29 January 2011

Maria Rodale: How Big, Cheap and Fast Do We Want to Be?

A recent article in The Huffington Post about farming and nutrition is well worth reading:

"About 98% of the food grown in America comes from factory farming. Only 0.5% of the US farmland is certified organic. When I say factory farming, I mean that most food has significant amounts of synthetic hormones, antibiotics, chemicals, and GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) ingredients. Those are all components that are very good at making money for some agrochemical companies, but are not good for people, or for the planet. By the way, about 95% of the products that you can find in the supermarket now have some GMO content. And to make matters worse, there is no label regulation that warns us about this presence. [Editor's note: Food labeled USDA Organic, or certified by the Non-GMO Project, cannot contain GMO ingredients.]"

Read the article at:

Maria Rodale: How Big, Cheap and Fast Do We Want to Be?

The Minimalist Makes His Exit - NYTimes.com

One of my favorite food columns may be gone, but Bittman will still haunt us by other means:

"TODAY marks the exit of The Minimalist from the pages of the Dining section, as a weekly column at least. There may be return appearances, but the unbroken string of more than 13 years and nearly 700 columns ends here. (I’m not leaving the Times family; more about that in a minute.) ".

 Image: Evan Sung for The New York Times

The whole story at:

The Minimalist Makes His Exit - NYTimes.com

09 January 2011

The China Study

Recently featured again in an article in The New York Times, The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, this publication deserves the attention of more readers.

From The New York Times:

"Six years ago a small Texas publisher released an obscure book written by a father-son research team. The work, based on a series of studies conducted in rural China and Taiwan, challenged the conventional wisdom about health and nutrition by espousing the benefits of a plant-based diet.

To everyone’s surprise, the book, called “The China Study,” has since sold 500,000 copies, making it one of the country’s best-selling nutrition titles. The book focuses on the knowledge gained from the China Study, a 20-year partnership of Cornell University, Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine that showed high consumption of animal-based foods is associated with more chronic disease, while those who ate primarily a plant-based diet were the healthiest."

From the publisher:

"Referred to as the "Grand Prix of epidemiology" by The New York Times, this study examines more than 350 variables of health and nutrition with surveys from 6,500 adults in more than 2,500 counties across China and Taiwan, and conclusively demonstrates the link between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. While revealing that proper nutrition can have a dramatic effect on reducing and reversing these ailments as well as curbing obesity, this text calls into question the practices of many of the current dietary programs, such as the Atkins diet, that are widely popular in the West. The politics of nutrition and the impact of special interest groups in the creation and dissemination of public information are also discussed."

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health
by: T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell II
Pub. Date: June 2006
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Format: Paperback , 417pp
ISBN-13: 9781932100662
ISBN: 1932100660

Available online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.