Stories by Ari LeVaux

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

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.

Posted on: Oct 11, 2010, Source: AlterNet

A pioneering farm organization in Montana has found a way to help troubled youth and grow community.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The owner of the Heart Attack Grill considers himself a leader in the healthy eating rebellion and the development of shameless cholesterol bombs like KFC's Double Down.

Posted on: Jul 20, 2010, Source: AlterNet

A partnership between an Indian tribe and Whole Foods almost made grass-fed beef a reality for many consumers, except there's one big problem.

Posted on: Jun 22, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Most labels on poultry and eggs mean whatever the producer or vendor decides. Here's how to figure out what's what.

Posted on: May 13, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Just because 'organic' is in the name, don't be fooled by the ingredients.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2010, Source: AlterNet

In the focus on E. coli and salmonella, meat contaminated by heavy metals, veterinary drugs and pesticides has been slipping through the bureaucratic cracks.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The more a meal's story is known, the more meaning it has, and being able to mentally picture where something came from enriches the experience of eating it.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Placentovores believe the placenta is full of nutrients, hormones and other goodies. And now you can choose to enjoy one in anything from capsules to pizza.

Posted on: Mar 1, 2010, Source: AlterNet

A great way to explore the edible subterranean spectrum of roots is by making a brunoise, using a mix of carrot, beet, turnip, radish, parsnip, celeriac, taro and yam.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2010, Source: AlterNet

A new ruling closes several loopholes that mega-dairies have been using to exploit the organic market with milk from farms that hardly resemble real organic farms.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2010, Source: AlterNet

You want your creation to be as full of significance as flavor, as surprising as it is sweet and sexy.

Posted on: Feb 8, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Big Ag is at fault for the nation's food-borne illness outbreaks -- but a raft of pending food safety legislation unfairly penalizes smaller producers.

Posted on: Dec 27, 2009, Source: AlterNet

In the battle between Big Ag and Small Food there were notable victories on either side.

Posted on: Nov 12, 2009, Source: AlterNet

If and when lab-grown meat begins filling the processed-food troughs of the masses, will the Oscar Mayer wiener-eaters of the world even notice?

Posted on: Oct 19, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Companies have fortified their products with synthetic versions of certain fatty acids associated with brain development. But evidence shows it may be making children sick.

Posted on: Sep 6, 2009, Source: AlterNet

A mutant protein linked to major diseases has invaded the world's dairy supply, including, most likely, the jug of milk in your fridge.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2009, Source: AlterNet

This new site not only provides a way to swap food, but is becoming a social networking hot spot for foodies.

Posted on: Aug 7, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Recent studies indicate cutting your diet by 30 percent of what you're supposed to eat can extend your life, but living longer isn't everything.

Posted on: Jul 21, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Despite what the food pyramid says, we don't need milk after we're babies. Maybe it's time to wean ourselves from cows and grow up.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Since Dean Foods acquired Silk it has ditched support of domestic organic farms.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The first garden has spurred a race to plant flags on other high-profile plots and lay claim to various other gardening firsts.

Posted on: Apr 6, 2009, Source: AlterNet

There's been a lot of hype about a few new food bills. And while most of it is conspiracy theory there are some reasons to be alarmed.

Posted on: Mar 16, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Faced with a fast food system that's bad for people and bad for the planet, we still need to be in solidarity with those who grow our food.

Posted on: Jan 14, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Gardening season starts when you open your first seed catalog in the dead of winter -- which means right now.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Vilsack's endorsement by big enviros and his vilification by food and small farms groups is not surprising. His record requires close examination.

Posted on: Dec 15, 2008, Source: AlterNet

As someone who eats organic and knows what a CSA is, foodies have high hopes for Obama challenging Big Ag.

Posted on: Oct 30, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The FDA may be taking the public, and nature, down a dangerous path.