Allison Aubrey

Allison Aubrey is a correspondent for NPR News, where her stories can be heard on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She's also a contributor to the PBS NewsHour.

Aubrey is a 2016 winner of a James Beard Award in the category of "Best TV Segment" for a PBS/NPR collaboration. The series of stories included an investigation of the link between pesticides and the decline of bees and other pollinators, and a two-part series on food waste. Along with her colleagues on The Salt, Aubrey is winner of a 2012 James Beard Award for best food blog. She was also a nominee for a James Beard Award in 2013 for her broadcast radio coverage of food and nutrition. In 2009, Aubrey was awarded the American Society for Nutrition's Media Award for her reporting on food and nutrition. She was honored with the 2006 National Press Club Award for Consumer Journalism in radio and earned a 2005 Medical Evidence Fellowship by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Knight Foundation. She was also a 2009 Kaiser Media Fellow in focusing on health.

Joining NPR in 1998 as a general assignment reporter, Aubrey spent five years covering environmental policy, as well as contributing to coverage of Washington, D.C., for NPR's National Desk.

Before coming to NPR, Aubrey was a reporter for the PBS NewsHour. She has worked in a variety of positions throughout the television industry.

Aubrey received her bachelor of arts degree from Denison University in Granville, OH, and a master of arts degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Word that Americans throw away about one-third of our available food has been getting around. Now there's an official goal aimed at reducing that waste. Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency — along with many private-sector and food-bank partners — announced the first ever national target for food waste. "[We're] basically challenging the country to reduce food waste by 50 percent by the year 2030," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack tells The Salt....

By now, surely you've heard of the Mediterranean diet. It's a pattern of eating that emphasizes fish, nuts, legumes, fruits, vegetables and olive oil — lots of olive oil. The evidence of its benefits has been piling up. For instance, a 2013 study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that the diet can protect against heart disease. Another study published earlier this year revealed it can help fend off memory loss. Now, researchers say that eating a Mediterranean diet supplemented...

There's a lot of evidence that the meals school cafeterias are serving have gotten healthier since new federal nutrition standards were rolled out. For instance, a new analysis from the CDC finds that, since the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, there's been a significant increase in the number of schools serving two or more vegetables and whole grain-rich foods each day. And another study shows kids are tossing less food away . But some school districts say there's an...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: There's lots of evidence that meals kids are being served in schools have gotten healthier. The landmark Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act, which was passed five years ago, came with a mandate to put fruits and vegetables on every lunch tray. But the School Nutrition Association says for some school districts, there's been an unintended consequence of the reform. Fewer kids are buying school lunches. NPR's...

In April, Chipotle Mexican Grill made a big splash when it launched a campaign called G-M-Over It. "When it comes to our food, genetically modified ingredients don't make the cut," the chain said. And customers seemed to eat up the message. But a new class-action lawsuit against the Mexican chain alleges that the campaign's marketing claims don't hold up. "Chipotle told consumers it was G-M-Over it," the legal complaint , filed in California, reads. But, "the opposite was true." The problem,...

The viruses that cause the common cold are always lurking. But consider this: Even if we touch a doorknob or keyboard that's covered in cold germs from an infected person, we don't always catch the cold. "Sometimes when we're exposed to viruses, we end up not getting sick," says Aric Prather , a psychologist at the University of California, San Francisco, who studies how our behaviors can influence our health. Our immune systems often fend off the viruses that cause colds. But, how well our...

As a culture, we tend to ignore the advice to eat more fish. On average, Americans eat about 3.5 ounces of seafood per week. (Think a can of tuna or sardines.) But evidence shows that consumption of 8 or more ounces of seafood per week can reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and some studies have linked a regular fish habit over a lifetime to a lower risk of cognitive decline as well. What's more, some research suggests that regular fish consumption among mothers can boost...

We've all heard the advice about the importance of filling our bellies in the morning. It's a notion that's based on a blend of intuition, cultural tradition and science. Some of the earliest evidence goes back to the 1960s when pioneering researchers in Alameda County, Calif., began documenting the effects of everyday habits. Their long-term study linked eating breakfast — along with a host of other lifestyle choices — to good health and longevity. And in recent years, the idea of the...

One of the most prestigious names in health care is taking a stand on food. This week, Cleveland Clinic announced it would sever ties with McDonald's. As of Sept. 18, the McDonald's branch located in the Cleveland Clinic cafeteria will turn off its fryers and close its doors for good. Its lease will not be renewed. The move is part of a wider effort by Cleveland Clinic leaders to promote a culture of wellness. Employees are offered free gym access and Weight Watchers memberships. And nudging...

A version of this story was published Dec. 5, 2012. Given tea's rap today as both a popular pick-me-up and a health elixir , it's hard to imagine that sipping tea was once thought of as a reckless, suspicious act, linked to revolutionary feminism. Huh? Well, the feminist complaints came from 19th century, upper class Irish critics who argued that peasant women shouldn't be wasting their time — and limited resources — on tea. If women had time to sit down and enjoy a tea break, this must mean...

Sixty-five grams of added sugar. That's how much you'll find in a 20-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola. But can you picture 65 grams? It's about 16 teaspoons worth of the sweet stuff. The Food and Drug Administration wants to make it easier for Americans to track how much added sugars we're getting in the foods and beverages we choose. So, in addition to a proposed requirement to list amounts of added sugars on the Nutrition Facts panels, the FDA is now proposing that companies declare a daily...

It's true that being overweight or obese is a leading risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes. But attention, skinny and normal-weight people: You may be vulnerable, too. Lots of lifestyle choices influence the risk of diabetes: everything from whether you smoke to how much you exercise (or don't). It turns out, what you choose to drink is also a risk factor. A new study published in the British Medical Journal finds that people in the habit of drinking one sugar-sweetened beverage — such...

Back in the 1940s, turning Americans onto the tangy taste of yogurt wasn't an easy sell. It seems many of our grandparents turned their noses up at the idea of sour, fermented milk. "The tart taste was totally unfamiliar to Americans, and that was really the biggest hurdle," says Michael Neuwirth, a spokesman for the Dannon Co. When Daniel Carasso, the son of the company's founder, immigrated to New York, he found Americans' sweet tooth ran strong. So Carasso and his partners decided to try...

The idea that fermented foods — including yogurt and kefir — are good for us goes way back. But could the benefits of "good bacteria" extend beyond our guts to our brains? Nobel Prize-winning scientist Elie Metchnikoff (also known as Ilya Ilich Mechnikov) first observed a connection between fermented milk and longevity among Bulgarian peasants more than a century ago. "Metchnikoff is regarded by many as the father of probiotics," says Gregor Reid of the University of Western Ontario, who...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJ3gwbDLjQM If you can't picture Jared Fogle's face, you may remember his pants. Before he lost a jaw-dropping 245 pounds, he was once an obese college student wearing blue jeans with a 60-inch waist. He often held up those jeans in early commercials and TV appearances for Subway, a relic of the days before he swapped greasy food for a steady diet of the chain's low-fat sandwiches. Those pants, Fogle told CNN in 2013, "are way more famous than I am." For 15...

One secret to a long life may be the simple daily ritual of tea. We've told you how Okinawans — who are known to have more than a few centenarians among them — enjoy jasmine-infused tea. And if you're looking to incorporate this fragrant aroma with a bit of creamy indulgence, pastry chef Naomi Gallego, of the Park Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C., has you covered. "I love the smell of it," Gallego says as she shows me how she's infused a pot of milk with jasmine tea to make a milk-chocolate...

There's a renaissance in local and regional food, and it's not just farmers markets in urban areas that are driving it. On this map , the U.S. Department of Agriculture pinpoints more than 4,000 local and regional food businesses and projects — from food hubs to farm-to-school programs to initiatives to expand healthy food access to low-income communities — in every state around the country. They've all contributed to the explosion in sales in local food. The USDA estimates that local food...

Ah, the bread basket. You sit down for a nice meal out, and there it appears: piping hot, giving off a waft of yeasty divinity. Who can resist? There's a reason this age-old tradition prevails. Even in the era of paleo and gluten-free, there are still hordes of us who will gladly nosh on crusty, chewy, soul-warming bread. But the downside may be more than just some extra calories. Turns out, eating all those carbs before a meal can amp up our appetites and spike our blood sugar. "The worst...

We hate to break it to you, Mr. Leprechaun, but someone really is after your Lucky Charms: General Mills. Or more specifically, it's after the artificial colorings used to give the cereal its trademark rainbow-colored marshmallow shapes. General Mills on Monday announced it will remove artificial colors and flavors from all of its cereals. The company's iconic Cheerios brand has been artificial-free for years now, as have other General Mills brands. But 40 percent of General Mills' cereals...

Here's a sweet notion: Eat a little chocolate each day and you could be doing your heart a favor. A new study published in the journal Heart found that habitual chocolate eaters had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and strokes compared to people who didn't eat chocolate. So, what is it about chocolate that could possibly lead to such a benefit? Well, when you strip out the sugar and milk that's added to chocolate, you're left with the cocoa bean. And it's the compounds in the cocoa that...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8TDfjbpSBE It's easy to blame someone else for food waste. If this is really a $2.6 trillion issue, as the United Nations estimates , then who's in charge of fixing it? Turns out, we the eaters play a big role here. When we shop with our eyeballs in the produce aisle, our expectations for perfection contribute to the problem. We've come to expect a dazzling array of eye candy with beautiful displays of cosmetically perfect fruits and vegetables. But, of course,...

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced that food companies have three years to remove all trans fats from processed food. The long-expected move is aimed at making food more healthful. The FDA says the evidence is clear: Trans fats increase the risk for heart attacks and strokes. And so it has determined that trans fats are not "generally recognized as safe" for use in food anymore. The agency is giving food companies a hard deadline to stop using trans fats in processed foods....

Here's a scenario lots of us can relate to: tossing a bag of lettuce because it sat too long in the back of the fridge. It doesn't take a long time for greens to turn to slime. Bag by bag, this waste adds up. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the typical American family throws out about $1,600 worth of food each year. And what we consumers toss out is just the last step in a long chain of waste. Food is lost on farms, during processing and trucking. Supermarkets toss out...

When we asked adults who play sports which one they play the most, golf topped the list. That's right: Our poll finds that a day on the links beat out soccer, softball and tennis. My first reaction was: Whaaat? Golf is played by people riding around in motorized carts; how much exercise could you possibly get? So, with a fair amount of skepticism, I ventured out to Sligo Creek Golf Course , a municipal course in Silver Spring, Md., to try to answer this question. The first golfer I met came...

The case against trans fats is not new. For years, health experts have been telling us to avoid them. And as retailing behemoths such as Wal-Mart have committed to the removal of all remaining, industrially produced trans fats in the products they sell, the food industry has stepped up its pace to reformulate its offerings. The Grocery Manufacturers Association says the food industry has already reduced its use of trans fats by more than 85 percent. Even Crisco is now made without partially...

Whoa, I wouldn't want to be Steve Easterbrook right about now. The newish CEO of McDonald's — who has pledged to turn the fast-food giant into a progressive burger chain — is getting an earful this week, as the company prepares to convene its annual shareholders meeting on Thursday. A few thousand workers protested outside the company's corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., Wednesday afternoon, chanting, "We work, we sweat, put $15 in our check," referring to the push for a $15 an hour...

The buzz around bees has been bad lately. As we've reported , beekeepers say they lost 42 percent of honeybee colonies last summer. And it seems that fixing what ails bees is no simple task. Over the past few decades, they've been hit by diseases and habitat loss. There's also increasing evidence that a type of pesticides called neonicotinoids are linked to bees' decline, too. This could be bad news for all of us, since bees and other pollinators are critical to our food supply. Honeybees...

If you want to know if the beef you're buying is grassfed, there's a U.S. Department of Agriculture label for that. The agency is also behind the nation's biggest certified organic label, and an antibiotic-free one, too. But how do you know whether a product is made with genetically modified organisms? It's not always easy to tell. For companies that want to certify their food as being free of these ingredients, there's the Non-GMO Project Verified seal administered by the independent Non-GMO...

Just a few months ago McDonald's was showing no love for kale. In a TV ad promoting the beefiness of the Big Mac, the chain poked fun at the leafy green and other vegetarian fare: "You can't get juiciness like this from soy or quinoa," a low voice quips as the camera focuses on a juicy burger. "Nor will it ever be kale." But the chain is now showing it some affection. McDonald's has announced that it's testing a new breakfast bowl that blends kale and spinach with turkey sausage and egg...

If you've ever walked out of the house without your phone and wallet — as I did yesterday — you might have wondered: Am I starting to lose it? Even if you're too young for any real concern about dementia, this kind of precursor to a "senior moment" can be rattling. But a new study suggests we're not powerless when it comes to keeping our mental acuity and memory intact. Researchers have documented that a Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, fish, whole grains, along with daily servings of...

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