On today's show, insights on healthy living. How the act of sharing can improve your health, Omega 3 fatty acids, salty foods and soft drinks, and nature nurturing creativity. A response to a Minnesota politician on labeling GMOs. And more!
Newsmaker: voter fraud in California over Prop 37
David Murphy is the founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now!, a grassroots movement of more than 250,000 American farmers and citizens dedicated to reforming our food and agriculture. He 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.
In 2007, David organized the Food and Family Farm Presidential Summit, where 5 of the 6 Democratic candidates pledged their support to help save family farm agriculture and laid out their plans to create a more sustainable future for rural America. Previously, he has worked as an environmental and food policy lobbyist and political strategist and is a board member of the Iowa Organic Association.
Newsmaker: update on recent Codex meeting
Darrell Rogers is the Communications Director with the Alliance for Natural Health- USA, which has been at the forefront for spearheading amendments to the Senate 510 Food Safety Bill, but ultimately wants it defeated. Matt has a higher degree in Government studies from Catholic University in Washington DC and has worked in public policy and public affairs issues with Senatorial campaigning and on Capitol Hill. He has also worked as a political affairs specialist for one of the largest political consulting firms in DC.
Living longer but not healthier, sugar vs. raw honey, onions, loneliness, and toxic baby formula. Environment: Fukushima children with thyroid disorders, and how the Stasi worked with big Pharma. And more.
Israeli’s Post Operation Cloud Pillar -- the changing of the Isael-Palestine foreign policy landscape
Rabbi Michael Lerner is clearly one the nation’s greatest Jewish intellectuals and spiritual political activists. As a teenager, Rabbi Lerner was a student of Abraham Joshua Heschel, a great socially responsible mystical thinker who marched with Martin Luther King.
During the 60s, he was a chair of the Berkeley chapter of the Students for a Democratic Society and briefly incarcerated among the Seattle Seven while teaching at the University of Washington,.
Michael is currently the editor of Tikkun Magazine—an award winning journal of interfaith and progressive critiques on American culture, politics, and religion—and is the founder of the Network of Spiritual Progressives. His most recent book is “Embracing Israel/Palestine: A Strategy to Heal and Transform the Middle East” -- praised by people like Jimmy Carter, Uri Avnery, Desmond Tutu, Senator Keith Ellison and others as the most insightful treatment and understanding of the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a roadmap for bringing peace to the region.
Jeffrey Smith is one of the foremost experts on the health and environmental risks of genetically modified organisms, commonly known as GMO crops and foods, and is a leading watch-dog over corporate agricultural industry’s manipulation of GMO genetic science and public opinion. He is currently the founding director for the Institute for Responsible Technology, a research and corporate watch organization devoted to informing the public about the truth of GMO foods and technology. Jeffrey is also the director for the Campaign for Healthier Eating in America.
Jeffrey recently released an urgent documentary entitled Genetic Roulette in preparation of educating Californians before the November vote on Prop 37 to mandate labeling of foods with GM ingredients. The film can be viewed online free for a limited time at:
The push in the US for GMO industry to dominate our food supply
Mr. Kimbrell is both the Executive Director of the International Center for Technology Assessment and the Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety. He is one of the country's leading environmental attorneys, and an author of several articles and books on environment, technology and society, and food issues. Prior, Andy was senior attorney and policy director of the Greenhouse Crisis Foundation, where he organized the first Global Summit on Global Warming in 1989. He filed the first litigation requiring government agencies to prepare environmental impact statements on how their agencies' actions affected ozone layer depletion and global warming.
His current work emphasizes policy and grass roots work on food issues including promoting and organic and beyond food future and opposing destructive technologies and practices such as genetic engineering, factory farming, irradiation, sewage sludge and the patenting of seeds and other life forms. . He has been featured in numerous documentaries including the recent film "The Future of Food" and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs across the country.
Today, if you're depressed, or want to kill some cancer cells, good information for you. Insights on what causes a lot of our chronic viral infections. And, a nutrient for improving cognitive function in music. On the environmental segment: What's happened to so many people down in the Gulf of Mexico area as a result of disbursements. Also, carbon pollution up to two million pounds per second. And more!
Dr. Vandana Shiva is an internationally renowned environmental and social activist, and was formerly one of India’s top nuclear physicists. She has been credited as the principle founding leader of India’s ecological and ecofeminism movement. In 1982 Dr. Shiva founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in New Delhi, which led to the creation of Navdanya (all “a”s are softly pronounced NAV-DAN-YA) – an organization dedicated to the restoration of organic farming across India and the preservation of indigenous knowledge and culture.
For several decades, Vandana has fought for changes in the globalized practices of agriculture and food. She has traveled the world speaking against biopiracy of indigenous knowledge by large agricultural and pharmaceutical corporations. Her activist efforts have created grassroots organizations throughout the developing world to counter genetic engineering of crops, as well as empower women throughout the third world.
Dr. Shiva has received numerous international awards, including the Alternative Nobel Prize (the Right Livelihood Award), the UNEP’s Global 500 Award and the UN’s Earth Day International Award.
Among her more important books are “Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability and Peace”, “Manifestos on the Future of Food and Seed”, and her most recent “Soil Not Oil” Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis”