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Dave Murphy: Will Monsanto's Loss Result In Less Poison In Our Food?

An update on the situation with glyphosate
Monday, September 10, 2018, 7:00 PM

Last month in a landmark upset ruling, Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller was ruled to be carcinogenic, and the company's attempt to hide this fact from consumers made it guilty of acting “with malice or oppression”. Monsanto's new parent company Bayer was ordered to pay the plaintiff, a former school groundskeeper now dying of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, $289 million in damages.

Will this court ruling restrict the use of glyphosate going forward? Or will it be de-fanged upon appeal? What else has been learned about the health impacts of glyphsate in our food since the 2016 report? What is the latest science telling us?

To address these important questions and more, we welcome Dave Murphy of Food Democracy Now! back on the program. » Read more

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Joel Salatin: The Rise Of Rogue Food

A 'food freedom' revolt against the government is starting
Monday, August 6, 2018, 5:52 PM

This week, we welcome back Joel Salatin to the podcast. Labeled by The Washington Post as "the most famous farmer in America", Joel has spent his career advocating for sustainable farming practices and pioneering models that show how food can be grown and raised in ways that are regenerative to our topsoils, more humane to livestock, produce much healthier & tastier food, and contribute profitably to the local economy. 

Who wouldn't want that?

Well, the government and Big Ag for starters. Joel refers to himself as a 'lunatic farmer' because so many of the changes he thinks our food system needs are either illegal under the current law or mightily resisted by the deep-pocketed corporations controlling production and distribution.

And this anti-competitive restriction and stifling of small sustainable food producers is only getting worse. While dismayed at this, Salatin finds hope in the burgeoning rebellion of the "rogue food" resistence breaking out. » Read more

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The 4 Essential Practices To Adopt Right Now

These only have value if put in place before crisis arrives
Friday, May 11, 2018, 10:14 PM

Executive Summary

  • Why aligning your Knowing, Doing and Being is key to a resilient future
  • Key takeaways from the recent 3-day annual PP seminar
  • The importance of taking action in advance of crisis
  • The 4 essential regenerative practices to start adopting right now

If you have not yet read Part 1: Time To Choose, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

I usually shy away from being overly directive, preferring to arm folks with information and then let each reader figure out what to prioritize given their specific personal situation. The only exception to this is when I send out an Alert in response to a spiking threat level -- when I'm personally taking action such as making major changes to my investmen portfolio, topping off my car's gas tanks, pulling more cash from the bank, etc.

But the recent Peak Prosperity seminar that just took place in Sebastopol CA from May 4-6, 2018 was a fantastic showcase of 'regenerative' options, many of which make sense for everyone.

In particular, there were four that stood out for me as essential to anyone concerned about the future who wants to protect their well-being and be part of the solution society needs.

These steps are implementable and realistic for nearly everyone. And their benefits far outweigh the efforts to put them in place.

So what are they?

Let's start with... » Read more

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Tim Young: How To Start A Small Farming Business

For all those dreaming of becoming artisan entrepreneurs
Sunday, November 26, 2017, 3:08 PM

Many readers of this website have shared with us their hopes of one day shedding their office jobs for a more meaningful, more resilient life involving a deeper connection with Nature. Starting a small-scale farming business is the most common dream we hear from these folks.

But how to get started? And.. Can you really make a living at it? » Read more

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Adam Parks: How To Select & Prepare Sustainably-Raised Meats

A ranch-to-table primer
Monday, April 10, 2017, 5:15 PM

What specifically should you look for when choosing a provider to buy your meat from?

Additionally, most folks don't realize how important the butchering process is to how well meat tastes. What qualities are important to look for in a butcher?

Former rancher and current meat-repreneur, Adam Parks, joins us for this week's podcast to give practical guidance on these questions, as well as recipe and cooking tips for how to get the most out of the meats we eat. After all, if you go to the trouble to select the healthiest product and get the best butchering, you want to ensure the meals you make from it are prepared well, too. » Read more

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Robb Wolf: Wired To Eat

Rewiring our diet for better health
Monday, March 20, 2017, 12:14 PM

As human animals, our genetic programming pushes us to optimize caloric intake with the minimal amount of effort expended. The food industry knows this, and has for decades been developing "foods" scientifically engineered to appeal to that evolutionary drive. That result? An explosion in obesity, chronic health conditions like diabetes, and a society shamed by itself.

Robb Wolf's guidance revolves around working with, not against, our primal wiring. Eating more, but of the fuel our body truly needs, is much better than merely eating less of the processed gunk sold to us in most aisles of the grocery store. » Read more

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9 Edible Wildflowers of Spring

Early season harvest
Friday, February 24, 2017, 2:39 PM

With warmer temps approaching, you will be able to discover and use fresh wildflowers as part of your diet.  Here are 9 great additions to keep an eye out for.

https://www.wildedible.com/9-edible-wildflowers-spring

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Dave Murphy - Glyphosate: Unsafe On Any Plate

Are we being fed poison for profit?
Sunday, January 1, 2017, 2:16 PM

In November, a very concerning report -- Glyphosate: Unsafe On Any Plate -- was released by The Detox Project and Food Democracy Now!, raising the alarm of the high levels of glyphosate in the US food supply and the (deliberate?) low levels of awareness of its associated health risks.

Dave Murphy, executive director of Food Democracy Now!, joins us this week to explain the finding of this new report on the world's most-used herbicide (more commonly known by its retail brand: Roundup). As happened in past decades with the alcohol and tobacco industries, there's compelling evidence that profits have taken a priority over consumer safety -- and as public health concerns are being raised, Big Ag is circling its wagons and attacking the questioners rather than embracing open scrutiny.

Are we being poisoned in the pursuit of profit? » Read more

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How to cook with a mid-summer CSA box

Getting creative with your summer bounty
Monday, August 1, 2016, 4:40 PM

Some good ideas on how to cook with and utilized all the wonderful food you can get from your CSA box or garden.

http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/how-cook-mid-summer-csa-box.html

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The Burrito Index: Consumer Prices Have Soared 160% Since 2001

Calculating the real inflation rate
Friday, July 29, 2016, 3:31 PM

In our household, we measure inflation with the "Burrito Index": How much has the cost of a regular burrito at our favorite taco truck gone up?

Since we keep detailed records of expenses (a necessity if you’re a self-employed free-lance writer), I can track the real-world inflation of the Burrito Index with great accuracy: the cost of a regular burrito from our local taco truck has gone up from $2.50 in 2001 to $5 in 2010 to $6.50 in 2016.

That’s a $160% increase since 2001; 15 years in which the official inflation rate reports that what $1 bought in 2001 can supposedly be bought with $1.35 today. » Read more