Interviews

Interviews with industry experts, organic producers, local farmers, executive chefs and more.

Interview With Mark Shepard of New Forest Farm

Interview With Mark Shepard of New Forest Farm

Working with and within nature using perennial food crops and restoration agriculture. Mark Shepard has created something of an environmental oasis at his Wisconsin homestead, New Forest Farm. Shepard, a farmer and author, is a longtime proponent of restoration agriculture, the practice of recreating healthy, naturally occurring, economically viable perennial farms. Packed with biodiversity, these […]

Food Is Free Project

Food Is Free Project

Fresh, healthy, nourishing food is a human necessity. However, in modern society, food often comes with high out-of-pocket and environmental costs, is increasingly depleted of nutrients and is produced miles from where it is enjoyed, offering consumers little to no connection to the farmer or the growing process. These troubling aspects of modern food production […]

Family Cooking From Scratch

Family Cooking From Scratch

How to cook healthy, home made meals and snacks your kids will love. We all know by now that the best way to ensure healthy eating is to get in the kitchen and cook. Cooking your own food allows you to know and control what’s in it, and to source the best quality ingredients. But […]

Slow Fast Food: Forager Project Cold Pressed Juice

Slow Fast Food: Forager Project Cold Pressed Juice

Juicing is a big business with dozens of companies vying for a corner of this booming market. Where most rely on heat treating produce and packing their juices with grams upon grams of sugar, Forager Project has taken a different route. With ingredients such as apples, cucumbers, kale and sweet potatoes—to more unusual additions like turmeric, balsamic vinegar, matcha […]

Claire Hope Cummings on Seeds, Synbio, GMO and the Future

Claire Hope Cummings on Seeds, Synbio, GMO and the Future

Despite her tough critiques of seed and chemical conglomerates like Monsanto, and her warnings about the tenuous future of food and biodiversity, Claire’s stories are primarily about connecting people, places and plants, and respecting the wisdom of traditional land-based cultures. In an interview with Ethical Foods she speaks about the consequences of genetic seed modification for both farmers and consumers, her fears concerning the rise in synthetic biology, and how individuals can effect positive change.

Global Farmers Market: Buying Coffee Directly from Growers

Global Farmers Market: Buying Coffee Directly from Growers

You’ve heard of farm to table, but how about farm to cup? Coffee farmers devote years to producing top quality beans enjoyed by coffee lovers around the world. However, due to a lengthy and inefficient supply chain, these largely independent farmers are rarely rewarded with financial security. By giving farmers the resources to roast their own specialty, Fair Trade beans, then connecting them directly with consumers, Vega Coffee is set to revolutionize the coffee trade – and provide much needed financial stability to hard working farmers.

Ending Plastic Pollution in Bali: Reusable Bags and Straws

Ending Plastic Pollution in Bali: Reusable Bags and Straws

Following a stroll on a lovely, yet plastic-strewn, Balinese beach, Glenn Adams and daughter Gaia Shekhinah set out on a mission. The two formed The Last Straw, a campaign that encourages island businesses to end their use of plastic straws and embrace reusable alternatives. The two spoke enthusiastically about their efforts, and their next plan to tackle plastic bag pollution.

Artisan Ice Cream: Interview with Tara Esperanza

Artisan Ice Cream: Interview with Tara Esperanza

Tara Esperanza spends her days dreaming up and dishing out small batch ice creams with names like beet balsamic, chocolate tarragon and goat cheese blueberry.  By choosing her locations, supplies and partners as carefully as she does her local, organic ingredients, Esperanza’s eponymous ice cream company is creating innovative foods and a culture of sustainability. […]

Ben Ripple of Big Tree Farms

Ben Ripple of Big Tree Farms

On the forefront of developing sustainable, community enhancing food systems in Bali Expats Ben and Blair Ripple left their organic farming jobs in Washington and moved to Bali, Indonesia, in the late 90s.  Since then, they’ve been become somewhat famous in their efforts to bring artisinal Indonesian products to a larger market and to establish and grow […]

Interview With Winnie Abramson

Growing up in one of New York City’s most famous restaurants, The Quilted Giraffe, Winnie Abramson got a great head start in clean, healthy eating. Today, the naturopath, food writer, photographer and burgeoning homesteader helps others to simplify their diets and focus on seasonal, sustainable foods with her popular blog, Healthy Green Kitchen.

The Financial Cost Of Climate Change

The Financial Cost Of Climate Change

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 dollar amount to them. In an interview with EthicalFoods.com, Professor Auffhammer discusses the true cost of climate change and what can be done to discourage actions that cause “negative externalities.”

Carriage House Farm

Carriage House Farm

Meet farm manager Richard Stewart, garden manager Kate Cook, and native plant specialist Abby Artemisia of Carriage House Farm. In a recent interview with EthicalFoods.com, they discuss the reasoning behind switching from conventional farming to using no pesticides or chemical fertilizers, why they are not certified organic, and how large agricultural corporations try to gain advantages over small independent farms.

Starting A Free Communal Food Exchange In Your Neighborhood

Starting A Free Communal Food Exchange In Your Neighborhood

Owen Dell talks about his experience starting a free neighborhood food exchange and working toward food security through converting ornamental suburban landscaping to edible ones. Owen Dell is a sustainable landscape architect and advocate of edible landscaping in suburbia.  In my interview with Owen, he describes how a free food exchange that he and a […]

Three Sisters Permaculture Farm

Three Sisters Permaculture Farm

Darrell Frey talks about permaculture farming, the danger of GMOs and how to choose the best local, seasonal foods. Darrell Frey is the author of Bioshelter Market Garden and farmer/owner of Three Sisters Farm in Pennsylvania, which provides fresh, organic produce to the local foodshed, even in the cold winter months. Frey’s initial interest in […]

Meet Simon Richard

Meet Simon Richard

Simon Richard talks about building relationships with local farmers, the cost of organic and the pleasure of growing your own food. Simon Richard is the produce buyer and in-house farmer for Bi-Rite Market in San Francisco’s trendy Mission district.  Bi-Rite offers a variety of local, sustainable, and organic produce sourced through its relationships with local […]

Meet Greg Nielsen Of Numi Tea

Meet Greg Nielsen Of Numi Tea

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 […]