My name is Heather Moynihan. I’m originally from upstate New York, but I like to keep on the move. Nothing excites me more than taking part in new experiences. 

After a yearlong stint in the Cayman Islands I returned to New York where I (belatedly) completed my bachelors degree in English at Hunter College. In addition to my formal education, I spent the past ten years waiting tables and tending bar, an education if there ever was one. 

In addition to learning about food and people, I've gained a new awareness of food culture and its deep-rooted connection to our personal and collective wellbeing. I began to notice how everything we do, every decision we make, has both a direct and indirect consequence. 

Around this same time I took a science class (something I very rarely do) in Oceanography, taught by the impassioned professor Rutberg. What may be common knowledge to some came in the form of my own personal epiphany. 

I learned that so much of our marine life is dependent upon its surrounding marine life for survival; if just one species of fish goes extinct, for example, it can wreak havoc on the ocean’s entire ecosystem.  I started to wonder if humans were as dependent on this ocean life, and was their life dependent on us?

The answer is yes. And yes.

But it’s not only our oceans. Our entire environment gives us life and supports our existence. Actually, it creates our existence and determines just how far we’ll go. Often this comes in the form of food, but also oxygen, global air-cooling, and other literal lifesavers. What we then give back to the environment determines just what it will produce for us in the future. This is why the way we live and the way we eat (farm, shop, cook, dispose, etc.,) matters. 

Being witness to the waste that is continually produced by our food and restaurant practices helped to reinforce this epiphany of mine, while making it obvious that we all possess a connection to one another.

What exactly is this connection? Taste Life Live Food is my attempt to find out.