Deena Shanker

Deena Shanker is a writer living in New York City. Follow her on Twitter at @deenashanker.


Calling fowl: How to pick the most humane turkey for Thanksgiving

Heritage, heirloom, and organic turkeys all compete for a spot on your Thanksgiving table. But which one is best for your palate and the planet?


Friend or foie gras: Can the infamous delicacy ever be humane?

Hudson Valley Foie Gras advertised its product as cruelty-free and humane -- but lawsuits forced it to drop those claims.


That’s the spirit: A guide to sustainable liquor

Sustainable beer and wine are fine -- but liquor is quicker. We take a hard look at the hard stuff so you can ensure your tipple isn't a Kochtail.


Organic beer: Here to stay, or barley there?

In our recent guide to sustainable beer, we dismissed organic beer as a minor concern. We revisit it to learn we only barely tapped the keg.


Beyond the pale ale: A guide to sustainable beer

Ever wondered what kinds of beer are most environmentally sound? Our ethical guide will influence how you get under the influence.


Why Bloomberg’s soda ban fizzled

The court's message to the New York City mayor boiled down to: "Screw you and your big ideas -- play by our rules or not at all."


A guide to ethical chocolate

The chocolate industry is awash in shady practices, GMOs, and child labor. Here's how to tell if your bar is truly guilt-free.


Fallen arches: McDonald’s sales slump blamed on food costs, smarter customers

With sales lagging, and a surprisingly sophisticated understanding of why consumers are losing trust in its products, McDonlad's plans to highlight its cheapest, least healthy foods.


Meet the woman behind the Newman’s Own Organics label

You might know her from the label on your favorite cookies, but Paul Newman's daughter is much more than a pretty face. In fact, she's a dyed-in-the-wool sustainable food advocate.