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My Article in Mantra Magazine is My Highlight of 2014

My Article in Mantra Magazine is My Highlight of 2014

I’ve been fortunate to do many amazing things and meet a ton of inspirational people in 2014. Yet, if I had to pick my highlight of the year, it is probably the article that I just wrote in Mantra: Yoga+Health magazine. When the magazine first hit the stands, I vividly remember being hunched over in the aisle […]

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I’ve been fortunate to do many amazing things and meet a ton of inspirational people in 2014.

Yet, if I had to pick my highlight of the year, it is probably the article that I just wrote in Mantra: Yoga+Health magazine.

When the magazine first hit the stands, I vividly remember being hunched over in the aisle at Whole Foods Market in NYC’s Union Square, absorbing every single word. What I felt after reading these few pages touched me in a way that nothing else had in a long, long time.

To be honest, my reaction really took me by surprise and I never imagined that I would be so overcome with emotion. Why was I so moved by this article?

I write blog posts all of the time that get shared throughout the world on the Internet. Additionally, I also have been lucky enough to have been profiled in The New York Times, CNN, Fox News, Bloomberg and many others major media outlets.

So, what was so special about this one?

Recently, I gave a talk at BevNET Live – Winter 2014 in Los Angeles and someone asked “Why do bloggers do what they do? Why do they blog?”

Without hesitation, I responded “We love telling stories”.

When I first started Living Maxwell five years ago, my goal was to write about products, restaurants, trends, and news. Yet, as I learned the truth about what was going on in our country – the proliferation of genetically-modified food (GMOs), the lack of labeling of GMOs, the rampant use of harmful pesticides, the lack of support for organic food within our government – my blog and my mission took on much more of an activist role.

How could I sit back and just watch these things unfold before my eyes? I couldn’t.

I needed to be involved, and I needed to write about them. I needed to tell the stories about what was really happening in the world.

Several months ago, I was at the Seed Festival in Miami and met Maranda Pleasant, the editor of Origin and Mantra magazines. When we discussed me writing a piece for her, she made it very clear that she wanted a topic that would “shake things up”. This was a woman after my own heart! She liked to stir the pot, too.

I knew right away that I wanted to write about 2,4-D, or Agent Orange Corn, arguably the most controversial GMO/pesticide combination ever.

This is something that I have covered on my blog for the last few years, yet there were far too many people across the country who didn’t know a thing about it.

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The article for Mantra was bigger than just 2,4-D, however. It was to raise awareness of the frightening pesticide arms race going on today’s on America’s farmland. Not only do mainstream news organizations refuse to discuss this, but the USDA and EPA are encouraging this to happen.

The fact that I could talk about this vitally important yet largely ignored subject in a national print publication was so meaningful. And that it was in a super-cool yoga magazine — yoga is a HUGE part of my life and I practice ashtanga – made it even more special.

Telling stories while trying to make a difference in the world gives my life real purpose.

Thank you for the opportunity, Maranda and Mantra. I am very grateful.

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With Maranda Pleasant at the Seed Festival in Miami.

Mantra did not post a link to this story online. So, that is an even better excuse to go buy this issue and support this phenomenal magazine.

It can be found at most Whole Foods Market stores nationwide and other places where magazines are sold.

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5 Comments

  • Greg Paynter says:

    Hi Max
    I’m afraid i can’t obtain a copy from Australia, but you might like to look at a book recently published by Acres USA, The Myths of Safe Pesticides, written by Andre Leu. Chairman of IFOAM and Organic Farmer in Nth Queensland Australia. The publication is well referenced and has a Foreword by Vandana Shiva

    Probably a more concerning paper recently In a landmark study published in the Journal of Organic Systems Vol.9 No.2 (2014)
    GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CROPS, GLYPHOSATE AND THE DETERIORATION OF HEALTH IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    Nancy L. Swanson 1, Andre Leu 2*, Jon Abrahamson 3 and Bradley Wallet 4
    The worlds number one weedicide glyphosate has been linked to the huge increase in the incidence of 22 chronic diseases in the US.

    In a detailed study led by Dr Nancy Swanson and the President of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), Andre Leu, a serious link between the use of glyphosate and 22 chronic diseases was established including hypertension, stroke, diabetes prevalence, diabetes incidence, obesity, lipoprotein metabolism disorder, Alzheimer’s, senile dementia, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, autism, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal infections, end stage renal disease, acute kidney failure, cancers of the thyroid, liver, bladder, pancreas, kidney and myeloid leukaemia (R = 0.878).
    Swanson and Leu explain that the concentrations currently allowed in food do not take into account the final chemical formulation, dilution effect, or the dangerous metabolites when they start to break down. A cocktail effect with other chemicals is also serious, but mostly ignored.

    refer http://www.ofa.org.au to view the paper

    Both provide sobering information that poses more questions than they answers especially for regulatory authorities in charge of the nations well being. Noting the endocrine and intergenerational effects of chemical constitution of the products used in genetically engineered crops

    Greg Paynter

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Greg,

      Thank you so much for this information and maybe Mantra Magazine will make it down to Australia one day. Happy 2015!

  • Margaux Weldon says:

    I am in.

  • Anna says:

    I think the only way to fight this is for those of us interested in living organically and sustainably to purchase land adjacent to each other and take over a corner of this country somewhere.

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Anna,

      I am with you but we still have to be concerned about GMO contamination from farms nearby. It is hard to escape.

      Live well,
      Max

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