Podcast: Fear of Fresh

 
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Fear of FreshJanet Anderberg, RS, Washington State Department of Health. Janet is a Food Safety Expert with over 30 years of experience and gives a very informative and entertaining presentation.

For more information about Janet Anderberg, please visit www.kingcounty.gov.

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Podcast: Eating Locally on the 100-Mile Diet

 
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JB MacKinnon and Alisa Smith, authors of the book, Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-Mile Diet – Turning an Idea into a Movement

100 Mile Diet

When the average North American sits down to eat, each ingredient has typically travelled at least 1,500 miles—call it “the SUV diet.” On the first day of spring, 2005, Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon (bios) chose to confront this unsettling statistic with a simple experiment. For one year, they would buy or gather their food and drink from within 100 miles of their apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Since then, James and Alisa have gotten up-close-and-personal with issues ranging from the family-farm crisis to the environmental value of organic pears shipped across the globe. They’ve reconsidered vegetarianism and sunk their hands into community gardening. They’ve eaten a lot of potatoes.

For more information about The 100 Mile Diet, please visit 100milediet.org.

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Podcast: Wolaver’s Organic Beers

 
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Morgan Wolaver – President, Wolaver’s Organic Beers

Morgan Wolaver - President, Wolaver's Organic Beers

Located in beautiful Middlebury, Vermont, Wolaver’s shipped there their first keg of Copper Ale in March of 1991. Four years later, after quickly outgrowing their original site, they moved into a new state-of-the-art brewery just down the street.

In 1998, they began producing Wolaver’s Certified Organic Ales in partnership with Panorama Brewing Company. Both brands have flourished as beer drinkers throughout the northeast have enjoyed craft ales, and as the focus on sustainable farming and living has blossomed.

Wolaver’s brew and bottle all of their beers in small batches to ensure freshness and consistent quality. They use natural Vermont water, the best domestic malt and hops available, and their own top-fermenting yeast. All Wolaver’s beers are made with no less than 98% certified organic ingredients. Their brewery and their Wolaver’s brands are certified organic by Vermont Organic Farmers.

For more information about Wolaver’s Organic Beers, please visit Wolavers.com.

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WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF)

 
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Jessica Brodie, WWOOF Board Member

WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms-USA (WWOOF-USA)

Jessica Brodie graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a Bachelors of Arts in Community Studies. Her field work has included internships at the Homeless Garden Project and Women’s Organic Flower Exchange in Santa Cruz. Her main field work was a six-month internship with WWOOF New Zealand in which she worked on ten organic farms on both the north and south island. Her thesis focused on bioregionalism and the state of genetic engineering in New Zealand at the time of her field work. Jessica has worked as an activity leader for developmentally disabled adults at the Clausen house in Oakland, California. She is currently a recreation coordinator at the Jewish Home for the Aged in San Francisco, California.

For more information about WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms), please visit wwoofusa.org.

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Climate Solutions

 
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Paul Horton, Executive Director of Climate Solutions

Paul Horton, Executive Director of Climate Solutions

Climate Solutions mission is to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment and bridging divides.

Our regional organizing approach is transforming the global warming debate in the region and laying the groundwork for a successful, multi-stakeholder climate action agenda. We’re generating fresh political momentum for energy and transportation solutions that benefit the region’s economy and quality-of-life.

Global warming is our generation’s greatest challenge and solving it is our greatest opportunity to build a healthy, prosperous future.

For more information about Climate Solutions, please visit ClimateSolutions.org.

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Bloom

 
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James Sklar, Organic Restaurant Owner of Bloom

James Sklar, organic restaurant owner of Bloom

Bloom is a wonderful new restaurant that promises to serve an array of tasty, organic, upscale treats in an elegant, warm and newly designed setting.

Bloom was founded with the vision of living, eating and being as close to nature as possible. With that vision, from all of us at OrganicallySpeaking.org, Happy Thanksgiving!

For more information about Bloom, please visit www.bloom-restaurant.com.

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Population Connection

 
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John Seager, President and CEO of Population Connection

Population Connection

For nearly forty years, Population Connection (formerly Zero Population Growth) has been educating young people with its award-winning Population Education program and advocating for progressive action to stabilize world population at a level that can be sustained by Earth’s resources.

Mr. Seager was formerly with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and also served as Chief of Staff, Communications Director and District Director for U.S. Representative Peter H. Kostmayer. He holds a BA in Political Science from Trinity College, Hartford. Mr. Seager was been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 2005.

For more information about Population Connection, please visit www.population connection.org.

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Broken Limbs: Apples, Agriculture and the New American Farmer

 
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Guy Evans, Executive Producer of Broken Limbs

Broken Limbs: Apples, Agriculture and the New American Farmer

The ultimate goal behind the creation of Broken Limbs was to help viewers begin to change the way they think about the food they eat and the vital role of farmers in their communities.

Broken Limbs took as its starting point the writings of Dr. John Ikerd, professor emeritus from the University of Missouri. Dr. Ikerd’s work comprises a vast and thoughtful body of literature on the topics of sustainable agriculture and the economics thereof.

Since retiring from the University in early 2000, Ikerd spends most of his time writing and speaking out on these issues. We encourage anyone interested in these topics to spend some time perusing his work. His many papers, as well as the full text of his new book entitled The Case for Common Sense can be found at: www.ssu.missouri.edu/faculty/jikerd

For more information about Broken Limbs: Apples, Agriculture and the New American Farmer, please visit www.brokenlimbs.org.

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What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?

 
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Audrey, Program Manager for the CSA Program at Full Circle Farms

Full Circle Farms CSA Program

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) originated in Europe and Japan as a reaction to the gradual loss of quality in produce. This natural phenomenon occurred as farms grew further and further away from the center of their own community.

In America food travels an average of 1500 miles before it reaches the dinner plate. Pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides are used to cover the stress of travel on fresh produce. Communities have come together all across America to support local farms in their community instead of giant grocery store conglomerates that choose to support large agro farms. Each CSA operates in its own unique way, but the basic idea remains the same: consumers and farmers collaborating to ensure a safe and healthy food source in their community.

For more information about the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program at Full Circle Farms, please visit www.fullcirclefarm.com/csa.html.

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The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals – Michael Pollan

 
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About Michael Pollan:

Michael Pollan is the author of a new book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, published April 2006 by the Penguin Press, as well as three previous books: The Botany of Desire, Second Nature, and A Place of My Own. Pollan is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and the Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley.

Michael Pollan

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For more information about Michael Pollan, please visit www.michaelpollan.com.

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Sustainable Connections Executive Director – Michelle Long

 
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About Sustainable Connections:

Our Mission: Sustainable Connections is a business network establishing and supporting a local living economy that sustains itself, our community and a healthy environment.

Our Vision: We envision sustainable business practices that lead to a healthy environment, meaningful employment, strong communities and buying local first as commonplace in our region and a model for the rest of the world.

Sustainable Connections

All of our members are local and independently owned businesses, organizations and supportive individuals. Locally owned businesses give back to the community, offer more living wage jobs, ensure the unique character of a region, and have greater control over minimizing the environmental impact of their businesses.

Our members commit to improving specific business practices benefiting our community, economy, environment and workplaces.

For more information about Sustainable Connections projects, please visit www.SustainableConnections.org.

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Beyond Pesticides Executive Director – Jay Feldman

 
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About Beyond Pesticides:

Beyond Pesticides provides the public with useful information on pesticides and alternatives to their use. With this information, people can and do protect themselves and the environment from the potential adverse public health and environmental effects associated with the use and misuse of pesticides.

Beyond Pesticides

Jay Feldman, Executive Director, is a cofounder of the organization and has served as its director since 1981. Jay dedicated himself to finding solutions to pesticide problems after working with farmworkers and small farmers through an EPA grant in 1978 to the national advocacy organization Rural America (1977-1981).

For more information about Beyond Pesticides projects, please visit www.BeyondPesticides.org.

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Vegan Fusion – Bo Rinaldi

 
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About Vegan Fusion:

Bo Rinaldi, Cofounder, Vegan Fusion: Bo is the visionary devoted to healing and service that introduces the blossoming lotus to the international community. A natural food chef of over forty years, experiencing first hand that “food is your best medicine,” he deeply believes that nonviolence and the vegan lifestyle is the path to Global Peace. A post-technology entrepreneur and angel investor, his focus is on assisting groups that wish to bring about a positive shift in personal and worldwide transformation.

Vegan Fusion

Vegan Fusion is dedicated to the promotion of the Vegan diet and lifestyle as a means to Planetary Peace. Guided by the principles of ahimsa, or nonviolence, it serves to educate and inform on the benefits of Veganism on a personal and global level.

For more information on being a vegan and about vegan fusion projects, please visit VeganFusion.com.

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Hawaiian Bath and Body – Jerry Driscol

 
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About Hawaiian Bath and Body:

It all began when Jerry and Deborah Driscol received some homemade soaps as a gift. We were hooked! Since then we haven’t used any other “commercial” soap – it’s been about six years!

Hawaiian Bath and Body

When the Organic Chemist that created these original recipes was moving off the islands, we bought his small soap business to keep the soaps here! I thought it would be a great weekend hobby but Jerry had other plans! Our house became our first Soap Factory. Lots of friends helped!

Please visit our website for more news & updates.

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