The much-anticipated Rally For Real Food was held on the steps of the Capitol in Austin, Texas earlier today. The energetic crowd cheered a raft of passionate speakers including Ronda Rutledge (Executive Director, Sustainable Food Center), Eric Herm (Farmer, author of Son of a Farmer, Child of the Earth), Neil Carman, PH.D. (Sierra Club, Lone Star Chapter), Judith McGeary (Executive Director, Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance) and Mike “The Health Ranger” Adams (Editor, Natural News) about the right to know what’s in our food.
Many thanks to Mike LaRocca of Beanitos for organizing this important event! Thanks also to the sponsors, vendors, volunteers and attendees who helped make today’s rally a success.
Rally For Real Food
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The Standard American Diet (SAD for short) has been linked to the explosion of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and even some forms of cancer. At the same time, many Americans are lacking in numerous critical nutrients including Vitamin D, Omega-3 and a wide range of minerals.
Heavily-processed foods are full of chemicals, salt, sugar and unhealthy fats and lacking in wholesome nourishment. We are slowly starving even as we become fatter. And more sick.
Recently, Michael Pollan (Food, Inc., Omnivore’s Dilemma) appeared on Oprah and discussed many of these same issues. We think that’s a fine place to start.
The more distance we put between ourselves and the profoundly broken industrial commercial food system the better. The better for our health, for the local economy, the environment and our own pocketbooks.
Do what you can to become more self-reliant. Turn off the TV, plant some herbs and vegetables, take a class about food preservation. Learn to cook. With practice, these things become second nature.
Consider today’s lunch.. homemade sauerkraut frittered in pastured butter, onions and peppers from the garden, locally made sausage, homemade fermented mustard..
Real. Simple. Lunch.
What have you been eating for lunch all these years? Is it time for a change?
“Daisie Adelle Davis (25 February 1904 – 31 May 1974), popularly known as Adelle Davis, was an American pioneer in the fledgling field of nutrition during the mid-20th century. She advocated whole unprocessed foods, criticized food additives, and claimed that dietary supplements and other nutrients play a dominant role maintaining health, preventing disease, and restoring health after the onset of disease:
Research shows that diseases of almost every variety can be produced by an under-supply of various combinations of nutrients… [and] can be corrected when all nutrients are supplied, provided irreparable damage has not been done; and, still better, that these diseases can be prevented.
Davis is best known as the author of a series of books published in the United States between 1947 and 1965. One of her books, Let’s Have Healthy Children states that Davis prepared individual diets for more than 20,000 people who came to her or were referred to her by physicians during her years as a consultant. She was also well known for her scathing criticism of the food industry in the United States. In the early 1970s, she addressed the ninth annual convention of the “International Association of Cancer Victims and Friends” at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. After citing U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics about tens of millions of people in the United States suffering from afflictions such as arthritis, allergies, heart disease, and cancer, she stated, This is what’s happening to us, to America, because there is a $125 billion food industry who cares nothing about health.” -wiki