Meet the People Who Are
Making the World Toxic Free
Each weekday I do interviews with everyday heroes who are working to make our world a safer place to live. From authors and manufacturers to healthcare providers and cooks, we explore how innovators are transforming their own lives, their businesses, and the world. Read more about Toxic Free Talk Radio…
Monday – Friday 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Eastern
THIS WEEK’S GUESTS
Monday, September 15
Today’s show is a replay of an earlier broadcast.
All Natural Area Rugs and Yoga Mats
My guest today is Kevin Aylward co-founder and Owner of Prairie Rugs and Yogasana. We’ll be talking about how they produce high quality natural fiber area rugs and yoga mats in a sustainable way, and the trend toward sustainable home furnishings. After graduation from the University of Minnesota, Kevin began a career in sales and marketing in home furnishings. In 1996 he co-founded Prairie Rugs a manufacturer of eco-friendly cotton area rugs hand-made in India. In 2005 he became sole owner of Prairie Rugs, Inc., which was focused on eco-sustainable manufacturing before the ‘green’ movement became fashionable. Prairie Rugs is the only rug company in the U.S. that is a Founding Member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council. Working with his partner in India they used their expertise in cotton weaving to make a mat that is dedicated to the practice of Yoga. This seemed like a natural progression because the region of India where the cotton rugs are made is also the area where yoga originated. A new company named Yogasana began production of cotton yoga mats in December 2010. They have sold their cotton yoga mats to yogi in 30 countries around the world. www.prairierugs.com | www.yogasanamats.com
Tuesday, September 16
The Vegetarian Myth: Why A Vegetarian Diet Might Not Be Best for Health or the Environment
Today my guest is Lierre Keith. She is the author of The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability, which has been called “the most important ecological book of this generation.” Lierre and I will both share our experiences with vegetarian eating (Lierre was a vegan) and why we needed to move away from these diets to regain our health. Lierre’s viewpoint goes way beyond the taste and nutrition aspects of food, to looking at the whole big picture of environment, politics and our own wellbeing. Lierre a writer, small farmer, and radical feminist activist.She is the author of six books and coauthor, with Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay, of Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet. She’s been arrested six times for acts of political resistance. www.lierrekeith.com
Wednesday, September 17
More About “Organic”: Politics and the Regulation of Marketplace Distribution
Today my guests Diana Kaye and James Hahn will tell us more about what goes on behind the scene in the world of organic agriculture and the making and sales of organic products. We’ll be talking about politics and how regulations affect the distribution of organic products in the marketplace. This husband-and-wife are co-founders of their USDA certified organic business Terressentials. They own a small organic farm in lovely Middletown Valley, Maryland and have operated their organic herbal personal care products business there since 1996. Terressentials was originally started in Virginia in 1992. It grew out of their search for chemical-free products after Diana’s personal experience with cancer and chemotherapy in 1988. Prior to Diana’s cancer, they were involved in commercial architecture in Washington DC. Diana and James are proud to be an authentic USDA certified organic and Fair Made USA business. They are obsessive organic researchers and artisan handcrafters of more than one hundred USDA certified organic gourmet personal care products that they offer through their two organic stores in Frederick County, Maryland, through a network of select retail partners across the US, and to customers around the world via their informative web site. www.debralynndadd.com/debras-list/terressentials
Thursday, September 18
They Grow, Weave, Knit, and Sew Pure Clothes (and More)
My guests today are Klaus Wallner and Thammarath “Touch” Jamikorn, cofounders of Rawganique. When I first wrote about Rawganique many years ago, I called it “organic fiber paradise,” and it still is. Since 1999, the co-founders, with the help of a team of artisans, manufacture unique sweatshop-free organic clothing, footwear, bed, bath, and home products from start to finish. All done in-house with 50 artisans with many lifetimes of experience and passion. State of the art modern equipment. Ancient traditional practices. Grow – weave – knit – sew, they do it all. Small scale but full scale comprehensive. If it can be made with organic fibers, they can make it. Designed for and by chemically-sensitive and -averse folks. www.rawganique.com
Friday, September 19
Today’s show is a replay of an earlier broadcast.
Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It
My guest today is David Brownstein, M.D., a Board-Certified family physician who utilizes the best of conventional and alternative therapies. He is the author of eleven books on natural medicine, including Iodine, Why You Need it, Why You Can’t Live Without It. We’ll be talking about the many ways iodine benefits your body and specifically how to use it ti detox fluoride and bromide from your thyroid gland. Dr Brownstein is the Medical Director for the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, MI. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Brownstein is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College for the Advancement in Medicine. He is the father of two beautiful girls, Hailey and Jessica and is a retired soccer coach. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally about his success using natural items. Dr. Brownstein also writes a monthly health newsletter titled Dr. Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health. www.drbrownstein.com | www.centerforholisticmedicine.com
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