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Maria Rodale Interviews Max Goldberg on Maria's Farm Country Kitchen

Maria Rodale Interviews Max Goldberg on Maria's Farm Country Kitchen

For those not super-entrenched in the organic world, Maria Rodale may not be a household name.  However, Maria Rodale is part of the Rodale family, which is as close to royalty as it gets when it comes to organic food in the U.S. In 1947, Maria Rodale’s grandfather, J.I. Rodale, came to understand the connection […]

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For those not super-entrenched in the organic world, Maria Rodale may not be a household name.  However, Maria Rodale is part of the Rodale family, which is as close to royalty as it gets when it comes to organic food in the U.S.

In 1947, Maria Rodale’s grandfather, J.I. Rodale, came to understand the connection between soil quality and health, and founded the Soil and Health Foundation, forerunner to the Rodale Institute.

More famously, he also founded Organic Farming and Gardening (now known as Organic Gardening), which was the first organic magazine of its kind. This venture led to many other books, magazines and served as the foundation for the Rodale publishing empire.

Now led by Maria Rodale, the company is the leading multimedia company with a focus on health, wellness, and the environment, and the largest independent book publisher in the U.S.

Rodale reaches 70 million people through its various media properties.

Aside from her job as chairman and CEO of Rodale, Maria Rodale has her own blog called Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen.

In her blog, Maria Rodale asks me seven questions that cover various organic and non-organic issues. If you want to know why living organic is important to me, who my favorite musician is and what is the one kitchen appliance I can’t do without, please go check out the interview.


Pressed Juice – A Video Explanation

Pressed Juice - A Video Explanation

5/29/13: PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU CHECK OUT THE WORLD’S FIRST PRESSED ORGANIC JUICE DIRECTORY BY CLICKING HERE. Pressed juice?  What is that exactly? This was the question that I asked about four years ago when I was living in Miami and someone had uttered the words “pressed juice”. As soon as I learned that […]

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5/29/13: PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU CHECK OUT THE WORLD’S FIRST PRESSED ORGANIC JUICE DIRECTORY BY CLICKING HERE.

Pressed juice?  What is that exactly?

This was the question that I asked about four years ago when I was living in Miami and someone had uttered the words “pressed juice”.

As soon as I learned that pressed juice was the most nutritious juice available, I started drinking it immediately. Not only is it better for me, but the taste is superior. Pressed juice is thicker and more smooth than regular fresh-squeezed juice.

In this video, I explain exactly what is pressed juice, its benefits and how it differs from the juice we get from traditional centrifugal juicers.

The one problem with pressed juice is that it is not widely available across the country. While I am fortunate to be living in New York City, where pressed juice can be found in numerous different organic restaurants and juice bars, it is hard to find in other areas.

Even when I travel to California, where organic food is ubiquitous, finding pressed juice is nearly impossible.

Based on what I have seen in NYC, I know that the demand for this type of juice is enormous and that should spur health-conscious entrepreneurs to capitalize on this growing trend. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that pressed juice is only going to grow in popularity.


Federal Court Rules Against USDA, Denies Approval of Genetically-Engineered Sugar Beets

Federal Court Rules Against USDA, Denies Approval of Genetically-Engineered Sugar Beets

Only several weeks ago, the Supreme Court ruled against Monsanto in a very important case against genetically-engineered alfalfa. On Friday, the organic movement secured another victory when a federal court ruled against the USDA in a case involving genetically-engineered sugar beets. Despite the fact that GMO food wreaks havoc on the environment, the USDA has […]

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Only several weeks ago, the Supreme Court ruled against Monsanto in a very important case against genetically-engineered alfalfa.

On Friday, the organic movement secured another victory when a federal court ruled against the USDA in a case involving genetically-engineered sugar beets.

Despite the fact that GMO food wreaks havoc on the environment, the USDA has had no qualms about giving Monsanto approval to sell its Roundup Ready sugar beet seeds prior to an environmental study ever being completed.

When farmers buy Roundup Ready sugar beet seeds, they also must buy the Roundup Ready herbicide, the toxic chemical sprayed on the crops. Other Roundup Ready crops have led to increased use of herbicides, a  proliferation of herbicide resistant weeds, and contamination of conventional and organic crops. Furthermore, the chemicals pollute the local water supply and destroy the soil.

The USDA’s behavior is totally reckless. Yet, it continues to cater to the needs of major agribusiness in this country and disregard what is best for the citizens it is supposed to protect. Read more »


Coconut Bliss – Video Product Review

Coconut Bliss - Video Product Review

In this video, I review Luna and Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss. It is a vegan ice cream that I discovered at the 2009 Natural Products Expo East and have been eating it ever since. At the end of the clip, I show a clip from an interview I did last year with one of the […]

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In this video, I review Luna and Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss. It is a vegan ice cream that I discovered at the 2009 Natural Products Expo East and have been eating it ever since.

At the end of the clip, I show a clip from an interview I did last year with one of the founders of the company, Luna Marcus.

While the company has several different flavors, Dark Chocolate is my favorite. It requires a lot of will power for me not to devour the whole container in just one sitting.

All I can say is that Luna and Larry put out a fantastic, fantastic product. What’s your favorite flavor?


Honest Tea – New Passion Fruit Drink to Benefit Cancer Foundation

Honest Tea - New Passion Fruit Drink to Benefit Cancer Foundation

Just as I profiled Steaz several months ago with their initiative to empower women, Honest Tea has launched something similar. However, Honest Tea is doing this with a brand new and innovative product. The company recently introduced Passion Fruit Green Tea with Maqui Berry. There are a few unique attributes to this drink. – Most […]

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Just as I profiled Steaz several months ago with their initiative to empower women, Honest Tea has launched something similar. However, Honest Tea is doing this with a brand new and innovative product.

The company recently introduced Passion Fruit Green Tea with Maqui Berry. There are a few unique attributes to this drink.

– Most importantly, Honest Tea has partnered with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and will be donating $100,000 in 2010 to this great non-profit. The limited-edition bottles have Komen for the Cure pink ribbons and caps.

Interestingly, the drink’s central component is green tea.  Green tea contains powerful antioxidants, which help fight cancer.

– This is the first bottled tea that is made with organic stevia.

– Maqui berry is also included.  I have never had maqui berry but it is a South American super-food that has been reported to have higher levels of antioxidants than the acai berry.

The tea is now available in New York City and in the Mid-Atlantic region. Honest Tea will be rolling it out over the next few months and nationwide distribution will be in place by January.

Fantastic idea for a great cause!

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I also love the fact that Honest Tea is blazing a new trail with the maqui berry.

While I don’t know every drink on the market, I have never heard of tea that has this super-food. It will be interesting to see if this berry steals some thunder from the very popular acai.


Organic Restaurants – A Very Important Question To Ask

Organic Restaurants - A Very Important Question To Ask

I get asked all of the time by people “how do I know that the food that I am eating is organic?” Well, when we buy food in the supermarket, there is an organic certification process managed by the USDA. Those organic food products have the organic seal. Yet, what do we do when we […]

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I get asked all of the time by people “how do I know that the food that I am eating is organic?”

Well, when we buy food in the supermarket, there is an organic certification process managed by the USDA. Those organic food products have the organic seal.

Yet, what do we do when we go to restaurants?

While there are a very few restaurants that have actually been certified organic (there is one here in NYC called Gustorganics), most of them are not.

In this video, I share with you the one question that I always ask when I go to a new organic restaurant. The answer gives me a good idea about how serious they are about organic.  


Organic Raw Cacao – Sunfood

Organic Raw Cacao - Sunfood

For the last few years, I have been using organic raw cacao as a key ingredient in my breakfast smoothies. While some people may use cacao nibs, my preference is to go with the organic raw cacao powder. For me, that works the best. My organic raw cacao of choice is made by Sunfood. This […]

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For the last few years, I have been using organic raw cacao as a key ingredient in my breakfast smoothies. While some people may use cacao nibs, my preference is to go with the organic raw cacao powder. For me, that works the best.

My organic raw cacao of choice is made by Sunfood. This is a great company based in California and their organic raw cacao product is sourced from Ecuador.

There is a lot of debate over which country makes the best organic raw cacao. However, Swiss chocolate, considered the finest in the world, uses cacao from Ecuador.

What I like about Sunfood’s organic raw cacao is its taste and texture. It is smooth, sweet, well-balanced and very nutritious – lots of antioxidants and amino-acids.

At the 2010 Expo West trade show, the company management showed me a video of how they make their organic raw cacao. So, not only did I get to meet the people from Ecuador who export this organic raw cacao product but I got to see the actual manufacturing process.

If you are looking for a fantastic organic raw cacao product, I suggest buying Sunfood’s. You can buy it HERE.