Jane Black
Jane Black is a New York-based journalist who covers food politics, trends and sustainability issues. Her column, Smarter Food, appears monthly in the Washington Post and her work appears regularly in the New York Times, the Atlantic, and New York magazine. She is currently at work on a book about one West Virginia town’s struggle build a healthier food culture and whether the food “revolution” can cross geographical, cultural and class boundaries.

Revenge of the lunch lady

In the fall of 2009, the British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver arrived in Huntington, West Virginia, which had recently been named the unhealthiest city in America. Huntingtonians were suffering in record numbers from diabetes and heart disease. They were being destroyed by the mountains of burgers and fries and nuggets that filled their restaurants, schools,… » Read More

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SNAP Judgment

Last winter a delegation of high-profile nutritionists made the rounds of D.C. lawmakers to discuss ways to improve the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps. One of their proposals: Could SNAP explore limiting the types of food that recipients can buy with their federal benefits? A state or city might ban chips or cookies,… » Read More

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