TONI’S PROFESSIONAL BIO
Toni Toney has been an environmental activist, nutritional researcher, and organic food activist for over 30 years, teaching and speaking to large audiences around the world. Her passion for “clean eating” and “green living” led her to start a non-profit foundation in 1988 called Organic Food For Life with the goal of educating farmers as to the importance of organic growing versus commercial growing; not only for us, but for the planet at large.
In 1989, Toni started a catering company called Miss Sprouts which specialized in delivering organic whole food lunches laced with various types of sprouts to local businesses as well as dinners to families whose fast-paced lifestyles demanded the convenience of whole food gourmet dinners being delivered to their door. Miss Sprouts grew so fast that she couldn’t keep up with it and so in 1991 she started an organic salad/juice bar restaurant called VegiTable. It became a giant hit. Toni was written up in Vegetarian Times Magazine several times and the response for franchises was overwhelming. Toni’s intention was to have a healthy fast-food restaurant on every corner across the nation. She was on a crusade to change the way Americans were eating and joined hands with others who were driven by the same passion.
Toni worked with Neal D. Barnard, MD, New York Times best-selling author and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C. with great enthusiasm to help change the four food groups in Congress; one whose basis is meat and dairy to one whose basis is beans and grains. Toni spent months campaigning for the committee at local hospitals, doctors’ offices, through newspaper articles, television and radio spots and had over 600 attendees at her sponsored event, with standing room only.
Toni is a newly published author of The Ecotarian Diet with several other books soon to be published (1) The Ecotarian Cookbook, (2) The Ecotarian Detox, and (3) Tales of an Ecotarian Kid. She is also the founder of Ecotarian University where she teaches a 7-day certification course for people who are interested in delving into the depths of their internal environment and coaching others to do the same. After the Ecotarian Movement has been set in motion, she will be launching a very innovative magazine called Ecotarian Times.