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Recap of NY State’s GE-Labeling Hearings, Interview with Andrew Kimbrell from The Center for Food Safety

Recap of NY State's GE-Labeling Hearings, Interview with Andrew Kimbrell from The Center for Food Safety

Last week was a first for me. Even though I have attended a countless number of meetings, seminars and conference calls for the labeling of genetically-engineered (GE) food, and have been involved with many marches, rallies, and fundraisers across the country, I had yet to attend an official GE-labeling political hearing — until the one held […]

GMO NYC Organic Regulation The Center for Food Safety Video
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Last week was a first for me.

Even though I have attended a countless number of meetings, seminars and conference calls for the labeling of genetically-engineered (GE) food, and have been involved with many marches, rallies, and fundraisers across the country, I had yet to attend an official GE-labeling political hearing — until the one held a few days ago in New York City.

And let me tell you, it was an eye-opener.

Ever since the narrow loss of last year’s Proposition 37, California’s GE-labeling ballot initiative, the momentum in the U.S. for the labeling of GE-food has never been stronger.

GE-labeling legislation is in various stages in 25 different states. Connecticut and Maine have passed GE-labeling bills, albeit with major provisional clauses, and the state of Washington will be voting on its own bill later this year. Read more »


Top 5 Organic Products from the 2013 Fancy Food Show in NYC

Top 5 Organic Products from the 2013 Fancy Food Show in NYC

Last week, I attended the 2013 Fancy Food Show in NYC, North America’s largest specialty food and beverage event. With 180,000 products from 2,400 vendors, there was a tremendous amount to see. Here are my Top 5 Organic Products from the 2013 Fancy Food Show, and look for them at a supermarket near you sometime this […]

Fancy Food Show NYC Organic
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Last week, I attended the 2013 Fancy Food Show in NYC, North America’s largest specialty food and beverage event. With 180,000 products from 2,400 vendors, there was a tremendous amount to see.

Here are my Top 5 Organic Products from the 2013 Fancy Food Show, and look for them at a supermarket near you sometime this year.

BBERRI BLUEBERRY-MAQUI BERRY JUICE

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Maqui berry powder is starting to gain significant traction in the marketplace because of its very high level of antioxidants.

Seeking to capitalize on the growing interest of this powerful berry from South America, a Chilean company called Bberri has introduced an organic blueberry-maqui berry juice, a product that I have never seen before. Read more »


Movie: Symphony of the Soil – NYC Showing, Panel Discussion, and Free Ticket Giveaway

Movie: Symphony of the Soil - NYC Showing, Panel Discussion, and Free Ticket Giveaway

In a world where we are in a daily struggle against the proliferation of GMOs and toxic pesticides, one essential aspect of our ecological system gets widely ignored – the quality of our soil. As I often say, the quality of our food is largely dependent upon the quality of the soil. Without healthy soil, […]

Movies NYC Soil
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In a world where we are in a daily struggle against the proliferation of GMOs and toxic pesticides, one essential aspect of our ecological system gets widely ignored – the quality of our soil.

As I often say, the quality of our food is largely dependent upon the quality of the soil. Without healthy soil, our plants cannot provide us with the vital minerals and nutrients that we need. And that holds true for organic food as well. (A farm needs only to be free of chemicals for three years in order to be certified organic.) Read more »


Rockin’ Raw in NYC Lives Up To Its Name – It Totally Rocks

Rockin' Raw in NYC Lives Up To Its Name - It Totally Rocks

UPDATED AS OF 11/14/14: Rockin’ Raw is now open everyday except Tuesday. If you ask a majority of the people who are plugged into the organic scene in NYC what their favorite restaurants are, there is a decent chance that Rockin’ Raw won’t get mentioned. Why? Maybe because it is tucked away on a pretty […]

NYC Organic Restaurants Restaurant Visits/Pictures
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UPDATED AS OF 11/14/14: Rockin’ Raw is now open everyday except Tuesday.

If you ask a majority of the people who are plugged into the organic scene in NYC what their favorite restaurants are, there is a decent chance that Rockin’ Raw won’t get mentioned.

Why?

Maybe because it is tucked away on a pretty quiet street in Greenwich Village.

Maybe because it is a pretty small restaurant and doesn’t seat that many, so the absolute number of people going there and talking about it is not that great.

Maybe it is has fallen off people’s radar screens – it used to be in Brooklyn, closed for a while, and then re-opened in Manhattan several months later.

But whatever the reason, it is a real shame because this Peruvian-Creole raw vegan restaurant is a true gem.

Aside from having fantastic raw food, Rockin’ Raw has an amazingly calm atmosphere. Especially when I go there during the day on the weekend, I truly don’t feel like leaving. It is one of those places that you just want to hang out for hours.

Here is some of the organic food that I have eaten recently at Rockin’ Raw. Read more »


Organic Avenue’s New Quinoa Bowls are Outstanding

Organic Avenue's New Quinoa Bowls are Outstanding

Last year, I met with Jonathan Grayer, the new controlling shareholder of Organic Avenue, and one of the things that we discussed was the quality of food at his company. Much to my surprise, he was incredibly forthcoming and acknowledged that several of Organic Avenue’s items were not up to par. He told me that […]

Company Stories NYC Organic Restaurants
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Last year, I met with Jonathan Grayer, the new controlling shareholder of Organic Avenue, and one of the things that we discussed was the quality of food at his company. Much to my surprise, he was incredibly forthcoming and acknowledged that several of Organic Avenue’s items were not up to par.

He told me that his goal was to offer raw and cooked vegan food that would appeal to a mainstream audience and that also tasted really, really good.

Aside from already having revamped the salads, which are now excellent, Organic Avenue recently launched its first line of quinoa bowls, and I have been beyond impressed.

The three red quinoa bowls are the following:

SWEET YAM & CELERY

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Very hearty and filling. The sweetness of the yams ties everything together really well. When I am hungry, this is what I go for. Read more »


Private Equity Firm Takes Control of Organic Avenue, Interview with New Owner

Private Equity Firm Takes Control of Organic Avenue, Interview with New Owner

Organic Avenue, one of the hottest organic concepts in the industry today, just announced that it has sold a controlling interest in the company to minority investor Weld North, a private equity fund founded by former Kaplan, Inc. CEO Jonathan Grayer in partnership with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR).  Financial terms were not disclosed. […]

NYC Organic Organic News
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Organic Avenue, one of the hottest organic concepts in the industry today, just announced that it has sold a controlling interest in the company to minority investor Weld North, a private equity fund founded by former Kaplan, Inc. CEO Jonathan Grayer in partnership with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR).  Financial terms were not disclosed.

With the deal increasing Weld North’s stake to around 70%, management changes have come as well. Read more »


The Havoc that Fracking Causes to Our Food and Water Supply, NY Governor to Decide Very Soon

The Havoc that Fracking Causes to Our Food and Water Supply, NY Governor to Decide Very Soon

Tomorrow in Albany, NY, I’ll be protesting at the state’s capital because our governor is very close to approving hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking. And for those who care about organic food, fracking should be on your radar screen just as much as GMOs or pesticides. Fracking uses a tremendous amount of water, combined […]

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(Photo courtesy of Food & Water Watch)

Tomorrow in Albany, NY, I’ll be protesting at the state’s capital because our governor is very close to approving hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking. And for those who care about organic food, fracking should be on your radar screen just as much as GMOs or pesticides.

Fracking uses a tremendous amount of water, combined with sand and chemicals, to break apart rock and extract natural gas from deep underground.

Inexplicably, the fracking companies don’t have to tell us what these poisonous chemicals are, so as not to set off an even greater fury of environmental and public health concerns. Why is this? Read more »