Jill Ettinger

Jill Ettinger is the senior editor and featured columnist on EcoSalon and sister site Organic Authority as well as NaturallySavvy. Her work is also featured weekly on Eat Drink Better and SunwarriorNews. She is the co-director of social media for both EcoSalon and Organic Authority and works as a researcher and writer with the Cornucopia Institute, the leading organic industry watchdog group. Jill’s writing has been featured in The Village Voice, MTV, Reality Sandwich and Global Rhythm as well as the anthologies “Towards 2012: Perspectives on the Next Age” (2009, Tarcher/Penguin) and “What Do You Believe?” (2009, Outside the Box). A focus on food policy, veganism, wellness, music and world cultural expressions, Jill blends the mystical and modern as she explores what our shifting food, fashion, culture and creative landscapes will look, sound and taste like in the future. Jill spent more than a decade as a sales and marketing manager in the natural foods industry and regularly consults with and supports emerging brands and organizations in creative communication, social media and event production. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and future foodie, their daughter Imogene. Twitter @jillettinger | www.jillettinger.com.

Articles by Jill Ettinger:

The Professional Cuddle Buddy: Would You Pay to Snuggle?


A pro cuddling “shop” has opened in Portland, Oregon. Yes, it’s a place where you can have a cuddle buddy, professional cuddler Samantha Hess, for a fee.

We all love a good cuddle buddy, but a cuddling shop brings both quaint and creepy implications.

On the one hand, yes, we could all use a good cuddle. Hess says she’s getting 10,000 cuddle buddy email requests a week, an indicator of our overwhelming need for connection. For a $60 hour-long cuddle, customers get hair strokes, handholding and their choice of cuddle positions. It’s not sexual—at …

Alan Watts Reminds Us What We Should Really Be Thankful For [Video]

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If you’ve not heard of Alan Watts yet, I’m happy to make the introduction here. It’s a wonderful reminder at this time of year about what we’re all doing here, really. Put to stunning imagery, it’s worth the dedication of 4 minutes.

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7 Tips for Surviving Run-ins With a Pathological Liar

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The compulsive or pathological liar can ruin friendships, relationships, work environments and strain families. 

We all know that person who tells unbelievable stories. Or the one who is conveniently always full of excuses.

Pathological lying has been defined by the Psychiatric Times as “a long history (maybe lifelong) of frequent and repeated lying for which no apparent psychological motive or external benefit can be discerned.”

While there are more questions than there are answers about this condition, it seems to stem from a fragile …

Do You Really Know Enough About Genetically Modified Food?


Genetically modified food is a hot button issue. But state labeling bills keep failing to pass. Could it be that we’re not as informed about the issue as we think? 

While Oregon is still counting ballots from the vote earlier this month that was favored to win, Colorado’s GMO labeling ballot initiative lost by a landslide. Much of that has to do with the millions of dollars spent by Big Food and Ag to defeat the measure. But we can’t blame them entirely, can we?

A few weeks ago while shopping at my local …

It’s Called Kitten Therapy and You Need it Right Now [Video]

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What better way to destress than with some good old-fashioned kitten therapy? It’s just what it sounds like, which is totally, incredibly awesome.

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You Won’t Be Able to Take Your Eyes Off of This Porcupine [Video]

White Privilege: Normal White Guy Walks Through NYC for 10 Hours and Becomes

RENDER, the Food Magazine for Feminists Is Here

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Finally, there is a new food magazine with a feminist edge focused on women in the food business. It’s called RENDER. 

It’s always been kind of confusing that our most celebrated chefs are men, when most women know how impossible it is to get a man into the kitchen for anything other than a beer. (Fortunately, in my house, we divvy it up so that if I make the meal, he cleans it up. Which is essentially every night. But still!)

In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, founder and …

You Won’t Be Able to Take Your Eyes Off of This Porcupine [Video]


Hooray for the little guy. Er, the prickly little guy. Watch this single porcupine defend himself against an entire pride of hungry lions. It will restore your faith in nature, and maybe even in being the underdog every now and then.

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Wow! This Greenpeace Campaign to Get Big Oil’s Attention Over Arctic Drilling Will Leave You Speechless [Video]

White Privilege: Normal White Guy Walks Through NYC for 10 Hours and Becomes a King [Video]

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 If you haven’t seen the viral video of a woman walking through the streets of New York for 10 hours and being cat-called or worse at least 100 times, you’re bound to view it sooner or later. It’s been all over the web this week, and now, Funny or Die gives a spin on it featuring a white man. The result is funny–not because it mimics the other video (making fun of harassment would not be funny)–because it demonstrates that stereotypes and white privilege exist in a major way. Which