"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!
Visit our first interview with Lancaster Farm Sanctuary: http://pacificrootsmagazine.com/feature-interview-lancaster-farm-sanctuary/
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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.
View video interview here
"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.
Visit Pacific Roots Magazine online at: http://pacificrootsmagazine.com/podcast-episode-iv-paul-r-turner-of-food-for-life-global/
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.
Visit Kerrie at Bohomofo online:
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.