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Politico Spotlights the Power of Consumer Food Petitions

by Bettina Elias Siegel on July 19, 2014

Just FYI, this weekend’s lead story on Politico, “Food Fight: Consumers Revolt Online,” discusses the ever-growing impact of online petitions in changing our food supply. The story features my successful Change.org petition in 2012 regarding the use of lean, finely textured beef (aka “pink slime”) in school food, and goes on to discuss subsequent petition campaigns on […]

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Some Promising Developments re: Chinese-Processed Chicken

by Bettina Elias Siegel on June 19, 2014

As many of you know, in January of this year I, along with Nancy Huehnergarth and Barbara Kowalcyk, launched a Change.org petition seeking to keep Chinese-processed chicken out of school meals and to prevent China from eventually shipping to the United States its own raw, slaughtered poultry. I became involved in this campaign last August, after stumbling upon a serious misrepresentation […]

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Do House Republicans Now Regret Picking a School Food Fight?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on June 19, 2014

Maybe so. In a piece published on SF Gate earlier this week, Carolyn Lochhead reports that repeated delays in the House on the school food waiver vote indicate to Democrats that: Republicans have concluded they’re on the losing side of the school lunch fight, which has touched off a firestorm in Washington and schools across the country. […]

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Simple Steps to Help #SaveSchoolLunch!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 19, 2014

As I wrote here last week, and as I’ve been telling you for the last few months, many of the important school food reforms of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act are currently at risk of being rolled back.  We fought hard for the passage of those improved school meal standards and changing course just two […]

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This past January, I and two other food advocates, Barbara Kowalcyk and Nancy Huehnergarth, launched a Change.org petition seeking to keep Chinese-processed chicken out of school lunch programs and to prevent the eventual importation of Chinese-raised and slaughtered chicken into this country, due to our concerns over China’s very poor food safety record. Astoundingly, that petition has already […]

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Happy Friday, TLT’ers!  I’m closing out the week with a quick round-up of links of interest: Gail Collins on School Food, Paul Ryan on “Empty Souls” Gail Collins had a great column yesterday in the New York Times on the never-ending politicization of school food, prompted in part by Paul Ryan’s recent (and, dare I say, […]

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The Change.org petition I launched in January with Nancy Huehnergarth and Barbara Kowalcyk, protesting the inclusion of Chinese-processed chicken in school meals, now has over 308,000 signatures.  Clearly a lot of you share our concern about that country’s terrible food safety record. But are we creating a tempest in a teapot?  One refrain we’ve heard since launching […]

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A Lunch Tray Wednesday Buffet!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on February 19, 2014

In the old days on this blog, I’d serve up a “Friday Buffet” of news tidbits that didn’t fit anywhere else.  Today I’m bringing back the Buffet to share these little goodies with you: Update on Chicken Petition First, I wanted to let you know that our petition regarding chicken from China is now at […]

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The details are here. Contact with live poultry infected with H7N9 flu appears to be the main means of transmission of this disease to humans, which has affected over 200 people since last spring, killing over 50. But the CDC’s H7N9 travelers’ advisory also cautions against touching dead animals and eating undercooked meat. Another reason, if you […]

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155,000 Strong Against Chicken From China!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on January 22, 2014

A word to the wise:  don’t start an online petition the same week that your dishwasher breaks and your kids convince you (a former non-dog owner) to adopt a rescue dog!  Needless to say, it’s been a little nuts in my house the past few days. Seriously, though, I do want to apologize for going […]

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