2010: Great Year of Youth-Focused Food Journalism at Change.org

Dear friends and allies,

I'm excited to share with you some of the concrete results from our success in winning the 2010 "Ideas for Change in America" competition on behalf of the idea of "Good Food For All Kids: A Garden at Every School"!

For each of the winning ideas, Change.org committed to provide extra coverage for that issue on their blog. As a result, in 2010 there was a ton of featured attention for the cause of improving young people's food in the Sustainable Food section at www.Change.org. Since March, about 90 stories were posted that centered around this theme! As I review this impressive list of stories, I'm actually happy that the Change.org editors decided to focus broadly on the "Good Food For All Kids" mandate, rather than just writing about school gardens. This decision led to some real dynamism and investigative creativity in their published work!

In addition, after I won, the Change.org staff and I made the decision to focus strategically on helping to achieve the passage of Child Nutrition Reauthorization in Congress. Consequently, a significant number of these stories are focused on CNR. Also, more than 15,000 Change.org members signed a petition supporting the Child Nutrition Act, and more than 1,000 members urged Congress to reform school lunch without cutting future funds to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), aka food stamps. While the bill that passed still included SNAP cuts, President Obama and Congressional leaders have promised to fix these reductions.

I hope you'll take a good look at these stories — many of which reveal important under-reported aspects of the US food system — plus the much vaster wealth of information published at http://food.change.org

Please join me in applauding Sarah Parsons and the rest of the Sustainble Food team at Change.org for a job AMAZINGLY well done!!!

Activists Save D.C.'s Healthy School Food - http://food.change.org/blog/view/activists_save_dcs_healthy_school_food

With Child Nutrition Bill Passed, Let's Fix Food Stamp Cuts - http://food.change.org/blog/view/with_child_nutrition_bill_passed_lets_fix_food_stamp_cuts

D.C. Mayor Puts Healthy School Food on the Chopping Block - http://food.change.org/blog/view/dc_mayor_puts_healthy_school_food_on_the_chopping_block

Victory! House Passes School Lunch Reform Bill - http://food.change.org/blog/view/victory_house_passes_school_lunch_reform_bill

Do Food Dyes Harm Kids? The FDA Finally Wants to Know - http://food.change.org/blog/view/do_food_dyes_harm_kids_the_fda_finally_wants_to_know

Why School Lunch Reform Must Pass This Week - http://food.change.org/blog/view/why_school_lunch_reform_must_pass_this_week

"Nourish" Campaign Targets the Next Generation of Foodies - http://food.change.org/blog/view/nourish_campaign_targets_the_next_generation_of_foodies

American Chemistry Council Lobbies to Keep BPA in Baby Bottles - http://food.change.org/blog/view/american_chemistry_council_lobbies_to_keep_bpa_in_baby_bottles

Can Thousands of Paper Plates Push Congress to End Child Hunger? - http://food.change.org/blog/view/can_thousands_of_paper_plates_push_congress_to_end_child_hunger

Fast Food Marketing Aimed at Kids Is Stronger than Ever - http://food.change.org/blog/view/fast_food_marketing_aimed_at_kids_is_stronger_than_ever

Victory! San Francisco Bans Toys in Unhealthy Kids' Meals - http://food.change.org/blog/view/victory_san_francisco_bans_toys_in_unhealthy_kids_meals

Scholastic Gives Kids Free Books for Drinking Sugar-Filled Beverages - http://food.change.org/blog/view/scholastic_gives_kids_free_books_for_drinking_sugar-filled_beverages

Kids' Nutrition Classes Brought to You by…McDonald's? - http://food.change.org/blog/view/kids_nutrition_classes_brought_to_you_bymcdonalds

"Renegade Lunch Lady" Aims to Put a Salad Bar in Every School - http://food.change.org/blog/view/renegade_lunch_lady_aims_to_put_a_salad_bar_in_every_school

Cancer, Hyperactivity, and Allergies May Lurk in Trick-or-Treat Bags- http://food.change.org/blog/view/cancer_hyperactivity_and_allergies_may_lurk_in_trick-or-treat_bags

Stealth Health: Tricking Kids Into Eating Better at School - http://food.change.org/blog/view/stealth_health_tricking_kids_into_eating_better_at_school

American Kids: The Chemical Industry's Guinea Pigs - http://food.change.org/blog/view/american_kids_the_chemical_industrys_guinea_pigs

Flying Pigs Farm Schools Urban Food Leaders in Sustainable Agriculture - http://food.change.org/blog/view/flying_pigs_farm_schools_urban_food_leaders_in_sustainable_agriculture

One-Quarter of the Foods Kids Eat Contain Pesticides - http://food.change.org/blog/view/one-quarter_of_the_foods_kids_eat_contain_pesticides

Chicago Kids Reap What They Sow, but Can't Eat It - http://food.change.org/blog/view/chicago_kids_reap_what_they_sow_but_cant_eat_it

Should We Be Buying Our Produce from a Vending Machine?- http://food.change.org/blog/view/should_we_be_buying_our_produce_from_a_vending_machine

Join the Virtual Rally to Reform School Lunch - http://food.change.org/blog/view/join_the_virtual_rally_to_reform_school_lunch

5 Ways Parents Can Reform School Food Overnight - http://food.change.org/blog/view/5_ways_parents_can_reform_school_food_overnight

Where Are All the Young, Hot Farmers? - http://food.change.org/blog/view/where_are_all_the_young_hot_farmers

Washington, D.C. Schools Serve Suppers to Hungry Kids - http://food.change.org/blog/view/washington_dc_schools_serve_suppers_to_hungry_kids

National School Lunch Week and the Chocolate Milk War - http://food.change.org/blog/view/national_school_lunch_week_and_the_chocolate_milk_war

Kids Get Nearly Half of Their Calories from Junk Food - http://food.change.org/blog/view/kids_get_nearly_half_of_their_calories_from_junk_food

The Secret to Getting Kids to Eat Their Veggies - http://food.change.org/blog/view/the_secret_to_getting_kids_to_eat_their_veggies

Toys in Kids' Meals Contribute to a Public Health Crisis - http://food.change.org/blog/view/toys_in_kids_meals_contribute_to_a_public_health_crisis

Bullies Pick on Kids with Food Allergies, Study Shows - http://food.change.org/blog/view/bullies_pick_on_kids_with_food_allergies_study_shows

11-Year-Old Boy Uncovers What's Wrong with America's Food System - http://food.change.org/blog/view/11-year-old_boy_uncovers_whats_wrong_with_americas_food_system

5 Ideas that Revolutionize School Lunch - http://food.change.org/blog/view/5_ideas_that_revolutionize_school_lunch

Japanese Schools Serve Kids Mercury-Filled Whale Meat - http://food.change.org/blog/view/japanese_schools_serve_kids_mercury-filled_whale_meat

First Lady's "Let's Move" Plan May Fail Without School Lunch Reform - http://food.change.org/blog/view/first_ladys_lets_move_plan_may_fail_without_school_lunch_reform

McDonald's a "Resource" for Childhood Obesity Awareness Month - http://food.change.org/blog/view/mcdonalds_a_resource_for_childhood_obesity_awareness_month

Won't Anyone Restrict Junk Food Advertising to Kids? Anyone at All? - http://food.change.org/blog/view/wont_anyone_restrict_junk_food_advertising_to_kids_anyone_at_all

Happy National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month - http://food.change.org/blog/view/happy_national_childhood_obesity_awareness_month

Back-to-School Special: Free, Gross, Fattening Lunches - http://food.change.org/blog/view/back-to-school_special_free_gross_fattening_lunches

The Great Chocolate Milk Debate - http://food.change.org/blog/view/the_great_chocolate_milk_debate

Mysterious "Mrs. Q" Aims to Reform School Lunch by Eating It - http://food.change.org/blog/view/mysterious_mrs_q_aims_to_reform_school_lunch_by_eating_it

A" is for Apple Juice with Arsenic? - http://food.change.org/blog/view/a_is_for_apple_juice_with_arsenic

Back to School in "the Mother of All School Greenhouses" - http://food.change.org/blog/view/back_to_school_in_the_mother_of_all_school_greenhouses

Obesity, Bisphenol-A, and 7-Year-Old Girls With Breasts - http://food.change.org/blog/view/obesity_bisphenol-a_and_7-year-old_girls_with_breasts

How Popeye Can Combat America's Childhood Obesity Epidemic - http://food.change.org/blog/view/how_popeye_can_combat_americas_childhood_obesity_epidemic

Michelle Obama Says: Time is Running Out to Reform School Lunch - http://food.change.org/blog/view/michelle_obama_says_time_is_running_out_to_reform_school_lunch

Junk Food May Give Your Kids ADHD - http://food.change.org/blog/view/junk_food_may_give_your_kids_adhd

Do Prisoners Eat Better than School Children? - http://food.change.org/blog/view/do_prisoners_eat_better_than_school_children

School Lunch Provider Sodexo Caught With Hand in Cookie Jar - http://food.change.org/blog/view/school_lunch_provider_sodexo_caught_with_hand_in_cookie_jar

Michelle Obama and Shirley Sherrod Address Food and Race - http://food.change.org/blog/view/michelle_obama_and_shirley_sherrod_address_food_and_race

Major League Baseball Players Want to Make Your Kids Healthier - http://food.change.org/blog/view/major_league_baseball_players_want_to_make_your_kids_healthier

Kellogg's and Otis Spunkmeyer Decide What Your Kids Eat at School - http://food.change.org/blog/view/kelloggs_and_otis_spunkmeyer_decide_what_your_kids_eat_at_school

A Year of School Lunch for $28? - http://food.change.org/blog/view/a_year_of_school_lunch_for_28

Should We Fix Kids' Obesity Problems Through Surgery? - http://food.change.org/blog/view/should_we_fix_kids_obesity_problems_through_surgery

Why Every School Should Have a Garden - http://food.change.org/blog/view/why_every_school_should_have_a_garden

It's Time to Stop Hawking Junk Food to Kids - http://food.change.org/blog/view/its_time_to_stop_hawking_junk_food_to_kids

Florida Doesn't Care About Food Safety for Children, Sick People, or the Elderly - http://food.change.org/blog/view/florida_doesnt_care_about_food_safety_for_children_sick_people_or_the_elderly

Congress: Bringing Kids Gross Lunches Since 1973 - http://food.change.org/blog/view/congress_bringing_kids_gross_lunches_since_1973

Cartoon Characters Are Making Your Kids Fat - http://food.change.org/blog/view/cartoon_characters_are_making_your_kids_fat

Marion Nestle Says Prisoners' Educational Gardening Program is Democracy in Action - http://food.change.org/blog/view/marion_nestle_says_prisoners_garden_is_democracy_in_action

Call on Congress to Feed Needy Kids All Year Long - http://food.change.org/blog/view/call_on_congress_to_feed_needy_kids_all_year_long

Why Is the Media Blaming Working Moms for Making Kids Fat? - http://food.change.org/blog/view/why_is_the_media_blaming_working_moms_for_making_kids_fat

Can Sugar-Packed Milks Be Considered "Healthy"? - http://food.change.org/blog/view/can_sugar-packed_milks_be_considered_healthy

City Council Passes D.C. Healthy Schools Act - http://food.change.org/blog/view/city_council_passes_dc_healthy_schools_act

Tony Geraci's Great Kids Farm Teaches Baltimore Students About Sustainable Agriculture - http://food.change.org/blog/view/tony_geracis_great_kids_farm_teaches_baltimore_students_about_sustainable_agriculture

Curbing Obesity Takes More Than School Lunch Reform - http://food.change.org/blog/view/curbing_obesity_takes_more_than_school_lunch_reform

USDA Helps Old Farmers Pass the Pitchfork to New Farmers - http://food.change.org/blog/view/usda_helps_old_farmers_pass_the_pitchfork_to_new_farmers

Government Cracks Down on Organic Farming Internships - http://food.change.org/blog/view/government_cracks_down_on_organic_farming_internships

Fatty Foods Chef Paula Deen Heads Up Kids Cooking Program - http://food.change.org/blog/view/fatty_foods_chef_paula_deen_heads_up_kids_cooking_program

Fertilizer Residue in Drinking Water Kills Babies - http://food.change.org/blog/view/fertilizer_residue_in_drinking_water_kills_babies

Why Are Kansan Girls Gaining Weight Faster than Everyone Else? - http://food.change.org/blog/view/why_are_kansan_girls_gaining_weight_faster_than_everyone_else

Study Links Pesticide Exposure with ADHD in Children - http://food.change.org/blog/view/study_links_pesticide_exposure_with_adhd_in_children

Can Local Chefs Help Kids Eat Healthier? - http://food.change.org/blog/view/can_local_chefs_help_kids_eat_healthier

Beverage Association Rep Says Soda Hydrates Kids - Nutritionists Cringe - http://food.change.org/blog/view/beverage_association_rep_says_soda_hydrates_kids_-_nutritionists_cringe

Michelle Obama's Childhood Obesity Plan is a Solid Roadmap - http://food.change.org/blog/view/michelle_obamas_childhood_obesity_plan_is_a_solid_roadmap

Students Take Action: The Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive - http://food.change.org/blog/view/students_take_action_the_cooperative_food_empowerment_directive

Farm to School Program: Where There's A Will, There's A Way - http://food.change.org/blog/view/farm_to_school_program_where_theres_a_will_theres_a_way

Toys Banned from Kids' Meals - http://food.change.org/blog/view/toys_banned_from_kids_meals

No Processed Food at this School - http://food.change.org/blog/view/no_processed_food_at_this_school

Prisons Are Cultivating a New Generation of Farmers - http://food.change.org/blog/view/prisons_are_cultivating_a_new_generation_of_farmers

Rise Up, Young Farmers! - http://food.change.org/blog/view/rise_up_young_farmers

Government Rules for Marketing Food to Kids: Nanny State or Cop on the Beat? - http://food.change.org/blog/view/government_rules_for_marketing_food_to_kids_nanny_state_or_cop_on_the_beat

Can Soda Taxes and Vending Bans Help Kids' Health? - http://food.change.org/blog/view/can_soda_taxes_and_vending_bans_help_kids_health

Are the "Food Revolution" Kids Junk Food Junkies? - http://food.change.org/blog/view/are_the_food_revolution_kids_junk_food_junkies

'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' Gives Hope, Begets Ranting - http://food.change.org/blog/view/jamie_olivers_food_revolution_gives_hope_begets_ranting

Fighting Childhood Obesity - http://food.change.org/blog/view/fighting_childhood_obesity

Three Cheers for the Healthy School Meals Act - http://food.change.org/blog/view/three_cheers_for_the_healthy_school_meals_act

Strange Bedfellows: Obesity and School Lunch - http://food.change.org/blog/view/strange_bedfellows_obesity_and_school_lunch

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