The Global Raw List

Sunfood Traveler


Guide to Global Sunfoodist Culture

Updated August 5, 2008

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or mail John McCabe, POB 1272, Santa Monica, CA 90406-1272, USA

Note: We are not interested in any restaurants or cafes that serve meat (including fish and fowl).

"In today's environment, hoarding knowledge ultimately erodes your power. If you know something very important, the way to get power is by actually sharing it."

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To find a natural foods store in your area, simply go to one of these Web sites and do a search:


Farmers' street markets provide direct access to produce grown on family farms in your region.

By purchasing whole, locally-grown foods, you are eliminating the use of global food transportation, which uses enormous amounts of fossil fuels.

Farmers' Market Finder: AMS.USDA.Gov/FarmersMarket, lists farms where you can harvest your own produce.


In addition to the restaurants and cafes listed below that are serving raw cuisine, the following Web sites provide information about vegetarian restaurants around the planet:  

Vegetarian Resource Group VRG.Org



If you know of any additions or changes to the following list of restaurants, cafes, and delis, please send the updated information to:, or snail mail: POB 1272, Santa Monica, CA 90406-1272

Also, the following site is good to find raw food restaurants:;; Emily Rutherford. Enter your email and the guide link will be emailed to you.

Alabama raw food sources Market, 5147 Atlanta Hwy., Montgomery, AL 36109; 866-788-9473

Alaska raw food sources Market, 224 4th St., Juneau, Alaska 99801; 907-586-6476

Arizona raw food sources

D'Lish 3190 W. Hwy 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336; 928-203-9393;

Mandala Tearoom, 7027 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ 85251; 480-423-3411;; Vegan with some raw food. 2905 4th Ave., Yuma, AZ 85364; 928-317-8300 (potlucks/classes) Phoenix, AZ

SedonaRawCafé.com 1595 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336; 928-282-2997;

Tree of Life Café, 771 Harshaw Rd., Patagonia, AZ 85624; 520-394-2589;; Call for reservations.

California raw food sources 1972 Lombard, San Francisco, CA 94123; 415-923-1052 16563 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708; 714-418-0658 8382 Beverly Blvd, L.A., CA 90048-2631; 323-655-8300

Bautista Family Organic Date Ranch, POB 726 Mecca, CA 92254-0726; 760-396-2337

Café 2400 Harrison St., San Francisco, CA 94110; 415-824-4652; Mostly raw 1336 9th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94122; Mostly raw

Café 1730 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709-1720; Mostly raw 2200 4th St., San Rafael, CA 94901; Mostly raw

Café La Vie 429 Front St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060; 831-429-ORGN;; Some raw

Café 4 E. 4th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401; 650-401-6411 7822 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA 91494; 619-433-0680 300 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008; 760-585-0136 3807 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92103; 619-325-1949 Market, 1525 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90404; 310-451-8902

Cru 1521 Griffith Park Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026; 323-667-1551; 7660-B Beverly Blvd., L.A., CA 90036; 323-937-0777

Euphoria 2301 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-721-4222;

Fruit Gallery 1 Westminster Ave., Venice, CA 90291; 310-452-3034;; Nina Marie Merced; small juice and smoothie bar and market with some fresh and packaged raw and foods

Good Karma Vegan 37 S. 1st St., San Jose CA 95113; 408-294-2694 Huntington Beach, CA; 714-377-2028; sells some packaged foods in stores, formerly had a restaurant 5930 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92648; 714-840-6400; some raw 133 Daphne St., Encinitas, CA 92024; 760-479-0996 410 Railroad Ave., Blue Lake, CA 95525; 707-668-1781

House of Nature's Own 117 Broadway, Chico, CA 95928; 530-342-1188; Ashley and Craig White 3906 Judah, San Francisco, CA 94122-1121; 415-66-juice; Mostly raw

Juicy Lucy's 703 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133-2701; 415-786-1285 café, 11938 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90066 café, 14318 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Living Light Cafe 301 N. Main, Ft. Bragg, CA 95437; 707-964-2420;, Living Tree Community Foods. This is a raw foods products company that distributes their products to natural foods stores and restaurants, and through the Internet. 18621 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356; 818-758-6971; Some raw 100 S. Fir St., Ventura, CA 93001; 805-641-FOOD

Millenium Restaurant Hotel California, 580 Geary, San Francisco, CA 94102; 415-345-3900; Some raw Market 225 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627; 949-631-4141 Market 19770 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, CA 92648; 714-963-6667 Market 2963 Michelson Dr., Irvine, CA 92612; 949-752-6667 Market 24165 Paseo De Valencia, Laguna Woods, CA 92653; 949-768-6667

118 Degrees, 2981 Bristol St., B5, Costa Mesa, CA 92626,

Rainbow Acres Market, 13208 W. Washington Blvd, L.A., CA 90066; 310-306-8330 Market, 211 E. Matilija St., Ojai, CA 93023; 805-646-4017 Market, 1745 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94103-3711; 415-863-0620

Raw, 6th & Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

RawCafé UCB Art Museum, 2625 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94720; 510-548-4366 2050 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94704; 510-665-9464 5913 W. Franklin, Hollywood, CA 90028; 866-563-4545 store, 11653 Riverside Dr., Lakeside, CA 92040; 619-596-7979; Store sells some raw food supplies, books, kitchen equipment.

Synergy Raw Bakery & Vegan Supplies, 1419 Garnet Ave., San Diego, CA 92109; 858-490-2144, Los Angeles, CA; 323-337-7381; Nwenna Kai, Catering 1408 PCH, Redondo Beach, CA 90277; 310-316-8708; Open 6 days. Half day Sunday. Tuesdays, closed. Melissa Davison.

The Farmer and The Cook, 339 W. El Roblar, Ojai, CA 93023; 805-640-9608; some raw selections

Colorado raw food sources

Meals in the Raw, Aurora, CO; 303-241-2727;; Not a restaurant. Chef Lisa Johnson ships raw food meals throughout the country. 1200 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder, CO 80304; 303-440-8348 848 E. 3rd Ave., Durango, CO 81301; 970-247-8395

Connecticut raw food sources Restaurant, 1227 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06511; 203-786-4774 203 New Britain Ave., Hartford, CT 06106; 860-246-5700

Catch A Healthy Habit Café, 487 a Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT 06516; 203-521-7648;; Glen Colello

Citrus Juice Bar Café 27 Broadway Ave., Mystic, CT 06355; 860-536-7007; half raw

The Stand 31 Wall St., Norwalk, CT; 203-956-5670; raw foods, salads, juices, smoothies

Delaware raw food sources Market, 280 E. Main St., Newark, DE 19711; 302-368-5894

Florida raw food sources

Almond Blossom Café, 408 S. Daytona Ave., Flagler Beach, FL 32136; 386-439-7544, 3404 North Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33127; 305-438-0004;, 116 E. 5th Ave., Mount Dora, FL 32757; 352-383-0090, 19100 SE 137th Ave., Miami, FL 33177; 305-238-7747 Restaurant, 2702 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33602; 813-221-7668, 1443 Palmdale Court., W. Palm Beach, FL 33411; 561-471-8876

Leafy Greens Café, 17001 Gulf Blvd., North Redington Beach, FL 33708; 727-289-7087;

Lifefood Gourmet, 377 SW 15th Rd., 2nd Floor, Miami, FL 33129; 786-523-9669;; All raw. John Schott, proprietor. Cross street: Broadway.

Om Garden, 379 SW 15th Rd., 1st Floor, Miami FL 33129; 305-856-4433;; Some raw, some cooked vegan. Cross street: Broadway. Contact Dionette for catering., 224 W. King St., St. Augustine, FL 32084; 904-827-4499, W. Palm Beach, FL. Meets at a restaurant., 1431 N. Fed. Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304; 954-539-9000; Some raw, 4428 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL 34233; 941-377-6209

Georgia raw food sources

Bee Green, 621 N. Westover Blvd., Albany, GA 31707; 229-435-3373; Juice bar, café, small market. Cafe 1435 Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30062; 770-977-9583 465 Blvd, Ste. 201A, Atlanta, GA 30312; 404-635-1133 2796 E. Point St., E. Point, GA 30344; 404-765-9220 Market, 621 N. Westover Blvd, Albany, GA 31707; 229-435-3373

Hawaii raw food sources

Alive & Well Market 340 Hana Hwy., Kahului, Maui, HI 96732; 808-877-4950

BlossomingLotusCafé.com 1384 Kuhio Hwy., Kaapa, Kauai, HI 96764; 808-822-7678

Joy's Place 1993 South Kihei Rd., Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-7834; 808-879-9258 Market, 49 Baldwin Ave., Paia, Maui, HI 96779; 808-579-8078

Mandala Garden 29 Baldwin, Paia, Maui, HI 96779; 808-579-9500

Pahoa Natural Foods Market, Kuna St., Big Island, HI 96778; 808-965-8322

Idaho raw food sources

Akasha Organics (Chapter One Bookstore) 160 Main St., Ketchum, ID 83340; 208-726-4777;

Glow Live Food Café, 380 Washington Ave., #105, Ketchum ID 83340; 208-725-0314; opening summer 2008

Illinois raw food sources

The Balanced Kitchen, 6263 N. McCormick Blvd, North Chicago, IL; 773-463-1085; Vegan with some raw options.

BorrowedEarthCafé.com 970 Warren Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515; 630-795-1729. Raw and mostly organic. 30 minutes west of Chicago.

Chicago Diner 3411 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60657; 773-935-6696; VeggieDiner.Com; some raw options

Cousins Incredible Vitality, 3038 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60618; 773-478-6868,

Doc's Juice and Smoothies, 2246 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60647;; Has some raw juices.

Golden Pacific, 5252 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL; sells young coconut and some frozen exotic fruit, site for raw food information

The Green Grocer, 1402 W. Grand, Chicago, IL 60622; 312-624-9508;

Karen's Fresh Corner, 1901 N. Halsted Ave., Chicago, IL 60614; 312-255-1590;

Lake Side Café, 1418 W. Howard St., Rogers Park, Chicago, IL 60626; 773-262-9503; Lake-Side-Café.com; vegetarian and vegan with some raw options

New Leaf Natural Grocer, 1261 W. Loyola Ave., Chicago, IL 60626; 773-743-0400;; natural foods store with raw food products

True Nature Health Foods, 6034 N. Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60660; 773-465-6400;; natural foods store

Indiana raw food sources Market, New Albany Market, 3003 Charlestown Crossing Way, New Albany, IN 47150

Kentucky raw food sources Market, St. Matthews Market, 3738 Lexington Rd., Louisville, KY 40207; 502-896-0189 Market, Middletown Market, 12401 Shelbyville Rd., Louisville, KY 40243; 502-244-2022 Market, Springhurst Market, 3608 Springhurst Blvd., Louisville, KY 40241; 502-339-5090

Louisiana raw food sources

Surrey's Café & Juice Bar 1418 Magazine St., New Orleans 70130; 504-524-3828; Organic juice available in this non-vegetarian café.

Maine raw food sources store, 254 Cider Hill Rd., York, ME 03909; 207-409-0899

Maine Seaweed Co., POB 57 Steuben, ME 04680; 207-546-2875; Source for raw seaweeds.

Maryland raw food sources

Everlasting Life Healthfood Store; 9185 Central Ave., Capitol Heights, MD 20743; 301-324-6900; 1626 Aliceanna St., Baltimore, MD 21231; 410-276-6606; vegetarian café, organic juices 2433 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21218-5125; 410-662-8638; Some raw

Massachusetts raw food sources Market, 150 Maine St., #8, Northampton, MA 01060; 413-586-3800 69 Prince St., Boston, MA 02113; 857-362-7288 294 Cabot St., Beverly, MA 01915; 978-922-0004

Michigan raw food sources 2006 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912; 517-487-1822

Minnesota raw food sources 2409 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55405; 612-874-7336

Missouri raw food sources

Asian Farmers' Market, 81st & Olive, University City, MO

Biver Farms, Brett Palmier, organic farmer and Community Supported Agriculture:

Clayton Farmers Market, North Central & Maryland Ave., Clayton, MO; Saturday mornings

Eternity Deli and Juice Bar, 11 South Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108; 314-454-1851;, site for raw foodists in Missouri

Natural Way Market 8110 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, MO 63139; 314-961-3541;

Natural Way Market 12345 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, MO 63141; 314-878-3001;

Natural Way Market 468 Old Smizer Mill Rd., Fenton, MO 63026; 636-343-4343;,, Terry Stiers, chef

Sappington Farmers' Market 8400 Watson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63119;

SoulardFarmersMarket 730 Carrol St., St. Louis, MO 63104; 314-622-4180

Nevada raw food sources

GoRawCafé.com 2910 Lake East Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89117; 707-254-5382 2381 E. Windmill Way, Las Vegas, NV 89123, POB 870, 257 S Moapa Blvd., Overton, NV 89040; raw products company

New Hampshire raw food sources

Country Life Vegetarian Restaurant, 15 Roxbury St., Keene, NH 03431; 603-357-3975; some raw

Katrina's Organic Market & Café, 3358 White Moutnain, North Conway, NH 03860; 603-356-6068; Cooked and raw, plus fresh juices.

Susty's Café, First NH Turnpike, Rte. 4; Northwood NH; 603-942-8425; vegan with some raw options, call first.

New Jersey raw food sources

Energy Bar 307C Orange Rd., Montclair 07042, NJ; 973-746-7003;

New Mexico raw food sources

Art of Raw Food Stand (seasonal) Arroyo Seco, Taos, NM 87571; 505-758-3316 333 Cordova Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87505; 505-986-0362; Some raw

New York raw food sources 333 E. 12th New York, NY,10003-7201; 212-228-2909; Some raw 104 W. Park Ave., Long Beach, NY 11561; 516-889-8955 18 E. 23rd St., New York, NY 10010; 212-505-1200 154 E. 79th St., New York, NY 10021; 212-573-7179

Caravan Of 405 E. 6th St., New York, NY 10009; 212-254-1613 105 1st Ave., New York, NY 10003; 212-982-5870 118 S. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY 14850-5508; 607-254-6074; 607-272-6300. raw food and books 185-02 Horace Harding Expy., Fresh Meadows, NY 11365 138 E. 3rd,, NY NY10009; 212-777-6645 Market, 3000 Long Beach Rd., Oceanside, NY 11572; 516-536-5535;

Jill's Café 231 Court St., Brooklyn, NY 11201; 718-797-0330; 508 E. 12th St., NY 10009; 212-358-8068 11 Main St, New Paltz, NY 12561; 845-255-1099 410 6th Ave. , New York, NY 10011; 212-420-9099

Liquiteria 170 Second Ave., New York, NY10003; 212-358-0300 101 Stanton St., New York,, NY 10002; 212-334-4593 2053 8th Ave., New York, NY 10026; 212-666-3012

Organic Soul Café 6th St. Ctr, 638 E. 6th St., New York, NY 10009; 212-677-1863;é; Not all raw

Park Slope Co-op Market, 782 Union St., Brooklyn, NY 11215; 718-622-0560; 54 Irving Pl., New York, NY 10003; 212-477-1010

Pure Juice & Takeaway 125 1/2 E. 17th St., New York, NY 10003-3402; 212-477-7151

Quintessence 263 E. 10th St. New York, NY 10009; 646-654-1823

Raw Daily Soup 241 W. 54th St. , New York, NY 10019-5501; 212-765-7687 348 W. 145th St., New York, NY 10039; 212-491-5859 227 Sullivan St., New York, NY 10012; 212-337-0863 913 8th Ave., New York, NY 10019; 212-586-5262

The V-Spot, 156 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217; 718-622-2275;; Vegan with some raw options.

North Carolina raw food sources 40 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 28801; 828-252-3445; veggie place with some raw options + wine

Ohio raw food sources Café, Montrose, W. Market Plz, 3885 W. Market St., Akron, OH 44333; 330-666-SEED (7333) Café, Uptown Solon Shopping Ctr, 6025 Kruse Dr., Solon, OH 44139; 440-519-FOOD (3663); Café: 440-519-3600

Nature's Bin Market, 18120 Sloane Ave. Lakewood, OH 44107; 216-521-4600;, 21 Furnace St., Northside Lofts, Akron, OH; 330-374-5550; some raw. Owned by rock musician Chrissie Hynde

Oklahoma raw food sources

Pure Raw To Go Tulsa; 918-619-6650; In June 2008 Web site states that restaurant is to open March 2008. Ships raw meals nationwide. Chef Cynthia Beavers. The Web site takes forever to open — something that many people have mentioned. Has an enewsletter:

Oregon raw food sources

Angels Healthfood Institute, POB 858, Gold Hill, OR 97525;; Farm address: 9394 Blackwell Rd. Central Point, OR 97502; 541-855-1846; 237 N. 1st St., Ashland, OR 97520; 541-482-2237 925 NW Davis, Portland, OR 97209; 503-525-YOGA 2489 Willamette St., Eugene, OR 97405; 541-345-1014 Services & Catering 135 Liberty St., NE, OR; 503-507-8544 357 Van Buren St., Eugene, OR 97402; 541-342-7503 748 E. 24th, Eugene, OR 97405-2936; 541-343-9142

Pennsylvania raw food sources 319 W. Main St., Store #4, Rear, Lansdale, PA 19446; 215-361-0116

KindCafé.com Philadelphia, PA; 215-922-5463; half raw; moving in 2008 717-476-Love 320 Atwood St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4026; 724-593-5056 1262 Rte. 711, Stahlstown, PA 15687; 724-593-5056 Great Valley Shop. Ctr., 81 Lancaster Ave., Malvern, PA 19355; 610-647-9797 Huntington Valley, PA; 215-947-1510

South Carolina raw food sources 627 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29465; 843-849-8554. Mostly raw menue. Mickey and Caroline Brennan.

Texas raw food sources 1625 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704; 2307 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin, TX 78703; 512-480-9501 The Rudra Ctr., 609 N. Locust St., Denton, TX 76201 4915 MLK Jr. Blvd., Houston, TX 77021; 713-643-2884

Utah raw food sources

Ginger's Garden Cafe 188 S. Main St., Springville, UT 84663; 801-489-4500; some raw + juices

SagesCafé.com 473 E. 300 S., SLC, UT 84102; 801-322-3790

Washington raw food sources

ChacoCayonCafé.com 4761 Brooklyn Ave. NE, 206-5 Canyon, Seattle, WA 98105; 206-522-6966 340 Parkplace Ctr., Kirkland, WA 98033; 425-739-7386

Living Green Natural Food and Apothecary 630-A Second St., Langley, WA 98260; 360-221-8242; some raw

Washington DC raw food sources Market, 2928 Georgia Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001; 202-232-1700

Wisconsin raw food sources

Raw Deal deli, 544 Broadway S., Menomoni, WI 54751; 715-231-3255; some raw

Puerto Rico raw food sources 99 Calle Sol, Rte. 115, Km. 14.3; Rincon, Puerto Rigo 00677; 787-823-1772

Amsterdam raw food sources, weekly raw event in Amsterdam, Raw food supply company in Amsterdam.

Australia raw food sources

Academy of Natural Living, Clohey River Health Farm, POB 901; Cairns, Queensland 4870; 07-4093-7989; international +61 7 4051 0177;; John Fielder, 28 Drynan St., Bayswater, Western Australia 6053; 08-9371-9908;; Perth area. Natural foods store with raw focus. Upstairs meeting room for seminars. They also run the online raw food supply store +61-8-9371-9903.

All Raw, south of Adelaide, Fleurieu Penninsula; +61 0406-338-212;, Sydney; 02-9990-9204. Catering by Julie, and an on-line store.

The Darrington Brothers, Paul and Ryan, creating a biodynamic permaculture healing center. Email only

Hippocrates Australia,, health retreat center

Jessica Loyer, chef.

Pizza Patch Organic Vegetarian Restaurant, 2558 Gold Coast Hwy., Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast QLD; 0401 555 958;; some raw food on menu; raw food supplies online; raw chat group; raw events

Raw Power, 17 Tombonda Road Murwillumbah NSW 2482 Australia;1300 664 179;;; Runi and Anand conduct raw food classes, organize seminars for visiting raw authors, have raw food store, send raw enewsletter. They also run;, Samudra, POB 295, Dunsborough 6281, Western Australia; +61 897740110; runs yoga and surf retreats; some raw food, is opening a raw food restaurant. Sheridan Hammond:

Santos Natural Food Store, 105 Johnson Street, Byron Bay; 6685-7071;; open 7 days.

Santos Natural Food Stoer, 51-53 Burringbar St., Mullumbimby, AU; 6684-3773;; opens 7 days

The Sushi Wala, 3-55 Burringbar St., Mullumbimby NSW 2482;; some raw vegan food, Gold Coast, store with variety of fruit

Canada raw food sources, Curdessence Service Traiteur, 5333 rue Casgrain, Suite. 801, Montreal, Quebec H2T 1X3; 514-271-0333; Crudessence Pignon sur Rue, 105 rue Rachel Quest, Montreal, Quebec H2T 1X3, web store, 1 Yorkville Ave., Ste. 1, Toronto M4W 1L1; 416-962-4400 101-422 Richards St., Vancouver V5Z 2K6;


Live Health Café 264 Dupont St., Toronto M5R 1V7; 416-515-2002;

Raw Elements Inc., RR #2, Acton, Ontario; 519-853-8729; raw products company. Mail order.

SeJuiced, 1958 West 4th, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5, Canada; 604-730-9906. Vegetarian/Vegan. Some raw. Organic juices., raw food consulting company in Ottawa 720 Bathurst St., Toronto M5S 2R4; 416-977-8929; 416-535-3111 Toronto; 416-617-3096  

WOW Wild Organic Café 22 Carden St., Guelph, ON N1H 3A2; 519-766-1707

Zero Zero 407B 5th St., Courtenay BC V9N 1J7; 250-338-0571;

Czech Republic raw food sources


England raw food sources, 200 Kentish Town Rd., London NW5 2AE yearly festival 0207277 6882 magazine, 87 Pepys Rd., London SE14 5SE

InSpiral Lounge, 250 Camden High Street, London NW1 8QS, England; 020 7428 5875; raw foods food delivery 0844 770 3344 food delivery 07879 246 501 Chad Sarno's restaurant, 152-154 Curtain Rd., Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AT; +44 (0) 20 76130 007

The Raw Chocolate Company, Unit E 3, Blacklands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, Henfield, East Sussex BN5 9AT;

The Shop On The Hill market 7b Harefield Rd., Brockley, London SE4 1LW England; 0208 6922175; ; tiny market

Total Raw Food, PO BOX 129, Brighton, BN51 9BW; 01273 248 697;

VitaOrganic (extensive raw and juice menu) Wholistic Restaurant, Alternative Café and Juice Bar, 279C Finchley Rd, London, NW3 6ND, England; 020-7435-2188;

Iceland raw food sources

Solla, Himnesk Hollusta, Sundaborg 5, 104, Reykjav�k |554 7273;

Jamaica raw food sources

Ashanti Foods Monthly Brunch, Yvonne Hope; 876-944-3316

Earl's Juice Garden, 16 Derrymore Rd., Kingston 10, Jamaica; 876-906-4287; 876 920-7009

Earl's Juice Garden #2, Shop #6, 6 Red Hills Rd., Kingston 10, Jamaica, 876-754-2425

Scotland raw food sources

Red Sugar, 27b Raeburn Pl., Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH4 1HU, Scotland; 031 332 8455;

Spain raw food sources Intentional community

Organic, C. de la Junta de Comera 11, Barcelona, Spain 08001; 001 34 93 301 0902;

Sweden raw food sources

Thailand raw food sources

Rasayana Raw Food Café, 57 Soi Sukhumvit 39 (Prom-mitr), Sukhumvit Rd., Klongton-Nua Wattana 10110; Bangkok, Thailand, 66-2662-4803-5


If you know of any helpful web sites based on raw veganism or Sunfoodism, please let us know by email:, or snail mail: POB 1272, Santa Monica CA 90406-1272, USA, author Paul Benhaim, Australia. Also runs:, Daniel Vitalis and Gabrielle Brick

Matt Amsden:, proprietor of Euphoria Loves Rawvolution café, Santa Monica, California

Anthony Anderson:, New York male model, permaculturist, chef.

Australia Raw Food Community:, author and owner of Raw Power nutritional supplement company in Idaho

Paul Benhaim,, chef, chocolateier, and entrepreneur in Australia

Boutenko Family:, Ashland, Oregon

Sapoty Brook,, Australian inventor of the KaPNak chart., San Francisco restaurant and store, 4 locations (2 in SF, and one each in Berkeley and San Rafael)

Steve Charter, 5 Hoathly Hill, West Hoathly, West Sussex, RH19 4SJ, UK;

Brenda Cobb, Author and owner of this New Age healing center offering raw food prep classes in Atlanta, Georgia., Emma Jackman's chocolate company in England.

Elizabeth Howard:, Eugene, Oregon chef, life coach, runs seminars, author and chef Renee Loux Gordon or Maui, Hawaii, Charlottesville, Virginia, Missouri company, England, Canadian raw food supply company., San Diego raw chocolate company., Australian yoga and fasting retreat center in mountains near Byron Bay. Erik Adams, founder.

Funky Raw Magazine:;, Ojai, California. Has enewsletter, publishes online magazine, Pear. Jinji and Storm also send out daily inspirational emails and give seminars., social networking site for raw foodists, Lenette

Hunab Ku Portal:, chef and author Sergei Boutenko of in southern Oregon conducts adventurous wild food foraging hikes.

Woody Harrelson,, Ninaya Laub of Santa Barbara, CA.

Jon Hinds, Wisconsin yoga, calisthenics, and fitness course gym founded by Hinds, a personal fitness coach to many professional athletes., Kerri Dancing Butterfly conducts seminars and retreats, usually in Arizona.

Dr. Rosa Kincaid,; Medical doctor, teacher, raw food chef, professional dancer, mother, wife, grandmother. Wow!

Karen Knowler, of England

JacQui Lalita,

Ninaya Laub: Santa Barbara mom, yoga teacher, chef, and raw food seminar organizer with her permaculturist and farmer husband, Daniel Laub. Raw food magazine., Living Tree Community Foods

Renee Loux: Chef, author, and TV personality who lives in Maui, Hawaii.

Jessica Loyer, chef. Australia.

Mango the Fruitarian,, Australian

Anna Marcon:, chef and author in Boulder, Colorado

John McCabe: Author, ghost writer, artist, environmental activist., Mrs. Flora Papadopoulou, author of book Mediterranean Goes Raw, Jon Hinds of Wisconsin. Personal trainer to many professional athletes., POB 870, 257 S Moapa Blvd., Overton, NV 89040; raw products company, author

Cath Parker:, Runi and Anand conduct raw food classes, organize seminars for visiting raw authors, have raw food store, send raw enewsletter. They also run 17 Tombonda Road Murwillumbah NSW 2482 Australia;1300 664 179, blog of Suki in England

Amy Rachelle: Chef, life coach, theorist, conducts seminars in NY and San Francisco area.

The Raw Chef Blog:, The Raw Chocolate Company, Unit E 3, Blacklands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, Henfield, East Sussex BN5 9AT Australian site., 2710 Thomes Ave., Ste 246, Cheyenne, WY 82001, USA; 514-833-DIVA, ; raw products company in Ontario, Canada., P.O. Box 939, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678. Orange County. The Boutenko family of chefs and authors in Ashland, Oregon.,, Terry Stiers, chef in Missouri Site for author and chef Cherie Soria's Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in Fort Bragg, California. She also hosts an annual week-long raw food seminar, and owns and operates a bed and breakfast., Jeff in England


Raw Food Network:

Raw Food Planet: Site for the author of the Raw Foods Bible., England Site for documentary about diabetic patients who got off their medication by going raw under the supervision of Gabriel Cusens in Arizona., author Craig B. Sommers N.D., C.N. Matt Monarch's site for raw food books, appliances, and supplies., Gina Panayi, England, Tampa, Florida online store. Alex Malinsky, owner, chef. Also runs, England raw food online store.;; England chefs. Site for New York male supraw model, chef, permaculturist Anthony Anderson.

Raw Network of Washington, Seattle:, Australian raw food forum, store, and seminars. Author Thor Bazler's site. Owner of Idaho company that makes raw nutritional supplements., Australian raw food network, produces seminars, produces monthly newsletter, Elizabeth Howard of Eugene, Oregon. Chef, life coach, gives seminars., author, lecturer, and retreat organizer Angela Stokes who dropped 160 lbs after turning to a raw food diet. Sells books, supplies. Produces enewsletter. Gives consultations. Wife of Matt Monarch of Angela Stokes' blog for raw foodists. Event listings. Raw Spirit Festival held annually in Arizona. author, speaker, and blogger Matt Monarch's site. Husband of Angela Stokes of, Raw food supply company in Amsterdam. Matt Monarch's book store Matt and Janabai Amsden's café next to their store, Beauty and Wisdom. Santa Monica, California., site for the raw foods product company Rejuvinative Foods, POB 8464, Santa Cruz, CA 95061; 800-805-7975; 831-427-2196;

Rhio's Raw Energy: RawFoodInfo.Com. Author and chef Rhio lives in New York.

Erik Rivkin,;; chef., weekly raw event in Amsterdam, Tim Van Orden, the raw athlete., crass name for a raw food catering and food preparation instruction company. Los Angeles., Dean Thomas' Chinese tonic herbal products and mushrooms. Los Angeles., Chef, yoga teacher, retreat and party organizier, raw cacao supplier. New York City., co-author of Naked Chocolate. England., Canadian raw company that also has a yearly raw festival in Ottawa,; company started by recipe book author Ani Phyo that produces raw nutritional bars.

Cherie Soria: Author, chef, and owner of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in Fort Bragg, California., Steve Adler's chocolate company in northern California., one of Alex Malinsky's sites (also: and

Terry Stiers, chef in Missouri;, Author and speaker David Wolfe's company in San Diego. Sells raw food books, foods, kitchen equipment. Conducts seminars and retreats. Site for John McCabe's book, Sunfood Living: Resource Guide for Global Health. Site for John McCabe's guide to Sunfoodist culture., Devon, England

Dean Thomas,, Chinese tonic herbal products and mushrooms. Los Angeles. Author and owner of Idaho company that makes raw food nutritional supplements., Brighton, England

Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, Arizona:, Dr. Gina Shaw, England, Erik Rivkin, chef. Founded Viva La Raw Project to educate people on raw foods and healthy planet ventures., Woody Harrelson's site

David Wolfe: Author, success speaker, and owner of, Michael Stein and Angela Starks of New Paltz, New York. Yoga studio, raw food and green living seminars.


Many raw food restaurants offer raw food preparation courses.

Brenda Cobb's Living Foods Institute is a New Age healing center offering classes in raw food preparation. 1530 Dekalb Ave., NE, Ste. E, Atlanta, Georgia, 30307; 404-524-4488;

For those wishing professional raw chef training, consider Cherie Soria's Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, 301-B North Main St., Fort Bragg, California 95437; 800-816-2319; 707-964-2420;; Soria has also restored a nearby mansion into a bed and breakfast that serves her foods. They hold an annual seminar weekend that includes many visiting authors. Check out Cherie's recipe book:


There are a variety of raw food retreats that have different styles. One may focus more on detoxing and fasting, while another may focus on yoga and learning to make healthful food. They may be held in hotels; bed and breakfast hotels; retreat centers, or at resorts. Others are held in more of a rugged surrounding, such as at a hot springs center where you stay in a tent. Select a retreat based on your comfort level and needs. Wolfe's retreats are often held at Eden Hot Springs in Arizona; at Kalani on the Big Island of Hawaii; and various other yoga and health retreat centers.

Also, some intentional communities host and/or function as retreat centers. To find a list of raw food intentional communities, access: The site contains a growing list of raw food intentional communities around the world.

Arizona retreats

Tree Of Life Rejuvenation Center, 686 Harshaw Road, Patagonia, AZ 85624; 520-394-2520;;; Dr. Gabriel Cousens' center.

Journeys for the Soul, Kerrie Cushing holds raw food retreats, usually in Arizona.

California retreats

Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in Fort Bragg, California. This is Cherie Soria's raw food chef school. It also has a café. Check schedule for raw food seminars. Cherie owns and runs a bed and breakfast in Fort Bragg that serves her amazing food.

Human Nature, Santa Barbara, CA; 805-448-1939;; Ness Carroll co-founder

Optimum Health Institute, 6970 Central Ave., Lemon Grove, CA 91945; 619-464-3346

River Canyon Retreat, 18262 Slide Mine Road, N. San Juan, CA 95960; 530-292-0171;

Florida retreat

Hippocrates Health Institute, 1443 Palmdale Court, West Palm Beach, FL 33411; 800-842-2125

Georgia retreat

Sprout Raw Food Learning Center, 1085 Lake Charles Drive, Roswell, GA 30075; 770-992-9218;, Jackie and Gideon

Hawaii retreats

The Center For Healing With Nature, 593 Poipu Dr., Honolulu, HI 96825; 808-394-6240; Big Island, Hawaii: This is a yoga retreat center that is like summer camp for adults with a large pool, massage, and a special watsu pool. Rooms are simple with screens instead of windows. There is also a camping field. Communal dining is mostly vegetarian or vegan. They will accommodate the raw food diet upon request. Sometimes hosts raw retreats that provide their own raw food, including David Wolfe's New Years gathering.

Yoga Oasis, PO Box 1935, Pahoa, HI 96778; 808-965-8460;; On Big Island. Check schedule.

New Mexico retreat

Ann Wigmore Foundation, PO Box 399, San Sidel, New Mexico 87049; 505-552-0595

Michigan retreat

The Assembly of Yahweh Wellness Center, 7881 Columbia Hwy., Eaton Rapids, MI 48827; 517-663-1637; Hiawatha Cromer

Creative Health Institute, 112 West Union City Rd., Union City, MI 49094; 517-278-6260;;

Illinois retreat

Nature's Raw Energy, 640 15th Avenue, East Moline, IL 61244; 309-755-0200;

Texas retreats

Optimum Health Institute, Rural Route 1, Box 339-J, Cedar Creek, TX 98612; 512-303-4817

Oxygen Life Spa and Raw Superfood Store, 609 N. Locust, Denton, TX 76201; 944-384-7946;; Asha Cobb

Rest Or Your Life Health Retreat, PO Box 102, Barksdale, TX 78828; 830-234-3488;; Gregory and Tosca Haag.

Washington retreat

Cedar Springs Renewal Center, 31459 Barben Rd., Sedro Woolley, Washington 98284; 360-826-3599;

Australia retreat

Funkey Forest, 1321 Main Arm Rd., Mullumbimby, NSW 2482, AU; 02-66845279 Retreat center surrounded by a wildlife sanctuary in the mountains 30 minutes from Byron Bay. Not a resort. Has dorms, camping, meditation/yoga rooms, massage, kitchen facilities, broad deck, hiking excursions. Various yoga, fasting, detox retreats held here. Erik Adams, founder.

Hippocrates Health Center of Australia, Elaine Ave, Mudgeeraba 4213, Gold Coast Queensland, Australia; 07-5530-2860; Hippocrates.Com.AU

Canada retreats

New Life Retreat, RR4, 453 Dobbie Rd., Lanark, Ontario, K0G 1K0, Canada; 613-259-3337;;; Chas and Madeline Dietrich

Nonpareil Natural Health Retreat, RR#3, Stirling, Ontario, K0K 3E0, Canada; 613-395-6332;; David Gouveia and Ms. Mano McNabb. 173 acre country estate.

Costa Rica retreats

Cascada Verde, Costa Rica, contact through email address:

Spirit of the Earth, 5871 Bells Rd, London, Ontario, N6P 1P3, Canada; 519-652-9109

Walter and Lorenna. Canadian address, but retreats are held in Costa Rica.

Pacha Mama 506-289-7081;; Intentional community on the West coast of Costa Rica. Holds many gatherings and has massage therapists, yoga teachers, and other healers and instructors present.

England retreats England England England England

Mexico retreat

Rio Caliente Spa and Nature Resort, Primavera, Mexico; 1-800-200-2927; Although not all vegetarian or raw food, this "nature ranch" in a pine forest provides raw food, fresh juices, and is in a setting of gardens, natural hot spring-fed pools, and offers common spa treatments, including massage, mud baths, steam baths, hiking, and yoga. The spa grows much of its own food. Located 45 minutes from Guadalajara. Group rates are offered.

Sanoviv Medical Institute of Baja California, Mexico; 2602-C Transportation Avenue, National City, CA 91950; 800-SANOVIV (726-6848);

Puerto Rico retreat

Ann Wigmore Institute, PO Box 429, Rincon, Puerto Rico 00677 USA; 787-868-6307;;

Philippines retreat

The Farm at San Benito, Hippocrates Health Resort of Asia, The Farm at San Benito, Isle of Luzon, Philippines; Manila Office, Azalea Room Mezzanine Floor, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Makati Avenue, Makati City; 632-751 3498; 632-750 8888 loc. 72428;;; A raw-food resort.

Spain retreat

Communidad de Alimentacion Cruda Internacional, Finca Cruda, Revista NaturalezaCruda, Arroyo del Viejo-Alpujata, 29110 Monda, Malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain; 952 119929, 619 78 85 70; Contact: Balta

Thailand retreat

ProCynergy, 120/51 Palm Springs Place, Ciang Mai, 500000, Thailand; 053 241 249;;


Comunidad Cruda, a community in Balta produces a magazine

Funky Raw Magazine, 87 Pepys Rd. London SE14 5SE, England;;

Living Nutrition Magazine, POB 256, Sebastopol, CA 95473;

Pear Magazine Online,

Sunfood Traveler Online,

Vegan Voice, Australia; Although not a raw magazine, it features many articles of interest to Sunfoodists.

Veggie Vision Internet TV, c/o MAD Promotions, Independent House, Radford Business Centre, Radford Way, Billericay, Essex CM12 0BZ; 07970 732668; An England-based vegetarian Web-based mag that includes some raw food information.


Many studies have found that organically-grown foods contain more nutrients than what is in the same foods that are grown using farming chemicals. A study by the University of California, Davis found that organic tomatoes contain two times the amount of flavonoids. Organically grown fruits and vegetables also grow stronger, and are less likely to be susceptible to pest infestation. In other words, conventionally grown foods are weaker, less vibrant, and provide fewer nutrients.

"The amount of pesticides and non-organic fertilizers used in farming today is shocking, and it is being ingested by us and Earth and damaging us both — for example, conventional strawberries use 300 pounds of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, and fungicides per acre."

Terces Engelhart, co-author with Orchid of I Am Grateful: Recipes & Lifestyle of Café Gratitude;

"Many new studies prove we can grow more food per acre on small organic farms than big chemically addicted agribusiness farms and that organic food is more nutrition than industrial food, so a lot of what we know instinctively is now backed by science. Which is great. What is good for our bodies and our communities is good for the planet."

Deborah Koons Garcia, director of the documentaries The Future of Food and In Good Heart: Soil and the Mystery of Fertility

Organic Consumers Association:

Organic Seed Alliance:

Pesticide Action Network:

Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms:


The absolute number one cause of greenhouse gas emissions is related to food production, packaging, shipping, marketing, and cooking — and especially to diets that include meat and dairy.

Eat regionally: it uses at least 50 times less fossil fuels. Eat organic: It uses 50% less fossil fuels. Eat a vegan diet that is all or mostly raw: it uses over 15 times less water, over 25 times less land, and over 30 times less petroleum than the typical American diet.

Disconnect from the corporate food train. Grow food using heirloom, non-hybridized, and non-genetically modified seeds. Aim for variety in your garden. There are 7,000 species of edible plants.

Educate yourself about veganic gardening, which uses no bone meal or blood fertilizers.

Nurture wild edible plants native to your region. Include wildflowers to support local bee colonies. Plant berry bushes and fruiting trees in nearby wildland. Learn how to identify edible plants in your local environment, including what you may think of as weeds, such as dandelion, purslane, young fiddlehead ferns, watercress, milkweed shoots, lambs quarters, chickweed, and sorrel. Also, learn the difference between edible and non-edible mushrooms.

Learn about the Dervaes family of Pasadena, California. They turned their small yard into a garden that produces thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables every year:

Anthony Anderson works as a model in New York City. He is constructing a permaculture home for himself in Minnesota. His Web site gives detailed updates of how he is creating his garden with fruiting trees and bushes, and various culinary gardens centered around a greenhouse and two-bedroom yurt. Access:

"Thoughtful and informed people realize that local is the answer — local seeds which grow well in a certain area need fewer chemicals, practices like crop rotation, composing, green manure-ing (using crops, especially nitrogen-fixing plants like beans, to return nutrients to the soil) — all these techniques create a healthier soil which needs fewer chemicals. And that food creates healthier people ."

Deborah Koons Garcia, director of the documentaries The Future of Food and In Good Heart: Soil and the Mystery of Fertility

American Community Gardening Association:

Community Alliance with Family Farmers:

Community Gardening Association:

Food Empowerment Project, POB 7071, San Jose, CA 95150-7071; 530-848-4021;

Food Not Lawns:, Sergei Boutenko's wild food foraging adventure hikes. Sergei is part of the Boutenko family of Ashland, Oregon. They have hiked hundreds of miles in the wild while surviving on wild plants. With his sister, Valya, he is also the author of the recipe book, Fresh. Access:

Institute for the Study of Edible Wild Plants and Other Forageables,

Native Seeds:

Oregon Tilth:

Organic Seed Alliance:

The Rhizome Collective, Austin, TX;

Save Our Seed:

Seed Savers Exchange:, wild food forage expert


Read and learn about farmer Percy Schmeiser, who has been sued by Monsanto. Access his Web site:

"We are facing the ultimate takeover bully — genetic engineering on the cellular level and corporate control on the global scale — and, of course, there is a relationship. Corporate control of the genetic material of the planet by buying up the planet's seed supply and patenting everything they can patent has a major impact on the basic security of every person who eats. After all, having access to seeds and food is the foundation of security."

Deborah Koons Garcia, director of the documentaries The Future of Food and In Good Heart: Soil and the Mystery of Fertility

Ban Terminator Seeds:


The Food Revolution:

The Future of Food:

Monsanto Watch:

Seeds of Deception:


In past centuries people grew or wildharvested most or all of their food. Then they put their food scraps back into the soil. This returned nutrients to Earth and built up their soil base so that their culinary gardens grew amazingly well.

These days most people are disconnected from growing food. They purchase their food from stores, then throw their food scraps into the trash, which gets taken to a landfill where it is mixed with all sorts of toxic substances. Then, if people want to grow a garden they often use chemical fertilizers to feed the plants. This practice is a double-edged sword. Not only are they depleting the soil by not returning the plant and food scraps to the soil, they also are poisoning the land and their bodies with chemical fertilizers made from fossil fuels that are known to cause cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities, and other health problems. Large amounts of fertilizers end up in underground aquifers, and in rivers, lakes, and oceans, where they cause damage to the environment and waterlife.

Additionally, because plants that are grown in weak soil also are not as hardy as they would be if they had been grown in nutrient-rich soil, they are more susceptible to infestation. To deal with that issue people use pesticides that are designed to kill living things. Pesticides are toxic to humans, pets, and wildlife.

Ideally all restaurants and food stores would return food scraps to the land, and not send them to trash heaps.

There are many ways of composting, including under-the-sink containers, in compost bins, and directly in compost pits. Many coffee cafes will give you their used coffee grinds, which make an excellent coverage for compost piles. This also provides a way to prevent coffee grinds from going to landfills and garbage dumps.


How To Compost:

US Composting Council:


When McDonald's planned to open a McDonald's near the Piazza di Spagna in Rome in 1986, a man named Carlo Petrini organized a protest. As their weapons the protesters used bowls of penne. Petrini wrote a manifesto against the fast-food culture and he founded the Slow Food Movement. The movement promotes traditional and regional foods as well as agricultural biodiversity, home culinary gardens, small farms, and sit-down dinners.

The Slow Food Movement has been key to reviving the "victory gardens" people planted in their yards, on their rooftops, and in their neighborhoods during WWII. But, this time people are planting home and neighborhood culinary gardens to provide personal independence from corporate agriculture, from the industrial food chain, and from mass marketed foods, and to save money, water, energy, and other resources. The spread of home culinary gardening is reviving a connection to Nature people lost by becoming too attached to commercialism, restaurants, and store-bought foods. Many affiliate groups have been started around the world.


California Rare Fruit Growers. This association was founded in 1968 by Paul Thomson and John Riley. There are now chapters with thousands of members in many countries.

California Rare Fruit Growers' San Diego chapter:, California-based organization plants fruiting trees at schools and other community facilities, and also helps reforest areas that were formerly forested. California Rare Fruit Growers' site listing nurseries selling both rare and common fruiting trees and bushes.

Northern Nut Growers Association,, Vista, CA. California Tropical Fruit Trees sells a variety of both rare and common fruiting trees and berry bushes.


The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) programs strategically plant orchards where the harvest will best serve communities at places such as homeless shelters, drug rehabs, low-income areas, reservations, international hunger relief sites, and animal sanctuaries. FTPF's projects benefit the environment, human health, and animal welfare all at once.

"A seed becomes a sapling that becomes a tree that will feed the body, replenish the earth, and oxygenate the air we breathe for more years than the hands that plant them will live to see. The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation truly embraces the notion that love gives without expectation of reward."

Angela Bassett, Golden Globe-winning Actor

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, POB 900113, San Diego, CA 92190;


More land on this planet is used to support the animal farming industry than any other human land use. Most of the farmland on the planet is used to grow food for farm animals. That translates to most of the water used for farming, and most of the fuel used for farming, and most of the toxic chemicals used for farming. That is just the start of the damage done to the planet by the animal farming.

Please read Howard Lyman's book, Mad Cowboy, and John Robbins' book, The Food Revolution.

"The livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent than transport [pollution from all cars and trucks combined]."

Food and Agriculture Organisation, Rome, Italy; 2006

"The less animal-based food you eat, and the more you replace those calories with plant-based food, the better off you are, in terms of your health as well as your contributions to the health of the planet."

Gidon Eshel, assistant professor of geophysics, U. of Chicago. Co-author of study concluding that becoming a vegan does more to reduce greenhouse gasses than car use.

Unfortunate facts about the animal farming and meat industry:

- The number one reason why tropical rainforests are cut down is to provide land to grow corn, soy, and other food for farmed animals. The forests are clearcut and/or burned, releasing the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere.

- The destruction of the Brazilian rainforests to make way for cattle grazing and grain fields has turned Brazil into the world's leading exporter of beef and soy.

- According to the 2007 report, Lovestock's Long Shadow, produced by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the animal farming industry produces more pollution than all cars, trucks, ships, trains, and airplanes combined. It is responsible for 65 percent of nitrous oxide emissions and 37 percent of methane emissions. Transportation causes 13.5 percent of the worlds global greenhouse gasses, and the livestock industry produced 18 percent. According to the report, 265 gallons of fossil fuels are used to produce the meat consumed annually by the typical American family of four.

- The number one use of synthetic chemical fertilizers on the planet is to grow food for farmed animals. The fertilizers are made using fossil fuels, are spread on the land using petroleum-burning engines, and release tremendous amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere. The nitrogen-based fertilizers release nitrous oxide, which is nearly 300 times for damaging than CO2.

- Produces the greenhouse gasses carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide as a result of the manure and gasses being produced by tens of billions of farm animals. Methane is emitted from the mouths of cattle and sheep and is 23 times stronger than CO2. One cow can produce as much as 130 gallons of methane per day.

- In the 30 years starting in 1975 the global production of farmed meat from cows, chickens, turkeys, hogs, and lambs rose from 130 million tons to 230 million tons.

- Nearly 1/3 of Earth's fertile land is used to grow food for farmed animals.

Farm Animal Reform Movement:

Howard Lyman: MadCowboy.Com

No Veal:

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals:

John Robbins:


Trees and forests are one of the many keys to life on this planet. Without them, we would all die.

The average human living in North America uses paper and wood products that amount to hundreds of trees during their lifetime. To replenish the trees we use is a noble venture.

Please be involved with planting and protecting trees and forests. Support organizations that work to do the same.

Learn the types of trees that are native to where you live. There are over 970 species of trees that are classified as endangered. It is likely that some of them are native to your area. Find out which ones they may be, and then plant some of them.

"Trees shade our ground, create topsoil, clean the air and help the land attract, hold and filter water. The trees and their roots purify the water as the rains fall. Clean streams keep millions of aquatic and other species alive."

Tim Hermach, President Native Forest Voice; Forest Voice, Spring 2006; ForestCouncil.Org

"Destruction of forests is a leading cause of global environmental breakdown, including global warming."

AncientTrees.Org, 2006

American Chestnut Foundation,

Alliance for Community Trees,

Budongo Forest:

Campaign for Old Growth:

California Rare Fruit Growers,

Earth First!:

Forests Forever:

Friends of the Urban Forest,

Fruit Tree Planting Foundation,

Living Tree Paper Company:

North American Native Plant Society,

Natural Resources Defense Council:

Rainforest Action Network:

Sanctuary Forest:

Save the Redwoods League:

Tree People:

Trees for the Future:

Trees Foundation:

We Save Trees:


We all need clean water to grow our food, feed our bodies, and refresh us.

Many of the world's water sources are so polluted that the life within them is altered.

Underground water aquifers, lakes, rivers, and other sources are being depleted by supplying water to golf courses, to farms growing food for the world's billions of farmed animals, and for lawns.

Please protect water by using only biodegradable, plant-based cleaning products. Also, to protect water, reduce your use of plastics and fossil fuels, grow some of your own food using organic gardening techniques, support local organic farmers, use non-toxic paints and finishes, and follow a plant-based diet.

"There is but one ocean though its coves have many names; a single sea of atmosphere with no coves at all; the miracle of soil, alive and giving life, lying thin on the only Earth, for which there is no spare."

David Brower, first executive director of the Sierra Club; founder of Friends of the Earth; founder of Earth Island Institute; father of the modern environmental movement

Avoid using personal care products that contain these substances that are poisonous to you and to wildlife:


Monoethanolamine, diethanolamine, and triethanolamine (MEA, DEA, and TEA)


Socium sulfate, amonyl lauryl sulfate, and laureth sulfate

Petroleum jelly

PVA/VA copolymer

Stearolkonium chloride

Synthetic or other coal-tar colors/dyes

Phthalates and synthetic fragrances

Chemical antibacterials

Glyco ether

Phenylenediamine (PPD)

American Rivers:

Corporate Accountability Int.:

Environmental Justice Coalition for Water:

The Greywater Guerillas:

Natural Resources Defense Council:

Sierra Club:

Water Keeper Alliance:

World Water Council:


Ranking just below animal farming as a water intensive industry, including all of the water needed to support the meat industry, is cotton farming. Cotton is the most water intensive crop.

The non-organic cotton industry does a lot of damage to the world's water systems. According to the Pesticide Action Network, cotton farming uses 25 percent of the world's insecticides and 10 percent of the world's pesticides. These chemicals poison the land, are troubling for farmers, cause birth deformities and learning disabilities, poison and kill wildlife, contribute to global warming, and pollute streams, rivers, lakes, oceans, and underground water aquifers.

When you purchase new cotton fabric, choose organic cotton. Also, consider fabrics that are more sustainable, such as bamboo and hemp fabrics.

Chetna Organic Farmers Association,

Organic Trade Association,

Pesticide Action Network,


Plant native wildflowers, flowering trees, and shrubs. Use organic gardening techniques.


There are over 1,000 varieties of bamboo. It is a fast-growing plant that can be used for food, flooring, shelter, clothing, soil detoxification, flood control, oxygen, and cleaning the air of pollution.

American Bamboo Society:

Environmental Bamboo Foundation:

International Network for Bamboo and Rattan:

Panda Bamboo:

Smith & Fong Plyboo:


Hemp is perhaps the most useful single plant on the planet. It can be used for food, fuel (both ethanol from the plants for gasoline engines and oil from the seeds for diesel engines), fabric, flooring, insulation, plastic, nylon, fiberglass, plywood, resin, bricks, filters, ink, paint, soap, paper, medicine, furniture, and many other products.

Even though you can't get high from hemp, and it is a plant that absorbs pollution; improves air and water quality; protects wildlife habitat; and provides a more sustainable culture, it is currently illegal to grow hemp in the U.S., and all hemp products must be imported.

Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance:

Hemp Industries Association:

Hemp Oil Canada:

North American Industrial Hemp Council:

Seattle Hempfest:

Vote Hemp:


Learn about nontoxic paints and finishes; composting; solar power; solar hybrid lighting; tankless hot water systems; graywater systems; landscaped roofs; biodegradable soaps; safe cosmetics; recycled and rescued wood furniture; natural insulation; recycling; native plants; low-impact housing; organic culinary gardening; recycled paper products; nonpetroleum candles; open brick paving; and ways you can live a more environmentally sustainable life.


Every product you use has something to do with natural resources and the stream of trash being produced on the planet. Everything from the substances used to produce the product to how the product is manufactured, packaged, shipped, and used impacts the planet.

Even products as simple as a staple have to do with using resources. Staples are made of steel, which is mined from Earth. The number of staples used every year in the U.S. amounts to over 200 tons of steel, and the great majority of them end up in trash dumps. When you have the choice, use a reusable paperclip instead of a single-use staple.

There is more trash collected in the month of December than during any other part of the year. This is simply because of holiday shopping and extravagant holiday meals. If you are person who celebrates the traditional end-of-year holidays, consider ways that you can make your celebrations more sustainable.

"We need to think about creating things rather than buying them, and say, taking a walk with friends rather than shopping. We are not going to shop our way out of resource depletion."

Deborah Koons Garcia, director of the documentaries The Future of Food and In Good Heart: Soil and the Mystery of Fertility


Hundreds of millions of plastic bags are used every day. The U.S. population used 380 billion plastic bags in 2007. Nearly 2.5 billion of those were used in Los Angeles County. It is likely that over a trillion were used worldwide. These choke landfills, end up as littler, clog waterways, shut down drainage systems, provide breeding areas for mosquitoes, and billions of them end up floating in lakes and oceans, where they leach toxic chemicals into the water. Plastic bags cause the death of birds, fish, turtles, and other wildlife when bags choke or strangle them, or end up in their digestive tract and cause them to starve.

Paper bags are not the solution to avoiding the use of plastic bags. Hundreds of thousands of trees that are home to wildlife and that also clean the air, filter water, build soil, and put forth oxygen are cut down every year to produce paper bags, literally trashing forests: the lungs of Earth, and the starting base of many rivers.

Ireland was the first country to require stores to charge for plastic bags. Since the law went into effect in 2002, the use of plastic shopping bags has dropped by 90 percent.

Please avoid using paper and plastic bags by using non-synthetic cloth shopping bags. Biodegradable fabrics include cotton, hemp, and sisal.

Get your local stores to stop using plastic and paper bags. Encourage laws that require a fee for paper and plastic bag use.


"Ecologists assert that the only large mammals to survive the near future will be those which humans allow to live. Biologists predict the Earth could lose one quarter to one third of all known species within our lifetime."



Care for the Wild International:

The Custeau Society:

Endangered Species Coalition:


In Defense of Animals:

The Leatherback Trust:

New England Anti-Vivisection Society:

No Puppy Mills:

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society:

Sea Turtle:

Wildlife Watch:


Every sea mammal and every type of fish, crustacean, and mollusk are on the critical list. So are the seabirds and the bears that depend on fish for their survival. This is because air pollution is changing the acidity level of the oceans; because global warming is changing the salinity of the oceans; because industrial pollution is poisoning sea life; because synthetic farming chemicals and farmed animal waste are causing massive algae blooms that block light and choke off waterlife; because of fishing, recreational, cruise line, industrial, and military watercraft; and because plastic trash is both killing marine life and gathering in and leaching chemicals into the rivers, lakes, and oceans. To put it mildly, what is going on in the oceans threatens every form of sea life, every form of life dependent on ocean life, and every human on every area of the planet.

The oceans start where you live. Even if you live in the middle of a continent, it is likely that water in your area ends up in rivers that lead to the oceans.

The way you live, including the foods you choose to eat, the variety of cleansers you use, the types of medications you take, the type of transportation you use, and the sources of energy you use, impact the oceans around the planet.

Whenever you eat, consider what types of energy, chemicals, packaging, and other resources and products were used to bring that food to your plate.

When you use electricity, consider what types of resources are being used to create the energy.

When you use cleaning products, consider what sorts of chemicals they contain.

When you breathe, consider that the oxygen you depend on is being produced by trees and plants in forests and meadows, and by sea and water plants, thousands of miles away.

When you see water, realize that you and all life on the planet consist mainly of water. If the water bodies of Earth are not healthy, neither is humanity. If life in and around the water bodies of Earth die, so will humanity.

To protect the rivers, lakes, and oceans, and all life that depend on them:

1) Drastically reduce your use of fossil fuels, including petroleum, coal, and natural gas.

2) Choose to eat organically grown foods. Work to distance yourself from depending on foods that have been grown using synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, miticides, and fungicides. Support local organic farmers. Grow some of your own food using organic gardening methods.

3) Eat low on the food chain: Don't eat fish or meat. Follow a plant-based diet that is largely raw.

4) Compost your kitchen scraps. Don't send them to landfills, trash dumps, or incinerators. Get local restaurants, cafes, and food production facilities to do the same.

5) Use household products, including cleaning products that are plant-based and biodegradable. Don't use chlorine bleach, or cleaning products containing petroleum or coal extracts.

6) Reduce your use of plastic. Look for biodegradable plastics that consist of 100% plant substances, such as corn, sugar cane, and soy.

7) When you shop: Use a nonsynthetic cloth bag, not paper or plastic. Make and/or purchase nonsynthetic cloth bags and give them out to your friends, family, neighbors, fellow students, co-workers, and others.

8) Get your local stores and businesses to reduce and eliminate their use of plastics that end up as trash.

9) Plant and protect trees, restore and protect forests, and protect coastal wildlife habitat. Support organizations that do the same.

10) Legalize industrial hemp farming. Hemp and bamboo can provide the materials we commonly depend on trees to provide, including paper and lumber. Unlike trees, hemp and bamboo can also be made into fabric, food, and engine fuel. An acre of either hemp or bamboo absorbs more air pollution than trees, which helps to reverse global warming. Unlike cotton, which is the most fertilized and water-hungry crop, hemp and bamboo grow easily without fertilizer while providing material that creates fabric that is stronger, softer, and lasts longer than cotton. Visit: and the Hemp Industries Association site:

11) Reduce pollution. Reduce your use of products that pollute. Recycle.

12) Pedal instead of driving. Support and promote bike culture.

13) Shop less. Stop trying to replicate corporate imagery in your life. Avoid mimicking commercialized celebrity culture.

These organizations work to protect marine and forest life:

Environmental Justice Coalition for Water:

The Greywater Guerillas:

Natural Resources Defense Council,

Rainforest Action Network:

Rising Tide Australia:

Rising Tide North America:

Rising Tide UK:

Save the Redwoods League:

Trees for the Future:

Water Keeper Alliance:

The Wilderness Society:

Wildlands Project:


"The future of the Earth is in the balance. It's up to us — who else? There is no one big fix. It involves everything we do, permanently, forever."

David Attenborough

Earth Island Institute:

Green Power, China:, Australian environmentalists

Rising Tide Australia:

Rising Tide North America:

Rising Tide UK:

The Wilderness Society:

Wildlands Project:


Campaign Against Climate Change:

The City Repair Project:

Culture Change:

Environmental Media Association:

Fight Global Warming:

Global Green:


Mayors for Climate Protection:

Redefining Progress:

Union of Concerned Scientists:

World Watch Institute:


"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race."

H. G. Wells

"A human body and a bicycle are the perfect synthesis of body and machine."

Richard Ballantine

"It is curious that with the advent of the automobile and the airplane, the bicycle is still with us. Perhaps people like the world they can see from a bike, or the air they breathe when they're out on a bike. Or they like the bicycle's simplicity and the precision with which it is made. Or because they like the feeling of being able to hurtle through "Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race."

H. G. Wells

"Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate woman than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel. The picture of free, untrammeled womanhood."

Susan B. Anthony

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle."

Ernest Hemmingway

Bicycle Civil Liberties Union:, Seattle, Washington

Bicycle Safe:

Bicycle Transportation Alliance:

Bicycling Street Smarts:


Bike Boom:


Bikes Not Bombs:

Critical Mass:

Culture Change:, Australian racing bike news

Cyclists Inciting Change Thru Life Exchange:

League of American Bicyclists:

Midnight Ridazz:

San Diego County Bicycling Coalition, San Diego, California;

Shifting Gears:; Santa Monica, CA, Boulder, Colorado, for bicycle parts


In 2007, the U.S. used about 7.6 billion barrels of petroleum, the petroleum industry experienced record profits, and the U.S. government gave $18 billion worth of tax credits to petroleum companies.

If you choose to drive a car or truck, please convert it to run on ethanol or used veggie oil from restaurants. Establish biofuel stations.

Learn about the damage being done to rainforests to supply the world with biofuels. The expanding palm oil industry is doing much harm to the rainforests of Borneo and leading the orangutan to extinction in the wild. Much of the forests are being burned down. The palm oil produced from the growing oil palm plantations is being sold into the world biofuel market.

Even though it can be used to produce oil for diesel engines and ethanol for gas engines, hemp is a plant that remains illegal in the U.S. Hemp provides more oil per acre than corn, soy, or oil palm. And it does so with less water, and it does so without the use of pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, miticides, or fertilizers. Work to legalize industrial hemp. Access

Berkeley Biodiesel Collective, BerkeleyBiodiesel.Org



BiodieselNow.Com, Site contains a link to locations where biofuel is available.


















Mayors for Climate Change, 436 14th St., Ste. 1520, Oakland, CA 94612; CoolMayors.Org

Piedmont Biofuels, Pittsboro, NC; Biofuels.CoOp. This site provides a good variety of information on how to create biofuels.





TerraPass.Com, Company funds clean energy projects through donations and buyback programs. You can purchase a pollution buyback that is equivalent to the amount of pollution your vehicle creates every year.


Yokayo Biofuels, YBiofuels.Org


Don't believe the propaganda put out by the nuclear power industry claiming that nuclear energy is clean energy that is environmentally safe.

There are many extremely problematic sides to the nuclear power industry. But you won't hear about them from the propaganda spewed by the Nuclear Energy Institute. The institute has set up the "Clean and Safe Energy Coalition," which spends multiple millions of dollars on publicity campaigns meant to make nuclear energy look safe and wonderful.

To create nuclear energy uranium has to be mined, which leaves behind highly toxic and radioactive waste on the destroyed land that causes birth defects, cancers, and miscarriages in humans and wildlife. The nuclear power plants create massive amounts of radioactive waste, which remains toxic for many thousands of years. The power plants are not safe in the long term, and they pose an ongoing target for disaster.

Nuclear energy is not cheap, is not green, is not environmentally safe, is not sustainable, and is not good.

The U.S. government has given hundreds of billions of dollars to the nuclear power industry, and the industry wants more. In fact, the nuclear industry could not exist in the U.S. without billion dollar subsidies in loan guarantees, production tax credits, construction insurance, and direct cash infusion into the accounts of companies involved in building and running nuclear plants.

Recently, billionaire investor Warren Buffet's company, MidAmerican Nuclear Energy Company, abandoned plans to build a nuclear power plant in Idaho after the company analysts concluded that the plant would never stop operating in the red.

The 104 operating nuclear power plants in the U.S. supply 19 percent of the nation's electricity. They are decades old, and the older they get the more dangers they pose. The technology used to build them is outdated, the structures are weakening, and the companies that run them are trying to get as much out of them as possible before the plants have to be decommissioned.

In 2006, one of the cooling towers at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant simply crumbled to the ground. In 2002, Ohio's David-Besse Nuclear Plant was shut down when a basketball-sized corrosion hole was found in the steel cap of the reactor.

All of the plants are continuing to create nuclear waste that will remain "hot" for over 10,000 years — yes, that's ten thousand years. At any time during at least 10,000 years, if any of the fuel rods are exposed to air for more than several hours, they spontaneously combust, spreading extremely toxic radioactive isotopes throughout a region of the planet. That would bring death, cancer, birth deformities, and miscarriages to humans and wildlife. What are we leaving for our future generations? Or, have we already caused their demise?

Currently all of the nuclear waste at each nuclear power plant is stored on-site in "spent fuel pools." If any of these were to malfunction, it would be more disastrous than the meltdown of a nuclear reactor. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's "Report on Spent Fuel Pool Accident Risk" (NUREG-1738) states that a fire in a spent fuel tank could cause 25,000 fatalities within 500 miles of the fire. What could cause such a fire? Some of the causes could be a plane crash, a missile strike, or a natural disaster. Does this pose a threat to you? Find out where the nuclear plants are within 500 miles of where you live, locate them on a map, and draw a 500-mile circle around each one.

In 2001, four duck hunters nearly caused a nuclear catastrophe at a nuclear power plant in Maine. The hunters were not aware that lead pellets from their guns were hitting one of the cooling pools where the spent nuclear rods are stored.

The construction of the plants takes tremendous resources, including concrete, steel, fuel, land, and water. Any plant that is built and begins operating remains as an environmental hotspot and potential disaster site that could require the permanent evacuation of surrounding communities.

There is a direct correlation between the nuclear energy industry and the nuclear bomb industry. Spent nuclear fuel rods are have been, and are being, used to make weapons-grade plutonium and enriched uranium. The U.S., Japan, Russia, France, and other countries that have nuclear power plants have used their nuclear waste to build atomic arsenals. Many of the bombs dropped in Iraq contained depleted uranium, a product of nuclear energy plants. The bomb residues have caused rates of cancer, miscarriages, and birth deformities to skyrocket among the people exposed to the residues.

Learn more about the dangers of nuclear energy. Start by considering what happened with the 1975 reactor fire at Browns Ferry, Alabama; the 1979 meltdown at Three Mile Island; and the horrors of the 1986 Chernoble disaster.

Say NO! to nukes.

"Once-through cooling technology is used exclusively in 48 nuclear reactors with 11 additional reactors employing the technology in conjunction with cooling towers and canals. These reactors, situated on coastal waters, major rivers, and lakes can draw in as much as a billion gallons of water per reactor unit a day, nearly a million gallons a minute, in order to dissipate the extraordinary amounts of waste heat generated in the fission process.

The initial devastation of marine life and ecosystems stems from the powerful intake of water into the nuclear reactor. Marine life, ranging from endangered sea turtles and manatees down to delicate fish larvae and microscopic planktonic organisms vital to the ocean ecosystem, is sucked irresistibly into the reactor cooling system, a process known as entrainment."

Nuclear Information and Resource Service,

"The average two-reactor nuclear power plant is estimated to cost $10 billion to $18 billion to build. That's before cost overruns, and no U.S. nuclear power plant has ever been delivered on time or on budget� The sputtering decline of nuclear power has been one of the greatest industrial failures of modern times. In 1985 Forbes called the nuke industry �the largest managerial disaster in history.'"

Christian Parenti, "What Nuclear Renaissance," The Nation; May 12, 2008;

Citizen Alert:

Natural Resources Defense Council:

New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution,

Nuclear Information and Resource Center:

Physicians for Social Responsibility:

Public Citizen's Critical Mass Energy Program:

Redwood Alliance:

Shundahai Network:

Sierra Club:

Union of Concerned Scientists:


"To please their kings, they've all gone out to war, and not a one of them knows what they're fighting for."

Irving Berlin

Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors,

Iraq Veterans Against the War,

The National Network Opposing Militarization of Youth,

National Youth and Student Peace Coalition,


Most lights on the planet rely on electricity produced by coal-burning power plants. The mining of coal destroys mountains, valleys, rivers, and lakes, and leaves gaping holes in Earth. Burning coal spews soot, greenhouse gasses, radioactive fly ash, and mercury into the atmosphere. The burning of coal for electricity is the chief cause of mercury poisoning in fish.

About half of the electricity in the U.S. and a third of its carbon dioxide pollution is produced by coal-burning power plants. Please reduce your use of electricity created by coal-burning power plants.

Use LED lights, which use even less electricity than, and don't contain the mercury found in compact fluorescent bulbs.

In addition to solar and wind energy, check into the emerging technology of solar hybrid lighting.

Always turn off lights not in use.

Wildlife, including migrating birds and nocturnal animals, need darkness at night. Eliminate, or greatly reduce exterior lighting.


Install a Cool-n-Save kit to reduce costs, electricity, and pollution by 25% or more. Install a rooftop wind turbine and cut your use of fossil fuels.


"Credit crunch? The real crisis is global hunger. And if you care, eat less meat: A food recession is under way. Biofuels are a crime against humanity, but — take it from a flesh eater — flesh eating is worse� While 100m tonnes of food will be diverted this year to feed cars, 760m tonnes will be snatched from the mouths of humans to feed animals — which could cover the global food deficit 14 times. If you care about hunger, eat less meat."

Journalist George Monbiot, London's Guardian newspaper, April 15, 2008

Grain grown for livestock is the primary farm crop on every continent and uses more land, water, and resources to grow than food not grown for farm animals.

Over two thirds of the farmland in Central America is used to grow livestock feed. About two thirds of the grain in Russia is fed to farm animals.

On the land used to produce the beef that would provide the daily food needs of one person, the daily food needs of more than 15 people could be met by growing fruits and vegetables.

As the people on the planet are becoming increasingly dependant on corporations to grow their food the food shortage issues are becoming worse; the variety of food plants is being reduced; the soil is being degraded by monocropping and farming chemicals; broad-based food recalls are becoming more common; and family farmers are going out of business as corporate farms and governments are controlling food and land prices as well as trade routes.

Grow food. Support local family farmers. Eat organically.

Food First:

Food Not Bombs:

Food Not Lawns:

The Hunger Project:


Communes and Intentional Communities exist within towns and cities as well as in the countryside. They are quickly becoming popular with those involved in sustainable solutions.

Global EcoVillage Network:

Intentional Communities Magazine:


Radical Caring:, a growing list of raw food intentional communities around the world


Yoga is effective in improving health on all levels.

If there is not a yoga studio near you, start one! Make it affordable to all by establishing the classes as donation-only, with a suggested cost, but with only a box where people can donate after class. Yoga should not be about making money, it should be about enlightenment. Deny no one.

Aquarian Times magazine,

International Association of Yoga Therapists, Prescott, Arizona;

International Kundalini Teachers Assoc.,


In the present day United States we are seeing certain aspects of our economy collapsing. Fuel prices have recently risen by over 100%, food prices have gone up, and the cost of just about everything has climbed northward faster than we have seen in many decades. Prices of some products and services have risen faster than ever. Many thousands of people are losing their jobs as corporations cut costs. People are struggling to keep food on their tables. Many people have lost their homes. Unemployment claims are shooting skyward. College tuition has risen, college funding has been slashed, and enrollment has dropped. The U.S. is spending more on prisons than on schools.

Americans can learn a lesson by looking to Cuba and considering how the people in that country responded to their economic collapse.

For many years the Soviet Union was supporting Cuba by purchasing Cuba-grown cane sugar for excessive prices, and often exchanging sugar for food, fuel, and other goods.

When the cold war ended and the wall fell in the 1980s, the Cuban economy collapsed with the disintegration of the Soviet Union. Most of Cuba's food and fuel had been imported. Suddenly they had less than one-third of what had become their normal flow of food, fuel, and cash. They couldn't afford imported goods. Many had no food, and some starved.

That is when Cubans got busy. They turned to home gardening, planting food in every available space. The government gave away plots of land to people who promised to use the land to grow food. Some people created food gardens on their rooftops, and on the roofs of commercial buildings. Plots of land that had become trash dumps were cleaned up and turned into neighborhood farms. The lawns of government buildings, schools, senior housing centers, and apartment complexes were turned into culinary gardens. The Ministry of Agriculture tore up its lawn and turned it into a culinary garden.

From the mid-eighties to the mid-nineties, Cuban food production increased several hundred percent. Farmers' markets in Cuba are now filled with a variety of homegrown foods and produce from local organic farms. Fresh food improved the health of Cubans. Malnutrition has vanished as food has become plentiful. The infant mortality rate has decreased.

Cubans have no question about where they will get their next meal, they simply turn to the culinary gardens in their yards, in pots on their patios, on their rooftops, or in their community gardens.

Home gardening and localizing their economy benefited Cubans in ways they never considered. It saved people money and built strong communities that are less reliant on stores, distant corporations, foreign products, and foreign fuel. Pollution has decreased as economies have become localized, reducing packaging and fuel use. Money largely stays within the communities, and less of it is needed.

Because the people could not afford to purchase chemical fertilizers, they naturally learned how to grow food without chemicals, thus becoming organic farmers and gardeners by default. They compost their kitchen, restaurant, and food market scraps into garden soil, returning nutrients to the land. Today, 85% of the food in Cuba is organically grown.

Today in the U.S. nearly all kitchen, restaurant, and food market scraps are not composted. Instead, they are sent to landfills and trash dumps.

Today, most U.S. food is grown using toxic farming chemicals that pollute the land, water, air, wildlife, and people.

Today, nearly everyone in the U.S. relies on stores and restaurants to supply their food, which creates a tremendous amount of waste. The average meal in the U.S. travels over 1,400 miles from farm to plate. This uses enormous amounts of fuel and other resources for transporting, packaging, and marketing the food products. Compounding the problem is the issue of discarded food. In 2007, U.S. supermarkets threw away an estimated $20 billion worth of food. This includes food that is used for display rather than for sale, food that expires, and food that arrives spoiled or damaged. Even after purchasing food, many people end up throwing as much as half of it away after it expires, is never used, or they order more food than they can eat at a restaurant.

The amount of food being imported into the U.S. continues to increase as the population grows and fewer people are involved in growing food. From 1973 to 2008, U.S. food imports rose 78%. The vast majority of that food was grown using synthetic farming chemicals. Some of the chemicals, including fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, and miticides, are so toxic that the U.S. will not allow them to be used within its borders. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, imported foods are three times more likely to carry infectious diseases.

People often think of Cuba as a shutoff country living in the dark ages. But their healthcare system, schools, libraries, and food production are all far better than nearly every country.

Cuba is also advanced in alternative fuel sources. When the Soviet Union collapsed, so did Cuba's energy imports. Suddenly they couldn't afford to run their cars, tractors, trucks, and bus systems. People started riding bikes, growing foods, and turned to alternative fuel sources, including solar energy, wind turbines, and biofuels.

To reduce electricity use, the Cuban government gave away many thousands of compact fluorescent light bulbs. Today they are turning to LED lights, which last longer, use less energy, and don't contain the toxic mercury that is in compact fluorescent bulbs. They are also beginning to use hybrid solar lighting, which uses a reflective dish and fiber optic cables to bring sunlight into homes and businesses, reducing the use of electricity.

There is no combination of alternative fuels that can sustain the current U.S. use of fuels and energy. But there are combinations of alternative ways of living that can transform our neighborhoods into more sustainable human communities.

Every step people take toward a more sustainable culture makes a difference. Localizing our foods; growing culinary gardens; composting our kitchen, restaurant, food market, and food manufacturing waste; supporting organic family farms; cutting back on car culture; riding bikes; walking; building monorail systems instead of freeways and subways; using green products; legalizing industrial hemp farming; reducing electricity use and shutting down coal-fired power plants; using cloth bags instead of paper or plastic; reducing our use of petro-plastic and other petroleum products; using biodegradable botanical soaps; planting fruiting trees; planting and protecting trees and forests; refusing to pollute our land, rivers, lakes, oceans, and air; and protecting our environment and wildlife by turning away from petroleum, coal, and natural gas holds promise for a more sustainable and healthful planet.

In the 1940s Americans planted culinary "victory gardens" to become more independent. By doing this Americans produced nearly 40 percent of their food during that time of war. Today, one of the most effective ways of reducing our carbon footprint is to grow our own food. Because of this, it is time to revive the home food gardening movement, never to let it end.

Relying on corporations, markets, and restaurants to supply most of our food fails us. The most basic need is for food. Today most Americans have never grown any of their food, and have instead relied on stores and restaurants for their supply. They don't know what most of the food plants look like in their natural environment. Many people hold an attitude that growing a food garden is something beneath them. They have no idea what they are missing out on. Schools should teach how to grow food, and parents should teach their children. Every household should be involved in some aspect of culinary gardening — be it growing food in pots on patios, porches, and rooftops, or replacing lawns with food gardens. All food scraps from every household, restaurant, food market, and food-processing plant should be turned into compost to grow local culinary gardens.

It should no longer be okay and normal to completely rely on corporations for our most basic needs. It is clear that doing so weakens us, gives up our power, wastes resources, and damages every form of life on Earth.

The way the Cuban people responded to a rapidly collapsing economy by localizing their economy holds lessons for all of us, no matter where we live.

Let us all be involved in transforming our way of living to be sustainable, Earth-friendly, and healthful.

Grow an organic food garden.

For additional information on the Sunfoodist culture, access

Read the book Sunfood Living: Resource Guide for Global Health. Published by Random House/North Atlantic Books ( and Sunfood Nutrition (