Pursuing Truth and Transparency in America's Food System

About U.S. Right to Know

U.S. Right to Know is a nonprofit organization working for transparency and accountability in our nation’s food system.

We research what goes on behind the scenes in the food industry.

We strive to illuminate issues important to consumers. We stand up for the right to know what is in our food, and how it affects our health.

We believe that transparency – in the marketplace and in politics – is crucial to building a better, healthier food system.

We believe that, together, we can create a food system that makes us healthy and strong, one that works better for all of us, our children, families, other loved ones, communities and our nation.

You can help. If you have extra time, please volunteer. If you have extra money, please donate. If you are a whistleblower, or know of any food scandals, send us your documents, and tell us what you know.  Thank you.

Donors & IRS filings
Our major donors and IRS filings are available here.

Our Staff

Gary Ruskin, Co-founder and Co-Director

In 2012, Gary was campaign manager for California Right to Know (Proposition 37), a statewide ballot initiative for labeling of genetically engineered food in California. For fourteen years, he directed the Congressional Accountability Project, which opposed corruption in the U.S. Congress. For nine years, he was executive director and co-founder (with Ralph Nader) of Commercial Alert, which opposed the commercialization of every nook and cranny of our lives and culture. Gary was also director of the Center for Corporate Policy. He has often been quoted in major newspapers across the country and has appeared scores of times on national TV news programs. His articles have been published in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Progressive, Mothering, Multinational Monitor and many other outlets. He received his undergraduate degree in religion from Carleton College, and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  He is also the father of a ten year-old daughter who loves gymnastics.

Contact Gary: gary@usrtk.org
Follow Gary on Twitter: @GaryRuskin

Stacy Malkan, Co-founder and Co-Director

Stacy is author of the award-winning book, “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry” (New Society, 2007) and co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of nonprofit health and environmental groups that is shifting the $60 billion beauty industry away from harmful chemicals. Stacy has been named “one of five visionaries leading the charge to better health,” by Experience Life! Magazine, and “one of seven powerful women in the natural beauty industry,” by NewHope360. Stacy has appeared in many top media outlets and documentary films including The Human Experiment produced by Sean Penn, Unacceptable Levels and Pink Skies. In 2012, Stacy was media director for the historic California Right to Know ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods, and she is the former communications director for Health Care Without Harm, which got mercury out of hospitals and closed down medical waste incinerators around the world. Prior to her work as an environmental health activist, Stacy worked as a journalist and published an investigative newspaper.

Contact Stacy: stacy@usrtk.org
Follow Stacy on Twitter: @StacyMalkan

Carey Gillam, Research Director

Carey Gillam is a veteran journalist, researcher and writer with more than 20 years of experience in the news industry. Prior to joining U.S. Right to Know, Gillam spent 17 years as a senior correspondent for Reuters, an international news service. In that role, she specialized in coverage of food and agriculture with a particular focus on the rise of biotech crop technology, associated pesticide product development, and the environmental impacts of both. In that role, she developed an in-depth knowledge of leading agrichemical companies that include Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont, BASF, Bayer and Syngenta.

Gillam has been recognized as one of the top journalists in the country covering these issues and is frequently asked to speak on radio and television and to appear at conferences to share her knowledge of hotly debated issues involving food and agriculture.

She resides in Overland Park, Kansas, with her husband and three children.

Contact Carey: carey@usrtk.org
Follow Carey on Twitter: @CareyGillam

Rob Waters, Investigative Reporter

Rob Waters has been writing about health, science, criminal justice, and child and family issues for 25 years. He’s been on the staff of Bloomberg News, WebMD, and Time Inc. Health and spent six years as editor of the Tenderloin Times, a four-language San Francisco community newspaper. His articles have appeared in BusinessWeek, San Francisco magazine, Salon.com, Sierra, Columbia Journalism Review, the SF Chronicle Sunday magazine and the LA Times. His 2005 investigation for Mother Jones, “Medicating Amanda,” told the story of drug industry influence over prescribing guidelines in Texas and won the Casey Award. He co-authored From Boys to Men, published in 2004 by Simon & Schuster.

Contact Rob: rob@usrtk.org
Follow Rob on Twitter: @robwaters001

Our Board of Directors

Juliet Schor, Chair

Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years, in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Schor received her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts.

Her most recent book is Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth. She is also author of the national best-seller, The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure and The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need. Schor also wrote Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture. She is the author of Do Americans Shop Too Much?, co-editor of Consumer Society: A Reader and co-editor of Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the Twenty-first Century. Schor’s scholarly articles have appeared in the Economic Journal, The Review of Economics and Statistics, World Development, Industrial Relations, The Journal of Economic Psychology, Ecological Economics, The Journal of Industrial Ecology, Social Problems and other journals. In addition to the foregoing, Schor is a co-founder of the South End Press and the Center for Popular Economics. She is a former Trustee of Wesleyan University, an occasional faculty member at Schumacher College, and a former fellow of the Brookings Institution. She appears frequently on national and international media, and profiles on her and her work have appeared in scores of magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and People magazine. She has appeared on 60 Minutes, the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show on CBS, numerous stories on network news, as well as many other national and local television news programs.

Charlie Cray

Charlie has been a member of Greenpeace USA’s research department since 2010. Between 1989 and 1999, he also worked with Greenpeace as a member of the Greenpeace Toxics Campaign, organizing campaigns to shut down toxic waste incinerators and phase out PVC plastics. Between 1999 and 2004, Charlie helped edit Multinational Monitor magazine and directed the Campaign for Corporate Reform at Citizen Works. He is the co-author of The People’s Business: Controlling Corporations and Restoring Democracy (Berrett-Koehler, 2003), as well as numerous environmental and corporate accountability articles, reports, and blogs. Between 2004 and 2010, Charlie directed the Center for Corporate Policy, researching and publishing numerous articles and reports about a variety of topics related to corporate power and accountability, including corporate tax dodging, executive compensation, contractor accountability and corporate crime. During that time he co-founded and helped maintain the watchdog web site, HalliburtonWatch.org, using it to press for government contractor accountability and reform. Charlie is a graduate of Amherst College.

Lisa Graves

Lisa is executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy. She has served as a senior advisor in all three branches of the federal government and other posts.

She has also worked as a leading strategist on civil liberties advocacy in the area of national security and as an adjunct law professor at one of the top law schools in the country. Her former leadership positions include:

  • Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy/Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Justice (handling an array of civil and criminal policy issues as well as leading the working group on judicial nominations — worked under both Attorneys General Janet Reno and John Ashcroft)
  • Chief Counsel for Nominations for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for the Chairman/Ranking Member
  • Senior Legislative Strategist for the American Civil Liberties Union (on national security and surveillance policies)
  • Deputy Director of the Center for National Security Studies
  • Deputy Chief of the Article III Judges Division of the U.S. Courts (including oversight of the Financial Disclosure Office for judicial ethics)

Graves has testified as an expert witness on national security/homeland security and transparency issues before both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. She has also appeared as an expert on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNBC, BBC, C-SPAN, and other news programs and on numerous radio shows, including National Public Radio, Democracy Now!, Air America, and Pacifica Radio. Her analysis has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Associated Press, Reuters, USA Today, The Nation, The Progressive, In These Times, Mother Jones, Vanity Fair, Congressional Quarterly, Roll Call, National Journal, Legal Times, Newsday, and Wired, among others, as well as online in The Huffington Post, Talking Points Memo, and other blogs. She has also helped with legal briefs and her analysis of national security issues has been published by the Texas Law Review and other publications. She was also the managing editor for the Clinton Administration’s National Integrated Firearms Violence Reduction Strategy.