In this relaxed chat, we learn more of the history of Seed the Commons, establishing veganism as a normative ethic, the mission of the People's Harvest Forum, the importance of consumer action but moving beyond that for a truly essential paradigm shift & systems change, reclaiming food systems from corporate control, building visibility for veganic farming & more.
"True hospitality comes from your heart and from your sincere desire to serve people." -Divya Alter
In this episode we talk with NYC based cookbook author, educator and nutritional consultant Divya Alter. Divya is the author of What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen (Rizzoli, 2017), which is now in its 7th print with a German edition underway. She and her husband Prentiss launched North America’s first Ayurvedic chef certification program and Divya’s Kitchen, an Ayurvedic restaurant in Manhattan.
We talk about her background and the basics of Ayurvedic cooking, the history of Divya's Kitchen which was established in October 2016 and for 2 years in a row has been named one of the 50 best vegetarian restaurants in the USA, about seasonal eating as an intrinsic part of holistic practice and about her recently published cookbook: What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen.
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In this episode we talk with Tony Martin, editor of Growing Green International- the magazine of UK based Vegan Organic Network. We chat about the current pandemic's influence on interest in the orgnazation, about Tony's editorial role and process about the mission of VON and more.
"Veganic growing is but one aspect of a dynamic culture. Our commitment is to peace and justice for people, animals and the environment in a sustainable balance. To achieve this we must change our lifestyles and introduce a philosophy which will continue to maintain our unique planet. We are motivated by our awareness of the great unease in society that we are moving towards a world that can no longer sustain life in the natural way it has always evolved." -Tony Martin, Editor of 'Growing Green International', Vegan Organic Network
The Vegan Organic Network Aims:
-To educate the public about how their food is grown.
-To network with growers locally and around the world.
-To specify the methods and standards for veganic growing and to enable growers to become certified using these standards.
-To support veganic demonstration, education and research centres.
-To encourage veganic cultivation on a small scale as well as commercial growing.
-To support farmers who want to convert to veganic growing and individuals who want who want to learn how to grow veganically.
-To campaign for a veganic standard label on produce.
In this episode we talk with Jessica Hylton-Leckie, Attorney-at-Law and Food Photographer, Videographer and Recipe Developer of the popular site Jessica in the Kitchen! We love Jessica's recipes and it was a true pleasure to talk with her about the history of her blog, recipe creations and food media as well as her favorite ingredients and the food scene in Jamaica!
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In this episode we talk with Peter Albrecht of Villands Vånga Veganträdgård. Peter shares about the history & mission of Villands Vånga Veganträdgård, reflections on pursuing vegan agriculture in Sweden and meat norms in some organic agricultural communities. He also reflects on his podcast experience with Odlarna Podcast & the great response they got with an interest to feature more vegan farmers, sharing the knowledge of vegan gardening & farming with the local community, the potential & interest to start a network for Nordic vegan agriculture & more.
Visit Villands Vågan Veganträdård at https://www.facebook.com/Vegantradgard
In this episode we talk with David Clough, Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chester and cofounder of CreatureKind and DefaultVeg. In this episode we discuss the relationship between theology and animal ethics, insight on how the current pandemic can further inform our understanding of our treatment of animals, coalition building in the broader animal advocacy movement, an overview of the mission and history of establishment of both CreatureKind and DefaultVeg and more.
In this episode we talk with Etelle Higonnet, Senior Campaign Director at Mighty Earth. Mighty Earth is an environmental organization that focuses mainly on breaking the link between deforestation and industrial agriculture primarily through the following industries:
-soy (3/4 of global production of soy go to animal feed)
We discuss aspects of these industries, COVID-19 pandemic's effect on awareness & action, advocating for and working towards a #firefreesummer & more.
"Planetary havoc is more expensive than working on a pandemic proof society. Let's not keep rolling the dice." -Etelle Higonnet
In this episode we talk with Allie Feldman Taylor, President and Founder of Voters for Animal Rights.
Founded in 2017, VFAR is an all volunteer, grassroots organization that focuses exclusively on political advocacy for animals in New York. VFAR helps to "..elect candidates who support animal protection, lobby for strong laws to stop animal cruelty, and hold elected officials accountable to humane voters.
On NYC & advocacy work:
"One thing I would point out with New York City is that because there are so many eyes on the city- it's the center of the fashion world, huge hub for food, it's a place people look to as a hub of progressivism - we have to make sure that we are setting an example in the kinds of laws and policies that we are setting here in New York. That way, I think it gives activists in other parts of the globe an example to point to. If New York City can ban foie gras, everyone else in the country and the world should be able to ban foie gras. This is a huge foodie city, some of the most famous restaurants in the world are in New York. If restaurants here are able to take foie gras off the menu and still survive and still have all other kinds of wonderful fare to serve to their customers, then certainly any restaurant anywhere can take foie gras off their menu.
Another thing that I want to point out about New York is that there's a misconception because we are seen as a very progressive and liberal city, it's assumed that we must have all of these animal rights laws here. No sir! If that were the case, we would have banned horse drawn carriages ten years ago. I point that out because I think there's an assumption that if a city is progressive or liberal and that if most of the politicians are progressive and liberal that they are naturally going to be passing all kinds of animal rights laws and sympathetic to the issues and we have found that that is not automatically the case. You still need to put the time into educating all of your local elected officials no matter what their party affiliation is, whether they are extremely conservative or progressive." -Allie Feldman Taylor,
On the Mayoral Office of Animal Welfare:
"When Mayor de Blasio took office he appointed somebody to serve as a liaison on animal rights. That position had never existed in New York City government before. And there was nothing to guarantee that after his term was up in 2021, that we would have somebody in office who would serve as that liaison. So by codifying this into law it ensures that no matter who is the Mayor of New York City, there will always be an Office of Animal Welfare. We found that that has been incredibly helpful to us in navigating the government and advocating for our position whenever there is some sort of change at a city agency or a city department that affects animals. I would certainly encourage advocates all over the globe to work with their city governments to ensure that you do have an advocate for you that's actually within your local city legislature." -Allie Feldman Taylor
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In this episode we talk with Elise Buckle, President & Director of Climate & Sustainability and facilitator for the Planetary Emergency Partnership Group.
"It's a time when there are a lot of anxieties and negative messages in the media. This is the space of hope where we can discuss solutions. We feel this is the moment to think about the society we want, the future we want to choose and to be innovative in terms of how we can rebuild the economy." -Elise Buckle
"This is a time for unity and solidarity. We wanted to build bridges between the humanitarian community, the climate community and the nature community because we feel we are in a planetary emergency right now. It's actually one planetary emergency and this crisis is a symptom of something deeper and bigger.
For many years as human beings we have been destroying biodiversity, there's been a lot of deforestation, wildlife trafficking, the way we produce and eat meat is also not sustainable- this all has been increasing the risk of pandemics. Scientists have been predicting pandemics for years. About 70-75% of the viruses come from animals and the risk is increasing because the relationship between people and nature is broken.
So it's also an existential crisis because we need to rethink the way we live, the way we work, the way we eat etc. This is actually a good time to rebuild this partnership between people and nature and think about how we will rebuild the economy and have a more harmonious relationship between people and nature." -Elise Buckle
Video Version of Podcast dialogue here
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"That's a bit of the idea- to get back to basics, get back to knowing where your products come from and how they are made and that they are made by humans on a small scale and to really have a product that is fresh with nutrients, this is all really important. " - Geraldine Starke, Refarm'd
In this episode, we talk with Geraldine Starke, CEO of Refarm'd, a new initiative and plant-based milk subscription service that helps farms convert to producers of plant-based milk as well as transition to animal sanctuaries. We discuss:
The thought process that led to her establishing Refarm'd
The business model of Refarm'd
Rising consumer demand of plant-based milks
The multiple layers of sustainability (environment, animal welfare, glass bottle and green delivery service, local ingredient sourcing and local customer base) that Refarm'd addresses
The beginning developments of her work with farms
Visit Refarm'd online at https://en.refarmd.com/
In this episode we talk with Gene Baur, co-founder of Farm Sanctuary- the first Farm Sanctuary in the world. Gene is a pioneer and national as well as global leader of the farm animal protection movement, hailed as "the conscience of the food movement" by TIME magazine and a solutions focused advocate for the welfare of animals worldwide.
We discuss the sanctuary movement and how sanctuaries often develop in direct response to needs, the resource intensive work that sanctuary management requires as well as the importance of not only saving animals but directing our focus on the systemic change that is essential to achieve. We also discuss the phrase he has coined plant-based community oriented agriculture, the empowerment of youth and humans in general through food and agriculture as well as the power of humility, respect and kindness to help connect to hearts and minds.
"We will continue to work on stopping cruelty, but I think that promoting solutions is really important." -Gene Baur
Visit Farm Sanctuary online at https://www.farmsanctuary.org/
In this episode we talk with Micaela Karlsen, PhD, Research Director for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, author and renowned plant-based nutrition expert. We discuss her work contributing to greater accessiblity of plant-based nutrition knowledge, her background working with T. Colin Campbell, the growing field of plant-based research, expertise and more.
In addition to being Research Director for ACLM as well as co-investigator on the Adhering to Dietary Approaches for Personal Taste (ADAPT) Study from Tufts University. She is Adjunct Faculty for the University of New England Master’ Programs in Applied Nutrition and Global Public Health. Dr. Karlsen is the author of A Plant-Based Life and a contributor to the New York Times bestseller Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health. She holds a PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a Masters degree in Human Nutrition from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
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In this episode we talk with Robin Coarts of Plant-Based with Robin. Robin is a humane educator, plant-based enthusiast, wellness advocate and food lover. We chat about her plant-based education series focusing on parenting & families, the solutionary aspects of humane education and her lifelong commitment to plant-based lifestyle and education.
"Humane education is looking at the way we teach things and making sure we incorporate human rights, environmental rights, animal rights and cultural respect. It's about keeping those things at the forefront of what we're teaching so whatever topic it is we are discussing with children or adults, we make sure that all those piecees to the puzzle are included." -Robin Coarts
Visit Robin online at: https://www.plantbasedwithrobin.com/index.html
In this episode we talk with Amie Hamlin, the Executive Director for Coalition for Healthy School Food (CHSF), a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that introduces plant-based foods and nutrition education in schools to educate the whole school community about the health, environmental, and social justice issues of our food choices.
Visit the Coalition for Healthy School Food online at https://www.healthyschoolfood.org/
In Pacific Roots Magazine Podcast Episode VII we talk with Jonina & Sarah of Pennsylvania based Lancaster Farm Sanctuary. We discuss the joys & challenges of sanctuary work, stories of various animals living there, the transformative & practical effects of the various events & tours of the Sanctuary, plans for expansion, the intention of the media they produce & more!
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In this episode we talk with Tabatha James of The Sensible Vegan about her platform, advocacy, her work with Mothers Against Dairy, being inspired by Vegucated, her children's book "Farmer Sue Knew", her recipes & more.
Tabatha James is an Atlanta vegan blogger, animal rights activist, and the founder of The Sensible Vegan. She is a wife, mother, and vegan children's book author. She became vegan overnight in 2016 after watching Vegucated and never looked back!
In this Episode, we speak with Dr. agr. Johannes Eisenbach of Panhellenic Biocyclic Vegan Network which has formulated the Biocyclic Vegan Standard, principles of a sustainable, closed-loop oriented & vegan form of organic farming- a truly revolutionary approach of agriculture using purely plant-based, organic humus soil.
As their website explains, Biocyclic Vegan Agriculture is good for:
-Global Food Security
We discuss these points, as well as the history of Biocyclic Vegan, challenges ahead in the next decade to increase global awareness of the efficiency & viability of humus soil for improved agricultural practices, consumer awareness, the applicability of these practices to a wide range of growing- from urban rooftops, small urban & community gardens to commercial farming.
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"The fact is that it is not only possible to grow without animal inputs, it's even better." -Dr. agr. Johannes Eisenbach
Visit Biocyclic Vegan online at http://www.biocyclic-vegan.org/
In this episode we talk with Paul R. Turner, International Director & Co-Founder of Food For Life Global, the largest food relief organization on the planet that is also plant-based: https://www.ffl.org
We discuss the concept of spiritual hospitality, the power of food to transform consciousness and using food as a medium to promote a sense of unitiy and spiritual equality among all beings.
We also chat about the newly launched The Om Guarantee, a cost efficent way for socially responsible companies to make a positive social impact in the lives of children, animals and the planet.
We round off our discussion with Turner sharing a bit about life on Juliana's Animal Sanctuary. Founded by Paul & his wife Juliana, it is the first sanctuary established in South America and the only animal sanctuary existing in Colombia.
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Interview with Fred "Doc" Beasley, Chapter President of NYC Hip Hop is Green, the NY Chapter for national organization Hip Hop is Green. We chat about the history of Hip Hop is Green, development of the NYC chapter, the mission & actitivies of the organization, community engagement, youth engagment, Meatless Mondays in NYC public schools, Black VegFest, authentic connectivity & outreach & more!
In this episode we chat with Australia based writer & storyteller Kerrie Basha of Bohomofo.
We interviewed Kerrie last year (read here) & this talk heralds the beginning of a monthly podcast session with her. In this episode, we discuss the bushfires in Australia, the nervous system & self care, the transitions defining the heady energy of these times, eclipses, lunar cycles, spirituality as an intergral element to sustainability & more.
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Interview with Jeffrey Spitz Cohan, Executive Director of Jewish Veg
A few hours before the sixth evening of Hanukkah, we chatted about the various dynamic programs of Jewish Veg, about theology (in particular Genesis 1:26 and Genesis 1:29), about kosher as "the new vegan", the oxymoron that is the term "humane slaughter" and more.
Introducing Pacific Roots Magazine Podcast, an audio complement to the website pacificrootsmagazine.com, an exploration of issues related to environment, humanity, sustainability, plant-based eating, veganic farming, animal advocacy and more. Hosted by Pacific Roots Magazine Founder Annika Lundkvist.