Long-term exposure to pesticides has been linked to infertility, birth defects,1,2endocrine disruption, neurological disorders and cancer so it’s a common-sense conclusion that fewer pesticides in our food supply would result in improved health among the general population.
In fact, one of the strongest selling points for eating organic food is that it can significantly lower your exposure to pesticides and other harmful chemicals used in conventional agriculture, and this measure in and of itself may help protect your long-term health and/or improve any health conditions you may have.
I produced this video, Rachel Carson, We Need You Again, to bring more attention to the extensive use of pesticides in our food and the importance of knowing where the food comes from that you put into your bellies and the bellies of those you love.
Intense Sweetness Surpasses Cocaine Reward
Many studies have concluded over and over that given the choice 94% of rats in studies will move toward sugar and saccharin over cocaine and heroin. This study by the National Institutes of Health report that when rats were allowed to choose mutually-exclusively between water sweetened with saccharin–an intense calorie-free sweetener–and intravenous cocaine–a highly addictive and harmful substance–the large majority of animals (94%) preferred the sweet taste of sugar and saccharin. Their findings clearly demonstrate that intense sweetness can surpass cocaine reward, even in drug-sensitized and addicted individuals.
You Tube video showing the rats choosing their drinking and eating preference.
Chuck Samuelson, Jennifer Gilmore and Aviva Paley head the team behind Kitchens for Good in San Diego. This incredibly inventive and forward thinking group is training the underserved, foster youth and vulnerable folks in our area in culinary skills and hospitality. They have a thriving catering business providing meals to seniors at several senior centers in our area.
The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation selected Kitchens for Good to operate its 22,000 square foot kitchen and event space at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center in San Diego.
Kitchens for Good breaks the cycles of food waste, poverty and hunger through innovative programs in workforce training, healthy food production, and social enterprise.
They believe that kitchens can be drivers of social and economic good in communities. With meals that not only feed, but improve the health of vulnerable residents, jobs that employ men and women previously perceived as unemployable, and a purchasing power that will support Southern California’s farmers and communities, they will effectively and profitably close the broken loops of our food system.
In its 35th year of existence, the Farming Systems Trial (FST) at Rodale Institute continues to demonstrate, through scientific research data, that organic farming is superior to conventional systems with regard to building, maintaining and replenishing the health of the soil. This is the key to regenerative agriculture as it provides the foundation for its present and future growth.