It’s All About Food

Since 2009, It’s All About Food, a vegan podcast, has been bringing you the best in up-to-date news regarding food, our food system and the vegan lifestyle. Hosted by Caryn Hartglass, a vegan since 1988, the program includes in-depth interviews with medical doctors, nutritionists, dietitians, cook book authors, artists, poets, athletes, environmentalists, animal rights activists, farmers, food manufacturers, lawyers, food scientists and more. Learn how we can solve many of the world’s problems today and do it deliciously, here on It’s All About Food.

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Tamara Bedić, Jerold Friedman, Jordi Casamitjana: Vegan Discrimination Cases, Part I
Tamara Bedić, is an ethical vegan, animal rescuer, employment attorney. Tamara is a past-President of the National Lawyers Guild, NYC chapter. She is chair of the Animal Rights Committee. When she’s not championing the rights of women in the workplace, she is organizing webinars or rescuing birds in distress. She is ‘Mom’ to two FIV+ tom cats.
Jerold “Jerry” Friedman is vegan, an animal rights activist, and California attorney. Jerry was not yet a law student when he challenged South California Permanente Group (commonly known as Kaiser Permanente) for rescinding their employment offer after he refused a mandatory MMR vaccine. Later, as co-plaintiff with Viva!USA (the American arm of Viva!UK), Jerry won a lawsuit against Adidas from selling shoes made of kangaroo skin in California that violated California’s endangered species law. Jerry is founder of the Animal Law Practitioner listserv that helps animal attorneys from across the USA collaborate and a long-time member of the National Lawyers Guild.
Jordi Casamitjana is an ethical vegan, activist and author of (among other things) Ethical Vegan: A Personal and Political Journey to Change the World. Born in Spain but living in the UK, Jordi is a zoologist with a special love for wasps. Jordi was surprised to discover his pension fund at League Against Cruel Sports was supporting unethical industries– e.g. tobacco, oil and pharmaceutical companies that tested on animals. This is the official link of the rulings on his case.
Links mentioned in the podcast:
1. FREE WEBINAR: Expanding Vegan Rights, Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 12 – 1pm EDT
Four plaintiffs and three lawyers will discuss vegan discrimination cases in the U.S., UK, Canada and France. The laws of these countries differ, but the common goal is having ethical veganism recognized as a “creed” or “ethical belief” worthy of protection from discrimination. The ethical vegans who will be speaking about their individual cases are: Jerold Friedman, Jordi Casamitjana, Adam Knauff and Astrid Prevost.
2. Tyson and Perdue Are Facing Child Labor Investigations

Wednesday Sep 13, 2023

Anouk Frolic, The Be Kind AlphabetAnouk Frolic is a long-time vegan animal rights activist who has used her artistic talents to be a voice for the animals. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her daughter, husband, and senior rescue cat. A graduate of OCADU (Ontario College of Art), she has been an illustrator for hire and owner of her own company, Anouk’s Ark (, where she created eco-educational games and puzzles about endangered species to ensure our beautiful planet is healthy for future generations to thrive in. This is the first children’s book Anouk has written and illustrated.&bsp;LINKS MENTIONED IN THE PROGRAM:Vegan Cheesy Sauce Recipe

Wednesday Sep 06, 2023

Mark Rifkin, Implications of Chronic Disease and Climate-Related DisastersMark Rifkin is the Senior Food and Agriculture Policy Specialist at the Center for Biological Diversity, where he advances sustainable diets via policy. In addition to being a Registered Dietitian, he holds Master’s Degrees in health education and environmental science and policy. He specializes in practical applications of plant-based diets and implications for sustainability, policy and health. He is the author of a 2023 article published in a scientific journal on implications of chronic disease and climate-related disasters on health care capacity and nutrition policy. Mark previously worked in policy for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, provided nutrition counseling, and worked in environmental health. He’s been vegan since 1986.
Link mentioned in the program:Nutrition policy critical to optimize response to climate, public health crises

Wednesday Aug 30, 2023

Sersie Blue and Gigi Carter, Healthy for My PurposeSersie Blue is a health coach, and Gigi Carter is a certified nutritionist. Together, they created Healthy for My Purpose, a program birthed during the pandemic to address the impact of comorbidities and the disproportionate number of COVID-19 deaths in the Black community. Healthy for My Purpose is made up of several programs and resources designed to help Christians take charge of their health. It includes Healthy Christian Woman Bootcamp, Daniel Fast: A Bridge to Healthy Living 4-Week Program, Daniel’s Plate Recipe Website, and the Healthy for My Purpose Podcast. Sersie and Gigi are launching their new book, Daniel Fast: Why You Should Only Do It Once September 2023. This book empowers the reader to take charge of their health by using the Daniel Fast as a jumping-off point to a long-term sustainable lifestyle.
Links mentioned in the program:Biblical Daniel Fast Put To The Test

Thursday Aug 24, 2023

Kate Galli, Strong Body Green Planet
Kate is qualified as a Master Personal Trainer, Life Coach, NLP Practitioner and has also completed the eCornell Plant Based Nutrition Certificate program.
Kate first got into fitness as a way to transform her body and confidence. She has spent 17 years helping 1,000’s of individuals sculpt a body and life they love and over the past 7 years has focused on Vegan Health Coaching as one of the most powerful ways to advocate for the animals is to be fit, strong and healthy.
Her vision: To create a fit, strong, happy, healthy, compassionate vegan world.
On an actionable level Kate’s intention is: to help you create the Mindset that makes your best eating and exercising choices simple and sustainable.

Wednesday Aug 09, 2023

Remembering Hans Diehl, PhD
Chosen as “One of America’s 20 Super-Heroes of the Health Movement” (Vegetarian Times), Dr. Hans Diehl was the founder of the Lifestyle Medicine Institute in Loma Linda and a Clinical Professor of Preventive Medicine at the School of Medicine of Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA.
Offering more than 30 years of leadership in the fast-growing field of Lifestyle Medicine, his pioneering efforts as an epidemiologically trained lifestyle interventionist with the Complete Health Improvement Project (CHIP) and its more than 85,000 graduates have consistently shown how simple lifestyle changes can prevent, arrest, and facilitate the reversal of many of our largely lifestyle related chronic diseases. The clinical results of his research (including two Randomized Clinical CHIP Trials) have been published in more than 45 peer-reviewed medical journals.
His books Health Power, Dynamic Living, Take Charge of Your Health, and You-Turn (co-authored with Aileen Ludington) and the Optimal Diet Cookbook (co-authored with Darlene Blaney) have been translated into 36 languages with more than two million copies in circulation.
He earned his doctorate in Health Science and an MPH in Public Health Nutrition from Loma Linda University. Prior to founding the Lifestyle Medicine Institute in 1988, Dr. Diehl was the Director of Education and Research at the Pritikin Longevity Center. He contributed to the development of the UCLA Cheer Center and was awarded a post-doctoral research fellowship in cardiovascular (CV) epidemiology (National Institutes of Health).  CHIP, original the Coronary Health Improvement Project, then the Complete Health Improvement Project is now PIVIO. More at

Wednesday Aug 02, 2023

PART 1: Chef Mark Reinfeld, Virtual Vegan Culinary Training Programs
An award-winning chef, educator and authority on plant-based cuisine, Chef Mark Reinfeld is the founding chef of the Vegan Fusion Institute, with over 25 years experience preparing innovative vegan and raw food cuisine. He has written eight acclaimed books and conducts virtual and in-person culinary trainings around the world. Chef Mark was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame. He was the founding chef of The Blossoming Lotus Restaurant, voted “Best Restaurant on Kaua’i”. Mark’s first cookbook, Vegan Fusion World Cuisine, was named “Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the USA” and has a foreword written by Dr. Jane Goodall. Since then, Mark has authored seven more books including the bestselling 30-Minute Vegan series, as well as his latest books detailing the links between health and plant-based diets.
He serves as the Executive Chef for the North American Vegetarian Society’s Summerfest and offers vegan consulting services, including chef trainings, teacher trainings, and recipe development, for clients such as Google, Whole Foods, Kroger, Adventist Health, Danone, The Humane Society, Bon Appetit Management, Sabra, Aramark, Sodexo and more. Chef Mark is the recipient of a Platinum Carrot Award – a national award given by the Aspen Center for Integral Health to America’s ‘top innovative and trailblazing healthy gourmet chefs’.
Mark’s mission is to help create a sustainable future for humanity by training others in the art of plant-based cuisine – for our health, the planet, and for a more peaceful world.
DISCOUNT!!Use REAL20 as a code for 20% off Mark Reinfeld’s trainings.
Part 2: Richard H. Schwartz, PhD, Judaism and Global SurvivalRichard H. Schwartz, Ph.D., is the author of Vegan Revolution: Saving Our World, Revitalizing Judaism; Judaism and Vegetarianism; Who Stole My Religion? Revitalizing Judaism and Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal Our Imperiled Planet; and Mathematics and Global Survival and has over 250 articles at He is President Emeritus of Jewish Veg, associate producer of the documentary “A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal the World,” and professor emeritus at the College of Staten Island, New York. A father, grandfather, and now great-grandfather, he has lived with his wife in Israel since 2016.
Richard Schwartz will be happy to email a PDF of his book, Vegan Revolution: Saving Our World, Revitalizing Judaism, to each person who emails him at and requests it.

Tuesday Aug 01, 2023

Hartglass & De Mattei, Stop Eating Animals!In this episode, Caryn Hartglass and Gary De Mattei get REAL about the climate crisis and cut through all the BS. Animal agriculture needs to end. They review a few restaurants in Cape Cod and Manhattan that they visited recently. Links mentioned in the program:
Your Questions About Food and Climate Change, Answered
Vegans, vegetarians, fish-eaters and meat-eaters in the UK show discrepant environmental impacts
Save the Planet, Put Down that Hamburger
Vegan diet massively cuts environmental damage, study shows
Ed Winters
Apricot Butter
Bread + Roses
Grab & Go Health Bar
Morgenstern’s BANANAS

Wednesday Jul 12, 2023

Chadi Nabhan, MD, MBA: Toxic Exposure, The True Story Behind the Monsanto Trials and the Search for JusticeChadi Nabhan, MD, MBA, is a board-certified hematologist and a medical oncologist who practiced oncology and treated lymphoma patients for years. He has over 300 peer-reviewed papers, abstracts, and book chapters. He has worked in diverse health care settings and is the creator and host of the “Healthcare Unfiltered” podcast.
Links mentioned in the program:
Bayer Provides Update on Path to Closure of Roundup™ Litigation

Wednesday Jun 14, 2023

Coyote Jacobs, SALT, a confessional animal liberation narrativeCoyote Jacobs was born as a large insect under a rock but through a series of increasingly unfortunate events now has to live life as a human man. He forgets when he became an artist but it’s the main thing he does. His work draws primarily from his experiences with non-human animals, specifically those rescued from slaughterhouses and other places of exploitation. Within his work, he hopes to create uneasiness with the assumed entitlement over animal lives. He fosters bunny rabbits and is friends with many chickens.

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