Tracie McMillan
Tracie McMillan is the author of The New York Times bestseller, The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table. She is a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan and a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.

Can Whole Foods Change the Way Poor People Eat?

“Everybody Was Talking About It” A couple of years ago, as winter gave way to spring, Toyoda Ruff began to think about changing how she ate. Ruff had always been heavy, but her son, Tarik, a freshman honor student, had recently crossed the 300-pound mark, prompting Ruff to ferry him to appointments at a children’s weight… » Read More

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Are Stores Making Bank Off Food Stamps?

How much of Walmart’s revenue comes from its shoppers’ food stamps? The store isn’t required to say. But a January Court of Appeals ruling could change that. If the unanimous decision by the Eighth Circuit’s panel of three judges holds, the United States Department of Agriculture will be required to release data indicating exactly how… » Read More

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As Common as Dirt

This story won a 2013 James Beard Foundation Award for excellence in writing in “Food Politics, Policy, and the Environment.” One morning earlier this year, in the borderland town of Brawley, California, 75-year-old Ignacio Villalobos perched on a chair in his trailer, removed a plastic bag from the well of a rubber boot, and finished… » Read More

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