About Jill Ettinger

Jill Ettinger Jill Ettinger is a freelance writer and editor. A focus on food, herbs, wellness and world cultural expressions, Jill explores what our shifting food, healing systems and creative landscapes will look, sound and taste like in the future. Stay in touch on Twitter @jillettinger and .



Author Archives: Jill Ettinger

Why Do Onions Make You Cry? How Chemicals Work in Food [Infographic]

April 16th, 2014 | by Jill Ettinger

We eat. It’s as much a part of being human as breathing. But unlike breathing, food is much more fun, and complicated. Right? We have so many flavors and colors and textures of foods to choose from. But with that come all kinds of weird effects as a result of the chemical compounds in food: Why do onions make you cry? Why does asparagus makes your pee stink? If you have ever wondered about these weird effects of food, you're not alone


What if You Woke Up Tomorrow and Cinnabon Was Vegan?

April 16th, 2014 | by Jill Ettinger

I’ve never eaten at (or a) Cinnabon. I’ve smelled the cloying aroma wafting through shopping malls inappropriately mixing with department store perfumes and greasy Sbarro pizza. It offends me not just as a vegan who can’t eat anything at a Cinnabon, but also as a human being who prides myself on my ability to not face dive into gobs of white flour and sugar in the name of something resembling a breakfast food. We need Cinnabons on earth about as much as we need the shopping malls they live in


Take Me Out to Locavore Night at the Ball Game?

April 5th, 2014 | by Jill Ettinger

Heading out to a Major League baseball game this season? You may be pleasantly surprised at the food stands, especially if hotdogs and nachos aren't your thing. Yep—the locavore foodie trend has hit the major leagues


Disposable Chopsticks are Treated with What?

March 30th, 2014 | by Jill Ettinger

You may seem like the somewhat pretentious, paranoid foodie when you show up for Chinese takeout and movie night with your friends if you come in rocking your own sustainable bamboo chopsticks, but you might be the only one not getting sick (upset tummy from the greasy Chinese food not withstanding)


Google Makes Nutrition Data Comparison a Cinch

March 29th, 2014 | by Jill Ettinger

Is there anything Google can't or won't do? I know. That's a silly question. So, what if you want to know the nutrition data comparison, say, between kale and beef? Just go to Google and type it in: "compare kale beef." Or "kale vs. beef."


Moby Explains: the Vegan We’ve Forgotten

March 23rd, 2014 | by Jill Ettinger

To his fans, it's no secret that Moby is a long-time vegan. What's new though is that Rolling Stone published an op-ed by the musician about why he's maintained a vegan diet for twenty-seven years


South Africa to Monsanto: GMO Crops Aren’t Producing More Sustainable Food

March 23rd, 2014 | by Jill Ettinger

South Africa's Advertising Standards Authority has ordered biotech giant Monsanto to immediately withdraw an advertisement it's been running on the country's Radio 702 channel. The decision comes after the African Centre for Biosafety submitted a complaint to the ASA after the ad was aired and found to be inappropriate



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