Articles

A small selection of writings by Jennifer Grayson:

Speak Out Against False Formula Advertising: An Open Letter to the FDA
The Huffington Post, October 28, 2016
The Food and Drug Administration is considering tougher oversight of infant formula labeling and advertising to ensure that the often misleading “structure/function” claims companies make (“comfort proteins”; “designed to be more like breast milk”) are valid. For the first time ever, it has proposed guidance for industry and asked for public comment. Below is the letter I sent. At the end, find out how you can take action, too. Read more here

‘There Are No Tests’: The Stunning Lack of Medical Support for Breastfeeding Women
The Huffington Post, August 3, 2016
“If you’ve got something wrong with your liver, what would you expect to happen?” asked Professor Peter Hartmann in a soft-spoken Aussie accent. I was video chatting with Hartmann, founder of the Human Lactation Research Group at the University of Western Australia, and inarguably one of the world’s leading authorities on human lactation. He likewise could be called a pioneer in that space. Now in his seventies, he is also professor emeritus and senior honorary research fellow at the university’s School of Chemistry and Biochemistry (read: retired but not really retired). Read more here

Breast milk is best and free, so why is it a luxury for American moms?
Los Angeles Times, July 17, 2016
In an immaculate mid-century spread nestled in the canyons of Beverly Hills, a Hollywood actress plucks her sleepy infant daughter from the co-sleeper bassinet attached to her bed and settles in for a cozy breastfeeding session. Soon, the child’s live-in nurse swoops in to bathe the baby. Read more here

10 Things I Wish I Had Known About Breastfeeding Before I Became a Mom
MindBodyGreen, July 7, 2016
When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I became all too familiar with the now ubiquitous mantra “breast is best.” My nurse-midwife and the American Academy of Pediatrics both recommended that I exclusively breastfeed my firstborn for an initial six months and continue nursing her for a year or beyond — so that’s what I planned to do. Read more here

Is It Time to Stop Talking About the Benefits of Breastfeeding?
The Huffington Post, July 7, 2016
No one but the formula manufacturers themselves had done the research when, thirty-five years ago, on the advice of my pediatrician, my parents chose to feed me Isomil, a soy formula produced by Abbott Laboratories beginning in 1966. Read more here

‘The World’s Oldest Profession’ May Not Be What You Think
The Huffington Post, June 30, 2016
Even before the advent of commercial infant formula, mothers were making personal choices about how to feed their babies. Nearly all children may have been breastfed, but they didn’t necessarily have to be breastfed by their own mothers. Read more here

How I Became an Extended-Breastfeeding, Tandem-Nursing Mother of Two
The Huffington Post, June 22, 2016
In 2012, the May 21 issue of Time magazine hit the newsstands and promptly set off a media firestorm that lasted for weeks and beyond. On its cover, an attractive blonde named Jamie Lynn Grumet breastfed her nearly four-year-old son, who though tall for his age, posed on a stool to latch on. The boy stared back into the camera, breast in mouth, as though he had merely been interrupted helping himself to a glass of chocolate milk from the fridge. Read more here

Flowers may be nice for Mom, but they’re terrible for Mother Earth
The Washington Post, May 7, 2015
How’s this as a gesture of love for the woman who bore you? Chop off the reproductive organ of a plant and send it to her in a box tied up with a pretty bow. Read more here

The Next Green-Tech Town
The Huffington Post, December 22, 2014
More than 300,000 people may have marched in Manhattan last month for a worldwide climate call-to-arms, but evidently we can’t even get it together at the statewide — let alone national — let alone global level. A study released last week by the Georgetown Climate Center shows that less than half of U.S. states are preparing for the coming effects of climate change. Read more here

Can the Massachusetts Food Waste Ban End Hunger?
The Huffington Post, December 1, 2014
When I first started writing this column, I envisioned covering breakthroughs that could enable us to live sustainably on a world inhabited by 7 billion people and rapidly counting. The population predictions then were pointing toward perhaps 10 billion people by century’s end, and that seemed an unfathomable throng of humanity; but a recent study in the journal Science has throttled whatever sense we had of exponential expansion — predicting with 80 percent likelihood that as many as 12.3 billion people will live on earth by the year 2100. Read more here

A Very Low-Tech Way to Stop Water-Wasters
The Huffington Post, November 19, 2014
I live in California, where we’re now entering our fourth consecutive year of a drought so severe you can see it from space. But every morning when I go for a run around my neighborhood in central Los Angeles, I’m struck by the pervasiveness of the drought denial: Kelly green lawns neatly frame each home like it’s the backlot of a suburban sitcom. Errant sprinklers even have the audacity to uselessly spray the concrete as I and my sneakers splash past. Read more here

Will Real Meat Become Obsolete?
The Huffington Post, August 24, 2014
Beef. It’s collectively what’s for dinner. And with chicken and pork and every other kind of meat, it’s increasingly what’s for breakfast and lunch. Worldwide meat consumption has doubled over the past 20 years, and is expected to double again by 2050. Read more here

Bringing NASA Technology Back to Earth
The Huffington Post, July 25, 2014
Harnessing asteroids. Sending humans to Mars. NASA has laid out some pretty sci-fi sounding plans for the next 20 years of space travel, but a more critical mission — at least for the sustainability of human life here on earth — may be the one it launched in Mountain View, California, just over two years ago: The Sustainability Base at the NASA Ames Research Center. Read more here

Ed Begley Jr.’s 10,000-Gallon Solution for Drought
The Huffington Post, May 28, 2014
As one parched Texas town turns to toilets for drinking water, I wonder what the future holds for us here in California — in the midst of one of the worst droughts in the state’s recorded history. The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which provides one third of California’s water, is currently at 18 percent of capacity. With vegetation turning to tinder, the risk of another catastrophic wildfire season is growing. Read more here

House Made of Textiles Will Use the Energy of a Hair Dryer
The Huffington Post, March 20, 2014
Ask me to show you a sustainable house made of fabric, and I’ll show you a tent — or a yurt. Here where I live in Southern California, “green” homes come in three flavors: concrete, reclaimed wood and corrugated steel. (Or a combination of all three, with a generous amount of glass to maximize natural light and bring the outdoors in.) Read more here

A Rooftop Farm, Coming Soon to Your Supermarket
The Huffington Post, February 27, 2014
We Americans, living in the land of fast-food drive-throughs and cardboard tomatoes for some time now, are starting to gain an appreciation for high-quality food. The number of farmers markets in the U.S. has grown by more than 60 percent in the past five years alone. “Farm-to-table” restaurants are now de rigueur in nearly every U.S. city. Read more here

This Is Like Biofeedback for Food Wasters
The Huffington Post, January 28, 2014
On a planet where one in eight people is chronically hungry, it’s an almost unimaginable irony: every year, one-third of the world’s food supply is wasted. Read more here

This Could Be ‘The Future of Urban Transportation’
The Huffington Post, January 14, 2014
The number of people living in cities is expected to double in the next 30 to 40 years. By 2050, seven out of every 10 people living on Earth will call themselves an urbanite. So how will we navigate the throng? Read more here