What Should I Eat: Big Environmental Questions and Cutting Edge Cuisine

When you think about an exquisitely prepared multi-course meal served at the famed James Beard House in New York city, feedlot beef and supermarket tomatoes probably aren’t the first ingredients that come to mind. But that’s exactly what was on the menu at a recent dinner hosted by the Breakthrough Institute, an environmental organization based … Continue reading What Should I Eat: Big Environmental Questions and Cutting Edge Cuisine

Spice rack with a variety of brands and types of spices.

Defining Safety: How Safe is Safe?

As a neuroscientist with a research focus in toxicology, I am often asked by friends and family about the safety of household items and beauty products. Safety as a scientific concept is widely misunderstood. In this post, we’ll explore the concept of safety, provide an overview of the categories FDA and EPA use to define … Continue reading Defining Safety: How Safe is Safe?

Produce section at a grocery store in Virginia. Bananas on display are 49 cents a pound for conventional or 69 cents a pound for organic.

The high price of food labels

If you’re like me, grocery shopping is both a pleasure and a struggle. I love to see which fresh produce and fancy cheeses are available! But meal planning is a challenge when your household contains one adventurous vegetarian (that’s me!) and two choosy eaters. Our grocery budget can get a bit out of control as … Continue reading The high price of food labels

Hamburger and fries in a basket lined with a red and white checkered paper.

The Impossible Quest for a Vegan Burger in a Doublemeat-Lovin’ World

A plant-based burger that has the taste and texture of a real burger. These “meats” could help reduce our meat intake, benefiting both our health and the environment. But most veggie burgers lack the fatty flavor of meat. They’re too spongy, dry, grainy—actually, there aren’t enough adjectives to describe the many ways it just doesn’t … Continue reading The Impossible Quest for a Vegan Burger in a Doublemeat-Lovin’ World