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Talking Artisinal Tofu with Minh Tsai, Founder of Hodo Soy Beanery

Talking Artisinal Tofu with Minh Tsai, Founder of Hodo Soy Beanery

At the recent 2011 Expo West trade show, I got a chance to speak with Minh Tsai, the founder of Hodo Soy Beanery. Hodo Soy Beanery is based in Oakland, CA and makes artisinal organic tofu. The other great product that Hodo Soy Beanery makes are organic yuba strips. If you’ve never heard of yuba […]

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At the recent 2011 Expo West trade show, I got a chance to speak with Minh Tsai, the founder of Hodo Soy Beanery. Hodo Soy Beanery is based in Oakland, CA and makes artisinal organic tofu.

The other great product that Hodo Soy Beanery makes are organic yuba strips. If you’ve never heard of yuba strips, definitely give them a try. They are phenomenal!!

In this video, Minh and I talk about his products, what it means to be an artisinal tofu maker and when Hodo Soy Beanery will be expanding its distribution to the East Coast.

 


My Video on Stonyfield’s My Organic Moment Campaign

My Video on Stonyfield's My Organic Moment Campaign

Stonyfield recently launched a very interesting campaign called My Organic Moment. This is where people submit videos and talk about their “organic moment” — why it is important to them, why/when they started eating it, etc. The company asked me to submit a video a few weeks ago, and my moment talks about the importance […]

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Stonyfield recently launched a very interesting campaign called My Organic Moment.

This is where people submit videos and talk about their “organic moment” — why it is important to them, why/when they started eating it, etc.

The company asked me to submit a video a few weeks ago, and my moment talks about the importance of organic food in my decision to go off of antidepressants.

If you don’t want to submit your own video there, I’d love to have you comment below what was your “organic moment”.

Everyone has a different reason for why they are eating organic and what got them started, and I’d love to hear what each reader has to say.


My Water Habits and The Only Water Bottle I Use – A Glass One

My Water Habits and The Only Water Bottle I Use - A Glass One

As I have written about many times before, I am a water fanatic. I like clean, ultra-purified water and have a four-stage filter (with a .015 micron filter on filter #2) in my apartment. When I go to work, there is a Poland Spring cooler but I refuse to drink from it. Why? The water […]

Company Stories Environment Expo East Product Reviews Water
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As I have written about many times before, I am a water fanatic. I like clean, ultra-purified water and have a four-stage filter (with a .015 micron filter on filter #2) in my apartment.

When I go to work, there is a Poland Spring cooler but I refuse to drink from it. Why?

The water tastes very, very off and is not purified.

So, I bring my own bottles of water to work each day. This may sound crazy to some people but drinking high quality water is essential to staying healthy.

Given that I take so much effort to drink good water, the type of bottle that I use is also of great importance.

I used to drink from a BPA-free plastic bottle. The problem with that is that it is still plastic and is leaching other chemicals into the water. Read more »


Blissmo: The Groupon for Organics but Mission-Driven

Blissmo: The Groupon for Organics but Mission-Driven

The other day I was speaking to my good friend David, who lives in San Francisco, and I said to him “what do you think of the idea of a Groupon for the organic food industry?” He replied “I think it’s a great idea. And I know someone who just started a company that’s doing […]

Company Stories Organic Product Discounts Product Reviews
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The other day I was speaking to my good friend David, who lives in San Francisco, and I said to him “what do you think of the idea of a Groupon for the organic food industry?”

He replied “I think it’s a great idea. And I know someone who just started a company that’s doing that.”

Well, that person is Sundeep Ahuja and his company is called Blissmo.

Blissmo is a group buying site for products that are people/planet positive with a focus on organic and sustainable. So, it is not just organic food but also everyday products such as skincare, baby toys and clothing. Read more »


Best Non-Organic Food Products from the 2010 Expo East Trade Show

Best Non-Organic Food Products from the 2010 Expo East Trade Show

The are two big trade shows in the organic food world in the U.S.  One is Natural Products Expo West and one is Natural Products Expo East.  Expo East took place a few weeks ago and Expo West took place in March. When I go to each show, I am looking for the best and […]

Boston Company Stories Expo East Superfoods Water
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The are two big trade shows in the organic food world in the U.S.  One is Natural Products Expo West and one is Natural Products Expo East.  Expo East took place a few weeks ago and Expo West took place in March.

When I go to each show, I am looking for the best and newest organic products on the market.

However, I also come across a select number of fantastic products at these shows that are not organic food ones. And of these, most are not even food.

I thought that people would be curious as to some other cool products that I discovered at Expo East and here they are:

IT’S MORINGA

Moringa is supposedly this beyond-super superfood from Africa and is derived from the moringa oleifera tree, which the company says is the most nutrient-rich vegetable tree in the world.  It has:

– 25-30% protein (9x the protein of yogurt)

– 10x the Vitamin A of carrots

– 17x the calcium of milk

– 15x the potassium of bananas

– 25x the iron of spinach

– 4x the chlorophyll of wheatgrass Read more »


Ethne Clarke, Editor-in-Chief of Organic Gardening Magazine, on the Basics of Gardening

Ethne Clarke, Editor-in-Chief of Organic Gardening Magazine, on the Basics of Gardening

In this interview with Ethne Clarke, Editor-in-Chief of Organic Gardening magazine, we talk about the real basics of gardening. Ethne Clarke knows this subject inside and out. Not only does she run the most prestigious magazine in the organic gardening world but she is the author of 15 books on landscape history and gardening. The […]

Company Stories Gardening Soil
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In this interview with Ethne Clarke, Editor-in-Chief of Organic Gardening magazine, we talk about the real basics of gardening.

Ethne Clarke knows this subject inside and out. Not only does she run the most prestigious magazine in the organic gardening world but she is the author of 15 books on landscape history and gardening.

The two specific subjects that we cover are: 1) how to test your soil and 2) what are the best vegetables to start with if you are an absolute beginning, like myself.

One fascinating thing I learned from Ethne Clarke was how sea vegetables can be used in gardening.

Also, make sure you check out the Organic Gardening website if you want some great ideas/tips — they break it down by month and geography.


Runa Guayusa Tea – A Fantastic New Organic Tea

Runa Guayusa Tea - A Fantastic New Organic Tea

Whether it is all the trade shows that I go to, all the people that I am connected with on social networks, or all of the emails that I receive, I come across tons and tons of different teas. So, the first question I always ask is “what makes this tea different than all of […]

Company Stories Drinks Video Product Reviews
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Whether it is all the trade shows that I go to, all the people that I am connected with on social networks, or all of the emails that I receive, I come across tons and tons of different teas.

So, the first question I always ask is “what makes this tea different than all of the other ones?”

Runa guayusa organic tea is something truly unique. Dervied from the Amazon in Ecuador, guayusa does not contain tannins. This results in a taste that is very, very smooth and one that is not astringent. Furthermore, the company claims that it has twice the amount of antioxidants than green tea.

There is a tremendous social element to Runa as well. The company is having a major impact on the lives of the local farm workers in Ecuador and the demand for this product is raising their incomes significantly. Read more »