Gabrielle Blavatsky is a Senior Research and Policy Analyst for GRACE, where she writes about and researches food and agriculture issues, promotes program initiatives and contributes to strategy development and execution. Before joining GRACE, she was the policy associate at Wholesome Wave and head researcher on NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn's FoodWorks initiative. She began her work in the food policy arena in 2008 as farmers' market manager at GrowNYC. She holds a MPA in Public and Non-Profit Management and Policy from New York University and BAs in Political Science and Sociology from University of California, Davis. Originally from San Francisco, Gabrielle now lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
Last month, US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced plans to significantly restructure the US Department of Agriculture - the first reorganization of the agency in 20 years. After the announcement, Perdue argued that the structural change at USDA will "elevate" the rural development agencies. NSAC and other sustainable agriculture groups disagree.
It's shocking to think that even in the richest country in the world, over 300,000 of our elderly Veterans who bravely defended our nation at home and abroad are unable to afford enough food to feed themselves or their families and suffering from diet related diseases. New York and several other states have begun to implement innovative local food programs to help low income Veterans access fresh, healthy food.
On May 11, Dr. Scott Gottlieb was sworn in as the 23rd Commissioner of Food and Drugs. As a medical policy expert and public health advocate, Gottlieb has worn many hats in the federal government over the past decade. Dr. Gottlieb also has many deep ties to the pharmaceutical industry - which he will now be regulating in his role at FDA.
The Senate recently confirmed Sonny Perdue as the next US Secretary of Agriculture. Less than a week into office he's already announced that he's rolling back Michelle Obama's signature initiative to create stricter nutrition standards for school lunches. Is this an indication of what's to come from USDA under the Trump Administration?
Congress will soon hold the first of many hearings to discuss what will be in the 2018 farm bill. If President Trump's skinny budget is any indication of what's to come, there may be a lot of critical food and farm programs cut from the bill. Here are some on the chopping block.
Two of us just came back from the Anti-Hunger Policy Conference in Washington, DC rejuvenated with new information, ideas and strategies. Here are our main takeaways.
The Trump Administration recently implemented a freeze directing agencies to delay all new rules that have yet to be implemented and withdraw any rules that had been sent to the Federal Register. What does this mean for the future of food and farming initiatives Obama completed in his final days?
Are there any companies out there making delicious chocolate the right way, without hurting people or the planet? Thankfully, there are. To learn more about the bright side of the chocolate industry, we reached out to sustainable chocolate pioneer Pierrick Chouard of Vintage Plantations whose artisanal chocolate was developed to help protect small farmers and the environment.
There have been some seriously big changes happening in Washington, DC over the past few weeks. But one thing that won't be changing are the men in charge of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees. What potential impact can agriculture committees and their chairmen have on sustainable food and farming?
President-elect Trump and Congress will have to start sorting through and identifying policy priorities, including food and farm issues. We've pulled together a list of five of the top issues the next administration will have to tackle!
Ninety-five years after Congress passed the Packers and Stockyards Act - a law designed to end abusive practices in the meatpacking industry - the USDA has released a set of rules that will finally make key parts of the law enforceable and will provide protections against unfair, abusive and anti-competitive practices for contract farmers working in the poultry and livestock industry.
Is it possible to raise wild animals like deer, bison, ostrich and alligator on farms in large numbers in a way that is humane and allows the animals to have limited impact on the surrounding environment? We look into wild game farms and their sustainability.
Do you know what common ingredients are native to North America, and which ones aren't? In celebration of indigenous foodways, check out this quiz we put together to test your knowledge of North America's indigenous foods - and up your food literacy game!
Food companies are starting to pay attention to consumers' demands for more humane food. Voters and state governments are also playing an important role in fight against inhumane treatment of farm animals. Read more about what's going on in your state - and what you can do to help.
If all of us in pursuit of #bodygoals were to run out to the grocery store to buy the ingredients we needed to re-create our favorite celebrities' eating habits, what would be the cumulative effect on the planet? We've put together a list of the latest diet trends and each of their environmental impacts.
President Obama recently signed the first national GMO labeling bill into law, preempting existing and future state-level labeling bills like Vermont's bill. So what's the next phase in the GMO labeling fight? And will the new law help consumers get the information they want?