Come and Sit at the FOOD REVOLUTION TABLE!


April 2015 Newsletter
Number 16
Table of Contents
Get our March 2015 Newsletter
Get our January 2015 Newsletter
Go to our TV Channel
Watch for the new Food Documentary, The Need To Grow
Celebrate EARTH DAY 2015
Make a Pledge for Meatless Monday
Grow Your Own Veggies in a Food Forever Growing System
Introducing Garvin’s Greens Geodesic Domes and Hoop Houses
Watch Planet Earth on Earth Day

A Word From Our Editor, Grace Sylke
Once again important and timely topics have usurped Part 2 of our new Series on “Obesity in America”. We promise, it’s coming soon.
We just had to acknowledge EARTH DAY and the FOOD REVOLUTION Summit, which are both happening this month.
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Get Links to all of our 2014 Newsletters from our
Here they are all in one place. Our first year of News-letters full of incredible information about Aquaponics and our Food System.

Here’s our March Newsletter in case it was missed.
This is an informative look at all of the Food related Programs that we are running in the U.S. including who these programs serve and the costs of those services.

Here’s ourFebruary Newsletter in case it was missed.
This Newsletter is all about our enclosed growing and fish raising areas, which include our Growroom and Fishroom featuring our latest evolution in Seed Germination, the SIT (Seed Incubation Table).

Here’s ourJanuary Newsletter in case it was missed.
This Newsletter features our latest change in the Greenhouse and it’s a real innovation. Our retired aerospace engineer turned Aquaponics Systems Designer, Oliver Duffy, just keeps improving his designs never being satisfied to settle for almost great and certainly never following the pack. See what he’s up to now in this informative Newsletter.

Catch all 4 Parts of Grace’s Series on the FOOD REVOLUTION in the
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It features articles by the field’s leaders like:
Sylvia Bernstein
Aaron Woolf
Glenn Martinez and our own,
Grace Sylke.

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Watch for the new Food Documentary,THE NEED TO GROW
It’s still in production but coming out soon. It features famous food activists like Jeffery Smith, Vandana Shiva and we’re in it. Click the Link and Check Out the Trailer.
This is your Invitation to come and sit at the 
FOOD REVOLUTION Table!

 

Dear Subscriber:
 
This Revolution is being waged by a group of incredible Revolutionaries who are biting down on the greatest threat to the well being of our country that has ever surfaced. They are gritting their teeth and going into the fray with everything they’ve got because they see no other way to keep our once great nation and our tough, individualistic point of view alive and well.
We’ve just declared April to be FOOD REVOLUTION Month in honor of the FOOD REVOLUTION Summitthat goes from April 25- May 3, 2015.
We don’t like being the bearer of bad news; but the truth is WE ARE AT WAR! It’s a war for our right to eat healthy, nutritious food that is not laden with pesticides, petrochemicals and GMO’s. It’s a war for our health, our lives and the health and lives of our children and grandchildren. And the sad truth is, WE ARE LOSING; and this loss is measured in lost lives.
According to an article on the Mercola.com website, “One in Five American Deaths [are] Now Associated with Obesity”. The article goes on to say that:
  • Obesity-related deaths include those from type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, liver disease, cancer, dementia, and depression because nearly all have metabolic dysfunction as a common underlying factor
  • The only effective way to reverse these trends is to make changes in your diet and lifestyle; drugs are definitely not the answer
(Note: This is one statistic taken from Part 2 of the Series on Obesity in America, which is coming in May)

 

Here comes the 4th Annual FOOD REVOLUTION Summit sponsored by John and Ocean Robbins who are Co-Fouders of the FOOD REVOLUTION Network and the Annual Summit.
This On-Line Information packed Summit is absolutely FREE to Attend so don’t miss the interviews with three of the world’s top healthy food activists, Jeffrey Smith, Michael Pollan and Vandana Shiva. You can also hear from food savy doctors like Neal Barnard, MD, and Joel Fuhrman, MD; and don’t miss Tony Robbins  and Paul McCartney talk about how healthy eating works for them in their busy lives.
If you missed our own informative 4 Part Series on the FOOD REVOLUTION, you can read it now by clicking over to our December 2014 Newsletter with Links to all of our 2014 Newsletters.

It’s BAAACK! EARTH DAY, 2015

Earth Day is almost here again (unless you’ve already made every day Earth Day), which is highly recommended. In honor of this Day, we decided to give you a little history about this special day of acknowledgement for our beautiful little blue home in the Milky Way Galazy.
Earth Day has grown up over the years since it was first inaugurated in the U.S. in 1970. Today, it has an entire Network of workers behind it called the Earth Day Network. Back in 1970, Earth Day was the brain child of a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, (June 1916-July 2005) who lived to be 89.
Gaylord Nelson conceived of the idea for Earth Day”after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a ‘national teach-in on the environment’ to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes, [an environmental activist] as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land. 

As a result, on the 22nd of April, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.

 

Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

 

‘It was a gamble,’ Gaylord recalled, ‘but it worked.’ ” (Quote taken from the Earth Day Network website:History of a Movement)

To learn more about Gaylord and the Earth Day story go to Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day, the making of the modern environmental movement.

 

As mentioned above, Gaylord didn’t achieve this monumental feat alone. He teamed up with Denis Hayes, a young environmental activist, and together they launched that first 1970 Earth Day which became what is now the mother of many organizations and spin-off movements.

Together this dynamic duo along with a group of environmental leaders turned a U.S focused Earth Day into a worldwide event in 1990 “mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. Earth Day 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. It also prompted President Bill Clinton to award Senator Nelson the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1995) — the highest honor given to civilians in the United States — for his role as Earth Day founder”. (Quote taken from the Earth Day Network website: History of a Movement)

Denis Hayes went on to found the Earth Day Network and was named a Time magazine hero of the planet in 1999, shortly before he coordinated Earth Day 2000, the biggest Earth Day to that date. Hayes presently works at The Bullitt Foundation where he has served as President since 1992.

 

His newest book, COWED, was published this year, 2015, and is a treatise on “The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America’s Health, Economy, Politics, Culture and Environment”. It’s a must read.

To learn more about the history of Earth Day and one of its coordinators, Denis Hayes, go to an article by theDaily Kos.
If you happened to attend or witness Earth Day Celebrations over the weekend of April 18th and 19th, then you realize that it’s often celebrated on the weekend before or after the officially designated day, which is April 22nd. Some communities even celebrate all of April as Earth Month. This is a Day that has become so important it appears to have been placed on a sliding scale for celebratory purposes. There’s even a term called “Earth Overshoot Day” describing events happening after the official Earth Day.
And now there are a number of spin-off Movements associated with and promoted by The Earth Day Network including:
A BILLION ACTS OF GREEN: This is an International movement to protect the Planet and secure a sustainable future; and it’s being accomplished by ordinary people doing simple things like showering together to save water or by supporting and joining the many Sub-projects, Petitions, Pledges and Actions under The Billion Acts of Green umbrella including:
The Canopy Project: “The Canopy Project plants trees that help communities – especially the world’s impoverished communities – sustain themselves and their local economies. Trees reverse the impacts of land degradation and provide food, energy and income, helping communities to achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability. Trees also filter the air and help stave off the effects of climate change.” (Quote taken from the above Link)
The Climate Petition To Save The Planet: You can join the largest Climate Petition to save the world right here.
Support Environmental Education: “As of right now, the 2015 budget includes no funding for the National Environmental Education Act; important EPA grants; the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s) Bay-Watershed Edu-cation and Training Program and Environmental Literacy Grants; or the University Sustainability Program, among others.” There’s an easy form to fill out on this page to send this important message to your members of Congress. (Quote taken from above Link)
Use Less Energy: Save Money and the Environment! Did you know “the average American household spends more on home energy bills and gasoline than health care or property taxes”? Go to this page to “receive tailored tips for reducing your home energy use and see if you’re a good candidate for solar without having to call a solar installer”. (Quotes taken from the above Link)
Art and our Ecological Footprint: A Call for Submissions to “Footing the Bill”: “This is an invitational crowd-sourced exhibition of artwork addressing the urgent need to live sustainably within the Earth’s finite resources. Art Works For Change, along with Earth Day Network and Global Footprint Network, invite you to join the conversation on ecological overshoot. Submit a digital image of your original artwork (all visual mediums are welcome) for an opportunity to be featured in our online exhibition, which will open on Earth Overshoot Day 2015  in August.” (Quote taken from above Link)
More Actions and Pledges: This page lists a number of other Actions and Pledges you can take to become a part of The Billion Acts Of Green Movement.

Join the MEATLESS MONDAYS MOVEMENT!

Here’s one more project under the A BILLION ACTS OF GREEN Umbrella-it’s the Meatless Mondays Movement. Did you know that “producing one calorie of meat requires nearly twenty times the amount of energy as one plant calorie?” (Quote taken from below Link)
Join the millions who have taken the pledge to not eat meat one day a week and become a part of the Meatless Mondays Movement!

Grow Your Own Veggies in an Aquaponics USA Food Forever Growing System.

If you’re going to start eating less meat and more veggies, why not grow your own in an Aquaponics Food Growing System?
These Food Forever Growing Systems will grow food in enclosed areas using Grow Lights or in Greenhouses using the sun. This is one of our five tanks in our enclosed Fishroom where we’re raising about 150 Tilapia. These incredibly easy to raise food fish are fertilizing our 30’x8′ Greenhouse and our 30’x8′ Growroom where we are growing major amounts of lettuce, tomatoes, basil and other veggies.
Above is our Greenhouse growing 3 kinds of Lettuce. We’ve shown this photo before; but it’s worth repeating. Below is our Growroom growing lettuce underInduction Lights.
Sitting on the fish tank in the first image above is ourAutomatic Fish Feeder, which is the single most important item that makes raising our fish so easy and almost maintenance free.

Looking for a Geodesic Dome Greenhouse for your AP System? Introducing 

Kenny Garvin Jr. is the Owner/Operator of this growing Art of Backyard Growing Company that features custom built Geodesic Dome Greenhouses in a range of sizes. He also offers some of the most durable, wind resistant Hoop Houses you will ever see.
We recently had the pleasure of spending a few hours with him and his family at his company’s pristine location up in the White Mountains of Arizona where he showed us his nearly complete Demo Model of a 32′ Geodesic Dome Greenhouse sitting next to a 10′ Model.
Kenny uses an amazing new Greenhouse Plastic Film that has been popular in Europe for years; but has just become available in the U.S.
It’s called Polydress SolaWrap (with bubbles). “Known in Europe as LP Keder or Polydress, Polydress SolaWrap is now available in  U. S markets.  It’s an insulated film that withstands the most extreme climates.  SolaWrap has a track record for over 40 years of testing in the Swiss Alps, the Middle East, and across Europe. SolaWrap provides an insulating effect that retains up to 95% of heat radiation while providing an R-value of 1.7. This energy savings is significant!” (Quote taken from the above page)
This picture shows the massive amount of space available in his Geodesic Domes that range from  10′ up to 44′. Aquaponics Farmers would definitely want to take full advantage of the Vertical space in the larger models. These Domes are all custom built by a builder who has over 20 years of customer service experience.
His Hoop Houses are about as sturdy, steadfast and durable as a Hoop House could ever be. In his location, winds get up to 60 miles an hour on a regular basis so he had to design a Hoop House that was going to stay put and intact.
And that’s exactly what this Hoop House will do. There is nothing flimsy about this reinforced iron, foam wrapped Hoop House design.
Here Oliver, Kenny and little Kenny are testing out the sturdiness of this amazing Hoop House; and it doesn’t budge.
Kenny’s goal is to provide the people he serves with a healthier more self sufficient lifestyle while making them happy, life-long customers.
To Order your custom built Geodesic Dome or Made For the Wind Hoop House, just give Kenny at Garvin’s Greens a call: 928-2400-421or email him at:
kennygarvin@garvinsgreens.com
Tell him Grace & Oliver sent you.

Watch the BBC Documentary, Planet Earth Episode 1 From Pole to Pole 

Planet Earth Episode 1 From Pole to Pole - BBC Documentary
Planet Earth Episode 1 From Pole to Pole – BBC Documentary
In honor of our up-coming Earth Day, we wanted to share this incredible documentary from 2006. This is the first of 11 Episodes of awesome beauty. Five years in the making, it was the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC and also the first to be filmed in  high definition. To see more Episodes, just go to Planet Earth on You Tube.
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The Organic Industry in the U.S.


Aquaponics USA/World
September 2014 Newsletter
Number 9
Table of Contents
How do we define Organic in the U.S.?
Not Long Ago, everyone ate Organic Food
The new “O” Marketplace
Meet SPINS and IRi
See the Trailer for “The Need To Grow”
See the Trailer for “Fed Up”

A Word from our Editor, Grace Sylke
We’re not sure how many parts this Series is going to be as the Organic Food Industry is getting bigger everyday. We hope you find this topic to be as interesting as we’re finding it to be and thank you for following our Newsletters.
Quick Links:
Excerpts from a Report on: 
The Organic Industry in the U.S.
                              Part 1
To view a larger image of the headline image, just click
HERE. The above image was taken from a 2012 Press Release by the Organic Trade Association so the numbers are conservative compared to today.
Dear Subscriber:
We are writing an extensive Report on the Organic Industry in the U.S., which we will be offering free to our potential Aquaponics World Food Forever™ Farm clients and from which we are publishing excerpts in both our September and October Newsletters.
This is a very informative Report covering all aspects of the Organic Food Market in terms of it’s growth, regulations, imports and emerging issues facing the U.S. Organic Industry.
This is the 2nd Newsletter Series we’ve published, the first being a four-month Series on the FOOD REVOLUTION. If you wish to view that Series, go to our July Newsletter, which contains Links to this four-part Series that started in April.

How Do We Define Organic Food in the U.S?

The National U.S. Organic Program is overseen by a Board called the National Organic Standards Board. This Board’s integrity is coming into question these days due to the sad fact that it has been taken over by the Big Food Companies like Coca Cola who have clandestinely entered the fast growing Organic Market by buying up most of the original Mom and Pop family organic companies that appeared on the Organic scene prior to or at the turn of the century.
The FOOD REVOLUTION Series goes into this fact in depth if you wish to follow that thread.
But back to our subject. How does the U.S. define “Organic”?
“The following definition of ‘organic production’ was adopted into the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) Regulation at 7 CFR 205:

Organic production. A production system that is managed in accordance with the Act and regulations in this part to respond to site-specific conditions by integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.

‘Organic’ is a labeling term that refers to agricultural products produced in accordance with Organic Foods Production Act and the NOP Regulations. The principal guidelines for organic production are to use materials and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems and that integrate the parts of the farming system into an ecological whole. Organic agriculture practices cannot ensure that products are completely free of residues; however, methods are used to minimize pollution from air, soil and water.

Organic food handlers, processors, and retailers adhere to standards that maintain the integrity of organic agricultural products. The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people.” (Taken from the Organic Trade Association website athttp://www.ota.com/definition/nosb.html)

The above aquaponically grown tomatoes don’t qualify as USDA Certified Organic even though they are about as “Organic” as you can get. Why are they disqualified?
It has to do with the last line of the definition of “Organic”–
“The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people.” These tomatoes are not grown in SOIL!
They’re growing in an expanded clay media. That’s actually the good news because according to an article published in The Telegraph as far back as February of 2010, “An estimated 75 billion tons of soil is lost annually with more than 80% of the world’s farming land ‘moderately or severely eroded’.” So just since that article was published, our world has LOST 300 billion tons of soil.(Taken from an article published in  The Telegraph and put On-Line at:
Food grown in Aquaponics Systems is actually the most Organic Food you can eat as long as the Aquaponic farmer isn’t using GMO seeds because there’s no need for Pesticides or Petro-Chemicals to grow the plants. The fish fertilize them naturally while acting as the canary in the coal mine. They can’t handle toxins or additives other than chelated iron and potassium now and then.
Don’t tell the USDA! They might wake up and take a 2nd look at the enormous benefits of growing food in Aquaponics Systems, never mind the fact that Aquaponically grown food uses 90% less water! More on that in Part 3.

There was a time when everyone ate Organic Food because it was the only food grown.

It wasn’t that long ago when all the food everyone ate was “Organic”. It didn’t need a certification label because everyone knew it was nutritious, natural food with no
petro-chemicals, pesticides or GMO’s. It was just plain FOOD.
Of course the post World War II agricultural revolution put an end to that when the use of chemical pesticides became the norm and the behemoth Chemical Companies came on the food production scene.
Now, for those of us who wish to return to just plain, naturally grown food, an entire industry complete with Certification has blossomed; and inspite of the fact that this new industry is being co-opted by Big Food, USDA Certified Organic Food is still far superior to GMO, pesticide and chemical laden Food.
The following statistics demonstrate just how big this purer food movement has become. It’s also important you understand that this movement has also broadened to include food labeled “Natural”, “Locally Grown” and NCO (Non-Certified Organic) right alongside food labeled “USDA Organic”.
Our goal over here at Aquponics USA/World is to bring our in-house Certification Label, “Aquaganic”, that describes food grown in Aquaponics Systems as “Beyond Organic” right into the middle of this fast-growing market.

The new O Marketplace. How big is it?

For the purposes of this discussion, we’re calling this the newO Marketplace because it includes more than just USDA Certified Organic Food. It’s a growing Market with new designators coming into it. We believe that as the USDA Certified Organic Label gets more and more compromised as the “National List”, which is a list of allowed non-organic ingredients, grows along with consumer awareness, these other designators will come to the forefront.
The “NCO” Label stands for Non-Certified Organic; and anyone who shops at Farmer’s Markets are familiar with it. Small farmers marketing their products through Farmer’s Markets are using this label instead of trying to jump through all the hoops required by the USDA to get that certification; and there are a lot of them. “According to recent (not really as this Report came out in 2009) census of agriculture results, approximately 136,000 farmers reported selling agricultural products directly to consumers, while only about 20,000 farmers reported producing [USDA] Organic products.”(Quote taken from the USDA Report entitled “Emerging Issues in the U.S. Organic Industry”)
In the last five years, we know these numbers have increased considerably; but the number of farmers using the NCO designation is still much larger than the number of farmers using the USDA Certification; and due to the “Locally Grown” movement discussed below, their numbers are growing.
The “Locally Grown” designator is finding itself on lots of labels. It’s all about where the food is grown instead of how the food is grown; and there’s a huge movement to buy locally grown food, which is often equated with “the belief that local production is environmentally responsible, even though local labels are not typically associated with production standards.” (Quote taken from the USDA Report entitled“Emerging Issues in the U.S. Organic Industry”)
Then there’s the “Natural” designator; and even though there are no regulations that cover the “Natural” label, consumers gravitate to it in hopes that “Natural” food is more healthy and nutritious than food not labeled “Natural”. In fact, in 2009, during the economic downslide in the U.S., food labeled “Natural” outsold food labeled USDA Organic.

“‘Increasingly to consumers, the term natural means organic’, said A. Elizabeth Sloan, president of Sloan Trends, Inc., Escondido, Calif. ‘Partly as a result of this confusion’, she said, ‘the appeal of organic foods is no longer growing. If you look at what’s going on right now, natural foods are outselling organic four to one,’ she said. ‘When you ask people to define natural and define organic, you get exactly the same thing. In 2009, organic equals natural. That wasn’t the case in the past.'”(Quote taken from an article in Food Business News in March of 2009 entitled “A Natural Mess”.
And finally, the “Aquaganic™”designator. Right now there are no “Aquaganic™” products on the market; but it won’t be long before there are; and it looks like they’ll be debuting right in the middle of two of the biggest metropolises in the U.S., Los Angeles and Houston. More about that in a later Newsletter.
The “Aquaganic™” Certification is the answer to the USDA’s problem with SOILLESS food production. This produce will be touted as “Beyond Organic” because there is no National List (more on that nightmare in Part 2) and there are no Big Food companies co-opting Aquaponic farming YET. It’s the purest, healthiest food on the market; and it’s coming down the track like a bullet train to a market near you soon. Watch for it.
AUSA Aquaganic Label 4x5
Now that we’ve set the stage for the new O Market let’s talk about how big it really is! Hold on to your hats.
A compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of a whopping 14% is expected for the U.S. Organic Food Market from 2013 through 2018 according to the new “United States Organic Food Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2018” Report; and it’s the Western States that are driving that growth, which is due to growing domestic production and increasing awareness. (Stats taken from the on-line website calledFood Navigator)

Meet SPINS and IRi and their
mind-blowing data about the new O Market Share
SPINS is a leading provider of retail consumer insights, analytics and consulting for the Natural, Organic and Specialty Products Industry.
IRI Market Measurement provides CPG (consumer packaged goods) and retail executives with the highest-quality and most comprehensive market tracking information and insights available via easy-to-use technology-enabled access and visualization tools.
Recently, these two companies teamed up to do a Report on the Natural/Organic Food Market; and here’s what they discovered.
The Natural/Organic Retail Sales reached $81.3 billion in 2012, which was up 13.5% from 2011 and which almost reached the 14% expected increase reported by the U.S. Organic Food Market Forecast & Opportunities Report quoted above. But there’s another important statistic to figure into these results, which boosts the potential for the Natural/Organic Food Market even more; and that is the following:
“There are two small ‘power shopper’ groups that together comprise only 18% of consumers; but they account for almost 50% of all sales of Natural/Organic products, which means that 82% of U.S. consumers haven’t reached their buying potential in the fast-growing CPG segment.” These so-called “power shoppers” have been dubbed the “true believers” and “enlightened environmentalists” and they make up 46% of all Natural/Organic product sales.
According to the USDA Economic Research Service, produce and dairy are still the top two Organic Food categories accounting for 43 and 15 percent of total organic sales in 2012, which means that produce, which accounts for almost half of all organic sales at 43% is the number one category attracting the “power shoppers”; and it is produce that Aquaponics Food Forever™ Farms grow in “Aquaganic™ “abundance.

Don’t forget to check out the Trailer for 
The Need To Grow“. It’s on the Home Page (top).
 
It’s a new food documentary that actually shares the solutions instead of the problems connected to our corporate co-opted food system; and look for our smiling faces as we share what we’re doing in this regard at Aquaponics USA and Aquaponics World.

Here’s another food documentary in Pre-Order Production.

We’re not in this one; but it looks like it’s well worth watching. Check out the Trailer on YouTube below.
FED UP - Official Trailer
FED UP – Official Trailer

Coming in October!

Don’t miss this eye opening Report on how USDA Certified Organic Products come from foreign companies to stores near you wearing one of the world’s most coveted labels.
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FOOD REVOLUTION Part 4 (Final in this Series)


 

July 2014, Newsletter
#7
Table of Contents
A Note from Our Editor
The Tireless Allied Forces including Organic Consumers Association
Food Democracy Now
Institute for Responsible Technology
Food Tank
Slow Food USA
FARM TO SCHOOL
Natural News
We Added Him to our Revolutionaries List, Mr. Michael Potter
Another Revolutionary, Aaron Woolf
Our Last Revolutionary, Anthony Gucciardi
Monsanto has the US Government Wrapped
The (Almost) Monsanto Protection Act
Where Does Aquaponics Fit?

Our Editor, Grace Sylke 
Our Grace created the
“MONSANTO, We’ve Got You Covered”Slam Sign you’ll see in this Newsletter. Please feel free to spread it around. You can Pin It, Facebook it, Twitter it. Make one of your own. The more Slam Signs the Better.
This is the last Newsletter of the Four Month Series called FOOD REVOLUTION. It contains Links to all of them. Together, they are quite a story. ThankYou for following them.
Quick Links:

It isn’t USDA, it’s Aquaganic!
The infamous “NationalList”

The FOOD REVOLUTION
Final Part 4:
More Allies
More About #1 Adversary, Monsanto
More Revolutionaries
Where Aquaponics Fits In
See Our April Newsletter for Part 1: History
See Our May Newsletter for Part 2: What is it? Why is it? Who Are The Revolutionaries?
See Our June Newsletter for Part 3: The Battlegrounds, The Adversaries, The Allies
 
 
Dear Subscriber:
This is a Revolution you’re participating in whether you know it or not. Some of us are participating in it consciously and some of us are unconscious participants. Every time you purchase a food item, you’ve helped the Revolutionaries or you’ve helped the Adversaries. 
These Newsletters are about becoming more conscious. We’ve gotten more conscious just writing them. Yes, it takes time and effort to make sure you’re on the side of the Revolutionaries; but this War maybe the most important War we’ve ever engaged in on planet Earth because it’s a War for the very existence of pure, healthy, wholesome NATURAL food not food created by the Biotechs who actually think they can engineer food better than Mother Nature.
Please make a commitment to join the FOOD REVOLUTION and bring back our right to eat real food.
 

Who Are The Tireless Allied Forces?
 
These are the Organizations in the trenches. They are actively engaged in the fight. Some are broadly focused. Others are more narrowly focused; but they are all fighting for our right to eat real food. They are often grassroots organizations and sometimes one-man bands. They’re fighting with education, scientific research and community organization tactics. 
 
Find out about them. Join their causes. Support them. They are our Warriors in the fight backing up the Revolutionaries on the Food Battlefield, which is the entire planet Earth.
 
We’ve only listed 7 of these Organizations; but there are many more. Do your homework. Find the others and join them. This is how YOU can get involved. 
 
 

Organic Consumers Association is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. They are one of the only organizations in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation’s estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.
This organization works in several arena’s including the movement demanding labeling of GMO’s. It was formed in 1998 in the wake of the mass backlash by organic consumers against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s controversial proposed national regulations for organic food. (More on that later).
The OCA represents over 850,000 members, subscribers and volunteers, including several thousand businesses in the natural foods and organic marketplace.
(Taken from their “About” Page)

“Food Democracy Now! is a grassroots community dedicated to building a sustainable food system that protects our natural environment, sustains farmers and nourishes families.

“Our food system is fundamentally broken. A few companies dominate the market, prioritizing profits over people and our planet. Government policies put the interests of corporate agribusiness over the livelihoods of farm families. Farm workers toil in unsafe conditions for minimal wages. School children lack access to healthy foods–as do millions of Americans living in poverty. From rising childhood and adult obesity to issues of food safety, air and water pollution, worker’s rights and global warming, our current food system is leading our nation to an unsustainable future.”

Food Democracy Now, lead by Dave Murphy and Lisa Stokke is an over “650,000 strong organization of American Farmers and citizens dedicated to reforming policies relating to food, agriculture and the environment. Murphy has been called ‘the most crucial and politically savvy actor in the on-going efforts to help move American agriculture into the 21st century’ as a result of his ‘Sustainable Dozen’ campaign, which resulted in four candidates being placed in high level positions at the USDA and his efforts to reform food and agriculture under the Obama administration.”
(Taken verbatim from their “About” Page with minor changes)

#3. IRT

Their “About” Page says the following: The Institute for Responsible Technology is a world leader in educating policy makers and the public about genetically modified (GM) foods and crops. They investigate and report their risks and impact on health, environment, the economy, and agriculture, as well as the problems associated with current research, regulation, corporate practices, and reporting.

Founded in 2003 by international bestselling author and GMO expert Jeffrey Smith, IRT has worked in nearly 40 countries on 6 continents, and is credited with improving government policies and influencing consumer-buying habits.

IRT’s work comes from a dedicated team of subject experts, consultants and staff who generously donate their time and experience. In addition, IRT employs media experts, social network campaigners, writers, graphic designers, communications specialists, fundraisers, outreach professionals and support staff, who operate both at our headquarters in Iowa, and from virtual offices in the US.

IRT’s Campaign for Healthier Eating in America mobilizes citizens, organizations, businesses, healthcare professionals, and the media, to achieve the tipping point of consumer rejection of GM foods.

(Taken verbatim from their “About” Page with minor changes)

Danielle Nierenberg is the President of Food Tank, a Food Think Tank focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. They spotlight environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty and create networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change.

Food Tank is for the 7 billion people who have to eat every day. They offer solutions and environmentally sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty by creating a network of connections and information for all of us to consume and share. Food Tank is for farmers and producers, policy makers and government leaders, researchers and scientists, academics and journalists, and the funding and donor communities to collaborate on providing sustainable solutions for our most pressing environmental and social problems.

Food Tank highlights hope and success in agriculture. They feature innovative ideas that are already working on the ground, in cities, in kitchens, in fields and in laboratories. These innovations need more attention, more research, and ultimately more funding to be replicated and scaled-up. And that is where they need you. We all need to work together to find solutions that nourish ourselves and protect the planet.

(Taken verbatim from their “About” Page with minor changes)

Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food network of over 150,000 members in more than 150 countries. Through a vast volunteer network of local chapters, youth and food communities, they link the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge and environment that make this pleasure possible.

Their mission as an international grassroots membership organization is good, clean and fair food for all.

They believe food should be tasty, seasonal, local, fresh and wholesome; and that  our food should nourish a healthful lifestyle and be produced in ways that preserve biodiversity, sustain the environment and ensure animal welfare – without harming human health. They also believe that our food should be affordable by all, while respecting the dignity of labor from field to fork.

Slow Food USA has 170 local chapters and 40 campus chapters that coordinate local activities, projects and events. Working together with members and supporters across the nation, they preserve and share local foods and food cultures. They defend and advocate policies that promote holistic alternatives to the industrial system. Through tastings, workshops and social opportunities, they explore and celebrate the Slow life.

Conviviality is central to their mission. They are a global community, connecting people to the land and to each other through local projects, educational events, and shared meals. They become catalysts for change by sharing the joy of Slow Food and prioritizing wholesome living over convenience.

(Taken verbatim from their “About” Page with minor changes)

Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools.

Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips.

Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.

Farm to school implementation differs by location but always includes one or more of the following:

  • Procurement: Local foods are purchased, promoted and served in the cafeteria or as a snack or taste-test;
  • Education: Students participate in education activities related to agriculture, food, health or nutrition; and
  • School gardens: Students engage in hands-on learning through gardening.

(Taken verbatim from their “About” Page with minor changes)

Natural News is a science-based natural health advocacy organization led by activist-turned-scientist, Mike Adams, the Health Ranger.

The key mission of Natural News is to empower consumers with factual information about the synthetic chemicals, heavy metals, hormone disruptors and other chemicals found in foods, medicines, personal care products, children’s toys and other items.

Natural News covers holistic health, nutritional therapies, consciousness and spirituality, permaculture, organics, animal rights, environmental health, food and superfoods, and performance nutrition.

The site strongly criticizes drugs-and-surgery medicine, vaccines, corporate corruption, animal testing, the use of humans for medical experiments, the chemical contamination of foods, heavy metals in consumer products, factory farming and government corruption.

Natural News also warns its readers about science gone bad and frequently cites examples of science resulting in catastrophies that it calls “crimes” against humanity. Examples of such subjects cited by Natural News include:

  • Agent Orange
  • Thalidomide
  • Nuclear weapons
  • GMOs and “genetic pollution”
  • Aspartame and chemical sweeteners
  • Chemotherapy
  • The presence of hidden cancer viruses in polio vaccines
  • The continued use of mercury in vaccines and dental amalgams
  • The long history of pharmaceutical experiments on human beings, including the Tuskegee syphilis experiments conducted on African Americans in the USA.
  • (Taken verbatim from their “About” Page with minor changes)

We Had To Add Him To Our REVOLUTIONARIES LIST!
To see the others on that List, click on our May Newsletter above.

Meet one of our Heros, Michael J. Potter, owner of Eden Foods; and he couldn’t have a better suited last name because he’s the good guy fighting some real dark forces in this battle for Real Food.
He isn’t in the trenches. He goes right into the middle of the NOSB Boardroom, which is the National Organic Standards Board where what is determined to be USDA Organic and what is not is decided.
Sadly, what most of us don’t know is that the NOSB has been co-opted by the Big Food Companies like Coca Cola, Kellogg, Cargill Chemical and General Mills as these companies have bought up most of the nation’s once family owned organic food companies, kept their labels and now parade them out into the marketplace as the original thing. If you want to know more about this deception, go to our June Food Revolution Newsletter above.
Because BIG FOOD has become BIG ORGANIC, they populate the NOSB and make the decisions about what new additives can be labeled Organic. So in late May of 2012, Mr. Potter went to the NOSB Meeting where some important decisions about additives were taking place; and he voiced his objection to adding “Carrageenan” to what is called the “National List”. This infamous List is the list of all the non-organic ingredients that have been allowed in foods that are labeled USDA Organic; and as these Big Food companies started stacking the Board, the list of nonorganic materials approved for organic foods increased from 77 items in 2002 to 250 nonorganic substances in 2012. Take a look at this ungodly “National List” for yourself and don’t blink because it’s growing right before our eyes.
After Mr. Potter, our Hero, voiced his concern that Carrageenan has been linked to malignancies and other stomach problems, using research conducted by Dr. Tobacman, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, he was thanked for his input; and the NOSB Board then voted to keep Carrageenan on the National List. Here’s what Mr. Potter had to say about that:

“‘The board is stacked,’ Mr. Potter says. ‘Either they don’t have a clue, or their interest in making money is more important than their interest in maintaining the integrity of organics.’

Which either/or do you think it is?

“He calls the certified-organic label a fraud and refuses to put it on Eden’s products.” Quote taken from article in The New York Times, July 7, 2012 entitled “Has ‘Organic’ Been Oversized?

Over here at Aquaponics World we’ve also turned our backs on the co-opted USDA Organic Certification Label and created our own Certification. We call it “Aquaganic”. You can read all about it on our Aquaponics World website, Aquaganic Page.
Sorry to have popped any idealistic bubbles around heads that thought USDA Organic Certification meant the food you’re buying has no unhealthy additives. If you want to make sure you’re getting real food, buy Mr. Potter’s Eden Foods. They don’t carry that misleading label.

Another REVOLUTIONARY, 
Aaron Woolf

Aaron Woolf is the producer/director of the hit documentary, King Corn.

Other work has appeared on the Sundance and Discovery Channels and on numerous networks abroad including France’s ARTE, Italy’s RAI and Australia’s SBS. His films have won Rockie, Logie, and Peabody Awards.

Woolf graduated from Middlebury College and earned a masters in film at the University of Iowa.  In the mid-1990s, Woolf turned to non-fiction storytelling, and trained his lens on individual stories that he felt touched on global trends.

Woolf’s film, King Corn, followed Ian Cheney and his best friend, Curt Ellis, on a yearlong odyssey to understand where their food comes from… by growing it. In what The Washington Post calls “Required viewing for anyone planning to visit a supermarket, fast-food joint, or their own refrigerator,” the city-slickers learn to drive a combine, cash in on government subsidies, and homebrew high-fructose corn syrup. The film’s Peabody-winning findings, shared with theatergoers in 60 cities and in a PBS national broadcast, change the way audiences eat.

Watch the Trailer. It’s a Real Eye Opener. And remember about 85% of the Corn grown in the US is Genetically Modified. EGAD!

King Corn
King Corn

Our last REVOLUTIONARY, 
Anthony Gucciardi, founder of 
Natural Society

Anthony Gucciardi became a natural health advocate after coming down with late-stage Lyme Disease and having traditional remedies that included the injections of powerful steroids lead to a rapid deterioration of his health.
Anthony created his own lifestyle regimen and overcame not only the Lyme Disease but the physical challenges left from the prolonged use of steroidal drugs. After a short period of enhanced nutrition and the alteration of other lifestyle factors, Anthony had alleviated himself of virtually all pain and symptoms from which he had been suffering. It was at this point he crafted the concept that, even beyond health, it’s always essential to seek information for yourself and produce your own research.

To help people follow this advice, he along with his partner, Mike Barrett, created Natural Society, which is now the third or fourth (depending on which stats you examine) largest natural health website in the world with millions of viewers per month. Many of their posts are food focused.

More Bad News About The Biggest Adversary To Real Food On The Planet, MONSANTO!

Josh Sager published an incisive article one month before the November 2012 US Presidential Elections that carefully documents how Monsanto has cornered and co-opted the US political system. The title of the article was “Monsanto Controls both the White House and the US Congress”.
Read it and weep. Or read our quoted synopsis below and then weep.
In essence, the article points out that no matter who is elected, Monsanto will be worshipped and Americans will continue to be the Guinea Pigs for these mad Biotechs. Case in point, “throughout his first term, President Obama has presided over the passage of several Monsanto-friendly legislative initiatives and has appointed numerous people associated with Monsanto to high-level positions.”
“By giving several billion dollars to agro-businesses, one of which is Monsanto, the ‘Southern Africa FY 2010 Implementation Plan’ promoted the expansion of these businesses into the provision of food for Africa. This expansion is aimed at increasing food supplies in Africa, but it will have the unintended consequence of promoting Monsanto’s takeover of the African food markets. Put plainly, Monsanto will crowd local African farmers out of the market and will make a profit that would be more beneficial in the hands of local African farmers and in the local African economy.
“On the issue of GMO labeling, Obama is rhetorically supportive of mandating GMO products to be labeled, but his administration has been largely silent on the issue. During the creation of the 2012 Farm Bill, there was a fight over mandating that genetically modified foods be labeled. Despite Obama’s supposed support for such labeling, his administration was essentially silent on the issue during this fight and, as a result, no mandate was passed; and 2014 brings more corruption and collusion between the Senate, the President and Monsanto. (See next Article).
“In totality, legislation passed under the Obama administration has been beneficial to large agro-businesses, one of which is Monsanto. Very little has been done to increase regulation on GMO producers and several laws have been passed that directly benefit such corporations.
“Due to the vested interest that Monsanto has in controlling regulation that affects its business, it has both donated to politicians and promoted the appointment of people who work for them to positions within the American government. As of yet, Monsanto has been successful in keeping its regulatory burdens low and getting its representatives into positions within the US government. The infiltration of regulatory agencies by corporate actors that is referred to here is called the “regulatory revolving door”. Individuals who work for industry go to work for the government, make public regulations, and then return to the private sector after leaving the public service.

“While there are numerous points of overlap between Monsanto and the United States Government under the Obama administration, the three most important connections are that of Michael Taylor, Roger Beachy, and Islam Siddiqui. All three of these Monsanto affiliates were appointed to high level positions within the government by the Obama administration.

“During his first term, President Obama appointed two Justices, one of whom was Elena Kagan, the former
Solicitor General of the United States. During her time as the Solicitor General, Kagan filed a brief in support of Monsanto.”
Unfortunately, things would NOT have been different if Romney had won the 2012 election. “In 1977, Bain Capital-the company that Romney ran, and in which he made most of his money-was starting out as a corporate consulting firm; Monsanto was among the first major clients of Bain. The multi-million dollar relationship between Bain Capital and Monsanto lasted from 1977 to 1985 and had significant effects on both corporations. Bain Capital, and its officers, made large amounts of money through its relationship with Monsanto and gained a significant client with which to base its consulting practice upon. Monsanto was given business advice by Bain and the corporation’s recent successes in GMO produce are traceable back to the suggestions that Romney made to Monsanto administrators.” (This is one long quote taken from the above designated article by Josh Sager and reprinted in the Global Research website, on May 24, 2014)
It’s obvious our Government is NOT going to aide us in this FOOD REVOLUTION. In fact, our Government is on the side of the Genetic Engineers and against the people.

If you thought the news above was bad, wait until you hear about what almost happened called The MONSANTO  
PROTECTION ACT. Actually, it did happen; but only for a brief moment in time.

Also from the Global Research News website, May 25, 2013 (we’re beginning to like Global Research News) an article entitled “Monsanto Protection Act Signed By Obama, GMO Bill ‘Written By Monsanto’ Signed Into Law“. It’s another Read it and weep moment that makes it clear our Government has got Monsanto covered while Monsanto makes sure the people of America are Covered.
Here’s the essence of what the Monsanto Protection Act tried to do but failed when Senators, Barbara Mikulski and Jeff Merkley successfully led a charge to get it off the books in September of 2013 only a few months after it passed.
But for a few short months this is what Congress passed (some unknowingly because it was hidden in the Spending Bill, HR 933) and this is what the President signed.

“The Monsanto Protection Act, essentially both written by and benefiting Monsanto Corporation, was signed into law by United States President Barack Obama. The infamous Monsanto Corporation would have benefited greatly and directly from the bill, as it essentially gives companies that deal with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds immunity to the federal courts, among other things.

“The bill stated that even if future research shows that GMOs or GE seeds cause significant health problems, cancer, etc, anything, that the federal courts no longer have any power to stop their spread, use, or sales.”

Are YOU KIDDING ME!

“The bill was apparently written by freshman Sen. Roy Blunt, in collusion with Monsanto, with them helping to craft the exact language of the document.” Sen. Roy Blunt, of  Missouri where Monsanto is headquartered, again a last name that fits the deed because this Bill was killing our Constitutional rights to justice with a Blunt Instrument, is a Republican. And, of course, “The Center for Responsive Politics notes that Sen. Blunt received $64,250 from non other than Monsanto to go towards his campaign committee between 2008 and 2012. The Money Monocle website adds that Blunt has been the largest Republican Party recipient of Monsanto funding as of late.”

Kudos to Senators Mikulski and Merkley who along with hundreds of thousands of Petitions and Marches with thousands of participants from the Real Food Allied Organizations like the ones listed above, were able to kill the Monsanto Protection Act. The FOOD REVOLUTIONARIES won that battle; but the War wages on.
However, there’s more good news because now we know exactly what Monsanto wants. They want immunity. Isn’t that interesting. If they really believe their Franken Food is good for us, why would they need immunity?

So Where Does Aquaponics Fit Into The FOOD REVOLUTION?

This is a picture of what’s growing in our Aquaponics USA/AquaponicsWorld Food Forever™ Farm Greenhouse right now. Actually, all the green sucker leaves at the top have been trimmed off since this picture was taken. That’s one of the secrets of growing tomatoes. You have to keep them trimmed.
Not one petro-chemical, not one pesticide and not one trace of Genetically Modified Organisms are involved in growing these tomatoes or any of the leafy greens in our Vertical Duffy Duct Systems that take up most of this Greenhouse.
There’s talk about the iPhone that goes something like this: Steve Jobs brought an item into the marketplace that no one knew they wanted until it arrived.
Aquaponics food growing technology is kind of like that. Millions of people still don’t know it exists and have never heard the word, “Aquaponics” before. But as soon as they are introduced to it, they want it. They want it because Aquaponics is capable of producing the most wholesome, healthy, natural food on the market today without using harsh petro-chemicals, pesticides and GMO technology.  And it’s about to take the marketplace by storm. It’s a key player in the FOOD REVOLUTION.
If we can eat locally grown food that is fertilized naturally from the dissolved solids of living fish, why would we want to eat food that’s been irradiated, or sprayed with pesticides and petro-chemicals and labeled USDA Organic while it’s full of additives from the infamous “National List” that has been co-opted by the Big Food Companies?
The truth is WE WOULDN’T. And WE WON’T. Aquaponically grown food is a NEW CHOICE, A BETTER CHOICE and once we educate the public about that new choice and get enough Aquaponic Products out there, the FOOD REVOLUTION will be won by the good guys because there is no contest. Aquaponics is our ace in the hole. It’s the antithesis to GMO’s; and it won’t be long before it kicks Monsanto and friends right out of the marketplace.
Help us win this FOOD REVOLUTION. Spread the word about Aquaponics, purchase Aquaponic Products whenever you can, request them at your favorite Food Store. The future is ours. WE’VE GOT THIS!
Thank You from the bottom of our hearts for following our Newsletters and our Blog. We’re guessing by now you get that we’re on a mission.
This 4-Part Series on the FOOD REVOLUTION has gone way beyond our original concept. This Final Newsletter contains All 4 Parts if you missed one as they all work together to make a complete story. Just go back to the top or click on our Quick Links Section.
Now, we’re going back to working like crazy to get our Aquaponically grown Products into the marketplace; and you’ll be the first to know when they arrive. Ironically, it’s looking like Missouri will be that place; and it’s ironic because that’s right where Monsanto is Headquartered. Life works in strange ways. We’ll tell you more about that project in the August Newsletter and Blog Post.
Sustainably,
Aquaponics USA/Aquaponics World

 

FOOD REVOLUTION PART 2


From: Aquaponics USA and Aquaponics World, LLC <urbanfarmer@aquaponicsusa.com>
Subject: May 2014 Newsletter
Reply: urbanfarmer@aquaponicsusa.com
This is a copy of our May Newsletter, which is Part 2 of a 4 Part Series on the FOOD REVOLUTION. Part 3, which is being posted shortly has Links to all three Parts of this important story about the FOOD REVOLUTION.
 
May Newsletter, 2014
Number 5
Table of Contents
Who is the Guinea Pig for the BioTechs? We The People Are
Let Them Eat Poison
Choose REAL FOOD
The Revolutionaries–Jeffrey Smith
The Documentaries–Genetic Roulette
The Revolutionaries–Dr. Dean Ornish
The Revolutionaries–Dr. Vandana Shiva
The Revolutionaries–Jamie Oliver
The Revolutionaries–John and Ocean Robbins
The Revolutionaries–Joel Salatin
The Revolutionaries–Alice Waters
The Revolutionaries–Mike Adams
The Revolutionaries–Dr. Gabriel Cousens
The Revolutionaries–David Wolfe
The Revolutionaries–Murray Hallam
National Geographic Magazine Cover–The New Food Revolution
What’s Coming in June–FOOD REVOLUTION Part 3

A Word from our Editor, Grace Sylke
It’s been touch and go; but here it is, our fifth consecutive Newsletter, which I thought was going to be a two-Part Series; but it just turned into a 3-Part Series.
You’re not going to want to miss Part 3 where we delineate the Battle Fields and talk about the Adversaries, which are legion.
Important Links
The FOOD REVOLUTION!
Part 2:
 
What is it?
Why is it?
Who are the Revolutionaries?
See our April Newsletter for Part 1: History
 
See our  June Newsletter for Part 3: The Battlegrounds and the Adversaries
 
Dear Subscriber:
 
The Food Revolution is a multi-faceted insurgency rebelling against the industrialization of  the World’s food production over the last 70 years. Those who are proponents of the Food Revolution are determined to reaffirm our right to eat healthy, nutritious, locally grown food that is not laden with chemicals, pesticides and GMO’s. 
 
Some of our mottos like: “Taking Our Food Back” in which the word “Taking” is an acronym for “The Assured Knowing It’s Naturally Grown”, “NO to GMO’s” in which the GMO’s stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, “Real Food” and “Right to Know” are slowly seeping into the mainstream consciousness.
 
It’s becoming widely known that food and health are intricately interconnected in spite of the embarrassing fact that in the 21st Century, doctors in the U.S. still get less than 25 hours of nutritional training as a prerequisite for receiving their licenses to diagnose and treat diseases in the human body. It’s also becoming widely known that Americans are the most unhealthy people on the planet. A recent study at the National Academy of Sciences found we die sooner than people in 16 other developed countries due to drug abuse, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and lung disease to name just a few of the causes of our early demise.

The U.S. Population has been designated as one of the Guinea Pigs for the BioTechs! Several nations have declined the offer.

These sad statistics are understandable once you realize the U.S. was the flash point for the industrialization of food, which  started on a grand scale after World War II. We were also one of the first populations to unknowingly ingest genetically modified organisms, which were brought into our food supply in the mid 1990’s without us having one word to say about whether or not we wanted to serve as the guinea pig for the grand GMO experiment.
GMO’s have been in our food for nearly 20 years, and we’re still fighting for the right to know which foods contain them so we can choose whether or not we want to eat them and remain on the biotech’s experimental treadmill.

Let Them Eat Any Damn Thing We Choose to Put in Their Food and Keep it a Secret! Because we’ve been given a pass by our U.S. Food Safety Czar, Michael Taylor, a former VP of Monsanto. That must mean Monsanto runs the FDA!

It’s our prediction that by 2020, given the success of the Food Revolutionaries, we’ll look back at the practice of medicine, the mass production of food, the use of GMO’s and the collusion between our enforcement agencies like the FDA and big corporations like Monsanto as the Dark Ages with Monsanto standing in for Marie Antoinette and her infamous line: “Let them eat Cake”.
In Monsanto’s case it’s “Let them eat Agent Orange”, OOPS, I mean “Glyphosate”, which is one of the toxic ingredients in Monsanto’s weed killer, Round Up.

 “. . .one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty [to Choose what’s in our food] and justice for all.” 
 
                         CHOOSE REAL FOOD!
                         The People of Vermont Did IT!
                          We Can All Do IT!

The Food Revolution has arisen for the same reasons every revolution arises–to bring drastic CHANGE. The word “Revolution” is from the Latin word, “Revolutio”, which mean “a turn around”. Revolutions trigger “a fundamental change in power or organizational structures that take place in a relatively short period of time.” (Wikipedia)
In the case of the Food Revolution, it’s about putting food production back in the hands of the people and taking it away from the mega corporations that have turned food into processed poisons that bolster their bottom lines.
The Food Revolutionaries are just plain sick and tired of being sick and tired; and they aren’t going to take it anymore.
We’re giving you a list of the Revolutionaries below; but you’ll need to do your homework to learn more about who they are and what they’re doing.

The Revolutionaries include:
#1 Mr. Jeffrey Smith

Meet Jeffrey Smith, a tireless Activist and “the leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices, Jeffrey Smith’s meticulous research documents how biotech companies continue to mislead legislators and safety officials to put the health of society at risk and the environment in peril. His work expertly summarizes why the safety assessments conducted by the FDA and regulators worldwide teeter on a foundation of outdated science and false assumptions, and why genetically engineered foods must urgently become our nation’s top food safety priority.” (From About Jeffrey)

Don’t miss Jeffrey Smith’s Award Winning Film, “Genetic Roulette, The Gamble of Our Lives”, it’s a Must See if you’re a budding Food Revolutionary!
And now you can purchase it at Whole Foods.
It’s received the 2012 Movie of the Year (Solari Report) and the Transformational Film of the Year (Aware Guide) Award.
Along with his Assistant Writer and Associate Producer, Samm Simpson, Jeffrey links genetically engineered food to toxic and allergic reactions, infertility, digestive disorders, and numerous problems that have been on the rise in the US population since genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were introduced. It’s a mind altering experience. It might even make you mad enough to join the movement.
Here’s the Trailer:

Genetic Roulette Movie Trailer
Genetic Roulette Movie Trailer

The Revolutionaries include:
#2 Dr. Dean Ornish 

“For over 35 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery.  Recently, Medicare agreed to provide coverage for this program, the first time that Medicare has covered a program of comprehensive lifestyle changes.  He directed the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer.  His current research showed that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression, “turning on” disease-preventing genes and “turning off” genes that promote cancer and heart disease, as well as increasing telomerase, an enzyme that lengthens telomeres, the ends of our chromosomes which control aging (in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009).

He is the author of six books, all national bestsellers, including: Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; Love & Survival; and his most recent book, The Spectrum.”

Watch his famous TED Talk below:

Dean Ornish: The world's killer diet
Dean Ornish: The world’s killer diet

The Revolutionaries include: 
#3 Dr. Vandana Shiva

Dr. Vandana Shiva has fought for changes in the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food. In the photo above, she is campaigning for California’s mandatory labeling of GMO’s Measure that was defeated in November 2012 after Monsanto, Dupont, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Kraft and the Grocery Manufacturers Association spent a combined 22 million to fool Californians into thinking the price of food was going to rise if mandatory labeling of GMO’s was passed.

Vandana Shiva  has assisted grassroots organizations of the Green movement in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Ireland, Switzerland, and Austria with campaigns against genetic engineering.

In 1982, she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, which led to the creation of Navdanya in 1991, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seed, the promotion of organic farming and fair trade.

She has many talks posted on YouTube. Below is a link to one called:

Vandana Shiva on the Problem with Genetically-Modified Seeds
Vandana Shiva on the Problem with Genetically-Modified Seeds

The Revolutionaries include:
#4 Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver is fiery Brit who came to the U.S. to help us deal with our abysmal health challenges. He was the first one to coin the term “Food Revolution” in his ABC TV Series by that name that debuted on March 21, 2010.

The show, which was produced by English chef Jamie Oliver and Ryan Seacrest, followed Oliver as he attempted to reform the school lunch programs, help American society fight obesity and change their eating habits in order to live healthier and longer lives.

The series had its UK premiere on Channel 4 on September 13, 2010. The Greek premiere was on Fox Life Greece on November 2010. The premiere in Italy was on Raisat Gambero Rosso Channel in January 2011. The show was cancelled in the U.S. the summer of 2011 because a calcitrant school Board Member in the LA School District refused to cooperate with Jamie and his production team.

If you don’t watch anything else on TV, catch a few of the  episodes that were aired on this incredible reality TV show at:

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

You can also watch this reality series on YouTube. Here’s Part 1 of the first episode from YouTube.

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Episode 1 Part 1
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Episode 1 Part 1 Above

Jamie declared a Food Revolution Day for May 16, 2014 and is sponsoring a FREE Cooking Classroom in the San Diego Area from May 10-31, 2014. Sign up for the Cooking Classroom today.

The Revolutionaries Include:
#5 & #6 John and Ocean Robbins
John and his son, Ocean, Robbins founded The Food Revolution Network, which is an online-based education and advocacy-driven initiative committed to healthy, sustainable, humane and conscious food for all.
Guided by John and Ocean Robbins, with more than 100,000 members and with the collaboration of many of the top food revolutionary leaders of our times, the Food Revolution Network aims to empower individuals, build community, and transform food systems to support healthy people and a healthy planet.
Together, they have sponsored three annual Food Revolution Summits featuring an A-List of top people in the world of healthy food advocacy. If you really want to be up on who are the movers and the shakers among the Food Revolutionaries, go to the 2014 Food Revolution Summit Page and scroll to the bottom to get your empowerment package.

Watch the Video Introduction to The Food Revolution Network below:

A Welcome Message from John and Ocean Robbins
A Welcome Message from John and Ocean Robbins

The Revolutionaries Include:
#7 Joel Salatin

Joel F. Salatin is an American farmer, lecturer, and author whose books include “Folks, This Ain’t Normal”, “You Can Farm” and “Salad Bar Beef”.

Salatin raises livestock using holistic management methods of animal husbandry, free of potentially harmful chemicals, on his Polyface Farm in SwoopeVirginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. Meat from the farm is sold by direct-marketing to consumers and restaurants.

Joel’s Polyface Farms and his down home and straight-forward demeanor was first debuted in a beautiful documentary called “Fresh” that was made in 2009. From there, he spun off to become one of the most outspoken critics of factory farming and the use of drugs and harmful chemicals in modern day farming practices. One of his monikers is his use of phrases like:

“The chicken-ness of the chicken”

“The cow-ness of the cow”

To indicate the importance of feeding animals what they naturally eat not some concocted mixture of food and antibiotics that is not part of their natural diet.

 Below is the Trailer for “Fresh”

Fresh The Movie - Official Trailer
Fresh The Movie – Official Trailer
Joel Salatin Semester - Pastured Poultry Lesson
Joel Salatin Semester – Pastured Poultry Lesson
You’re going to love this guy.

The Revolutionaries include:
#8 Alice Waters

Here she is, Alice Waters, the mother of the movement with one of her best selling books, “The Art Of Simple Food”. “Alice Louise Waters is an American chef, restaurateur, activist, and author. She is the owner of Chez Panisse, a Berkeley, California restaurant famous for its organic, locally-grown ingredients and for pioneering California cuisine.

 

Waters opened the restaurant in 1971. It was consistently ranked among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants from 2002 to 2008. Waters has been cited as one of the most influential figures in food in the past 50 years, and has been called the mother of American food. She is currently one of the most visible supporters of the organic food movement, and has been a proponent of organics for over 40 years. Waters believes that eating organic foods, free from herbicides and pesticides, is essential for both taste and the health of the environment and local communities.” (Wikipedia)
Ms. Waters single handed spearheaded the School Garden Program, which she called the Edible Schoolyard program at the Martin Luther King Middle School in Berkeley, California. She serves as a public policy advocate on the national level for school lunch reform and universal access to healthy, organic foods, and the impact of her organic and healthy food revolution. Another one of her famous books is named after that program, “Edible Schoolyard”.
Below is the 60 Minutes Segment that focused on Alice Waters:
60 Minutes - Alice Waters
60 Minutes – Alice Waters

She’s a living legend.

The Revolutionaries include:
#9 Mike Adams, The Health Ranger

Mike Adams, known as The Health Ranger, is an outspoken Activist and Author. His website, Natural News, is dedicated to alternative medicine and various health concerns such as chemtrails, the dangers of fluoride in drinking water, monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame and health problems caused by “toxic” ingredients in vaccines.

He features guest authors such as anti-vaccinationists Joseph Mercola and and Jon Rappoport.

Mike works tirelessly to promote alternative medicine over pharmaceuticals and follows questionable activities perpetrated by the FDA swat teams that have been raiding raw milk farms and pig farms in the recent past under the guise of protecting Americans while GMO’s are allowed to flood the market unlabeled.

Watch his introduction YouTube Video for his new website called SCIENCE.naturalnews.com below:

SCIENCE.naturalnews.com announced by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
SCIENCE.naturalnews.com announced by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

The Revolutionaries include:
#10 Dr. Gabriel Cousens

Dr. Gabriel Cousens is an American physician M.D., homeopath, and spiritual writer who practices holistic medicine. Cousens advocates live foods therapy, a nutritional regimen which he says can cure diabetes, depression and other chronic degenerative diseases.

 

He is the founder of the “Essene Order of Light”, an offshoot of a New Age religion based upon modern interpretations of the Essenes, an ancient Jewish sect, teachings from the Jewish Kabbalah and the Torah, and Hindu beliefs. Essene Order of Light is taught by Cousens at “Tree of Life Foundation”, an organization directed by Cousens and headquartered at its “Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center” in Patagonia, Arizona.

 

Cousens has written books, made movies and tours internationally promoting his ideas on food and his spiritual beliefs.

Below is a YouTube Video of Gabriel discussing his movie, “Simply Raw:Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days”.

Green Lifestyle Film Festival
Green Lifestyle Film Festival “Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days”

Below is the Trailer for the documentary, “Simply Raw”.

Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days Trailer
Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days Trailer

The Revolutionaries include:
#11 David Wolfe
“David Wolfe is the rock star of the superfoods and longevity world, America’s TOP CEOs, Global Ambassadors, Hollywood celebrities, busy professionals, and even the most powerful buying influence in the nation-Moms-all look to David for expert advice in health, beauty, herbalism, nutrition and chocolate!

David is co-founder of TheBestDayEver.com online health magazine and is President of The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation with a mission to plant 18 billion fruit trees on planet Earth.

 

With over 20 years of dedicated experience and understanding of the inner workings of the human body, David is a true living master of what it means to “walk the talk” on the road to higher and higher levels of natural beauty, vibrant health, and peak-performance.

 

David is the author of many best-selling books including Eating for Beauty, The Sunfood Diet Success System, Naked Chocolate, Amazing Grace, Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future, and Chaga: King of the Medicinal Mushrooms. His latest book, Longevity Now, shares a multi-faceted approach to rejuvenation, beauty and radiant health. David empowers and inspires people to take charge of their own health because. After all, your health is your wealth!” (From davidwolfe.com/about)

 

Watch this YouTube Video by David Wolfe on the important subject of inflammation.

David Wolfe on Inflammation
David Wolfe on Inflammation

 

The Revolutionaries include:
#12 Murray Hallam

Murray Hallam is the Founder and Director of Practical Aquaponics, an all-around Aquaponics company working out of Australia and offering Kits, System Plans and DVD’s. For many, he is regarded as the father of Aquaponics and has mentored a growing bevy of up and coming Aquaponics entrepreneurs including our own system designer, Oliver Duffy.
Murray himself has become an international image and influence in the field of Aquaponics through his consulting services, his seminars, workshops and popular DVD’s on the subject.
Watch this 60 Minutes Australia segment about Aquaponics featuring Murray and his company Practical Aquaponics:
60 Minutes Australia - Food Security - Aquaponics
60 Minutes Australia – Food Security – Aquaponics

We’re not the only folks talking about the Food Revolution this Month. Be sure to check out the National Geographic May Issue entitled: THE NEW FOOD REVOLUTION.
The article inside poses this question:
Where will we find enough food for 9 billion?
 
It goes on to propose that “It doesn’t have to be industrial farms versus small, organic ones. There’s another way and lists the “Five-Step Plan to Feed the World”.
Those steps include:
1. Freeze agriculture’s footprint
2. Grow more on farms we’ve got
3. Use resources more efficiently
4. Shift diets
5. Reduce waste
We recommend you check out this article and see if you agree with the Five-Step Plan. We have mixed feelings.
The good news, National Geographic is addressing the most important topic on the planet–our FOOD.

Look for FOOD REVOLUTION Part 3 in our June Newsletter
 
You’ll learn:
 
1. About The Battlefields  
2. About the Adversaries Fighting Against our Revolutionaries. 
In every war there are at least two sides and sometimes more. This war is no different. The FOOD REVOLUTION is a War for the right of the people to be SOVEREIGN EATERS of SAFE Food. This is a serious FOOD FIGHT. We are fighting for our rights to have clean, safe, nutritious food in a clean, safe environment; and we’re determined to TAKE BACK OUR FOOD!
Be sure to watch for our June Newsletter, which will continue this look at the FOOD REVOLUTION!
This time it’s We the People of the World!
This time we’re ALL Fighting for 
FOOD FREEDOM!

We have featured 12 Revolutionaries in the FOOD REVOLUTION; and we’re sorry we can’t keep going because we’re leaving out many. Do your Home Work, find out who the others are and start supporting ALL of them.
These Heros and Heroines are the ones standing between the rest of us eating fake food filled with more and more toxins as we line the coffers of the Big Agra, Big Chema and Big Pharma companies who have taken over our food supply while we stand around the coffins of our fallen loved ones who are dying from chronic diseases that could have been prevented with proper education and “REAL FOOD”.
Thank You for joining us in this look at the
FOOD REVOLUTION
We hope to see you again in June for Part 3
Until then, Be Healthy and Strong
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