About Oldways


We’re a nonprofit dedicated to improving public health by inspiring individuals and organizations to embrace the healthy, sustainable joys of the “old ways” of eating—heritage-based diets high in taste, nourishment, sustainability, and joy. 

Since 1990, we’ve helped people live healthier, happier lives by offering educational programs, resources, and recipes based on shared cultural food traditions from around the world. It’s a mission we take great joy in, one with proven nutritional and emotional benefits.

If you’ve visited a farmer’s market, dined out, or shopped in a supermarket in the last 30 years, you’ve likely experienced the positive impact of our passion. Our efforts span consumer advocacy (Oldways Whole Grain Council), heritage diet travel and discovery (Oldways Culinaria Tours), guidance (Oldways Cheese Coalition), as well as the education and celebration of African, Asian, Latin American, and Mediterranean cultural eating traditions (Heritage Diets), and plant-based diets (Plant Forward Plates).

We believe food is heritage’s greatest gift of all.

Our Vision
A healthier, happier life through cultural food traditions.          

Our Mission
We inspire people to embrace the healthy, sustainable joys of the old ways of eating.

Our Programs