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Tonya Kay

Tonya Kay photo courtesy Tonya KayTonya Kay is an actress, TV personality, professional dancer and danger artist living in Los Angeles. A vegetarian of 28 years, vegan for 18 of those and raw vegan for the last 11, Tonya Kay pioneers the green health movement with appearances, publications and green media (available at KayosMarket). Watch Tonya Kay's self-produced web series The Eco Tourist on EcoHearth's Eco Tube. You may have also seen her recently on TV's My Ride Rules, The Tonight Show, Criminal Minds, Glee, House MD, Secret Girlfriend and American Idol with Rhianna. She has performed live in STOMP, De La Guarda, with Panic At The Disco, Kenny Rogers and in countless music videos and commercials. Look for Tonya Kay in the new Muppets Movie, starring in MTV Network's Video Game Reunion, playing a lead in the scripted animal-activist feature film, Bold Native, performing the voice of Green Girl in the raw vegan superhero animated film Rawman and Green Girl and performing burlesque live in Hollywood, California, almost any weekend. In 2012, Tonya Kay will star in the films Off World and Within The Darkness. For more on Tonya Kay, visit her website.

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Writer and raw-vegan celebrity, Tonya Kay promotes health and urban environmentalism while navigating Hollywood's film and television industry. Her focus here is on real things that real people can do to make a difference in their everyday lives and their world.
Organic Produce—Price vs. Value, Part 3: Supply, Demand and Government Subsidies
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00  |  Written by Tonya Kay | Blog Entry

Organic Potatoes photo by Curt GibbsI personally don't mind paying more for higher-quality products—especially when they involve my food or other things that directly affect my quality of life. Production standards of organic farming may raise the price of organic produce, but they also increase its nutritional quality, flavor profile, color intensity and, as any raw foodist will tell you, life force. For this reason, it is my humble opinion that an extra 10 cents per pound is well worth the investment. Read on…

 
Organic Produce—Price vs. Value, Part 2: Production Costs
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 00:00  |  Written by Tonya Kay | Blog Entry

Organic Spelt Farm photo by storebukkebruseSo you wanna do what's right for your own and the planet's health, but the often higher cost of organically farmed produce has you hesitating? Last week we discussed how location impacts the cost of organic produce. This week, let's consider the production costs associated with organic farming and how they affect the price—and why, despite the price, organic food is actually a better value. Read on…

 
Organic Produce—Price vs. Value, Part l: Location, Location, Location
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:00  |  Written by Tonya Kay | Blog Entry

California Organic Farm photo by YoungthousandsI have a confession to make: I once was a raw foodist who didn't buy organic produce. Not exclusively at least. For that entire first year, I was still comparison shopping and coupon cutting. Baffled as to why conventional grapes were so much cheaper, I was unconvinced that costly concords were worth the extra cash.

Now, seven raw years later, I am proud to say that I am completely oblivious to the cost of conventional produce. If the Price Look Up (PLU) code does not start with a 9, which designates an item as organic, I keep my cart a rollin'. If the farmer behind the produce has to even think about whether he should go organic, I don't glance at his price. Read on…

 
My Body Is a Self-Cleaning Organism: Natural Body-Cleansing Tips
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00  |  Written by Tonya Kay | Blog Entry

Armpit Smelling photo by Jekert GwapoDreadlocks taught me everything I need to know about natural hygiene. What started out as a hairstyle seven years ago, quickly turned into a lifestyle. My dreadlocks were a golden ticket into new communities—Mendicino hippies, East Village funkier-than-thous and South Caribbean Rastas all welcomed me with winks and open arms. Not because I looked so overwhelmingly cool, but because of the silent understanding that I had transcended social standards, questioned unspoken authority and stopped washing my hair. Read on…

 
Raw-Vegan Health Miracles, Part 3: Cancer Cured
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00  |  Written by Tonya Kay | Blog Entry

Tonya Kay photo courtesy of Tonya KayMy farm town's public school sex-education class was basically a course in abstinence with a dose of religious condemnation thrown in—a useless education for an actual sexually active adult (or teenager). Silence and ignorance are not passive non-threats, but in my experience, aggressively destructive. This is why I'm going to speak out about my third raw-vegan health miracle. Read on...

 
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