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The Power of Food

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Dana Martin

on 28 June 2017

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Transcript of The Power of Food

Current Food System:
Physiological needs:
Food can change the world
Become closer to your food
Consequences:
Compaction of soil
DIY Gardens
Community Gardens
Shop smarter
Farmer's markets
More organic, in season produce
Change attitude toward food
Current attitude:
The Power of Food
Did you know that a farm in Nebraska could contribute to the dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico?
Pesticides
Food
Water
Air
*as long as the masses are educated
Synthetic fertilizer
Heavy machinery
Intensive Agriculture
Technological Inputs
(Equipment, Chemical fertilizer,
pesticide)
+
Cost (Labor, Time, etc.)
=
Crop Production
Run off
Travels to nearest waterway
Ends up in ocean
High in nitrogen
Competition for oxygen
Results in dead zone
Environmental
?
Algae Bloom
40% of total land used for agriculture
Human-Health
DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane)
Diet Related Disease
Popular insecticide post-WWII
1962
-Rachel Carson's
Silent Spring
Classified as B2 caricenogen
1972
-US discontinues use
Persistent in environment
Bioaccumulation
Present
-Penguins in Antarctica encounter DDT
Still used in other countries
Western Diet:
“A diet with inadequate fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and excessive amounts of refined and processed foods, alcohol, salt, red meats, sugary beverages, snacks, eggs, and butter.”

1/2 of Americans have one or more preventable chronic illness
2/3 of adults and nearly 1/3 of children are overweight or obese
Obesity estimated to cost $147 billion in medical bills
Alternative:
1. Respect food.
2. Sit at a table to eat, always.
3. Eat real, local, unprocessed food.
4. Be present.

Fast, cheap, and conveinent
Agriculture classes at MCC
Avoid middle aisles
Increasing in popularity
Less processed foods
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