Freelance Writing Markets: Food Ethics & The Whole Foods Movement

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Food writing has a number of sub-genres but none compare with the boom of the ethical, sustainable, and whole-foods-plant-based market. As more Americans reject the ‘Western’ food industry, whether because of the inhumane treatment of animals or the emerging research that supports a plant-heavy diet, this industry grows with readers devouring advice, recipes, and research.

The food reform market is ripe for those looking for a modern food niche, or one immersed in agriculture and self-sustainability.


1. Whole Life Times

“We are open to stories on holistic and integrative health, alternative healing, green living, sustainability and organic food, yoga, spirituality and personal growth, social responsibility, conscious business, the environment—in short, anything that deals with a progressive, healthy lifestyle.”

Publishes a number of departments that could be slanted with rates ranging from $25 to $150 per assignment.




2. Civil Eats

“Civil Eats is on the hunt for one or more experienced freelance contributors with a track record of journalism coverage of legislative and other political efforts to change the food system at the state and national level.”

Reported rates range from $0.10 to $0.25 per word.




3. Grist

“Our core topics include clean energy, sustainable food, environmental justice, livable communities, and reinventing the economy through cutting-edge science and cleantech. We’re looking for stories that offer compelling narratives, surprising perspectives, newsworthy revelations, awesome visuals, or can’t-miss commentary.”

Rates of $0.25 to $0.27 have been reported.




4. Taproot

“Taproot celebrates farm, food, family and craft through writing, photography and the arts, both fine and domestic.

Contributors are paid, though the rate varies depending on the type and length of submission.





5. Rodale’s Organic Life

“We accept pitches for print and/or online articles that address some aspect of the magazine’s focus on living naturally in the modern world. Pitches for the front-of-book Gather section, the Food, Home, Garden, or Wellbeing sections, feature articles, or the back-of-book Almanac section should be succinct yet detailed.”

Rates reported between $0.20 and $1.00 per word.




6. The Vegetarian Journal

“[The practical magazine for those interested in Health, Ecology, and Ethics. Science, Caring, and Vegan Living since 1982. If you have a great idea that you would like to be paid for, please send a query letter along with a resume, and indicate that you would like to be paid. We generally pay $100 to $200 per article, and $25 per drawing.”





7. Catalyst

“CATALYST advocates a healthy, peaceful and sane environment — locally and globally. The enemy in the quest to attain this goal is not a person or nation, but rather a lack of information and insight. CATALYST’s role is to present our readers with the best information available in a fashion that inspires the reader to act — along with suggestions as to how, when and where. In other words, the purpose of CATALYST is to be a catalyst.”

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Typical pay is reported at $0.10 per word.




8. VegNews

“VegNews welcomes freelance inquiries and is open to a variety of subjects relating to vegetarianism. Our mission is to inform, make people think, and entertain.”

VegNews pays for magazine submissions, but not for web articles.







9. Mother Earth Living

Mother Earth Living tests all of our potential article topics with a group of online readers called our Editorial Advisory Group. We welcome queries at all times on topics suitable for any time of year. As we receive queries, we file them for future testing with our Editorial Advisory Group. If a topic scores well with this group, we contact the writer who pitched it to work out further details before potentially assigning the article.”

Payment and deadline details are discussed once a pitch is accepted.

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Payment and deadline details are discussed once a pitch is accepted.




10. Mother Earth News

“Most of our feature articles are written by our Contributing Editors. We sometimes assign articles to freelance writers, particularly those who have experience with our subject matter (both firsthand experience and writing experience). If you would like to submit a query, please send a one-page outline.”

Rates are unlisted.






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