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Archive for Food Safety

Can We Solve Our Health Problems One Person at a Time?

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

What’s the difference between health prevention, health care, and public health? Health prevention tries to address the causes of health imbalance and disease. Health care treats an individual after symptoms or disease manifests. Public health tries to remove disease contributors— that affect all people. The bottom line is that some health concerns must be addressed through health care and making the right personal health choices. But some disease contributors can only be addressed by modifying societal health choices.

Let’s first clarify the difference between personal and societal health choices— and the connection between them. On the personal level, if my friend, Ralph chooses to regularly over-eat foods known to produce gain weight, his personal decision may drive him towards obesity. On the societal level, if corporate influence, regulations, laws, subsidies, and social policies make fattening foods cheap and available, then these policies will drive Ralph— and millions of others— towards weight gain and obesity. Read More→

Unfounded Fears About GMO Labeling

Monday, November 5th, 2012

But the insidiousness of much paid-for-by-vested-interest advertising is that it makes people second guess their own gut level instincts–often by making things more complicated than they really need to be. Take the California Labeling Initiative–Proposition 37–which over a million California’s petitioned to get on the ballot for a statewide vote.

This political season it should come as no surprise to anyone that paid television advertisements don’t necessarily contain (ahem) the truth. Although deep pocketed industries spend millions to win our vote, our loyalties, our buy-in’s to their agendas, more and more people have developed the ability to think critically and avoid succumbing to their influence.

Listen to John Robbins, author Diet for a Small Planet discuss GMO Labeling on Connect the Dots radio.

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Oh, No! GMOs? What the Heck Are You Eating?

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Back when President Obama was a Senator, he promised to label GMO foods, to support the consumer right to know “where their food comes from. Americans should know what they are buying,” he said  (see video here.) But despite these promises, it hasn’t happened. Family farmers, seed businesses and organic agricultural organizations filed suit against Monsanto in New York court over six months ago, but still no action from the President. According to the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) which filed on their behalf, the plaintiffs were forced to sue preemptively to protect themselves from future accusations of patent infringement when Monsanto’s genetically modified seed contaminates their crops, something which cannot be prevented once GM seeds are released. Read More→

Hurricanes, Floods, and Climate Change: How Can Farms Survive?

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Even without grokking the science of climate change, it’s obvious that novel weather events have increased around the country and the world. Thanks to Hurricanes Irene and Lee, at summer’s end, torrential rains swept the Northeast region, flooding the areas where New York’s food comes from. In these upstate regions in Ulster, Sullivan, and Delaware counties, there’s a new breed of organic and sustainable farming. But will those farmers, their farms, and their food survive changing weather patterns to continue to grow and supply the foods health and environmentally conscious people prefer to eat? Read More→

A newly discovered pathogen, visible only under an electron microscope, is destroying plants and undermining the health of livestock, thereby posing a deadly risk to the U.S. food supply, a senior plant pathologist warned USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. In a January 2010 letter to Vilsack, (a former Iowa governor and agribusiness champion, appointed by President Obama), Dr. Don Huber advised caution in introducing additional GMO crops. But just weeks later, the USDA approved expansion of GMO crops to include alfalfa, the most widespread animal feed crop. Read More→

Step Up to Quantum Activism

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

For some reason, we’ve gotten programmed to believe that Proactive Health means— “taking care of my health,” not taking care of “our health.” That’s why in my radio show, blogs, and ezine, I want to make it easier for all of us to take health action. Each week, I’ll be focusing on one action you can take every week to make a critical difference for health– your’s, mine, and our’s. On this week’s Connect the Dots, radio program, physicist Amit Goswami explains how we can do this and why we must. To listen, go here at Noon ET on Saturday, January 29th. Read More→

Keeping Track: Status Report on the Food Safety Bill

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

There have been so many twists and turns with the passage of the Food Safety bil, that I am posting this blog which I will amend with updates for those of you wishing to follow its progress. The Food Safety Bill, originally designated as Senate bill, S510 will affect food quality, safety and price– and the rights to health supplements– for years to come. In late November, author Michael Pollan added his voice to the group of citizens and organizations urging people to contact their Senators to assure that the bill that passes will not undermine the movement of organic, local sustainable growers and food producers. Read More→

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Food Safety S510 Alert: Just in! Aggies Go After Tester

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

You asked to keep updated in this crucial week prior to the upcoming vote on S510 set to occur the Monday after Thanksgiving. This just in from Citizens for Health to warn about Agribusinesses active behind the scenes to remove the Tester-Hagen Amendment which shields small suppliers and farmers from the onerous reporting and bureaucratic regulations needed for the giants. Read More→

Critical Action for Food Safety

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

A vote is likely today or tomorrow on the Food Safety Bill S510, a bill that will affect food quality, safety and price– and the rights to health supplements– for years to come. Yesterday author Michael Pollan added his voice to the group of citizens and organizations urging people to contact their Senators to assure that the bill that passes will not undermine the movement of organic, local sustainable growers and food producers. Read More→

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Who’s Afraid of Taking Action for Health?

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

We can proclaim the joy of eating healthy, and meditate our stress away. But when it’s time to take action to change policies that affect the health of millions, the response is: Who me? Read More→