Lisa Elaine Held
Stories and analysis for smart eaters who care about people and the planet
Created 22 Dec 2020
  • A new generation of food justice leaders
    14 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    Students transplanting. (Photo: Teens for Food Justice) In June of 2019, I visited Brownsville Collaborative Middle School in Brooklyn, where student farmers gave me a tour of a classroom that had bee...
  • Why scientists are monitoring soybeans from space
    07 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    (Image: NASA Harvest) Last week, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sent a new satellite called Landsat 9 into space. And while it didn’t get nearly as much attention as the almo...
  • Does it matter if a few powerful companies control meat?
    30 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    (Source: Union of Concerned Scientists) America’s food supply is like a non-stop variety show for meat eaters. Hillshire Farm deli meats! Jimmy Dean smoked bacon and sausages! Ball Park hot dogs! McDo...
  • A showdown over the future of food
    23 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    (Photo: You know that trope around food having the power to bring people together? Many experts, advocates, farmers, and world leaders believe today’s United Nations Food Systems S...
  • The food system is driving ocean plastic pollution
    16 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    A beach in the Dominican Republic (Photo: Gabriel Ortiz, Ocean Conservancy) According to new data released this week, packaging from food and beverages—including bottles, wrappers, grocery bags, and t...
  • Extra virgin olive oil should make you cough
    09 Sep 2021 • 12 min read • 1 0
    (Photo: Franco Fontana for MANNI oil) Armando Manni is so obsessed with the quality of his extra virgin olive oil, he has researchers at the University of Florence test it every four months to measure...
  • The Peeled guide to better meat
    02 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    (Photo: Brett Jordan on Unsplash) Industrial meat is messy—from the confinement of intelligent animals and the treatment of workers at processing plants to the public health threat posed by antibiotic...
  • A new (lasting?) model for local food equity
    26 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    (All Alkimiah photos: Irena Stein) Five days a week in Baltimore, the Alkimiah team starts cooking at 6:00 a.m. By 10:00 on a recent Tuesday, they had filled hundreds of cardboard takeout containers w...
  • Why aren't major restaurant chains taking action on antibiotics in beef?
    19 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    In July, Wendy’s announced it would end all routine use of medically important antibiotics in its beef supply by the end of 2030. Groups that have been working to push restaurants to adopt more respon...
  • When farms curb water pollution, climate benefits follow
    12 Aug 2021 • 7 min read
    Brubaker Farms in Lancaster County, PA (Photo: Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program on Flickr) Runoff from Midwest farm fields is a major contributor to the annual “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico, and...
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