Save Yourself, Save the Planet: Become a Food Revolutionary

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 28th Apr 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3tc1u_q4/
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You can heal your body simply by eating the right kinds of foods, and if you do, you will also be helping to heal the planet.

Modern food production and processing is killing us and killing the planet

It is no secret that big agribusiness and food marketing is taking a terrible toll on the health of consumers by making profits more important than health. Today, very few people know how their food is produced, and how that process is destroying our forests and the topsoil, how it fouls the air and water, and how it contributes to global warming and climate change. Few know how cruelly farm animals like pigs, cattle and fowl are treated. Few know that genetically engineered "frankenfoods" are being approved for public sale without any testing.

As more and more of these artificial foods are being released and sold to consumers, more people are becoming chronically ill today than at any previous time in history. We are all becoming not only sicker, but fatter. Fewer and fewer gigantic agribusiness corporations are controlling our food supply. They have huge advertising budgets to help them convince people to buy their products: pseudo foods - highly processed, chemically engineered, chemical laden, pesticide contaminated poison masquerading as food.

You have a choice, but you need to educate yourself

Everyone has a right to know the truth about the food they eat, but in many countries, particularly in the United States, food producers are not required to label genetically engineered ingredients. For the most part Europe does require labeling, and as a result foods there are much safer.

There is a great web site dedicated to helping you make the healthiest choices possible regarding the foods you eat. It is www.foodrevolution.org. The site offers a wealth of material about diet and nutrition. With it you can plan your "food strategy" to create the healthiest lifestyle possible for yourself. The site also offers a non-GMO shopping guide which features over 150 brands that are currently enrolled in a non-GMO project. The guide is available in both English and Spanish at www.nongmoshoppingguide.com.

For good health, go vegan

A personal note here: not long ago, after being a meat eater all my life, I finally became a vegan. My wife Carol has been a vegan for a very long time, and I could not deny the fact that she was much healthier than I. Whenever she did get a cold or flu she would recover very quickly, the illness never lasting very long. When we both came down with some bug or another at the same time my illness would linger far longer, days or even weeks longer.

Now, I feel better. I have more energy, and my mind is clearer. I will never return to my previous carnivorous eating habits. I am also aware that I have stopped contributing to the increased climate change that results from the world's meat-eating habits, as cattle grazing puts more green house gasses, in the form of methane, into the atmosphere, than automobiles. I also no longer have to feel guilty about eating animals that have been cruelly abused in factory farms and slaughterhouses.

I read recently that over half the American people eat no vegetables at all, if you don't count ketchup, french fries and pizza as vegetables. That is an astonishing fact, given that fresh vegetables are the most nutritious substances in the world, and their anti-oxidant and other properties help us ward off all manner of ailments.

Greens
such as broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, and leafy salad greens are associated with longer life spans and protection from cancer. Beans are a rich source of phytonutrients and protein, and they are also associated with longevity. Onions, several studies have shown, are protective against cancer. Onions and garlic have natural anti-biotic effects. Mushrooms are very important, as they boost the immune system. Raspberries, blueberries and blackberries possess polyphenols and anthrocyanidins, which benefit brain matter and the immune system. Strawberries, unless they are organic, should be avoided. Finally, seeds - flax, Chia, pumpkin, sesame - are very beneficial. Their lignins protect against cancer, and their fatty acids help stabilize inflammation and heart regularity.

Finally, a quote from Jane Goodall, which may give meat eaters cause to reflect:

"Farm animals are far more aware and intelligent than we have imagined, and despite being bred as domestic slaves, they are individual beings in their own right. As such, they deserve our respect. And our help. Who will plead for them if we are silent.? Thousands of people who say they 'love' animals sit down once or twice a day to enjoy the flesh of creatures who have been treated with so little respect and kindness just to make more meat."

Feedlot photo from wikimedia commons
Other photos from morguefile.com

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Agribusiness, Diet, Food, Genetically Modified Organisms, Gmo Foods, Gmos, Monsanto, Nutrition, Steve Kinsman

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
28th Apr 2013 (#)

Oh ya, I know where the food comes from. My wife and I have a few articles on it, her more so than myself.

We have not become vegans, or vegetarians, but we eat meat very seldom and consume smaller portions when we do eat meat. Most people apparently consume 4-8 times more meat than they need in a week. Essentially throwing money away on stuff that has no benefit to them and they just poo out in the end, not to mention the cruelty along the way and environmental impact of raising meat to begin with.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
28th Apr 2013 (#)

Exactly.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
28th Apr 2013 (#)

I eat very little meat now Steve , and plenty of vegetables , and I am very healthy , but I do say my grace before I eat anything , just in case . We have no ideas what all the additives are doing to our bodies . thank you for bringing the subject up .It was terrible in the UK with Mad Cow disease... thousands of animals were slaughtered as a result of that .
Bless you
Stella

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
28th Apr 2013 (#)

Thank you Stella.

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author avatar sivarevu
29th Apr 2013 (#)

Here in India even vegetables are not safe. Loads and loads of chemicals are used in vegetables and being a vegetarian it's not a good thing for me. And very much well written article sir.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
29th Apr 2013 (#)

People need to go organic if they can afford to. Thanks for commenting sivarevu.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
29th Apr 2013 (#)

this is grea Steve ..wish more people would take note and become healthier and happier..i have been against monsanto and others of the same ilk for a long time now,,,

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
29th Apr 2013 (#)

Good for you Carolan. Thank you.

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author avatar Retired
29th Apr 2013 (#)

Superb star page and such an urgent issue. Very informative. I recently gave up eating wheat...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
29th Apr 2013 (#)

I'm not ready to giver up wheat, but I'm now buying sprouted grain, gluten free bread.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
29th Apr 2013 (#)

Great and timely article Steve.We eat free range organic meat, mostly chicken , fish , but not everyday and small amounts. and we buy organic fruit and veg.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
29th Apr 2013 (#)

Good for you C.D., but in the U.S. chicken can be labeled "free range' even if they're confined as long as they have a space 3 feet by 3 feet.

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author avatar chrysolite
30th Apr 2013 (#)

Great and absolutely true article! We must solve the correct food intake on a personal basis. Nobody is going to "help" us and most people just read articles like this one, but move on unable to change their lives.

I think that is the big problem. Many might be even willing, but think they can't.

I know we can, you've changed, we've changed, so many others changed. Step by step or all at once, we must change to eat organic or even better home-grown or biodynamically produced food.

It's so worth it!!!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Apr 2013 (#)

Our lives depend on it, don't you think. Thanks for commenting chrysolite - I appreciate it.

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author avatar chrysolite
1st May 2013 (#)

Yes, Steve, you put it in one: Our lives depend on it!!!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st May 2013 (#)

Yes.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st May 2013 (#)

Thanks Steve for a much needed insight. I have been a vegetarian all my life. I have seen many vegetarians lead healthy, active lives. So meat and fish are not necessities of our diet. Also, meat requires lots of water to process, clean etc. Ever slowly, people should adjust to more humane ways. It is crystal clear animals are just like us and more intelligent in some ways. And if are needlessly cruel to them, we may reincarnate as them but skeptics don't ask for proof; but why not and looks quite logical! Gandhi said a gauge of our progress is how we treat our fellow travelers in this life - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st May 2013 (#)

Exactly. Thank you Siva.

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