Archive for February, 2011

10 Percent

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

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The amount of land devoted to genetically engineered crops grew 10% last year, and 7% in the year before, as farmers in major grain and soy exporting countries such as Brazil and Argentina continued to adopt the new seeds. 

These so-called biotech crops, often bred with genes that allow them to tolerate weed killers or generate their own insecticides, now cover 10% of the world’s farmland, up from nothing just 15 years ago.

The figures are in this year’s International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications report, out Tuesday. Of the four most commonly planted biotech crops, a rising percentage of the total of all plantings are biotech. In 2010, 81% of all soybeans, 64% of cotton, 29% of corn and 23% of canola globally were from biotech seeds, the ISAAA says.

The most common modification is herbicide tolerance, where plants are given a gene that allows farmers to spray them with the weed killer glyphosate, known to most home gardeners as Roundup, without harming them. Sixty-one percent of biotech crops carry this gene.


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Who Said Anything About Nutrition?

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

French philosopher Voltaire over 200 years ago said, “Doctors give drugs of which they know little, into bodies of which they know less, for diseases of which they know nothing at all.”

Betrayed

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Our own FDA has betrayed the American public by continuing to allow genetically modified seeds to be produced and added to our food chain.

We are already experiencing some harm from genetically modified food and now the government has cleared bio-fuel corn to be genetically modified. It’s only a matter of time, not if by when it will be mixed with corn for human consumption.

Write your congressman and tell them you want whole food which is safe to eat and will do no harm to “man or beast”.

Quantity at the Price of Quality

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

“The USDA figures show a decline in the nutrient content of the forty-three crops it has tracked since the 1950s. In one recent analysis, vitamin C declined by 20 percent, iron by 15 percent, riboflavin by 39 percent, calcium by 16 percent. Government figures from England tell a similar story: declines since the fifties of 10 percent or more in levels of iron, zinc, calcium, and selenium across a range of food crops. To put this in more concrete terms, you would now have to eat three apples to get the same amount of iron as you would have gotten from a single 1940 apple, and you’d have to eat several more slices of bread to get your recommended daily allowance of zinc than you would have a century ago.” IN DEFENSE OF FOOD, Michael Pollan

Plants grown with industrial fertilizers are nutritionally inferior to the same varieties grown in organic soils.

This results in poor nutrition which translates into poor health. You can see the declining quality and thus more sickness. Studies have shown that 70 percent of our diseases come from poor nutrition.

What are your thoughts?

Monoculture Farming

Friday, February 11th, 2011

With the rise of industrial agriculture we have basically limited ourselves to just a few grains and vegetables. This leads to a simplification of our diet to mostly corn and soy. Even half of all broccoli grown commercially today comes from a single variety – Marathon. The vast majority of commercial chickens in America are one hybrid – the Cornish cross, and 99 percent of turkeys are Broad-Breasted Whites.

When farming corn and soybeans it helps that the government subsidizes the farmer to grow corn and soy. Then most of that goes into the feed of our animals (which is unhealthy) and the rest into processed food (again unhealthy).

Today the four crops of corn, soy, wheat and rice account for two-thirds of the calories we eat. Then the way these grains are raised leave the soil deficient. In stead of the many nutrients you find in organic soil you will only find a half-dozen from commercial fertilizers. You will get the macronutrients but not the micronutrients which sustain life.

With today’s commercial fertilizers you must eat organic if you want to eat healthy and get all the nutrients that you will only find in REAL food.

Problem – Solution

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The good news is the number of Americans hospitalized for a heart attack has dropped 24 % over the past decade.

The bad news is that heart disease remains the leading cause of death – more than 615,000 lives are lost each year.

There are ways to lessen your chances. One way according to Dr. Michael Miller, director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, who says, “There’s no question that strong social connections improves overall heart health”. Personal relationships promote positive emotions that relieve anxiety and fight depression.

You are welcome to add your thoughts. But please no web addresses.

Let Food Be Thy Medicine

Sunday, February 6th, 2011
It would be wonderful if doctors took this advice from Hippocrates. Doctors take the hippocratic oath without meaning it?
Will we get back to the old-time idea that food (whole food, not hydrogenated cardboard) is the proper thing to eat?
And interestingly enough back in the 1950s, a growing body of scientific opinion held that the consumption of fat and dietary cholesterol, much from meat and dairy products, was responsible for the rising rates of heart disease.
In January 1977, the committee issued a fairly straight-forward set of dietary guidelines, calling for Americans to cut down on their consumption of red meat and dairy products. This caused a firestorm of criticism, mainly from the red meat and dairy industries. Senator McGovern, who had many cattle ranchers from his South Dakota constituents, retreated from his stance but not before the damage had been done and he lost re-election. The committee’s recommendations were rewritten and no government committee has since spoken against the meat and dairy industry and survived.
Truth lost out.
Today government committees talk about nutrients; saturated fat, cholesterol, and trans-fat.
Even in the case of “good foods” nutrients are mentioned as the benefits in antioxidants found in vegetables rather than vegetables themselves.
Healthy eating in NOT recommended by the dairy industry or the meat industry. They say it is but science has proven that a basic PLANT BASED diet is the best for human consumption. We know that babies grow better with “human” milk rather than “cows” milk. And when you eat meat be sure it hasn’t been raised in some fed-lot by some “animal farm”.

It would be wonderful if doctors took this advice from Hippocrates. Doctors take the hippocratic oath without meaning it?

Will we get back to the old-time idea that food (whole food, not hydrogenated cardboard) is the proper thing to eat?

And interestingly enough back in the 1950s, a growing body of scientific opinion held that the consumption of fat and dietary cholesterol, much from meat and dairy products, was responsible for the rising rates of heart disease.

In January 1977, the committee issued a fairly straight-forward set of dietary guidelines, calling for Americans to cut down on their consumption of red meat and dairy products. This caused a firestorm of criticism, mainly from the red meat and dairy industries. Senator McGovern, who had many cattle ranchers from his South Dakota constituents, retreated from his stance but not before the damage had been done and he lost re-election. The committee’s recommendations were rewritten and no government committee has since spoken against the meat and dairy industry and survived.

Truth lost out.

Today government committees talk about nutrients; saturated fat, cholesterol, and trans-fat.

Even in the case of “good foods” nutrients are mentioned as the benefits in antioxidants found in vegetables rather than vegetables themselves.

Healthy eating in NOT recommended by the dairy industry or the meat industry. They say it is but science has proven that a basic PLANT BASED diet is the best for human consumption. We know that babies grow better with “human” milk rather than “cows” milk. And when you eat meat be sure it hasn’t been raised in some fed-lot by some “animal farm”.

The Western Diet

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Did you know that four of the top ten causes of death today are chronic diseases linked to diet: coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer.

The “Western Diet” is the elephant in the room when it comes to health and diet.

The chronic diseases that now kill most of us can be traced directly to the industrialization of our food. The culprits are: highly processed foods, refined grains, chemicals on and in our plants and animals, and plants and animals in monocultures. Add to that cheap sugar products, pop, soda, candy, etc. And we narrow our choices to  a tiny handful of staple products, namely wheat, corn and soy. What’s missing is vegetables, fruits and whole grains (which by the way are recently making a comeback).

When a group of doctors and medical workers, early in the 20th century, were stationed overseas, they saw people of the world with their diverse diets become sick with the “Western Diet”. With that followed the Western diseases: obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, and cancer.

There is a solution!

Eat plant based foods, fruits and vegetables, range fed animals without all the pharmaceutical medicines pumped in them to make them fatter, faster and less healthy. Stay away from processed foods and sugars.

Today we have a choice to eat healthy. Use your freedom of choice to be healthy.

What’s true?

Friday, February 4th, 2011

If you study health and nutrition you will see that most things we have been told over the last 50 years has actually made us less healthy and much fatter.

To find the truth you need to look at independent studies by real scientists who are not paid by big business. These are hard to find. But they are out there.