Gabrielle Blavatsky

Gabrielle Blavatsky is the research and policy analyst for GRACE's food program, 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.

GIPSA Rules, Designed to Protect Farmers, Released by USDA After 95-Year Wait

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.

Are Wild Game Farms Sustainable?

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.

Five Food Policy Priorities Facing the Next Administration

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!

Can You Guess Which Foods Are Native to North America?

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!

Farm Animal Welfare Is Improving, Thanks to Consumer Demand

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.

Is Your Diet Plan Bad for the Planet?

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.

10 Tips I Learned in Culinary School to Reduce Food Waste

One of the major take-home lessons one of us recently learned in culinary school is that wasting food in the kitchen is wasting money - and absolutely everything and anything that can be re-purposed and re-used in a kitchen will be. Here are ten tricks and tips professional chefs use to reduce food waste, lessen their environmental impact and save money.

Food Policy Round-Up: Spring 2016

With the election drama dominating the news, it's been easy to miss all the exciting action happening in Congress over the past few months. This cheat sheet summarizes the most significant food- and agriculture-related bills Congress has been working on, why they're important and their current status.

GMO Labeling Law Fails in the Senate

After a heated debate, a bipartisan group of senators voted to block the progress of a bill that would have pre-empted genetically engineered food labeling laws in Connecticut, Maine, Alaska and Vermont. A similar bill, known as the DARK Act among opponents, passed the House of Representatives last summer.

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