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I watched Michael Pollan’s new fantasy “In Defense of Food” so you don’t have to.

When I first spotted the January issue of Bon Appetit peeking out of my mailbox, I steadied myself for endless smoothie recipes and new ways to amuse myself with kale. But this year, the magazine took a different approach called “Healthy-ish,” described as “delicious, comforting home cooking that happens to be kinda …


Would You Rather…? On Being Called Shill, Whore or Sanctimommy

A couple of weeks ago, Salon published a piece I wrote entitled “Stop telling me I’m poisoning my kids”: Food crusaders, sancti-mommies and the rise of entitled eaters. Most of the backlash was the usual anti-GMO stuff, but I was a little surprised to see a minor outcry over my use …


Shame on Moms Across America

“You are poisoning your children,” she yelled before returning to the small crowd gathered on the west lawn of the Capitol for the Food Justice rally in Washington, DC. At the last March Against Monsanto event I attended, I hid in the back. This time I figured it was my turn in the …


#Moms4FactsNotFear — Tell Your Senator You Support GMOs!

NEXT FRIDAY, October 16, Zen Honeycutt and Moms Across America are headed to Washington, DC to take their anti-science agenda of fear to the U.S. Senate. Zen and her dangerous, fear-mongering group, Moms Across America, want our elected officials to believe that they speak for all moms when they reject GMOs and the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling …

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How Planned Parenthood Saved My Life

I have been having sex (both consensual and non-consensual, and with some significant hiatuses) since I was 12 years old. I am now 45. In all that time, I have never had an unplanned pregnancy. I have never had an abortion. What I did have (and might still have) was …


The Gay Agenda* #3: Those Pesky Pronouns

When I was a wee, impressionable child, the BBC and Time-Life Films released the documentary series The Ascent of Man. I became hooked on all things prehistory and travel themed. I read Peter Mathiessen’s The Tree Where Man Was Born. I worked my way through Richard Leakey’s Origins, which won …


Marin School District Goes GMO-Free, Fails Basic Science

Last week, Sausalito Marin City School District became the first in the country to serve 100% GMO-free school lunches. All school lunches will now be fresh, local, organic, seasonal and non-GMO, otherwise known as FLOSN. FLOSN. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? For the past two years, Conscious Kitchen has been serving GMO-free food …

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From Toys to Toilets

As reported here over the weekend, Target has announced that it will remove signage and other culturally enforced color designations in its stores over the next several weeks, presumably in time for a holiday shopping season that will see Lego Friends and Elves moved to the building set aisle where …

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Skepticamp STL – A chance to see the breadth of skepticism in St. Louis

My #atheism tells you what I don't believe. My #skepticism tells you why. My #humanism tells you most important thing- how I treat people. — ajackson (@antitheistangie) March 8, 2012 That’s a quote from a blogger named Angie Jackson, and it has been one of the most important quotes for …


Gwyneth Goes to Washington: 5 Reasons She Wants to Label GMOs

Yesterday, Gwyneth Paltrow passionately urged the Senate to vote against the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. Don’t worry, she came armed with reasons: 1. She’s a mom! When I first became a mother, my sister used to imitate my new mom-centered (read: self-centered) way of thinking by squawking “I’m a mom!” after everything …