Citric acid is one of the most common food additives in use today. You may think it is a harmless derivative of lemons, and that used to be so. Today’s citric acid is a whole different story. Here’s what you need to know about this pervasive ingredient. Among the peculiar names that you will find…
Restaurants with roots Restaurants across the country are now boasting farm to table fare on their menus, sourced from local farms or, increasingly, a farm of their own. But not all can present their patrons with the farm just outside the restaurant doors. Restaurants with integrated onsite farms invite diners beyond the table to the…
Our top six tips for a healthy, sustainable and locally sourced holiday dinner. Save money, avoid waste and enjoy a wholesome, humane feast.
This year on October 19, firecrackers will sound throughout the streets of India, as well as many other countries around the world, in celebration of Diwali—the festival of lights. But as modern lifestyles have picked up pace, the quality of the traditional festival foods has begun to change as well. One of the principle Hindu…
Enthusiasts claim that raw milk is a nutritious food that even lactose intolerant people can enjoy.
Greg talks about where Fair Trade ends and Fair Labor begins, the role of B corporations and the importance of choosing organic tea. Greg Nielsen is the Director of Marketing for Numi Tea—an organic tea company founded in Oakland, California by siblings Reem and Ahmed Rahim. Numi Tea is a Fair Trade, Fair Labor B…
You don’t need to live in the deep woods to find foraged foods. From herbs to berries to mushrooms, you can find an abundance of food if you know how to look. Why forage? To take part in an industrial agricultural system means to be dependent on a system of food cultivation over which one…
What would it take to create food security for an entire community? This was the question that Pam Warhurst and Mary Clear sought to answer when conceiving ways in which they could make their hometown of Todmorden in Yorkshire, a self sustaining township. Their goals were big—to transform a wasteful and disconnected food culture into…
Robert Lower has created a thriving farm in the desert using sustainable design and cultivation methods such as permaculture and eco-dynamics. His soaring date trees and fragrant citrus grove is evocative of an ancient Mesopotamian garden oasis. Situated in Coachella, California, is a lush desert plantation of date and citrus trees at Robert Lower’s Flying…
Alex Liebman of Stone’s Throw Urban Farm talks about the precarious nature of farming on underulitized and vacant urban plots, earning a decent wage and what aspiring urban farmers should do to maximize their chances of success.
If you’re looking for the freshest local food on a budget, CSA and subscription schemes save time and money.
Many exclude veal from their diet on principle. And vegetarians avoid meat altogether. Yet anyone consuming dairy products may still inadvertently be supporting the production of veal. Aside from a very few farmers who eschew it, veal production is, after all, a by-product of the dairy industry. Dairy cows must give birth once a year…
Who knew that bringing that brown bagged lunch to school or work every day added up, not just in cost but in environmental degradation? Investing in one of these reusable lunchbox sets will save you money over time, and lighten the load on our landfills.
How to save money in the kitchen that you can use towards buying clean, sustainably produced foods. On our Ethical Foods on a Budget page we list numerous ways in which you can lower your grocery bill. Often, however, it isn’t very easy to get around the expense of buying sustainably produced foods. For instance I am an…
Here are a few excellent, easy to follow recipes on how to make your own jam to your preference: preserved in the freezer, fresh in the refrigerator, or one that has a long shelf life in your pantry.
Although there are a plethora of books written on how to compost, before you start at home it is important to understand how composting works and the different methods that you can employ. As a form of waste recycling, composting at home is a great way to decrease the amount of refuse entering our already…
The household cleaning isle at your local grocery store will try to convince you that every thing in your house requires a specialized cleaning solution of its very own. There are specific cleaners for ovens, drains, tarnished silverware, and even a special wash to remove pesticides and wax from your fruits and vegetables. But why…
Skip the weird flavors, cheap ingredients, chemicals, high price and packaging. Making salad dressing from scratch is easy.. Making your own salad dressing is healthier because you can control what goes in, as well as the quality and freshness of those ingredients.
Looking for something fast, fresh and healthy to spice up this week’s meals? Try one of these versatile, no-cooking necessary sauces that can be used as a marinade, a dip, a salad dressing, and in some cases even a side dish.
When you look at your grocery bill as a whole, you’ll find that processed foods are often the leading driver of your expense. This is especially true when it comes to condiments—all of those tasty additions that are not quite necessary but have the ability to just make a dish. Learning how to make pickles is easy and will save you money while giving you more control over what you eat.
Save money, reduce packaging and make sure you are eating the highest quality ingredients by making your own dairy and non-dairy yogurt from scratch. Here are some DIY yogurt recipes and suggestions to get you started.
Here are a few hand-picked recipes on how to make broth that will ensure that your freezer is always stocked with the most versatile, healthy kitchen staple to have on hand.
Sprouting is a great way to add nutrient and protein rich foods to your diet if you are cutting back on meat and animal products. Learn how sprouting can help you enjoy organically grown foods on a budget. Even urbanites with no outdoor space can grow their own crops for next to nothing.
While EBT is widely accepted at supermarkets, families relying on EBT have not been able to buy local, sustainably grown food at farmers markets, since the markets have had no way to accept them. That is beginning to change.
Some farmers are turning away from conventional methods to embrace a more humane and natural way to make milk.
Milk is a seasonal product and some dairy farmers are choosing to let their cows produce according to nature. Seasonal dairies are pasture based farms in which cows forage and produce milk until the natural end of the grass season
People pay a premium for eggs with a Humane certification, yet different certifiers have differing definitions of what constitutes a humanely raised hen. Until there is some clarity on this issue, we will be treated to more opaque, nuanced labels that may or may not represent what you think is humane.
Drought conditions have caused a number of problems for farmers in the US. Among them has been a rise in plant and soil based toxins which have led to the death of dozens of cattle in the Midwest and threatened the general public with the possibility of tainting milk and drinking water.
In an interview with EthicalFoods.com, Chef Magnanelli talks about how climate change has impacted his restaurant and his reasons for choosing to source his ingredients locally.
Last year, the United Kingdom saw two opposite ends of the weather spectrum—drought and flooding—causing millions of pounds in property and crop damage. Learn how climate change is affecting crops, livestock, farmers, prices and lives in the UK.
Co-owner of Mouzon House, Dianne Pedinotti, talks with EthicalFoods.com about how her restaurant has been impacted by climate change and shares what it takes to source ingredients locally and sustainably.
Farmer and homesteader, Darren Bender-Beauregard shares his thoughts with EthicalFoods.com on climate change and how last year’s drought impacted his permaculture based Brambleberry Farm in Paoli, Indiana.
As Ohio’s first certified green restaurant, The Greenhouse Tavern maintains two core principles- to use local, organic and sustainably produced ingredients and to operate under environmentally conscious guidelines. In an interview with EthicalFoods.com, Chef Sawyer talks about how interconnected his businesses are to local farms.
In an interview with EthicalFoods.com, Chef Dissen discusses his efforts to source and promote local, sustainably caught seafood.
Federal Crop Insurance: what is it and why does it matter? Unlike other forms of insurance, the Federal Crop Insurance scheme not only protects farmers from revenue losses due to lower than average yields but it also covers farmers who do not receive their expected revenue due to fluctuations in the marketplace.
A must-read interview with Dr William L. Preston about the effects of climate change on agriculture, and what you can do, what we all must do, to ensure we have safe and available food in the midst of extreme weather transition.
Helen Cameron, co-owner of the 2013 awarded “Greenest” Restaurant in America, Uncommon Ground, recommends Everything I Want To do Is Illegal: War Stories From The Local Food Front by Joel Salatin. In his book, Joel Salatin writes about the
I dreamed I was at a farmers’ market trying to promote fresh, clean wholesome food. A very handsome, young man came to join me at the booth, sharing my enthusiasm for organic food. Naturally, I became absolutely smitten.
As Executive Chef for both Graze and L’Etoile in Madison, Wisconsin, Tory Miller chooses only the finest farm-fresh ingredients from his local producers. At his restaurant, Chef Miller produces a grand selection of artisan cured meats, breads, butters, fruit preserves, pastas, pickled vegetables—all from scratch. Why source sustainable food from local suppliers? The short…
Climate change: what it costs and who is footing the bill. Maximilian Auffhammer, Associate Professor and Agricultural and Resource Economics Director at UC Berkeley, looks at the effects of climate change through a different lens than most. As an environmental economist, Professor Auffhammer breaks down actions that cause damage to the environment and puts a…
The ocean’s ecosystems are being crippled by increasing acidification levels caused by greenhouse gasses. Declining fish and shellfish populations have already begun to impact the seafood industry.
As we move into a time in which floods, frosts, windstorms and droughts happen more frequently with the accelerated change of our climate, the pests and plant diseases which blight our crops will also transform. Shifting climates and re-occuring extreme weather events will cause pests to emerge in new areas, alter predator-prey relationships, and increase the threat to public health and food security as humans respond by using heavier doses of pesticides.
As you’ve probably noticed, the drought that hit the US starting last summer has not caused society to collapse, nor are we experiencing a drought-induced famine like the one that took place three years ago in the Horn of Africa in which almost 1 billion people went hungry. So why should you care if the nation’s staple crops of wheat, corn and soybean suffered sizeable declines? To answer this question, let’s first take a look at how dependent we are on these crops—they are, after all, called staples for a reason.
Corn is in more of your every day products and foods than you may think. But what happens when an extreme weather event such as the drought that hit the US last summer cuts our supply of this staple ingredient? There is the corn we eat and then there is the corn that we don’t…
Regardless of the debate whether climate change is man made or not—the fact remains that climate change is happening now, just as predicted decades ago. Now is the time to start thinking about how we can adapt to living in a rapidly changing environment.
Americans are still bearing the financial burden of the drought which devastated crops in 2012. Unfortunately, we have only begun to see the real effects of the drought on food prices—the worst of which is still to come. The total financial impacts of the drought are still being calculated over the months to come. Inflation of food prices is expected to occur at different times for different foods throughout 2013, but overall the rise is supposed to reach 3-4 percent, particularly in eggs, meat and dairy products.
As meat and dairy prices rise, questions on the viability of the industry’s dependence on just a few key grains are being asked a little louder—and this time by more than just sustainable food enthusiasts. In order to understand the full impact of drought on the meat and dairy industry, it is important to understand…
To get some insight into just how frequently extreme weather events take place, and how they affect food production, let’s look at droughts and severe heat waves that have taken place around the world in this new millennium. Tune in and feel the heat of Drought: Greatest Hits Of The 2000’s.
Laws that make it dangerous to speak out about food and uncover abuses have a chilling effect on public discourse about what we eat, how it’s made and how it affects our health.
Will the kitchen of the future run on alternative energy? What does the kitchen of tomorrow look like now that we are well on our way into the 21st century? Although many of the solar powered kitchen devices
Laws have an enormous impact on how your food is produced and what you are allowed to know about it. 2012 saw some important legislation (or lack, thereof) that will effect the food you eat.