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 […]
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 […]
Ending food waste, keeping perfectly good food out of landfills and feeding people who need a little help in your own community. It’s easier than you might think. Have you ever wondered where all the leftover food from places like your local supermarket or restaurants ends up? How about the gorgeous produce that remains after […]
Whatever you may have thought about vegetarian holiday fare, today, top chefs are creating delicious, festive and satisfying vegetarian holiday menus that may leave you wondering if turkey has been long overrated.
JP and Michelle MacFadyen are dedicated to sustainable practices in their restaurant and to sharing the bounty of their bakery with others through local food donations to feed the hungry. By now we’re all familiar with the locavore ideal: buy food from local producers, family farms and businesses. In the pursuit of this ideal, sometimes […]
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 […]
A wholesome diet of carefully sourced clean food is the foundation of good health. If you are struggling with IBS or intolerance to common foods such as dairy, soy or gluten, this is especially important. Charlotte shares her insights about discovering the diet that’s perfect for you, and how to eat well on a limited […]
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 […]
Jodi Daley talks about what it takes to organize a farmers market from the ground up, and how the market she founded is helping improve the health and quality of life for community members across the economic spectrum.
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.
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.
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.
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. […]
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 […]
As a cook, entrepreneur and food advocate, Rabins is something of a pioneer. In just six short years he has developed San Francisco’s first foraged food delivery service, started a highly popular roving underground supper club, and his formerly under-the-radar Batch Made Market events are now the talk of the town.
These days, the word sustainability has become fairly ubiquitous, but what does it actually mean? Through innovative photographic collages, short films and a traveling exhibition featuring some of the leading thinkers in food, farming and conservation, this constantly evolving project is helping change the way we think – and speak – about sustainability.
Iowa photographer Marji Guyler-Alaniz has been getting lots of attention for FarmHer, her captivating photography series highlighting female farmers. We interviewed Marji about her project, her inspiration, and future plans.
Ed Brown talks about making his newly released documentary, Unacceptable Levels, which uncovers the shocking truth: we are drenched in chemicals.
CropMobster has saved tons of food from being wasted by connecting excess farm produce with people who want it. Sometimes food is free or reduced to half price.
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.
Louisa Shafia, author of Lucid Food and The New Persian Kitchen, shares her views about sustainability and some easy to follow tips on eating well.
Is a raw food diet affordable? Is it possible to eat a raw food diet in the winter? In an interview with Ani Phyo, author, teacher and celebrity proponent of gourmet raw food, EthicalFoods.com learns a thing or two about going raw.
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.
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.”
Find out what food producers, distributors, farmers and restaurants are hoping 2013 will bring.
Farmers, restaurant owners and food producers reflect on 2012 and share the changes and challenges last year brought for sustainable food.
Facts about cheese and cheese etiquette from Vivien Straus. On a tour of the Cowgirl Creamery’s Petaluma production facility, Vivien imparted some fun facts about the basics of cheese as well as proper cheese etiquette.
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.
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 […]
David Evans talks about the global food market, tips on how to buy the best meat, the evolution of organic certification and why the cost of ethically raised meat is so expensive.
The eye-watering disparity between the price of conventional and organic goods has influenced the perception amongst shoppers that healthy, wholesome food is very pricey. But why does organic cost so much more?
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 […]
Raw dairyman Mark McAffee answers questions about veal , grass-fed cows, health benefits of raw milk, and how to choose the best organic eggs.
Mark McAffey explains why people should choose raw milk, the strict regulations inhibiting the growth of raw milk dairy, and why organic costs more.
Darren Bender-Beauregard talks about the differences between certified organic farming and a farm designed around permaculture principles. Take an inside look at how one American family farm is bringing good, healthy food to the community.
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 […]
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 […]