Updated frequently with the help of your recommendations–so keep ‘em coming!
CA Federation of Certified Farmers’ Markets
Farmer Net-Another way to find a market in your county
www.Fooddeclaration.org-Sign the declaration to support healthy food and agriculture
Food Forward- an all volunteer grassroots group of Angelenos who head to differing locales, collect excess fruit from trees that would otherwise go to waste and donates all of it to local food banks
Organic Consumers Association-Non-profit org dealing with issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, fair trade and environmental sustainability.
Pesticide action network-Advancing alternatives to pesticides worldwide
www.Rootsofchange.org-a collaboration of community, nonprofit, philanthropic, government and business organizations working together for sustainable food
Slow Food- a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization working to counteract fast food and the disappearance of local food traditions. They address the dwindling interest in where food comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.
Tasting Table Los Angeles-free daily email about food in L.A.
www.Wwoof.org (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) Wanna run away and work on a farm for free room and board?
“Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver
“Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser
“Omnivore’s Dilemma” and “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan
Academy Award nominated film discussing the problematic food system in America and “how industrial food is making us sicker, fatter and poorer.” The site contains info on organic and local foods, foodborne illnesses, diabetes and obesity, factory farming, pesticides and more.
“The Future of Food”
If you are looking for a little something that reaches beyond “Food, Inc.,” this is the doc you should check out. Want to know how exactly foods are genetically engineered (interesting even if you aren’t a scientist, promise)? Watch this movie. The website includes a bevy of ways to get involved in the issues of safe and healthy food.
A documentary about the life (and subsequent bulldozing, excuse the spoiler) of the famous South Central Farm, once the largest urban farm in the nation.
An official SXSW film selection and one of my personal favorites, King Corn is a documentary chronicling two East-coasters as they endeavor to grow an acre of corn in Iowa in order to discover how corn ends up in all of our processed food. The site includes info about the Farm Bill and how to take action.
If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a watch. Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock destroys his own health for your viewing pleasure.
Los Angeles Area Restaurants and Vendors
Akasha-Culver City eatery serving local and organic fare, they work with family farms and fair-trade companies
Food-Fresh and seasonal yummyness (try the vegan scramble), free-range poultry and grass-fed beef dishes, friendly staff but no parking-keep an eye on your meter
Green Leaves-delicious and reasonably priced vegan Thai food in WeHo
Napa Valley Grille-Seasonal food in Westwood, made using produce from local farms. Napa Valley Grille even participates in a community supported agriculture (CSA) program where you can pay quarterly and pick up a box of fresh, local produce at the restaurant every week.
Rustic Canyon-Santa Monica “seasonal kitchen,” ingredients come from local and sustainable farmers, ranchers and fishermen
Seed-Venice Beach’s organic vegan kitchen