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GMO Myths and Truths

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Today saw the second annual March Against Monsanto, a global anti-GMO protest with demonstrations held in at least 52 countries and 47 US states.

Indeed, on my errands in town today, I spotted a gathering of sign holders attempting to inform the people in passing cars that we’re all “lab rats.” Unfortunately, they chose a fairly busy circle, so I didn’t have much of a chance to read the signs nor interact.

However, it’s an important issue that deserves attention and some deliberate at-home reading of the literature. One such resource has just this month been updated — to a whopping 330 pages — from its first appearance two years ago. Written by a couple genetic scientists and a researcher, it compiles the studies, some quite recent, and draws what conclusions can so far be drawn.

You can download that report, GMO Myths and Truths, here at EarthOpenSource.org.

Their video from 2012 prior to the failed initiative on mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food, California Proposition 37, which spawned the March Against Monsanto movement:

Urban Gardener Ron Finley

Monday, May 27th, 2013

I first learned of Ron Finley, and his mission to transform South Central with community gardening, by way of his appearance on Russell Brand’s “talk show” Brand X.

Turns out his more informative presentation at TED 2013 actually came before that. Definitely worth sharing and especially apropos on the heels of the March Against Monsanto.

His later talk at Santa Monica College allowed him more time to expand on his thoughts, including the sad state of our food system and how growing your own food is not only good for your physical health, but also serves as a buffer against economic hard times.

Resources:
Lawn Wars: The struggle for a New Lawn Ethic Urban Farming

Growing Power

Detroit Black Food Security

Urban Homestead

Oak Park Hates Veggies
(Julie Bass’ blog)

Food Revolution Summit 2013

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Just a heads up, in case you haven’t already registered, the Food Revolution Summit starts this Saturday, April 27th! This free online event promises to be a fascinating week jam-packed with interviews of leading nutritionists, food activists, doctors, and celebrities.

The interviewers will be none other than John Robbins and his son Ocean. It was John’s book Diet for a New America which had such an impact on my Dad when it came out that he immediately went vegetarian. At the time my sister and I were teenagers, and it was at least in part through eating at his place on the weekends and learning his reasons for going vegetarian, that I also made the commitment, in my junior year of college. Ten years after that, I went vegan and never looked back.

Other speakers at the summit whose contributions have really guided me include Dr. Dean Ornish, whose book Everyday Cooking was, I believe, the first vegetarian cookbook I purchased; Kris Carr, whose journey of healing and discovery I followed when her documentary Crazy, Sexy Cancer first aired on The Learning Channel; and Dr. Joel Fuhrman whose book Eat To Live, along with a simultaneous reading of The China Study, coaxed me into what was to be a two-week experiment in veganism. ;)

There are, of course, others too in such a distinguished panel who’ve made an impact on me and countless others. For example, Dr. Neal Barnard and his Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). His studies on using a vegan diet for diabetes management and cardiovascular health have yielded impressive results, and his group’s 21-Day Kickstarts, diabetes forums, videos, and animal rights activism continue to introduce the plant-based lifestyle into people’s consciousness and practice.


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Needless to say, I’m looking forward to hearing these discussions. Topics will range from nutrition (including soy, fats, supplementation, and more) to the environment and food policy (the Farm Bill, etc.).

Join me in listening in; register for the Food Revolution Summit today.

TEDx Manhattan – Changing The Way We Eat

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

I’m currently taking the free online class “An Introduction to the U.S. Food System: Perspectives from Public Health” at coursera taught by instructors at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. I’d recommend it to anyone interested in the topic; the lectures have been engaging and the resources plenty.

One of the exercises they had us perform is to use the Ecological Footprint Calculator to determine an estimate of the number of Earths it would require if everyone were to live the way we do. Unfortunately, as an inhabitant of the USA, it’s very difficult to get away from the impact of our shared services, such as electricity and the interstate highway system, which can be frustrating when you’re doing everything else right. You’ll see. :)

It is also thru this course that I learned about the upcoming TEDx Manhattan event entitled “Changing the Way We Eat” which will be broadcast live via the internet this Saturday, Feb 16th from 10:30am – 5:45pm Eastern here on livestream.

Here’s one of the presentations from last year’s event:

So… How many Earths does the calculator say your lifestyle would require and which country do you live in?


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