I just came home from a great event at the Farmhouse Project, sponsored by Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative (FLI) and GrowNYC. FLI is a collaboration between the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and the Natural Resources Defense Council. FLI is dedicated to increasing access to legal services for farmers and food entrepreneurs seeking to create a more just and sustainable food system. GrowNYC is a sustainability resource for New Yorkers, providing free tools and resources anyone can use to improve our city and environment.
At their annual event, NRDC attorney and farmer Jennifer Grossman interviewed human rights expert and advocate, Smita Narula, about the right to food in the United States, and the problems in making that a reality. Access to good, clean and healthy food should be a right for everyone, but unfortunately, that is not the case. We discussed some of the issues and barriers that prevent access to good food for everyone, and also discussed ways in which we, as the people, can come together and put pressure on our representatives to improve the situation and to make change happen. The one topic that didn’t come up, and a topic that is often left out of the conversation, was about the consumption of meat in this country, and the negative effects that industrial meat production has on global warming and the environment. It might be a difficult discussion, but it needs to happen. I am not saying that everyone needs to give up meat completely, but we need to pay attention to where that meat came from and how it got to our plate. People need to be willing to eat less meat and support the ranchers who use sustainable and humane practices. Just imagine the impact we could have if everyone demanded a more humane food system. Don’t be afraid to start!!
My guest this week on the Progressive Radio Network is Amie Valpone, the Founder of The Healthy Apple, and best-selling author of Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body. Amie is a Functional Medicine, Nutrition & Wellness expert, as well as a columnist, spokesperson and motivational speaker. She works with clients to help them find balance in their lives and with their health, using food as medicine.
Her original career plan was to go into finance and climb the corporate ladder, but the universe had other plans for her. Amie found herself on disability insurance while struggling with many chronic health issues such as, Lyme disease, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), C-diff colitis, parasites, pathogens, chronic Candida, methylation (MTHFR), Mold toxicity, Heavy metal toxicity, Hypothyroidism, Leaky gut, SIBO (small intestine bacteria overgrowth), chronic hormonal imbalances, edema and much more. She spent countless years working with the best Functional/Integrative M.D’s and hands-on healers studying, learning, teaching, and figuring out how to be healthy in a real way. Her book, Eating Clean, is a guide for everyone on a path to natural health. I hope you can join us on Thursday!
Remember, my show is recorded live, every Thursday, from 10-11 am, EST. To tune in, navigate to PRN.fm and click the “Listen Live” button on the left.
PRN has a new app! Just download the app from your phone app store, and take the station with you wherever you go! You’ll be able to listen live or access the archives, all from the app! If you want to call in during the show with any questions for me or my guest, the call in number is 888-874-4888.
With love and gratitude,