Category Archives: Food System

Other countries have advised that children not consume Allura Red AC, a common US food coloring additive

allura red AC

Also known as FD&C Red. No. 40 Calcium Lake and FD&C Red. No. 40 Aluminum Lake, Allura Red AC is America’s favorite red. It’s the color of so many unreal foods that, for junk foodies like myself, somehow taste like comfort and joy. Sometimes, when I’m eating candy, I imagine I enjoy it so much because […]

Corn Free: An Interview with Maine writer Caitlin Shetterly regarding her GMO corn protein allergy

Caitlin Shetterly

Caitlin Shetterly is more than a writer from Portland. She’s a writer with a unique ailment who, in ELLE magazine’s August issue, used her communicative abilities to tell her story to a large audience.  In reading Shetterly’s feature, I was impressed with her personal tenacity in seeking relief from her ailment, and though happy she’s […]

Do Mainers want to know about GMOs?

I want to know

Something very important is happening in Maine. It’s in its beginning stages still, but that doesn’t lessen its significance one bit. (Do we ignore toddlers because they’re not full-grown adults yet? Nope.) An Act to Protect Maine Food Consumers’ Right to Know We as Mainers have an opportunity to support a very worthy movement. We […]

Frustration with the Food System: When it comes to food, the numbers upset me

food collage

For the past couple weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of taking a Coursera course titled “Introduction to the U.S. Food System.” I say “pleasure” because this topic is obviously interesting to me and it’s a privilege for me to learn from the good brains of the field, teaching out of the John Hopkins Bloomberg School […]