“Eaters…must understand that eating takes place inescapably in the world, that it is inescapably an agricultural act, and that how we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used.” —Wendell Berry

What Is Peeled?

Hi! I’m Lisa. I’m a freelance journalist who spends her days investigating where the food we eat comes from and how the ways in which it’s produced, marketed, sold, and eaten impact people and the planet.

I’ve been doing this for about a decade, and my stories have appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, The New York Times, Eater, and many other publications. Currently, I’m the senior policy reporter for Civil Eats.

I believe you want to eat healthier and make choices that benefit workers, communities, and the environment. I know you’re hungry for information, but that it can be difficult to to sort through all of the noise, especially at a time when it feels like there’s just so much to care about. I want to make it easier for you.

That’s what Peeled is all about.

Peeled is a weekly newsletter that allows me to share, explain, and analyze more of the reporting I do on food and how it relates to the important issues you care about—the climate crisis, poverty and hunger, racial justice, immigration and labor rights, and health. 

Many food publications hand you an apple without even considering what lies beneath that shiny outer layer. Others tell you the apple fell from a terrible tree but don’t help you find a better one. I can bridge that gap.

Peeled helps you make sense of the crazy confusing food system you rely on to survive (and to find pleasure) and get better and better at making delicious, healthy choices that truly align with your values. We also have fun along the way!

Every single issue delves into a question you’ve likely had while trying to decide which carton of eggs to choose or reading an article about why you should avoid (or definitely cook with) coconut oil. I expose the truth behind overstated claims and uncover foods and ideas that are undervalued. I talk about policy a lot, too, because along with corporate power, it shapes the choices that are available to each of us.

I am committed to my role as a journalist and have no intention of becoming a talking head or advocate. So you won’t get political opinions or impassioned calls to action—but you can expect personality that is not restricted by whatever buttoned-up publication I’m usually writing for (fuck yeah) and a more transparent point of view. 

Ready to subscribe to Peeled? Please consider subscribing for the cost of one latte per month. (If you can’t swing it, sign up for free emails and you’ll get one issue per month instead of a weekly edition.)

I believe in these stories. I believe that they are necessary to make people’s lives better, to save a flailing planet, and to build a more just and equitable society. 

If food is a never-ending constant in every single human’s daily life, how could we not be concerned about every aspect of how it’s produced and what it all means?

Join me!

Want to chat or partner?

The (virtual) door is always open at Peeled, for news/story tips and/or sponsorship inquiries. Email lisaelaineh [at] gmail.com.

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Freelance journalist reporting on agriculture and the food system through the lens of sustainability, equality, and health. Senior Policy Reporter, Civil Eats, bylines in The Guardian, The Washington Post, and more. Based in Baltimore.