Vanessa Barrington

Vanessa Barrington is a San Francisco based writer and communications consultant specializing in environmental, social, and political issues in the food system.
Wake Up to the (Secret) Farm Bill
Wake Up to the (Secret) Farm Bill

The Super Committee and the Secret Farm Bill. If the words “Farm Bill” make your eyes glaze over and your head start bobbing, you’re not alone, but slap yourself awake because the Farm Bill is not just for farmers; it’s for all eaters. And it matters.

Easy Tips for Using the Last of Summer’s Produce
Easy Tips for Using the Last of Summer’s Produce

Fun ways to ensure a waste-free harvest season. It’s a sad fact that nearly 50% of the food we grow goes to waste. Some of that is wasted in the fields, after harvest, and some in distribution. Out of the food that actually makes it to the store, we, as […]

12 Umami Boosting Secrets to Making Vegan and Vegetarian Fare Tasty
12 Umami Boosting Secrets to Making Vegan and Vegetarian Fare Tasty

 Umami, known as the fifth taste, is what makes certain foods savory and deeply flavorful. When you taste something with complex layers of flavor that fill the mouth and satisfy the soul, it’s likely you’re tasting umami. Umami is famously present in many animal products including cheeses, aged meats like […]

Fit to Eat: News from the Food World – Marketing and Advertising Edition
Fit to Eat: News from the Food World – Marketing and Advertising Edition

ColumnAdvertising tricks from the food world. In this edition of Fit to Eat, we’re focusing on advertising and marketing: the good, the bad, the ugly and some gray areas in between. The very bad form award goes to one well-known seafood chain using the prospect of ocean species extinction as […]

Field to Flake: How Breakfast Cereal is Made
Field to Flake: How Breakfast Cereal is Made

ColumnHow processed is it? While sleepily shaking your cereal flakes into a bowl, and absently pouring the milk over them, have you ever stopped to think, just before taking a big, slurpy bite, “How is this stuff made?” If you went ahead and took the time to find out, you’d […]

How to Eat: 14 Greatest Hits from The Green Plate
How to Eat: 14 Greatest Hits from The Green Plate

ColumnOur top columns on how to eat ethically. Whether you’re new to Ecosalon, or just beginning to navigate the choppy waters of ethical eating, you’ll find the following 14 links instructive in helping you eat (and live) both well and deliciously. 1. How to Cook Despite your best intentions, do […]

The Best Superfoods Are the Ones Growing in Your Garden
The Best Superfoods Are the Ones Growing in Your Garden

ColumnReaders tell us what they’re growing in their summer gardens. As a fun way to look at what’s in season across the country and in other parts of the world, we took this month’s Seasonal Superfoods on the road. We asked our readers via Facebook and Twitter what they’re growing, […]

Hunger Pains: 6 Million Americans Struggle to Eat
Hunger Pains: 6 Million Americans Struggle to Eat

ColumnCould you eat on $4 a day? There are more people on Food Stamps, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), than ever before in the United States. As of May, 45,753,078 Americans were enrolled in SNAP, an increase of over 60% since the recession began in April 2008 and a […]