Vicki Hird is Head of the Sustainable Farming Campaign for Sustain: The Alliance for Better Food and Farming, and she also runs an independent consultancy. An experienced and award-winning environmental campaigner, researcher, writer and strategist working mainly in the food, farming and environmental policy arenas, Vicki has worked on government policy for many years and is the author of Perfectly Safe to Eat?: The Facts on Food.
Vicki’s passion is insects. The first pets she gave her children were a family of stick insects, and she received a giraffe-necked weevil tattoo for her 50th birthday. Vicki has a masters in pest management and is a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (FRES).
Links mentioned in the program:
Invertebrate Welfare
Light pollution from street lamps linked to insect loss

Hartglass & De Mattei discuss the weather and global warming, the Jewish New Year, Labor Day, the premier of the film Eating Our Way to Extinction, NYC mayoral candidate Eric Adams, the US Open, Shishito Peppers and they share some new recipes.

Links mentioned in the program:

Hartglass & De Mattei are back from their cross country road trip. They share their thoughts on the UN Climate Change Report; global warming and animal agriculture; GMO corn being grown across the nation for animal feed, oil, sweeteners and fuel; being uplifting to those who talk about their ailments and medical procedures; and California Cuisine supporting fresh, locally grown plant foods.

UN Climate Change Report, IPCC report: ‘Code red’ for human driven global heating
Handheld Catering, serving San Jose, Silicon valley and San Francisco Bay Area since 2012
The BEST Buckwheat Crepes
California Cuisine, Chez Panisse

Linnea Ryshke was born in Los Angeles, CA and received her MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in St. Louis, and her BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute. She creates paintings, drawings, artist books, and poetry that seek to restore the value of nonhuman animals as kindred beings worthy of our adoration, respect, and empathy. Alongside her art practice, she is an educator and has served as the Administrative Director for Culture Push, Inc., a non-profit arts organization in New York City. She currently resides in St. Louis, MO. You can learn more about her work at


Jonathan Balcombe was born in England, raised in New Zealand and Canada, and has lived in the United States since 1987. He is a biologist with a PhD in ethology, the study of animal behavior. He is the author of four popular science books on the inner lives of animals, including Pleasurable KingdomSecond Nature, and What a Fish Knows, a New York Times best-seller. He has published over 60 scientific papers and book chapters on animal behavior and animal protection. Formerly Department Chair for Animal Studies with the Humane Society University, and Director of Animal Sentience with The Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy, Jonathan works as an independent author, and performs editing services for aspiring and established authors. He also serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Animal Sentience, and he teaches a course in animal sentience for the Viridis Graduate Institute. A popular speaker, Jonathan has lectured on six continents (the penguins eagerly anticipate his arrival in Antarctica). Jonathan currently lives in southern Ontario, where in his spare time he enjoys biking, baking, birding, Bach, and trying to understand the squirrels in his neighborhood.

Caryn Hartglass and Gary De Mattei give a summary of all the important reasons to eat a whole food vegan diet and ponder on why people don’t support this lifestyle. They discuss how our thoughts can nourish or poison our emotional and physical well-being.

 Links mentioned in the program:
Robert Goodland
Rynn Berry
Jim Mason, An Unnatural Order
Almond Ricotta Recipe
Garden Fresh
True Food Kitchen

Hartglass & De Mattei, Good Food Karma
Caryn Hartglass and Gary De Mattei take sides discussing the motivation behind activism. They review the restaurants they visited over the Independence Day Weekend in the Bay Area and they discover more reasons to love Green Juice.
Links mentioned in the program:
Good Karma, Artisan Ales and Cafe
Original Joe’s
Hilary’s burger,
Green Juice Recipe

Hartglass & De Mattei, Here’s to Vegans Who Lunch
In this program Caryn Hartglass and Gary De Mattei cover a wide range of subjects: farm animal laws; commodity animals; goats used in fire prevention; listener emails; veganic agriculture; Independence Day foods and fireworks; excuses to not go vegan; illnesses and fiber.

Hartglass & De Mattei, An Absolutely Perfect Day to Go Vegan!
Caryn Hartglass and Gary De Mattei are back together this week and continue the conversation about the terms plant-based and vegan. They cover the Perfect Day man-made dairy proteins appearing in “plant-based” ice cream products; attending social events with food that isn’t vegan; updates on the REAL Buckwheat Crepe recipe; films to watch; vegan shows; the amazing Red Lentil; and yummy vegan burgers to make with REAL ingredients.
Links mentioned in the program:
The Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill
Octopuses and lobsters have feelings – include them in sentience bill, urge MPs
Perfect Day – synthetic dairy
Pressed Juicery Vegan Soft Serve
NadaMoo! Dairy-Free Ice Cream
Coconut Bliss Organic Dairy-Free Ice Cream
Shoe Material Icons
They’re Trying to Kill Us
The Need to Grow Food
Lentil Crepes
Carrot Lentil Paté
Baked Red Lentil “Salmon” Cakes
Red Lentil Soup

Michele Simon, What’s Happened to the Plant-Based Food Movement?

Michele Simon is a public health attorney, food policy expert, author, and thought leader in the plant-based foods industry. In 2016, she founded the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA), the nation’s only membership association promoting the interests of plant-based food companies. For five years as PBFA’s executive director, Simon grew the association to over 300 members, leading a team of policy and retail experts. Through her strategic efforts, PBFA fought off the powerful meat and dairy lobbies, and forged new marketplace opportunities for the plant-based foods industry.

Simon has written extensively on the politics of food and alcohol. Her first bookAppetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back, was published by Nation Books in 2006. NYU Professor Marion Nestle (who calls the book “brilliant”) made it required reading for her nutrition students. In 2010, she founded her own consulting firm, Eat Drink Politics, and has written countless articles and reports while becoming a sought-after media pundit.

Simon also offers legal advice on federal regulatory compliance for labeling and marketing, among other legal and policy services. She is admitted to practice law in California, working “of counsel” to Handel Food Law. Simon has a master’s degree in public health from Yale University and received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

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