Written by Arjun Walia
Below is a video published by The RSA. In it is Michael Polan, a Professor of Journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and a well known food activist, journalist, and author who speaks extensively about the problems with the industrial food chain. He is a big proponent of cooking, arguing that it is one of the most important steps people can take towards improving the health of themselves and their families.
Surprisingly, cooking can also work towards building communities, and also serves as a simple way for individuals to help fix our broken food system and end our dependence on big corporations. You can find out more about him and his work by clicking here.
The Food Industry Exposed
One thing I’m glad he mentioned in this video is our addiction to food, and to sugar specifically. Many are still unaware of the fact that sugar is similar to cocaine or heroin in its addictive properties. Worse still, it represents just one of many addictive substances added to processed foods. Corporations do this purposefully, with no regard at all for human health. When you truly look at the numbers, it’s astonishing to see how much sugar we feed our children. It should then be of no shock that disease is on the rise like never before (and exponentially so), or that most of this is due to the food that we put into our bodies.
Here is Polan going into more detail:
There are many concerns being raised about our modern-day food industry that we must start tackling now. Apart from the issues brought forth above, the GMO conversation is probably the most controversial right now. A number of countries around the world have now banned the growing and importing of GMO crops in and to their countries. They are doing this because GMOs have been linked to many risks to the health of both humans and the environment. Regardless of the political and corporate battles going on to conceal the dangers of GMOs, countries are using sound scientific research to make their choices. You can find out more information and look at some of the science behind these decisions by reading the articles below.
Another food related item wreaking havoc on our health and environment are the pesticides sprayed on our food.
A recent study conducted by researchers from RMIT University, published in the journal Environmental Research, found that eating an organic diet for just one week significantly reduced pesticide exposure in adults by 90 percent. (source)
Cynthia Curl, an assistant professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health at Boise State University, recently published a pesticide exposure study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Results of her research indicated that, among individuals eating similar amounts of vegetables and fruits, the ones who reported eating organic produce had significantly lower OP pesticide exposure than those who normally consume conventionally grown produce. You can read more about that here.
The case for food and its safety can go on by looking at a number of different factors. For now, try cooking at home as much as you can and purchase organic produce whenever possible. As a society we tend to look for the best of the best when it comes to deals on food, forgetting that low low cost often, sadly, means low quality. Eating real, healthy food is one of the most important things we can do to improve our health and our lives overall — shouldn’t we take that into account when considering whether to pay a little extra for that bag of apples?
You can learn more about this by reading the articles below:
Another issue that has made some noise recently is factory farming; it’s a major culprit when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions and environmental destruction. You can read more about that by reading the below CE articles.
Originally posted @ Collective Evolution