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A News21 food and health reporting project by UC Berkeley School of Journalism

Annie Mathews, reporter

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Annie Mathews is a public policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School. Before graduate school she worked at C.E.O. Women—a non-profit organization that works with immigrant women in Oakland. She is interested in policy, local politics, immigration and culture. Originally from Boston, she has lived in Argentina and California in her adult life. She speaks Spanish and a little bit of Portuguese. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006.

Stories by Annie Mathews

The Freeze-Dried Food Craze, Seven Things You Should Know

Tea partiers, Glenn Beck, and the Mormon church are all nuts for astronaut food. What's the big deal?

Since last fall, conservative pundits—including Fox News personality Sean Hannity, talk-show host Laura Ingraham, and Glenn Beck—have all extolled freeze-dried foods. In October 2010, Beck promoted a freeze-dried food company called Food Insurance to people concerned about inflation, terrorist attacks, or natural disaster. Continue reading

Who Moved the chips?

Can a federal nutrition program for women and children change America’s corner stores?

Across the country, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, is helping transition corner stores once known for dusty shelves and cheap liquor into purveyors of tomatoes, fresh eggs and whole grain tortillas. Research suggests that the change in mini-mart merchandise dictated by the WIC program provides one of the most effective ways to get produce into so-called “food deserts” — neighborhoods without access to affordable, healthy food. Continue reading