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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Wednesday May 29, 2024

Ellie Laks is the founder of the Gentle Barn Foundation, a national organization that rescues and rehabilitates unwanted animals and heals people with histories of trauma. She is an animal communicator, energy healer, TEDx speaker, educator, and the author of My Gentle Barn: Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal and Children Learn to Hope. Ellie founded the Gentle Barn in 1999 and has since hosted hundreds of thousands of people who have come there seeking hope. She is the creator of Cow Hug Therapy as well as her Gentle Healing method, which allows old, sick, injured, and terrified animals to recover using a mixture of Western medicine, holistic healing modalities, holding therapy, and lots of love. Ellie lives at the Gentle Barn’s California location with her partner, Jay Weiner, who runs the organization with her. They have three children, hundreds of animals, and much to be grateful for. Ellie wants to spend the rest of her life improving the lives of animals and opening the hearts of humanity toward them in any way she can.More at and

Tuesday May 21, 2024

Bill Crain, Animal StoriesWilliam “Bill” Crain is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at The City College of New York. In 2008, he and his wife Ellen founded Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary in Poughquag, NY. The sanctuary provides a lifelong home to farmed animals rescued from slaughter and abandonment. Bill is the author of a major textbook in developmental psychology and other books and articles. In 2018, he received a PETA Hero to Animals Award for his efforts to protect black bears.

Tuesday May 14, 2024

“If you can’t solve the problem, eliminate the problem!” was a favorite expression by Harold Hartglass, Caryn Hartglass’ father. H5N1, known as Bird Flu is a problem, that is only getting worse, spreading to at least 42 cattle herds in nine states, and infecting over 200 mammals. The government answer is to bailout industrial chicken farmers allowing them to kill their infected chickens, start over with a new batch, and pay them for their losses. The government is also paying cattle farmers to test their herds. This is a waste of taxpayer money and will not solve the problem. Bird flu is a symptom. Industrial animal agriculture is the problem, and this problem must be eliminated. Industrial animal agriculture is bad for many reasons, but to prevent the spread and mutation of this virus, which can be lethal to humans, this industry must be eliminated.
Robert Grillo, End USDA’s Bird Flu BailoutsAs an activist for all species (including the human ones), Robert Grillo has played the role of thought leader as well as front line activist, leading campaigns, large-scale protests and other creative actions since 2012. He has learned as much from academia as he has from the streets, from first-hand experience in grassroots activism. Most figures involved in social change are either academics on the theory side or activists on the practice side. Rarely do you find those who engage equally in both the theory and application, providing a unique perspective that bridges that gap between the two important sides of every movement.
Grillo is also the founder and director of Free from Harm, a non profit dedicated to advancing a plant-based food system and challenging the dominance of animal agriculture since 2009. He founded Slaughter Free Network in 2018 with the intent of building a powerful grassroots base and carrying out dramatic and innovative actions to capture the attention of media, public and food industry powerholders.  
American Journal of Lifestyle Magazine, Primary Pandemic Prevention, by Dr. Michael Greger
Michael Greger, Vegan MD
WHO, How does H5N1 influenza spread to people?
CDC, Current H5N1 Bird Flu Situation in Dairy Cows
Q&A on H5N1 Bird Flu
Take Action on the Farm Bill Workshop – REGISTER

Wednesday May 08, 2024

Hartglass & De Mattei, What’s The Question?Caryn Hartglass and Gary De Mattei are back to ask the question to which there are so many wrong answers! Topics covered in the podcast: the recent ban on cell meat in Florida; morning routines and habits; featured NYC restaurants and bakeries; REAL’s Banana Date Walnut Oat Bread.
Links mentioned in the podcast:
A Little Night Music performances in Brooklyn.
Meat, Freedom and Ron DeSantisHow Far Should We Carry the Logic of the Animal-Rights Movement?
Mini Banana Date Walnut Oat Bread Loaves, Wheat-Free
Luanne’s Wild Ginger restaurant
Mia’s Brooklyn Bakery
Insomnia Cookies

Wednesday Apr 24, 2024

Luke Wilson, Canary Clean ProductsLuke Wilson is the Founder of Canary Clean Products, LLC.
In this show Caryn reviews the recent story regarding Matthew Kenney, the celebrity chef who along with his companies have been named in dozens of lawsuits in at least nine states. She discusses recent news about octopus farming. Gary De Mattei joins in to talk about their favorite NYC vegan establishments that they visited yesterday on Caryn’s birthday, Earth Day, highlighting vegan entrepreneurs who are motivated by kindness, community and compassion.
Links mentioned in this program.
Angel Moreno, Caravan of Dreams
Vlad Grinberg, Organic Grill
A Trailblazing Ban On Octopus Farming Becomes Law In Washington State
Euroviews. Reckless and harsh octopus farming plans must be stopped
As Hawaii Takes Action Against Octopus Farm, Washington State Looks to Impose Its Own Ban
Read about Caryn’s birthday in Manhattan with all the food pics here.

Tuesday Apr 09, 2024

Simon Lester, Pascha Chocolate, a REAL Favorite!Simon Lester is an Entrepreneurial CEO & strategist who focuses on consumer facing industries & investment opportunities. He founded PASCHA born from a desire to create the simplest, purest and most delicious chocolate, without any of the additives or ingredients that might trigger allergic reactions for those with food allergies or intolerances. More at
  Listen to the IT’S ALL ABOUT FOOD interview with Simon Lester from 2015 for more on how Pascha Chocolate started and is made.
We created the The Chocolate Report in 2015. Some of the information has been updated since we made the report but all the issues highlighted in this program are important and things we all need to be aware of, including Child Slavery, Allergens, and Toxic Metals like Cadmium and Lead.
There are a number of class actions suits going on at the moment regarding Consumer Reports claims about toxic metals in chocolate. Recently, “a lawsuit accusing Trader Joe’s of failing to disclose that its dark chocolate products contain dangerous “heavy metals” was mostly dismissed by a judge. We will report on the cadmium and lead in chocolate issue once all these class action suits have ended.

Tuesday Apr 02, 2024

Vlad Grinberg. Vlad opened Organic Grill in 2000, one of the first organic restaurants in New York City.
Rory Lutz. Rory is the founder and host of The Laughing Pad and cofounder and cohost of @laststopcomedy.
Comedy Kitchen at the Organic Grill, April 17, 8pm.GET TICKETSComics will be ditching their material for a more interactive personable night of laughter. Join Rory Lutz your host for the evening with a lineup of comics from Comedy Central CBS Amazon Prime Netflix Hulu and streaming services from around the globe! Some of the silliest humans we could find. This line up includes Sharon Simon (Comedy Central), Alexis Bradby (Netflix), Johnny Macdonald (NYCC), Erik Angel (@comedy_for_peace) and Rob O’toole (Grisly Pear). Amazing vegan food available for the full show minimum order $20. The $5 ticket price can be used as a discount for food, buy a ticket for $5 and you get $5 off of your food. Simple. Come have fun with us as we build the silliest comedy show around.

Wednesday Mar 27, 2024

Mel Weinstein is a retired chemist currently living in Central Illinois. During the course of his professional career, he has taught chemistry at the community college level, spent 20 years as an analytical chemist in a research center for a multinational food ingredients manufacturer, studied food science, and pursued a lifelong interest in examining the ingredients in industrial foods and their impacts on human health.
In 2016, he started a podcast called “Food Labels Revealed” to share knowledge of the processed food industry and to highlight the ever-growing trend of artificial foods appearing in the American food supply. More at Food Labels Revealed.

Wednesday Mar 13, 2024

Emma Schwarz, International Vegan Film FestivalEmma Schwarz is an award-winning filmmaker, animal photographer, author, and dedicated vegan activist. Since becoming vegan in 2017, she has committed herself to using art as activism to advocate for the animals, the planet, and a more sustainable future for humanity.
In addition to her role at the International Vegan Film Festival, Emma is the Co-Founder of Veganography, a film production and media company dedicated to creating content which inspires the public to embrace a vegan lifestyle and empowers vegans in their own activism. Veganography specializes in 3D animation; their work synthesizes traditional filmmaking and 3D animation to create uniquely engaging content that advocates for a kinder world for all. Veganography’s films have been screened at dozens of international film festivals, and have garnered 10+ awards including “Best Documentary Short,” “Special Jury Changemaker,” and “Audience Choice.” Veganography’s work has also been featured on prominent streaming platforms and social media channels such as PBS, UnChainedTV, and Vegan FTA.
Previously, Emma served as the Director of Advancement for a large farmed animal sanctuary, where she oversaw the organization’s educational programming and contributed to fundraising strategy and donor stewardship. Before finding her true passion in vegan advocacy, Emma began her professional career as a classical cellist. In addition to advanced degrees in cello performance and pedagogy, Emma holds the Plant Based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at Cornell University and has completed the Solutionary Micro-Credential Program from the Institute for Humane Education at Antioch University.
Driven by a passion to amplify the voices advocating for change, Emma is honored to serve her fellow filmmakers and artists at IVFF. Her passion lies in supporting innovative, creative approaches to advocacy, firmly believing that all forms of activism work synergistically to effect meaningful, lasting change.
More at the International Vegan Film Festival.

Wednesday Mar 06, 2024

John E. Lewis, Ph.D., Nutrition, Supplements and Brain Care
John E. Lewis, Ph.D. is the Founder and President of Dr Lewis Nutrition™ and past full-time Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He has been the principal investigator of over 30 different studies in his research career. During that time, he either directly raised or indirectly supported raising over $23 million in grants, gifts, and contracts for research studies and clinical trials and educational programs for medical students. Much of his research has focused on evaluating the effects of nutrition, dietary supplementation, and exercise on various aspects of human health and disease.
In addition to his research, Dr. Lewis has been an invited national and international lecturer at conferences and workshops and as a guest on television shows, where he discusses the findings of his research and provides guidance and recommendations as an expert in the field of health and wellness. He has over 180 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, where his work has first appeared in print, including some of the leading scientific journals, such as AIDS and Behavior, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of the International AIDS Society, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Nutrition and Cancer: An International Journal, Sports Medicine, Stroke, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, and The Gerontologist. He has also mentored many different students, from undergraduates to post-doctoral trainees, in how to conduct clinical research and how to apply the principles of health promotion into daily practice. His seminal publication in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease from his Alzheimer’s study not only spurred him to leave academics and pursue a science-based business career, but also enabled him to be selected for a widely-acclaimed TEDxMiami talk about how dietary supplementation can improve brain health.
Dr. Lewis earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Tennessee in business administration and human physiology, respectively, and he has a Ph.D. from the University of Miami in educational and psychological studies. His Medical Wellness Training Expert Specialty areas and Speaking topics include: plant-based (vegan/vegetarian) nutrition; optimal nutrition for health, wellness, and performance; exercise programming – from weekend warriors to athletes; dietary supplementation for health and disease prevention; designing and conducting clinical research interventions; technical writing and professional publishing and presentation; and evaluation of research studies and data. In addition to his professional accomplishments, he is a former athlete and competitive body builder, who maintains a very rigorous exercise training regimen, takes certain important dietary supplements, and has eaten a whole-food, plant-based diet for over 26 years.
Links mentioned in the post:
Raw Pecan Pie RecipeGena Hamshaw, Choosing Raw

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