iStock image. Woman eating health meal.
iStock image. Woman eating health meal.

Pioneers in the food industry are making it easier to eat sustainably

What’s your relationship to food like?

For most of humankind’s existence, eating was an interactive, immersive, and even intimate experience. You were with your food through its entire lifecycle: the cultivation, cooking, consumption, and composting. However, since the rise of the industrialized food system, most of us are now only familiar with the “consumption” leg of our food’s journey. We modern eaters are quite dissociated from what we eat.

Often, this dissociation causes us to make consumption choices without considering their broader impacts, which can be damaging over time.

For example, you might regularly grab a burger on your lunch…

Image for post
Image for post

The food system is broken.

This is the belief of New York City-based urban farm We Are The New Farmers. It’s also a guiding principle in their business.

“We started We Are The New Farmers because we believe that there is a dire need for more sustainable food alternatives,” explains CEO & Cofounder Jonas Günther.

A brief look at how certain neighborhoods are disproportionately at risk for hazardous environmental conditions

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Ella Ivanescu on Unsplash

“Environmental racism” refers to the disproportionate burden placed upon minority group neighborhoods in terms of environmental hazards. These hazards might include proximity to toxic waste facilities, garbage dumps, foul odors, and other sources of environmental pollution that impair the quality of life for nearby residents.

People of color and those of low socioeconomic status are more likely to experience detrimental health impacts due to the environment in which they live, work, and spend most of their time.

A variety of social, political, and economic inequities contribute to environmental injustice.

According to the NAACP, more African Americans live near coal fired power plants, nuclear power plants, or biomass power plants than any other…

Studies show that many Americans don’t… especially in marginalized communities

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Luis Melendez on Unsplash

Many people today avoid visiting the doctor unless they absolutely need to. The extent of many Americans’ interactions with healthcare include urgent care clinics, one-off visits or, more recently, urgent care apps. These resources are valuable when you’re sick, but they can’t replace the importance of having an ongoing physician who regularly monitors your health.

Over the past several decades, the healthcare system has become increasingly impersonal and difficult from the patient’s perspective. A significant portion of people don’t even have a primary care doctor. A contributing issue is that many Americans don’t trust doctors or the healthcare system.


Learn the 4 health principles from the people who live the longest.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Elena Mozhvilo on Unsplash

The Blue Zones represent five areas in the world that are home to the longest-living and healthiest people.

The locations are:

  • Okinawa, Japan
  • Sardinia, Italy
  • Nicoya, Costa Rica
  • Ikaria, Greece
  • Loma Linda, California

According to National Geographic Fellow and New York Times bestselling author, Dan Buettner, people who live in Blue Zones lead lifestyles that promote longevity and lessen their chances of developing chronic illness. He outlines 9 key components of these lifestyles, grouped into 4 categories: Move, Right Outlook, Eat Wisely, and Connect.

A detailed look at racial health disparities and their root cause.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash

The COVID-19 virus poses a risk to every human life. Yet, data shows that in America, a disproportionate number of racial and ethnic minorities, specifically black people, have been getting sick and / or dying.

Statistically, black deaths from COVID-19 are nearly two times higher than is proportional to their share of the population. In some states, the rate stands at three or more times higher.

Actually… you don’t. But there is something you are after.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Rejection can hurt like nothing else. When you feel it, it’s like an attack on your whole being. Sometimes in reaction, ironically, you feel more drawn to the person who rejected you. In fact, you may have never wanted them more.

But… you don’t actually want them. You just want something from them.

You want their validation.

You want them to confirm that you’re not disposable. You’re not worthy of rejection. And so, to prove it, you want back the person who implied that you were.

Maybe there are some cases in which you genuinely miss the person or wish you could go back…

How to take the pressure off of sharing your thoughts and beliefs

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Matthew Ronder-Seid on Unsplash

I could be wrong.

Those four words are some of the most humbling, but also the most liberating. They’re also keys to finding freedom in your personal expression. The ability to acknowledge that your opinions might be imperfect is like a superpower. And it makes you less afraid to share your thoughts with others.

By adhering to the concept of: This is what I think based on what I’ve experienced, but I could be wrong; you reduce the pressure of feeling like you need to be right before you voice a belief. It’s OK to share thoughts that are works…

Anger has a poor ROI… Here’s how to make the most of it

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Jeremy Perkins on Unsplash

Anger is a powerful emotion. It represents a surge of energy. It gets a bad rap because the feeling itself is typically associated with negativity. However, the energy it creates can be used for good if used mindfully.

Things piss us off; we get mad at stuff people say; we want to react a lot of the time. There can be that split-second urge where we feel a desire to inflict pain onto another person. Sometimes we give into it. Some people do so more frequently than others. …

Image for post
Image for post
Source: We Are The New Farmers

A Brooklyn urban farm sees great potential in its signature spirulina product to help both the planet and public health.

Most people want to eat food that is nutritious, tastes good, and comes from safe places. When you live in a city, far away from the lush farmlands where fresh food is grown, this goal carries its challenges. Today’s concerns about climate change and deteriorating public health add fire to an already complicated situation.

Urban farmers, especially those in New York City, are reacting with innovation. Many have developed creative approaches and new technologies to maximize the nutritional integrity and environmental responsibility of their products. The Brooklyn-based business We Are The New Farmers is an example. …

Janet M Early

Writer & health coach who writes about health, culture, & climate.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store