Know Your Farmer

For breakfast I had a typical L.A. staple: avocado toast. For lunch, a beet and goat cheese salad. And for dinner, I grilled up some chicken and veggies (I’m not much of a cook). Not once while I was savoring these foods did I stop and wonder where they came from.

The American food system has become so industrialized and mechanized that few people, unless they grow up smack dab on a farm themselves, know where their food even comes from. The average American meal travels about 1,500 miles from the farm to your plate. If you’re a foodie or into health at all, that will probably give you pause. This long travel means chances are that your food is probably transported while unripe or is heavily processed to keep it fresh. Not exactly what you want. The shorter the distance food travels to get to your plate, the fresher it is. It most cases, this means it has more nutrition to offer you.

Luckily, people are becoming more aware of the food they consume and …

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Laura Lynn Klein on the Cult/Tech Podcast

Joining us today on the podcast is Laura Lynn Klein, an environmental superstar who is co-founder of Organic Authority, a new media company that publishes and   She launched Organic Authority in 2006 and since it’s become a leading authority on organic life, food and goods. There are a lot of others who have tried to succeed in that space, and lots of competitors, but Organic Authority has found the secret, organic, sauce.

Full show transcript at this link.

Key Takeaways:

“I saw way back when in culinary school just how America’s burgeoning health crisis was directly related to the everyday foods” Laura at 2:15 “I mean consumer activism has really taken hold, and we’ve been, we’ve been able to help kind of pull the curtain back and say look, this is really what’s going on with your food, and readers appreciate that. ” Laura at 3:57 “I think what they really value is going back to transparency. ” Laura at 5:15 “Eco Salon as a little bit broader than Organic Authority. it’s …

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When is Wine Natural?

I’m married, but good wine is always trying to seduce me. The latest chapter in this unfolding story of seduction is about natural wine.

Wait a sec, some of  you might be saying. There’s no such thing as wine that can really be called “natural.”  British wine expert Robert Joseph would agree. He was quoted in an Agence France-Presse article recently: “These are all things that don’t exist – natural wines, the tooth fairy and Father Christmas.” A statement like that can be a downer at Christmas parties, to be sure, and should not be muttered within earshot of young children.

Others, possibly more naive than Mr. Joseph, argue that all wine is natural. “Wine is just made of grapes, right?” they contend. You might be shocked to learn, as I was, that big-time wine production has more in common with factory farming than a small family business, and factory farming means pesticides, chemicals and lots of other stuff in your wine besides grapes.

If you already eat organically, you might want to try going organic with your wine, …

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