Stories by Ari LeVaux

Ari LeVaux writes a syndicated weekly food column, Flash in the Pan. subscribe to Ari LeVaux's feed

Posted on: Jul 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Salvaging food that would have gone unharvested could help feed the hungry and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Posted on: Feb 27, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Does she finally have the answer?

Posted on: Feb 6, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Skeptics of GM food need to understand that genetic manipulation isn't an unholy act.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A big-time player in the organic food world just scooped up the nation's leading producer of organic produce.

Posted on: Nov 20, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Two months after publication, "Grain Brain" is already a bestseller, and many people are wondering if they should take drastic dietary action.

Posted on: Sep 4, 2013, Source: AlterNet

New research identifies a correlation between diversity of gut microflora and obesity, heart disease and cancer.

Posted on: Jul 25, 2013, Source: AlterNet

David Freedman argues that the most efficient way to solve the obesity crisis, especially among the poor, is to improve the quality of fast food. Is he right?

Posted on: Feb 1, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Recent studies suggest that the benefits of breakfast are not so simple.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2012, Source: AlterNet

This campaign is shaping up to be more about the place of money in politics and the power of television marketing—not to mention the advantages of breaking federal law—than the value of GMO labels.

Posted on: Aug 30, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Intriguing new research shows that it isn't only cows who can pack on the pounds from unnecessary antibiotic use.

Posted on: Aug 10, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is engaged in a turf war over the right to give nutritional advice -- and sell it to the highest bidder.

Posted on: Aug 2, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Letting food sit at room temp and become colonized by airborne microorganisms runs counter to everything we know about food safety.

Posted on: Jul 1, 2012, Source: AlterNet

My current perch in Placitas, New Mexico feels like a front-row seat to the apocalypse.

Posted on: May 1, 2012, Source: AlterNet

To look at many cookbooks, you'd think olive oil and canola oil were identical twins separated at birth. But here are some differences.

Posted on: Mar 16, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Processed meats like hot dogs, baloney and chicken nuggets seem, on the surface, no less icky than pink slime. And here's why they could be even worse.

Posted on: Mar 7, 2012, Source: AlterNet

If approved AquAdvantage would be the first GE animal greenlighted for human consumption.

Posted on: Feb 8, 2012, Source: AlterNet

An opinion piece in the journal Nature suggests ways the government could regulate added sugar, including a sugar tax, distribution controls and age limits.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2012, Source: AlterNet

In addition to labor issues, chocolate plantations can be responsible for deforestation. But it can also be empowering to farmers and relatively healthy for the environment.

Posted on: Jan 11, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Yet another reason to test GMOs for safety.

Posted on: Dec 16, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Here's a look at what (sometimes baffling) stories Americans found most compelling and several important ones they missed.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2011, Source: AlterNet

An estimated 60 to 70 percent of processed foods contains genetically modified organisms, but unlike 50 other countries, the US doesn't require labeling.

Posted on: Sep 23, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Private investment firms are betting on hunger, and their reasoning, unfortunately, is sound.

Posted on: Aug 29, 2011, Source: AlterNet

An entire subculture is looking at the very, very distant past for a healthier approach to food.

Posted on: Aug 7, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The government is powerless over corporate criminals like Cargill, but is instead cracking down on small businesses selling healthy food to willing consumers.

Posted on: Jul 29, 2011, Source: AlterNet

How one farmer had to break a no-kill promise to his flock.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The former adversaries will jointly seek federal legislation based on their agreement to increase animal welfare standards on egg farms.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2011, Source: AlterNet

While there's some good news when it comes to fruit and vegetables, the new guidelines seem tailored to encourage maximum dairy industry profitability.

Posted on: May 27, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Seeds provide the kind of security to agriculture-oriented people that gold provides to the money-minded.

Posted on: May 12, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Wild seafood is wrought with environmental, ethical, economic, and health implications. But the sardine poses a solution to each of these problems.

Posted on: Apr 29, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Anybody who's ever "listened to their gut" when making important decisions might be satisfied to learn of the biochemical evidence for the mind/belly connection.

Posted on: Mar 24, 2011, Source: AlterNet

For the sake of argument let's consider how it might look if industrial agriculture becomes the path humanity chooses to feed itself.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Even as the Obama administration is starting to look like the Monsanto administration, we can still fight back.

Posted on: Jan 28, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The USDA ruled that farmers are now free to plant GE alfalfa, and USDA won't even keep track of who plants it where. The implications are huge.

Posted on: Dec 29, 2010, Source: AlterNet

All too often it's the companies playing the "natural" card that are doing the most unnatural things to your food.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2010, Source: AlterNet

A recent poll showed that most people thought the top three food stories of the year were all about food safety -- but there are many more that made our list.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Small farmers and their supporters are pitted against the large food factories. And the factory farmers have an unlikely ally: the food safety crowd.

Posted on: Nov 12, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Urbane Development works to bring fresh produce and other healthy foods to small stores in underserved communities like Detroit, Newark, and South Philadelphia.

Posted on: Nov 10, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The organization is working to shed its image as a pleasure-based club of a privileged few who have the time to linger for hours at the dining table.

Posted on: Oct 21, 2010, Source: AlterNet

It may seem out of character for Walmart to act as an agent for positive change, but the only thing really out of character would be to knowingly undermine its bottom line.