Food Politics: How Did Your Legislator Vote in 2013?

Food Politics: How Did Your Legislator Vote in 2013?
Californians have a new tool to track what their legislators in Sacramento are doing for better, healthier food systems. The California Food Policy Council just released their report for 2013, tracking 10 of the most critical proposed food system-related bills. A quick scan shows how each legislator voted across the plank of food bills, increasing… Read more »

Why Soda-Tax Battles Matter in the Fight Against Obesity

Why Soda-Tax Battles Matter in the Fight Against Obesity
A recent op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle lines up the scientific reasons why sugary beverages are linked to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other health concerns. The quick snapshot is that soda and other sugary drinks deliver huge quantities of glucose and fructose directly to our bloodstream, overloading our pancreas and liver. Fructose gets… Read more »

Help Us Remake Our Food System to Distribute Health, not Concentrate Wealth

Help Us Remake Our Food System to Distribute Health, not Concentrate Wealth
Our Executive Director, Martin Bourque, is sharing this message with our community of friends and supporters this month. We are honored to be a part of this community, to share this vision and to work toward a more healthy and just future. The winter holidays are advertised as a time of abundance: shopping carts full… Read more »

San Francisco Proposes Soda Tax for 2014 Ballot, to Fund Nutrition Education and Public Health

San Francisco Proposes Soda Tax for 2014 Ballot, to Fund Nutrition Education and Public Health
Two San Francisco Supervisors are moving forward a 2014 ballot measure to put a 2 cents per ounce tax on sodas. The soda and beverage industry is paying attention and has started to respond, setting up for a David-and-Goliath battle in the 2014 election. The tax, which would add up to 24 cents per can… Read more »

What’s on Our Menu: Policies to Lead By

What's on Our Menu: Policies to Lead By
The Ecology Center is perhaps best known for our local, service-oriented work. But as we’ve created infrastructure and piloted projects, we have frequently found ourselves at government’s door, advocating for policy changes that would stop harmful practices and allow our positive, local solutions to scale up. Even in this jaded age of low government expectations,… Read more »