Jill Richardson

About Jill Richardson

OtherWords columnist Jill Richardson writes about food, agriculture, the environment, health, tolerance, and well-being. Currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology at University of Wisconsin-Madison, she’s the author of Recipe for America: Why Our Food System is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It.

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Articles by Jill Richardson


A Parenting Priority

May 1, 2013 | Even when the kids complain, you're doing right by them when you cook dinner and eat together.


The Price of Our Fertilizer Addiction

April 24, 2013 | Compared to the lifetime of grieving ahead for the people of West, Texas, a few years of reduced crop yields is a small price to pay for converting from "conventional" to organic farming.


Big Ag’s Legal Engineering

April 10, 2013 | Just because Monsanto has patents and lobbyists doesn't mean that it should be allowed to wriggle out of our system's checks and balances.


Why I’m a Chick with Chicks

March 27, 2013 | As a visit to my Cluckingham Palace coop proves, small-scale chicken raising is compatible with modern city life.


Eat Your Weeds

March 20, 2013 | The humble dandelion turns out to be a superfood and stinging nettles make a premium pizza topping.


True Colors are to Dye For

March 13, 2013 | Americans should think twice before adding green food coloring to everything from bagels to beer on St. Patrick's Day.


We’re All Guinea Pigs

February 27, 2013 | I don't want to expose the most precious people in my life to an endocrine disruptor.


Lose Your Lawn

February 20, 2013 | Turning your lawn into something more beautiful and useful would save time and money while curbing pollution and water usage.


Another Side of the Immigration Debate

February 13, 2013 | We reap the benefits of cheap farm and meatpacking labor in the form of low-priced food, thanks to the contributions of millions of undocumented workers.


A Better Way to Say I Love You

February 6, 2013 | Most of the roses sold in the United States are grown in Colombia and Ecuador, where they are doused with toxic pesticides.