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

Food Revolution april 28 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.

Jeffery Smith founder of Institute for Responsible Technology, author of the bestselling book, Seeds of Deception

– Animals and athletes have had test trials on GMO consumption. There is increased health when they are no longer consuming GMOs(Genetically Modified Organisms).

– Roundup ready crops are toxic to beneficial bacteria inside the gut flora and may be linked to adverse reactions in sexual function.

– GMOs effect the trypsin inhibitor which has an effect on protein digestion, causing allergic reaction. Peanuts are a good example of this effect. When GMO Peanuts hit the market in the 1990’s soon after peanut allergies dramatically increased.

– Food allergy emergency visits increased 8 fold when GMOs were introduced in the United States.

– Free Non GMO Shopping guide can be found online under that title and for smart phones as shop no GMO app for free as well.

Robyn O’Brien Food Allergies

– Correlation is not causation meaning GMO is not the only issue with allergies but there is a connection and it is part of the problem.

– CDC does not count the # of food allergy deaths per year

-Beginning in 1997 when GMO foods hit the store shelves American children became the GMO lab rats

For a great video that goes in deeper to what Robyn was talking about click here.

Andrew Kimbrell Center for Food Safety

-USDA spent 100’s of millions on engineered animals but none have made it to market but GM salmon may be released soon. Sign the petition here against Genetically modified salmon

– 50% of farms are being effected by roundup resistant weeds despite them using the roundup ready seeds.

– Healthy food is a right. We need to establish a food agency minus the drug. The Food and Drug administration should be separated into two different entities.

Robyn O’Brien allergy solutions

Robyn O’Brien was just a Mom trying to feed her kids. One morning while eating Eggo waffles, yogurt and eggs, her baby looked she was choking. They rushed her to the hospital and the doctor said your kids allergic to food. The questions from Robyn were, “Why is food poisonous for kids?” and “What was added to our food that has increased the likelihood of allergies?” Robyn learned of the changes she and her family had to make and has since strived to educate everyone that will listen.