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Organic Eating for Busy Professionals – Episode #3

Organic Eating for Busy Professionals - Episode #3

Practically every single day, people ask me some question related to organic food. Given that it is one of my passions and having eaten organic for the last decade, I love to share what I know with others. When my friend Jennifer and I saw each other recently, the topic quickly turned to organic food. […]

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Practically every single day, people ask me some question related to organic food. Given that it is one of my passions and having eaten organic for the last decade, I love to share what I know with others.

When my friend Jennifer and I saw each other recently, the topic quickly turned to organic food. So, we decided to film our conversations in case other people had similar questions.

For the next six Thursdays, she and I will sit down and talk about a different organic food issue.

In this video, we talk about specific strategies for maintaining an organic food lifestyle as a busy professional. With a hectic work schedule in New York City, Jennifer would like to be eating more organic but is having trouble doing so. Here, I give her some easy and practical tips on how to change that.

Is there a topic that you would like Jennifer and me to discuss in a future episode?  If so, please leave a comment below.


Organic Peanuts: Safe to Eat? – Episode #2

Organic Peanuts: Safe to Eat? - Episode #2

At the recent 2010 Natural Products Expo West Trade Show, I interviewed Kris Fillat, the founder of The GoodOnYa Bar. During our conversation, Kris gave me a really interesting explanation about the safety of peanuts as it relates to salmonella. If you are like me and have been nervous to eat peanuts because of the […]

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At the recent 2010 Natural Products Expo West Trade Show, I interviewed Kris Fillat, the founder of The GoodOnYa Bar.

During our conversation, Kris gave me a really interesting explanation about the safety of peanuts as it relates to salmonella. If you are like me and have been nervous to eat peanuts because of the health scares in the news, this is one video that you will want to watch.

Kris also gives us some background on her company and her amazing Breakfast Bar. It is one of the best bars that I have tasted in a long, long time.


An Introduction to the Raw Food Lifestyle with Taylor Wells – Episode #1

An Introduction to the Raw Food Lifestyle with Taylor Wells - Episode #1

In this video, I talk to my friend Taylor Wells and she gives us an overview of the raw food lifestyle — what it is, the benefits, how someone can get started eating this way. I’ve gotten to know Taylor over the last year, and I can honestly say that she is one of the […]

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In this video, I talk to my friend Taylor Wells and she gives us an overview of the raw food lifestyle — what it is, the benefits, how someone can get started eating this way.

I’ve gotten to know Taylor over the last year, and I can honestly say that she is one of the most incredible and inspirational people I have come across. Along with her husband, she owns four yoga studios, has a nationwide consulting business, runs super-mom.com, recently launched pranaraw.com and opened last summer The Prana Café.

Furthermore, she home-schools her six year-old daughter and three year-old son. If that is not enough, Taylor, at 44 years old, just gave birth to two twin boys. She now has five kids in total, including her 12 year-old daughter.

Never once have I heard her complain how tired she is, something she attributes to the raw food lifestyle.


President’s Cancer Panel Report is a Huge Endorsement for Organic Food

President's Cancer Panel Report is a Huge Endorsement for Organic Food

A few days ago, the President’s Cancer Panel, a group of independent doctors and researchers, released its annual report called “Reducing our Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now”. Needless to say, the connection between the amount of chemicals/harmful toxins in our environment and the high incidence of cancer is incredibly strong, and decisive […]

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A few days ago, the President’s Cancer Panel, a group of independent doctors and researchers, released its annual report called “Reducing our Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now”. Needless to say, the connection between the amount of chemicals/harmful toxins in our environment and the high incidence of cancer is incredibly strong, and decisive action needs to be taken.

In its letter to the President, the Panel “urges you most strongly to use the power of your office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water and air that needlessly increase health care costs, cripple our Nation’s productivity, and devastate lives.”

The report recommends that in order to decrease exposure to pesticides, individuals should choose “food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers” and “exposure to antibiotics, growth hormones and toxic run-off from livestock feed lots can be minimized by eating free-range meat without these medications.”

Essentially, they are saying to eat organic food because conventional food is laced with dangerous chemicals that increase our chances for cancer.

And, this is coming from an independent panel not paid for by special interest or industry groups.  The two main authors are LaSalle Leffall, Jr., M.D., from Howard University and Margaret Kripke, PhD, from the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

It is a long report and covers many areas (not just food) so I will give you some of the most salient points/information. Read more »


Genetically-Modified Crops are Creating Big Problems

Genetically-Modified Crops are Creating Big Problems

For those who didn’t see it, there was an excellent piece in the New York Times the other day about Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops. Monsanto created these genetically-modified crops called Roundup Ready. The claim was that pesticides (Roundup) would cause no harm to the crops but would kill all the pests and weeds surrounding the […]

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For those who didn’t see it, there was an excellent piece in the New York Times the other day about Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops.

Monsanto created these genetically-modified crops called Roundup Ready. The claim was that pesticides (Roundup) would cause no harm to the crops but would kill all the pests and weeds surrounding the crops.

So, Monsanto not only sells seeds to farmers but they also sell farmers the pesticides.  If you think Monsanto is just a seed company, think again. It is a chemical company.

The claim that Monsanto made was that these bio-engineered crops would kill all the weeds and require minimum-till farming.

After many years, two things are happening.

1) Farmers sprayed so much Roundup that new super-weeds have emerged, which are uncontrollable and resistant to Roundup.  They are now combatting the problem with more herbicides, which increases the amount of chemicals they have to use.

2) Roundup was supposed to prevent minimum-till farming — good for the environment. However, with these new super-weeds growing, farmers are having to abandon minimum-till farming.  That means more fuel spent to get the soil ready.

The bottom line: These GMOs are not working.  They are creating more harm than good.

Is any of this a surprise? To me, not at all.  When you try to fight Mother Nature, you don’t win.


Food, Inc. Will Be on PBS Tonight at 9PM EST

Food, Inc. Will Be on PBS Tonight at 9PM EST

Tonight on PBS at 9PM EST, the movie Food, Inc. will be shown. For those people who have not seen it, the movie is an absolute must-watch. You will see many shocking things including: – How genetically-modified food is tearing up this country – How Monsanto’s hard-ball tactics wreak havoc on the lives of farmers […]

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Tonight on PBS at 9PM EST, the movie Food, Inc. will be shown.

For those people who have not seen it, the movie is an absolute must-watch. You will see many shocking things including:

– How genetically-modified food is tearing up this country

– How Monsanto’s hard-ball tactics wreak havoc on the lives of farmers who try to not use its products

– How our government allows dangerous chemicals to go into our food and puts greater importance on the agenda of powerful ag-businesses instead of the health of this country

– How the USDA permits animals to be treated in the most inhumanely way possible

This movie is a serious wake-up call as to what is really going on in our food system.

Based on what you see in Food, Inc., you will walk away pretty shocked.  And, hopefully, you’ll be outraged and inspired to get involved.

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On another note, I recently shot an interview with Joel Salatin, one of the stars of Food, Inc.  I hope to have it up next week.  He’s a super-nice guy who is doing some very important work down at his farm in Virginia.


Two Organic Food Businesses Who Understand Social Media

Two Organic Food Businesses Who Understand Social Media

When I launched livingmaxwell at the end of December, I realized that I needed to get my act together in regards to social media. Having immersed myself in this space over the past few months, I now pay particular attention to how other organic food businesses use social media.  My overall impression so far: I […]

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When I launched livingmaxwell at the end of December, I realized that I needed to get my act together in regards to social media.

Having immersed myself in this space over the past few months, I now pay particular attention to how other organic food businesses use social media.  My overall impression so far: I am extremely unimpressed.

Here are two exceptions.

Whole Foods

No surprise here.  Whole Foods leverages social media better than most companies in the world.  Not only were they a very, very early user on Twitter but how many corporations have their own Flickr page?

These people know what they are doing and their stats confirm this.  235,000 fans on Facebook and 1.75 million followers on Twitter. Read more »