Jenny Splitter

Writer & Storyteller

Food, science and health writer. Bylines at Washington Post, Thrillist, Slate, Salon, New York Magazine's Science of Us and others. Available for freelance work at jennysplitter@gmail.com

Portfolio

Here's Why American Have Been Drinking Milk Wrong for Centuries
ilk is stuck in a time warp in America. We might be game for goat's milk Brie or Key lime pie-flavored yogurt, but milk? Don't mess with milk. Americans grow up drinking milk....
'Processed Food' Gets an Unfair Bad Rap
"Eat real food" is simple-seeming dietary advice that's actually anything but. On the one hand, it sounds easy enough: Unlike some Goop-approved detox, it's a guideline that...
Perspective | I was determined to have a VBAC, but in the end, it didn't matter
I was in a drugged out, hazy blur the day my son was born. Two days before, I had been diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, and learned I would need to deliver him eight weeks early,...
What Is a GMO?
If you've followed the debate about GMOs with any sort of regularity, there's a strong chance you've come across a picture of a tomato stabbed by a giant syringe. That image,...
Whole Foods Would Look a Lot Different If It Were Science-Based
Whole Foods used to be my idea of grocery heaven. Once upon a time, I shopped at the California Street location in San Francisco - it was light and airy with produce for miles....
My food paranoia wake-up call: The EWG wants us to be afraid of the food we feed our kids -...
When my doctor told me I'd be delivering my baby at 32 weeks, I looked at her like she was crazy. Nothing was ready. Not the crib, not his room, and certainly not me. At the...
Why are we still debating GMOs?
When I saw the new documentary Food Evolution at the D.C. Environmental Film Festival in March, I was surprised to see Michael Pollan and Marion Nestle, two giants of food...
"Stop telling me I'm poisoning my kids": Food crusaders, sancti-mommies and the rise of entitled...
"You are poisoning your children," the woman told me calmly before walking back into the crowd of activists gathered for the Food Justice march this past October in Washington,...
Removing Glyphosate from Our Food Won't Make Us Safer
The most commonly used herbicide in the world is not worse than the things it would be replaced with.
Allergy-Free Peanuts? Not So Fast
My husband and I discovered our daughter's peanut allergy while we were 35,000 feet in the air over Denver. Even though we knew she was allergic to eggs, our allergist had told...
The Truth About These Major GMO Myths
When it comes to diet decisions, there are few things more divisive than the issue of genetically modified organisms, a.k.a. GMOs. These crops, which include ubiquitous...
Could We Label GMOs With Pride Instead of Contempt?
It's hard to imagine a food more polarizing than Soylent, the meal replacement drink created by a 23-year-old engineer who was tired of ramen and dirty dishes. Depending on whom...
Why I Don't Worry About Feeding My Family Organic Food
I used to think organic food was best for my kids, but here's why I changed my mind. I grew up the kid of California health-nut parents, especially my dad who could never figure...
I'm a Pro-Agriculture Progressive. Pruitt's Policies Undermine My Faith in Our Food.
For the past few years, I've been part of a loosely connected group of progressives and conservatives who found common ground on food politics. We support the use of genetic...
The everyday chemicals you actually need to worry about
Demand for products marketed "organic" and "chemical-free" is surging these days, as cautious consumers are worried about chemicals in everything from apples to wrinkle...
Patagonia's New Sustainable Food Film Ignores the Company's Anti-Science GMO Policy
Outdoor gear giant Patagonia has a long history of effectively (if bizarrely) pairing environmentalism with commerce-its famous "don't buy this jacket" campaign led into two...
Getting BRCA testing left me with more questions about cancer risk, not answers
Jenny Splitter is a writer and over-scheduled mom living in Washington, DC. Her favorite things are black coffee, uninterrupted sleep and conversations that have nothing to do...
Everybody Calm The Fuck Down About Your Sunscreen
I was hoping this summer would be a quiet one for sunscreen. Yes, the Environmental Working Group published its annual sunscreen guide, but I figured the staggering amount of...
Eating GMOs, and Loving Every Bite - Serious Eats - Medium
If you pay attention only to the loudest voices sounding off about our agricultural system, you might assume that traditional foodies and fans of food made with genetically...
5 Lessons From a Reformed Sleep Training Fanatic
I remember the moment I became a sleep training fanatic. My son was a year old, and after many failed attempts at straight "CIO," or cry it out, we'd finally found sleep...
Finding Refuge In Judaism As A Feminist Atheist
My childhood synagogue in Santa Cruz, California was the quintessential lefty feminist Jewish experience: our Cantor was a woman who played the guitar, we observed the...
8 Reasons Why Breastfeeding is Overhyped.
I met plenty of moms who despite their efforts couldn't breastfeed, wracked with guilt over their "failure" to give their baby the best start in life. Seeing their pain and...
My Mom's Doctor Said She Was "Just Stressed Out." She Had Cancer.
My mom was in her late forties when she began to develop headaches and stomachaches so severe she sometimes couldn't get out of bed. For months, her doctor kept telling her it...
Top of The Hour: ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar
Where: ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar, 300 Florida Ave. NW; (202) 986-3795; anxodc.com Hours: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Drink specials: Half-off select cider, wine,...
A Different Kind of Food Delivery Connects Diners with Immigrant Chefs
Noobstaa Phillip Vang missed his mother's cooking. He had just moved to D.C. from Minnesota to attend Georgetown's MBA program, and craved the Northern Vietnamese Hmong food...
Urban Agriculture Shifts Tactics Under Trump
Advocates for urban agriculture are nervous these days. President Donald Trump has said little about his agriculture policy plans, his Agriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue...

Storytelling

https://youtu.be/rciY2QaQ4_M
Wedding Cake
https://youtu.be/9NHxDgTTr4U
Story in a Car
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWOVVZ40BQ8&feature=youtu.be&list=PL3bArKyfvCs3DvSm0mKTMfRvVWI3d-JyP
The Uncool Mom

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