Check in on the latest news, book recommendations and commentary from GF2. As a perpetual student of food and food politics I am constantly reading and researching. Part of my mission is to share what I discover with my friends, family and clients so they can make well informed decisions. Included in this section you will find links to information I think will be most beneficial from organizations and leaders in the field. I hope you find it helpful and inspiring as you travel on your food journey.
This Week's INFO
One of the most controversial food issues right now is Genetically Modified Foods(GMO's). Not only have they not been extensively studied enough to allow them into our food chain but companies are not even required to label foods GMO. If there are no concerns about GMO's then why would Monsanto spend nearly 50 million dollars to (narrowly) defeat California Proposition 57 and why would so many other countries require labeling? Some ways you can avoid GMO's in your food are to buy organic food or look for the Non-GMO Label on packaged foods.
Shopping Healthy Tips
A common question I get when discussing produce is "Do I have to buy everything organic?". When you buy organic products you not only contribute to your health but to the health of the planet as well. The pesticides that farmers use are harmful to the destructive bugs they are intended for as well as the beneficial bugs that are also part of the delicate ecosystem. However, you may not always have access to a wide variety of organic produce based on your location or what is in season. Thankfully there is some guidance to help you choose what to buy organic and what is safer to buy conventional. Here is the link to the Environmental Working Group's list of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen as well as Information and Videos to help guide you on your mission to avoid harmful pesticides.
The World Peace Diet, which became a #1 Amazon best-seller in March, 2010, offers a compelling and liberating new understanding of our food and our culture. It has been called one of the most important books of the 21st century: the foundation of a new society based on the truth of the interconnections of all life. It is the first book to make explicit the invisible connections between our culture, our food, and the source of our broad range of problems—and the way to a positive transformation in our individual and collective lives. If you want to understand the big picture of our culture and why we have the unyielding dilemmas we face, and how we can solve them, this book is for you. You'll want to read it over and over again with a highlighter and take notes. Get ready for some DEEEP stuff.