for newspapers for 10 years before going solo as a freelance writer. In my reporter days, I covered business and health care, honing a research obsession, geekworthy interest in details and low tolerance for bull. As a freelancer, I still cover business, particularly eco and activist entrepreneurs. Other favorite topics: food literacy, food advocacy, food politics, sustainable agriculture, progressive education, road-tripping and road-schooling, and living smaller and slower.

Some of the places my work has appeared: American Gardener, BusinessWeek, Crain’s Chicago Business, Edible Finger Lakes, Entrepreneur, Kiwi, Metropolis, New York Organic News (NOFA-NY), New York Times, Parade, Preservation, Rochester Magazine, Salon, the Smart Set, Upstate Gardeners’ Journal, Vegetarian Times, Wall Street Journal and Working Mother.

I live in Rochester, in the Finger Lakes region of New York, where I’m active in the sustainable-food community, including serving on the advisory board of the South Wedge Farmers Market.

For more insight into who I am and why I blog, check out this Q & A with our regional parenting magazine.

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Unless otherwise noted, all content on this blog is copyrighted and owned by me, so please, play nice. Links are great, obviously. Excerpts are, too, so long as full and clear credit is given, along with a link back to Spoonfed. For any uses beyond this, please contact me.


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1 Trina March 17, 2010 at 1:03 pm

So excited to be seeing something like this! I will be a regular looking for insight on how to continually educate my daughter about healthy food choices! Thank you!!


2 Christina March 17, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Thanks so much for visiting! My next post will be up later today. Looking forward to having you be part of the discussion.


3 Julie, tru salon March 21, 2010 at 9:43 am

Congrats!!!! Looks great!


4 Christina March 21, 2010 at 10:53 am

Thanks so much. I appreciate that you stopped by!


5 treen March 24, 2010 at 11:51 pm

I came across your blog today while doing a Google search about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution show (my husband and I adore Jamie Oliver – we would own every single one of his cookbooks if we could afford it). Excellent blog concept – I’m putting it in my Google Reader! You don’t indicate what state you’re in … our family recently moved on a job transfer from Washington DC to the fattest state in the Union, good ol’ Mississippi. Let me tell you, there is a WORLD of difference between the food selection in DC compared to here. It’s mind-boggling.


6 Christina March 25, 2010 at 11:57 pm

So glad you found the blog! I’m in western New York, and we’re fortunate to have not only thriving local agriculture, but also excellent grocery stores. I know it would be a lot harder to make the choices we do without those resources, so I really admire your commitment. I look forward to seeing you again and hearing your thoughts about the show.


7 Eva March 27, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Just came across your blog vis fooducate and love it. Thanks!


8 Christina March 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Thanks, Eva. I look forward to seeing you again.


9 Amy May 7, 2010 at 7:53 am

Great to meet you last night at the 2 Angry Moms viewing. Wonderful blog!!


10 Christina May 7, 2010 at 7:58 am

Great meeting you, as well. Hope to see you here again!


11 Elizabeth Bares June 25, 2010 at 9:48 am

Very cool blog. My sister lives in Rochester and we cannot wait to eat at The Owl House!


12 Christina June 25, 2010 at 10:00 am

Thanks for checking out the blog. Your farm-to-table program sounds great!


13 Cordelia June 29, 2010 at 11:22 am

I would love to “fan” you on Facebook-will you have a page there soon?


14 Christina June 29, 2010 at 1:34 pm

This is becoming a frequent request… so I’m thinking I must! Probably not right away, but I’ll definitely add it to my priority list. Thanks for asking, and thanks for visiting.


15 Erica September 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Hi! Just an fyi that I linked to your very thoughtful blog on my fb page. Love your insights.

Best wishes.


16 Christina September 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Well, thanks, Erica. So nice to find another kindred spirit.


17 David Goldbeck November 17, 2010 at 5:36 pm

This is one of the better (political) food blogs. You have to stay on top of those rascals.

We are getting some referred trafic from you, but can’t find the link. Perhaps it for our “Healthy Highways: The Traveler’s Guide to Healthy Eating.” Thanks

Healthy Trails,
David Goldbeck


18 Christina November 17, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Thanks, David. And yes, I mentioned “Healthy Highways” in this post: Real food on the road. That book has saved many a road trip!


19 Alison June 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Hey Christina – a fellow food loving Rochesterian here! Fun to find other like-minded local foodies. I’ll keep my eye peeled for you at the SWFM!


20 Christina June 26, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Alison, a belated hello back to you. And yes, always great to find a fellow Rochesterian with food on the brain and the SWFM on the itinerary. Look forward to seeing you around here and there.


21 Meridith December 6, 2011 at 11:17 am

Thank you so much for this site. It’s time to start educating our kids about food, real food, and it starts right from birth. It’s time to take a stand and refuse the same old same old just because it’s easier or the norm. It’s time to prioritize our health BEFORE we suffer from an illness and damage our bodies.


22 Kara May 23, 2012 at 9:48 am

I just found your site and I love love love it! I also live in Rochester and have a young daughter who will soon be starting school so your posts about school lunches and how to advocate for better options are very inspiring. Thank you for offering such a great resource!


23 Marietta June 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Well, I can understand your concerns about selling cookies once a girl scout, and cookie sale is the biggest fundraise event in girl scouts, but I think you are beefing mislead on what girl scouts is about. I do have a troop and nobody is required to sell cookies. You can sell Fall Products and you can organize any type of fundraising you want. Don’t diminish the purpose of girl scouts because of your food preference.


24 Rosa February 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Great blog!


25 Liz f September 4, 2013 at 6:40 pm

This is so great! Thanks for blogging on this subject… I agree with you 100%!!


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