Food Revolution April 29th 2013 highlights

The recordings are free to listen to here for 24 hrs after the live broadcast. There is a full week of guest speakers. Today’s speakers will not be available after 9am PDT USA. Before I continue I would like to make it clear that this is a summary of what the speakers have said and the points I felt were relevant and most interesting.

Mark Bittman author of Food Matters and writer for NY Times

– The average American eats 1.5lbs of animal products a day including Meat/dairy

– We need to have incentives for eating different things explained clearly in order for people to want to change.

– If 10% of grass lawns in America were converted to gardens we could supply 1/3 of tthe produce needed for American consumption.

– Lets not be hypocrites animals can be a part of the global diet, they are not essential but there is a place for their consumption. However the treatment of a cow or chicken while living should be equal to that of a cat or dog. Unethical treatment of animals raised for human consumption equals unethical consumption.

– Some of the major stumbling blocks of the plant based movement is people do not like to garden, cook, shop or take time to prepare meals. We need to find a way to make plant based eating convienent to these people.

Ken Cook co founder of the Enviromental Working group

– Chemicals on food are tested seperately but never tested on the combined effects. Some chemicals are safe and stable but when combined as you know with baking soda and vinegar there can be change. Chemical cocktails being sprayed on our food is being tested on us, there are no controlled experiments.

– Oraganic vs Conventional testing showed ther were no benefits to organic because of the EPA standards on the allowance of chemicals. However the EPA is constantly  pulling pesticides or chemicals citing them as unsafe. This is due to the findings that the exposure at the rates once thought of as safe levels were wrong.

– Organic is like private school for food. We really need to clean up conventional food so produce can be good and affordable for everyone.

Vandana Shiva PHD

-Save your seeds, plant gardens, do not trust companies with your future. Her website explains this all really well click here

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