Planetary Health and Food Choices with Ocean Robbins

How is planetary health affected by the food choices we make?

This week Pedram Shojai and Sara Gottfried welcome Ocean Robbins to the Health Bridge Show! Ocean discusses the ways eating meat not only affects our bodies and our health, but the health of the environment. How does eating grass-fed beef from corn-fed beef? Is grass-fed beef sustainable on a global level? How can we change our relationship to the things we eat and make health a priority?

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Compost

Welcome to Composting 101

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What’s Compost?

Compost is just decomposed organic materials. While composting may seem complicated, it’s actually really simple and easy to do. Composting involves a combination of digested and undigested food that is left on the forest (or your garden) floor. The end product is a rich, soft soil. It’s amazing how a natural process can transform everyday waste into a gardener’s fortune. Not only is composting good for the garden, it’s our environmental responsibility to breakdown organic waste rather than ditching it in landfills.

A Gardener’s Gold

Compost is a priceless asset for our gardens. It improves the quality of the soil by changing its structure. By making the soil the right consistency, it maximizes its ability to hold the right amount of moisture and air. This in turn supports the growth of healthier and more productive plants. Compost also has the ability to transform nutrient deficient clay soil into rich, moisture holding, loamy soil. Compost provides all of the essential nutrients for healthy plant growth, and it almost always slowly releases those nutrients to the plants so that there is a consistent intake of essential nutrients.

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GMO Scandal: Why You Should Avoid Genetically Modified Food

Chances are you’ve been hearing about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) all over the health and wellness sphere. It’s a buzzing topic for so many reasons, but the main reason why we care so much is because we’ve been eating them… whether we like it or not.

In the United States, more than 70% of the food stocked on the shelves of supermarkets directly or indirectly contain genetically modified (GM) ingredients. There are eight GM food crops on the market. The five major varieties are soy, corn, canola, cotton, and sugar beets. These five all have bacterial genes inserted, which allow the plants to survive deadly doses of herbicide. Farmers end up using more herbicides and as a result, the food we consume has higher herbicide residues. About 68% of GM crops are herbicide tolerant! If that’s not scary enough- there is a gene inserted into GM corn and cotton that allows the insect-killing Bt-toxin to be secreted in every cell. About 19% of GM crops produce their own pesticide. Read more

Monsanto Roundup Does More Damage than We Thought…Must Read!

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Monsanto Roundup is doing more damage than we thought- What you MUST know to keep your family safe

This is a must- see interview with Tom Malterre who’s a leading nutrition researcher. It turns out the GMO foods which are mostly produced by Monsanto are responsible for far more medical issues than we thought originally. From pulling out Tryptophan which leads to Seratonin (and happiness) to binding essential minerals that are necessary for life, it turns out this engineered poison is getting through into our bodies and may be responsible for many of the issues we’re having today from autism to certain cancers. Scary stuff. Please share this video and spread the word as it may save a life.


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Farm Bill- Right NOW we have a chance to use tax dollars to support Organic Farming instead of junk food

Our nation’s food & farm policy is on the wrong track.

 

It’s time to get it right.

We have the power to make the Farm Bill better – call your Senators today!

Take just five minutes today – that’s right, just five! – for a better future for our nation’s food and farmers. The U.S. Senate is debating amendments to the Farm Bill this week. It’s a complicated and bureaucratic process, and predictably, all of the lobbyists for Monsanto and big agribusiness are out in full force.
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The Green Feast at The Ecology Center- Showcase of Organic Farming and Gardening Practices

Organic food is making is way into every community in the US. Sustainable organic farming and gardening practices have moved from something others do to a way of life for all of us. Whether we keep a few fruit trees in our yard or a tomato plant in the terrace of our apartment, we all have access to the ritual of growing our own food. This latest Well.Org webisode is a celebration of this. Read more

Farmers Markets Offer Good Food and Company to Offset our Toxic Lifestyles

Farmers markets are the way of the future. Paying the oil companies to transport our food across the country is neither healthy nor sustainable. Locally grown foods help our community in many ways. They allow us to shop with our family and discover the fruits and vegetables that are local to our area.

In this video, I toured the Santa Monica Farmers Market with Dr. Jason Deyo. We got to try produce from various vendors and really enjoyed being out there with these wonderful people. It is important to talk with the person who grows your food. We don’t get that in the supermarket. True, it may take a bit more time to peruse the market amongst all the signs and banners, but it is healthy community time. You get to see your neighbors and enjoy the open space. My wife and I allow a couple hours every Sunday for the Farmers market. We see the neighbors and enjoy the ritual of hand-picking the fruits and vegetables we enjoy the rest of the week. It is valuable family time.

The Farmers Market movement is helping individuals attain health and really break free of the conveyor belt model where we buy processed garbage from the supermarket and then need drugs to deal with the illnesses we inherit from poor lifestyle. People who eat well have more energy for fitness, and, in effect, have more time in life because they have less down time due to illness. People argue that the produce is too expensive but if you factor in the price of healthcare needed from taking in toxic materials from the store, it is a bargain. We have to consider all of the advertising that goes into trying to convince us that shopping for the items in boxes or wrapped in plastic is somehow good for us. These companies are in the business of selling their products and the consumer has to be aware of the marketing ploys that are designed to fool us into thinking that their food is OK. Ask the farmers what growing food is like and look at the differences between local organic and agribusiness practices.

Dr. Deyo likes teaching people how to cook so that we are helping ourselves get better with each meal. We customers vote with our dollars. Healthy foods with the nutritional value to sustain people and help them thrive are the way out of our healthcare crisis and into a new model of abundance and health. We are big fans of farmers markets here at Well.Org and actively encourage you to find a local one.

Here’s a list of markets throughout the country- http://well.org/wellness-resources/farmers-markets/