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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
We recently learned four surprising facts about the use of antibiotics in our food system - and we're willing to bet they'll surprise you, too. Read on for some important things to know about antibiotics and our global food system.
Vermont's GMO labeling law goes into effect July 1, 2016. Read more about the specifics of the law, including what foods and beverages are excempt - and how one state's law could impact the entire nation.
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.
This week, we talked to Gus Schumacher, Founding Board Chair of Wholesome Wave, whose inspiring work in government and non-profits has helped to shape the modern farmers' market system in the United States.
Here we chat with Liz Carollo, the Publicity Manager for GrowNYC's Greenmarket, NYC's largest farmer's market organization. Greenmarket turns 40 this year and it's ready to celebrate its incredible growth: from a market with 12 farmers in a parking lot on 59th Street to over 230 farmers at 54 markets throughout the five boroughs!
The growing demand for beef and other meat is negatively impacting tropical rainforests and accelerating climate change. But the good news? There are choices you can make today to help!
A group of North Carolina citizens is claiming that the state's $3 billion pork industry is disposing of hog waste in a way that disproportionately affects communities of color, and that the efforts to address the problem with government officials are being stalled by the pork industry.
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.