Dawn Brighid is the Project Manager for the Food Team at GRACE. She has a marketing degree from San Jose State University in California and a certificate in Health Counseling from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. She shares her interest in health and nutrition with us by attempting to shed light on the confusion around the food we eat, not a simple task in this information heavy environment.
Every holiday season presents an overwhelming array of decisions, conundrums and opportunities for fun. Here are some good ones (we think) you might find interesting as we embark on The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. If nothing else, they're great conversation fodder!
This year, a "late" US Thanksgiving coincides merrily with an early Hanukkah for the first time since 1888. Here are some sustainable travel tips from the Ecocentric team to help you enjoy traveling to spend the holidays with your nearest and dearest.
Happy America Recycles Day! But wait, there's more! It's also National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. (Seriously!) In honor of these beloved occasions, and because we care about your sustainability, behold Ecocentric's greatest hits on recycling, food waste and more!
Food Day 2013 focuses on food education as a way to improve our diets and address obesity and other health issues, starting with schools and campuses. Share some fun graphics, check out our resources and be a good food advocate!
American farmers have been through a lot in recent decades - the least we can do is show our support of their hard work every day. Join us in spreading #farmerlove on the #Road2FarmAid!
You know how it goes. You buy healthy items but don't always have time to cook. The one night you can make time, you look in the refrigerator and the pieces don't quite add up to a meal so you order take-out. How to plan ahead and what to keep stocked to eat healthfully, easily, and avoid food waste.
Even if you shop at the farmers' market or the healthiest grocery store in town, how sustainable do you think your kitchen is?
Recently, the Union of Concerned Scientists put together a policy brief, in which they outline a vision of a healthful alternative to the unsustainable practices that are involved in industrial agriculture. Accompanied by a bright interactive web feature illustrating the components of a healthy farm, the brief spells out the principles, practices and benefits that come along with a shift toward farming based on ecological principles, or agroecology.
From an unusual (but delicious) restaurant, Dirt Candy, comes an unusual (but innovative) cookbook. This graphic novel (aka cookbook) tells the story of a girl and her restaurant, and all the messy, tell-all details that have made it what it is today - one of the most celebrated vegetarian eateries in NYC.
Spring - it's the eagerly anticipated season of new life and fertility, the transition from a winter slumber to an active, fruitful growing season. The egg symbolizes these notions and is traditionally used across many cultures to celebrate spring.
Spring is a time for new growth, fertility and change; a time to get up and start moving after a long (long!) winter. Even this year's White House Easter Egg Roll has the theme "Get up and Go!" promoting health and wellness through Michelle Obama's Lets Move campaign to fight childhood obesity.
The Super Bowl... a day for football or a day for friends, family, commercials, halftime shows, puppies and snacks (depending on your interests, not necessarily in that order)? If your focus is food (and whose isn't?) why not upgrade your spread with some locally-grown, sustainably produced food this year? Blindside your guests with tasty and healthy snacks! Clothesline anyone who tries to bring in fast food! Make sure no off-season veggies show up to play!
Tuesday, as an extension of the online conversation, foodies, techies, advocates and consumers converged from around the world on Twitter for a #HackMeat TweetUp to explore the future of meat and discuss its connection to our health and our kitchens.
Food Day, a nationwide event celebrating healthy, affordable and sustainable food, is being held on October 24th - this Wednesday. We're celebrating with a special Food Day Twitter Conference and hope that you will join us!
We are all looking for happiness. Is it possible that it’s as close as the end of our forks? Tyler Graham and Drew Ramsey, MD, whose new book, The Happiness Diet: A Nutritional Prescription for a Sharp Brain, Balanced Mood, and Lean, Energized Body, features with a juicy burger on the cover, say it is. And the good looking burger on the cover of their book - meat, cheese, bun, veggies and all - are part of the prescription.
Cooking Up a Story brings us another amazing video, and being a salt freak, I'm especially excited by this one. Ben Jacobsen drives 170 miles round trip from Portland to the stunningly beautiful Oregon coastline so he can harvest ocean water - to make salt. Jacobsen Salt Co. started as a hobby to benefit family and friends and quickly turned into a thriving business.