What’s more bad ass than wanting to make the world a better place through the creation of healthy foods? When Ian Sage Gaffney co-founded Emmy’s Organics in Ithaca, NY, that’s what he did. All Emmy’s Organics’ guilt-free desserts are organic, vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO. That’s pretty bad ass for one cookie. When he is not making products that are good for our bodies and good for the earth, Ian can be seen riding his motorcycle, in the DJ booth, and even featured in Rolling Stone Magazine. All this makes him a BAO Bad Ass Legend, but honestly you had us with the “guilt-free macaroon.”
Making a difference in the world begins at the local level with bad asses like Marian Flaxman. It may look like a normal café on the outside, but Marian’s Culture Shock café in Ithaca NY is much more than that. Using the nutritious benefits of fermented food and drink, Marian is educating people on the importance of a good diet and taking a stance against the industrial food system that has put the health of our entire country in jeopardy. She spends everyday experimenting with ways to make people feel better, using good food, cool atmosphere and friendly people, and that makes her a true BAO Bad Ass Legend.
Gary Redmond, the founder of Regional Access in Ithaca, NY, was a visionary leader in the local food community with a mission to create a sustainable regional foodshed for the Northeast. “Gary was guided by a personal passion, philosophy, and spirituality that drove him to work for the greater good” Dave from Eating Ithaca. Check out Gary. He is a pioneer, local hero and true BAO Bad Ass Legend.
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