Friday, May 18, 2012

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD: What you need to know for an overall understanding

Genetically Engineered Food: A Self-Defense Guide for Consumers

                                       Ronnie Cummins and Ben Lilliston, authors

                                           ON BEHIND THE SCENES
Ronnie Cummins and Ben Lilliston have enlighten all of us who read and are inquisitive about Genetically Engineered Foods (GMOs). The education and all the knowledge acquired inside these pages is giantic and an eye opener. We become critical thinkers and activists when it comes to understand how the food industry and the system in the country works.
  • Figures, facts, tangible, almost visual descriptive detailed information about the realities of GMOs
  • Understanding of the basics of GMO agricultural biotechnology
  • The health hazard and the ecological risks associated with this particular techonology
  • REAL FACTS behind the GMO foods
  • Know genetically modified food products and ingredients to avoid
  • Know the companies who are responsible of manufacturing such products
  • Regulatory processes in the USA and abroad
  • The necessary information to speak up to government officials and agencies for the good of the population
  •  Ideas and tips about calling and writing to companies that produce or distribute GMOsfoods.
  •  Get to know the farmers in your area and grow your own (I grow my  own produce, for the most part, in my backyard)
  • This book helps tremendously to grasp a much better understanding of the problems, the risks and the politics associated with this issue and what we can do, as consumers.  
  • This book also does an outstanding job of bringing up other countries in the world that stood up and strongly rejected GMO foods, indicating (by inference) that the USA is still here trying to ignore the problem and being conveniently passive.
  • Monsanto, the FDA and other associated and related administrations and giantic powerful (U$$$) companies are playing deaf, blind and indiferent, but WHY?
  • Why is there such resistance toward labeling  genetically engineered? -The final answer to this question is: The population would not buy the product (for the most part) if they knew it is GMO and Monsanto and other related interests will sucumb and go out of business.


The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term HealthImage of T. Colin Campbell

Every single page of this book was educational and an eye, ear and mind opener!  -The careful scientific explanation of the three (3) phases in the development of cancer was the key for me, it hooked me to continue going, like you catch a fish with the best bait! Exceptional book and highly recommended. 
Some reviews about this scientific work:

A Nutrition Revolution starts!

"I have a PhD in health education and a Masters in Public Health - and I can honestly say that no book has shaken my worldview like this one. Anyone interested in health - their own, or that of their family, friends, or community - must read this book and share it. Campbell has started a revolution. Skip this work at your own peril."

Howie Jacobson, PhD

"Online Marketing Evolutionary"
(Durham NC USA)

Research vs. Propaganda,

"This book is fascinating, as well as extremely well-organized. Dr. Campbell discusses the findings of his studies, the ramifications on our health, and then devotes a segment to answer the inevitable question: "If what you're saying is true, then why haven't I been hearing about this?"

The answer, unsurprisingly, is money. The meat and dairy industries represent huge, well-funded lobbying interests, and anyone telling you that meat and dairy aren't healthy is going to run into a wall of opposition. Do you really think these industries are going to spend millions of dollars advertising their products each year, yet sit by idly when research detracting their products surfaces? Of course not.

That's why you should find the reviews claiming Dr. Campbell's work is 'pushing an agenda' to be as laughably off-base as they truly are. Unlike Atkins and the other snake-oil salesmen, Dr. Campbell stands to make no money if you begin the diet he endorses. He is not selling any products or supplements, or defending his profits. He is just pointing out what his research has shown him - that a meat-free, whole-foods diet is be much healthier than what we're currently eating.

But don't take my word - read the book, and lend it to people you know who take their health seriously. Dr. Campbell's integrity shines through on every page."

Wanton Gospeller
(Camden, New Jersey)

Impeccable work and impressive research,

"As a physician, I know how little is taught to medical students about nutrition. As an amateur chef, I've read for years about what we need to do for our diet in order to be healthier. Large studies, such as the Framingham study, do make comments about exercise and nutrition, but as far as I know have never gone into the detail that Dr. Campbell has. His credentials are impeccable. His research is impressive. It brought everything together for me. I've stopped eating meat and avoid most dairy. I bought 12 copies for family and friends immediately, because I felt that I was ethically bound to do this. Now I'm ordering more copies. It is a terrific example of how information that can literally be lifesaving is suppressed by many means. I only wish I'd had this info when I was 40 instead of 62. Of course, my husband, a cardiologist, so far has not read the book. He does eat everything I cook."

Cherryl Friedman, M. D.

Monday, May 14, 2012


It is possible that doing physical exercise may lead you to GAIN WEIGHT instead, depending on what and how much you eat after exercising.

Food for thoutht!!


Hard winter wheat berries
Jason jars
Rubber bands
Fresh water
Flat garden trays
Fertile soil
Indirect sunlight
Sprouting time (~3 days)
Soak the berries for 4-5 hours
Rinse and drain the jars everyday
When the berries start showing the sprouts coming up, plant them
Water them everyday once a day
When they are about 3 inches long, harvest and juice them in a Wheat Grass juicer


Thursday, May 10, 2012

THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION: A documentary that reflects the reality of OBESITY scalating in this country.

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This is a series of FOUR (4) parts and it will be aired on HBO and on the internet for free on May 14 and 15, 2012 for everyone for FREE on the internet and on HBO
I watched the first part yesterday and listened to a panel discussion sponsored by Kaiser Permanente important figures in the Health Care System in San Diego.

There is a clear preocupation for the OBESITY problem in the country. This is targeted for all of us to touch our understanding and our consciousness for a lifelong change in your eating habits and overall health style of living. This part of the movie takes a look at our growing obesity epidemic, laying out the facts, and goes into great detail on what's wrong and why we need to change. It gives you the honest truth: The deceiving manipulation the food advertisement and marketing strategies, the role they play in our psyches leading us to keep on consuming their products, that for the most part, are detrimental to our health. They give ideas about the alternatives for better quality foods and more natural. The constant fight against external forces working against us is clear and, for some, an eye openener, in our constant fight to lose weight are also success stories. The film also focus on active living and suggestions/projects for the city to open spaces for children to exercise, walk or bike to school. These changes represent a challege, but it should be a collective-collaborative campaign to work hard in order to embrace the  communities, and even at the national level.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

On the menu: ANIMAL WELFARE! What is for dinner tonight?

On the menu: Animal Welfare!

Do we think that the food we are about to put in our mouths is coming from and for how many steps the animal flesh had to go through?

On The Menu: Animal Welfare
Today's Freaks: An A to Z of How Farm Animals Live and Die

The photos of the book coversshown here were taken from (property of

Monday, May 7, 2012

Food Revolution Summit: After thoughts, let's touch the BIG CENTRAL part of the whole puzzle!

            Food Revolution Summit

After thoughts: Let's touch the central problem connected to obesity and major diseases in this country.
Are we victims of a careful manipulation based on consumer's psychology? Falling for propaganda, advertisements, enticing marketing strategies?-Time to wake up!,

Most people want to be healthy, and want information that will be useful to them. Of course there is so much misleading information out there coming from sources that are trying to confuse people that a lot of people are rightfully cynical of new fads or advice. Sometimes they choose the dietary devil they know over the one they don’t - why change if you don't know if it matters? Sadly, it's often only when a major health crisis strikes that a lot of people start to make changes. For some of them it can be too late. That’s why we’re bringing in real information from seasoned experts and encouraging our audience to decide for themselves what makes sense.
We’re not trying to promote a particular box we put ourselves into – I don’t care whether you call yourself vegetarian, an omnivore, or an asparagus. Everyone is unique, and we all have to find our what works for us. I want summit participants to have the information they need you can make good choices. We want them to leave informed, inspired and empowered. I personally believe that many of us can improve our health outcomes with a plant based diet. 
This is the core of the apple, the big part of the puzzle: FALSE FOOD ADVERTISEMENTS

"Milk does a body good" or "drink milk for good bones", "your milk comes from happy cows". Ads this type try to brainwash us and confuse us, when in reality what they claim is simply untrue.

The following is an excerpt from the interview of Ocean and John Robbins, Food Revolution Summit.
Q. In our information overloaded culture, the marketing messages backed by the most money are the ones being heard. Got Milk anyone?! It’s scary that most of us don’t realize how many of these “health messages” are really industry-backed ads pretending to be some kind of public service announcements. I get concerned that as whole, organic foods advocates, we’re not reaching the people who most need to hear it because they’re hearing those slogans, but not following up to find out who’s paying for them. Can you speak to that issue?

A: One of the goals for the Food Revolution Summit is to create messages of empowerment to help us make informed choices. It’s true, big agri-business is spending an enormous amount of money marketing food like-products, contaminated with GMOs (genetically modified organisms), hoping to get people hooked on whatever sells, which is often junk food. We are up against powerful forces, yet I believe that the thrust and passion to be healthy are more compelling than greed. As a society, we’re ready to reclaim our health and food systems.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

THE GRAND FINALE! John Robbins interviewed by his son Ocean Robbins. Connecting the dots. Food Revolution Summit

      JOHN ROBBINS                            

                                  "NO HAPPY COWS"

John Robbins: Connecting the Dots, final interview closing the Food Revolution Summit
A note from Ocean Robbins:
Today we completed the 2012 Food Revolution Summit.  What a week it’s been!
Thank you for all the ways that you participate in this rapidly growing movement.  It's a movement that grows stronger…
Every time you choose tomatoes over Twinkies... 
Every time you choose organic and locally grown over chemical-laden genetically engineered pseudo-foods... 
Every time you choose to set a positive example instead of succumbing to the status quo... 
Every time you make a nourishing meal and enjoy it with reverence...
Every time you support healthier food systems by signing a petition or lobbying a representative or organizing in your community...  
Every time you speak out instead of being dumbed down....
And every time you look at food as an opportunity to take a stand for the life you want and the world you love.
Thank you for your participation in the Food Revolution.

Words of Ocean Robbins:
I was touched to hear my dad talk about having polio as a child, and being constantly sick growing up.  This experience imbued in him a deep appreciation for the value of health.  He said he never takes the ability to walk, to breath, or to be healthy, for granted. His childhood illnesses inspired him to take care of his body, and eventually to help others do the same.
He talked about the epic struggle between two great forces today. On the one side is Monsanto, factory farms, and big agrichemical companies. These forces are profiting from putting family farmers out of business and from producing food that is harmful to our health and to our world.
On the other side, we have a rising tide of people who want food that is healthy, that is produced in harmony with the earth, and that is a celebration of life.
He defined himself as a reporter, but also an advocate.  “As for me,”, he said, “I have made a choice.  I have taken a side.”
I asked him why he had chosen to title his latest book “No Happy Cows,” and to join in the lawsuit against the California Milk Producers Association for their “Happy Cows” ad campaign. He answered that the ads, which depict happy cows grazing in lush green pastures, are a fabrication and were actually shot in New Zealand.  In reality, there aren’t any happy cows in industrialized modern agribusiness. California’s dairy industry is concentrated in the state’s hot and dry San Joaquin valley, with 20,000 animals often housed in a small area. Many of them never see a blade of grass in their lives. Many consumers care about animal well-being, and for that reason are willing to pay extra for humanely raised products.  My dad is engaged in suing the California industry, because he says:
“I think they are attempting to take an unfair advantage of the public. I would consider their dishonesty to be criminal.  I don’t think we should allow campaigns to portray animals has humanely treated when they are not.”
When I asked my dad for his advice to Summit participants who want to take the inspiration of the summit forward in their lives, he said:
“I think you’ll know what to do.  I think you do it a step at a time, a day at a time, a mouthful at a time, a food choice at a time, a purchase at a time, an order at a time, a meal at a time.  And I think we will change the world one heart at a time.”
“The primary agent of social change, to my way of seeing, is the human heart.  As it awakens, as it becomes engaged, as it becomes alive with its responsibility, with its capacity for wisdom, for caring and for action, then our prayers start to manifest as our lives.  Then our caring starts to be expressed in the way we are with each other.  Then we bring out the best in one another.  Then we live in a way that’s worthy of the suffering we experience, and that transforms the suffering into strength.”
Gratitude and Going Forward
As we come to the completion of an extraordinary week, my dad, John Robbins, and I feel so grateful for all the people who helped us make this possible, including Lionel Church, Greg Boggs, Kaia Van Zandt, all our speakers and affiliates, and so many more friends and allies.  And of course, we want to thank Deo Robbins (my dad’s partner for 45 years and my mom for 38) and the love of my life and wife for 17 years, Michele Robbins.
Most of all, we want to thank you.  Thank you for your participation in the Summit, and more importantly, in the vital work of our times.
We wish you radiant health, abundant joy, and a life filled with meaning.  And we wish you good, delicious, nourishing food.
 Yours for healthy people and a healthy planet,

An excerpt of the interview, introduction:

Ocean Robbins: Welcome to The Food Revolution Summit where we explore how you can heal your body and your world with food.  This is Ocean Robbins and for the last nine days I’ve been joining with my dad, John Robbins, as we’ve brought you interviews with twenty-three of the world’s leading food revolutionary experts.  We’ve been looking together at what it takes to make our food more healthy, more sustainable, more humane and yes, delicious.  Today will be a little different than the rest of our interviews because I’ll be the interviewer and our expert today is my dad himself, John Robbins.

John Robbins is author of the 1987 landmark international bestseller Diet for a New America which helped to bring the natural food industry into the mainstream.  He’s also the author of the newly released No Happy Cows: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Food Revolution and many other bestsellers.  He is the founder of Earth Save International and he is one of the most popular bloggers on the Huffington Post.  My dad is a recipient of the Rachel Carson Award, Green America’s Lifetime Achievement Award, The Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award and dozens of other honors.

Personally, I’ve known John Robbins since the day that I was born and if there was one word that I could use to describe him it would be “integrity.”  This is a man who was invited and in fact expected to join his father, my grandfather, in running the Baskin Robbins ice-cream empire.  But he walked away from all that money and power because he felt that the purpose of his life was about more than inventing a thirty-second flavor. 

Years later he became a bestselling author on issues of diet and health and the media called him “the rebel without a cone.”  For the last twenty-five years he has been challenging some of the most powerful industries on our planet.  He’s inspired millions of people to look at their food and their life choices as an opportunity to take positive action in our lives and in our world.  It is such a joy to be in this conversation and to share it with all of our listeners and now I get to speak directly to him.  Let me begin by asking you, what inspired you to join with me in creating The Food Revolution Summit?

John Robbins: Thank you Ocean for all you’ve done to create this Summit and make it happen and make it effective for people who are listening and participating in it.  It was your brainstorm, your inspiration, your brilliance and I’ve been following your lead in how we’ve done it, how we actually translated the idea and the vision into reality.  I’ve enjoyed every step of the way as I always do when I work with you.  It’s been a joy to work with you so closely and to sense your unique way of experiencing the truth and the love force that flows through you.  It’s been an honor also and a joy to interview the twenty-three food revolutionary experts that we’ve chosen and brought in and invited and they have been willing to speak to our listeners.  They have brought so many interesting perspectives.  I’ve enjoyed every interview and each one has taught me something new about myself and our world and our food choices and our food beliefs and our food possibilities because there are opportunities today that have never been before

Saturday, May 5, 2012

KATHY FRESTON: Healthier life one bit at a time. Food Revolution Summit

Kathy Freston: Everything is intermingled and connected. Becoming a Plant-Based Diet follower can be done gradually, one bite at a time!, step by step.

Words from the Food Revolution Summit:

Kathy Freston, a bestselling author with a focus on healthy living and conscious eating. Kathy’s most recent hit is The Lean: A Revolutionary (and Simple!) 30-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss . She promotes a body/mind/spirit approach to health and happiness that includes a concentration on healthy diet, emotional introspection, spiritual practice, and loving relationships.  Our interview was titled: Leaning into a healthier life, one bite at a time.  Kathy said:
“How can we say we’re striving to spiritually evolve without considering how the food we’re consuming got to be on our plates?”
“I want to align my life with the good, the true, and the beautiful.”
“When we open our hearts, that translates across the board in our lives.  When we feel compassion, empathy, or like we want to do something positive, that bleeds over and makes us feel like more powerful beings.  We are smarter.  We are more aware.  We are on the forward edge of human evolution.  That is going to translate to being better partners in our relationships, and attracting better people into our lives, because we are vibrating at a higher level.  We’ll feel more directed in work because we’ll be energized and able to accomplish more because we have a sense of the bigger picture.”
“It’s all about leaning into it, leaning forward.  I just take one step at a time, and keep moving in a good direction.  Most people have maybe seven to ten things that we cook over and over again.  So I would just take one thing I would make each week that I wanted to replace, and I would switch it for something new and healthier.  I’d make a dinner that looked pretty much like what I grew up with, but it was a healthier version, with no cholesterol, low fat, high protein, and delicious.”
“We either like the messenger, or we shut down and reject their message.  So as ambassadors of this food awakening, it’s beholden on us to be kind, to be warm to be patient, to be generous with our spirit and our information.”


Ocean Robbins:  Welcome to The Food Revolution Summit where we explore how you can heal your body and your world with food. This is Ocean Robbins and I am joined by my dad, John Robbins
, in welcoming our guest, Kathy Freston. Kathy is a bestselling author with a focus on healthy living and conscious eating. Her just released book is The Lean: A revolutionary and simple 30-day plan for healthy lasting weight loss. She is also the author of The New York Times bestselling Veganist; Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World!  It was an instant New York Times best seller as well as the best seller Quantum Wellness and The One.  She has appeared frequently on national television including Oprah, Ellen, the Dr. Oz show, Good Morning America, The View and Extra.
Kathy promotes a body, mind, spirit approach to health and happiness that includes a concentration on healthy diet, emotional introspection, spiritual practice and loving relationships. Kathy, it is such an honor and joy to have this time with you. Andhere to interview you is my dad, John Robbins.
John Robbins: Thank you Ocean
, and thank you Kathy for joining us.  I am glad that you are here because our many listeners are going to get to hear you and we get to amplify your voice that much more into the greater conversation.
An excerpt from the interview:

John Robbins: Yes, I have had that experience and I am sure our listeners have also. We sometimes are stuck in a lethargy or a paralysis or a passivity and we resign ourselves to that.  We think that is just the way it is but once we activate, once we engage, once we mobilize and start moving, then there is a momentum that kind of takes over and we get swept into larger streams of consciousness, larger streams of energy. We open to ourselves, we open to our powers and we stop playing so small.  We get bigger and we are more accountable. My experience has been that as we open to greater energies and consciousness, more is asked of us.  That is what we avoid, that is what we don’t want to have happen but it does happen and of course it brings its own blessings. Do you think that eating plants rather than animals is a way for people to become more powerful and clear and even to become available to a stronger communication from their spiritual wisdom?
Kathy Freston: I do! I really do because once we start eating plant based food it feels that we are on track, that there is something that we are clicking into, that there is a rightness, a lightness that we are clicking into.  By the way, when you say “eat plants” does that mean we are supposed to eat ferns?  Being someone who grew up not liking spinach or broccoli, I am like, “Oh no, does this mean we have to eat all those vegetables?”  I think that sometimes it is a blocking point for some people because they think, “God, do I have to just sit there and eat a pile of green food,” and it is like “No, you don’t! You can have black bean burritos and meatless meat chili.  You can have delicious pizza with veggie sausage and you can have all kinds of burgers and hot dogs, just better versions of the things that we grew up with,” you know?  Because that is clear to us that we are pushing ourselves to be healthier, we are pushing ourselves past our attachments, we do feel lighter. I think it is in our psychological makeup.  We have this evolutionary impulse to grow and whether or not we set out to do it, there is something within us, it is like a little homing device that keeps pulling us forward. And when we do in fact answer that call to maybe overcome an attachment to a certain food like steak if that is our favorite thing, you just say, “You know what, instead of steak I am going to eat a meatless burrito. I am going to eat a black bean burrito,” or something like that. “So I am going to have something that is filling and it is going to really make me feel full and I am going to feel like I have eaten a lot and it is going to be a tradition that I love. I am just not going to have the steak because that is the thing that I am attached to. I am going to challenge myself.”  Something in us resonates with that and we feel that we have answered a call, it is like a soul call, a soulful call within us. We feel like we have answered that and there is something that is so magical about that, it is like your whole being kind of lights up and gets this sense of esteem and confidence and you have a sense that you are on target with something within yourself that is greater than you thought you had. You feel like you are rising to something, you are becoming greater.  And so I think that does help us to become the more soulful, deeper, more expanded beings that we have as our potential.
John Robbins: You have been on Oprah several times and I think she has been very moved by the way you frame your food choice issues in a spiritual sense. At one point of course you helped her through a 21-day vegan cleanse and afterwards she wrote something that, coming from her, I was quite struck by. She said, “I learned a lot about how animals are treated and mistreated before they get to our table. It is appalling and beneath our humanity to allow the torture of animals for the sake of our gluttony.  We have neglected basic human decency on such a large scale and it really does bleed over into every other aspect of life.”  
Kathy Freston: Well put.
John Robbins: What do you think Oprah meant by, “It is bleeding over into every other aspect of our lives”?
Kathy Freston: Well because when we open our hearts that translates across the board in our lives. So when we open our hearts and we feel compassion, we feel empathy.  We feel like we want to do something positive to reverse that trend that bleeds over. It makes us feel like we are more powerful beings. It makes us feel like we are kinder human beings. We are smarter, we are more aware, we are hipper.  We are on the forward edge of human evolution when we think in terms of those things and that is going to translate to being better partners in our relationship or even more still, attracting better people into our lives because we are resonating at a higher level.  We are vibrating at a higher level and so we are going to attract better relationships into our lives. It is going to make us feel more directed in work because we are going to feel like we want to push towards greater things. We are going to be energized and we are going to be able to work harder. We are going to be able to accomplish more because we have a sense of the greater picture, the big picture.  Everything is intermingled. Who we are as human beings is who we show up in every arena of our lives, whether it is our work, our relationship, our health, whatever it is, we expand and our roles expand in those various arenas. So I think Oprah had it right, as she usually does, she is really able to extract a pearl of wisdom from these quite overwhelming situations.
John Robbins: And you helped her do that.  You also helped a very dear friend of mine Marianne Williamson to evolve around her food choices. She has shared that with me and I appreciate that very much because that was an accomplishment to my mind.

MARIANNE WILLIAMSON: Food, Body & Divine Perfection. Food Revolution Summit

MARIANNE WILLIAMSON: Food, Body & Divine Perfection

My words:
Spiritual health & compulsive behavior go together The eating disorders are directly associated to the emotions, as a result of our psycological state. DISCONNECTIONS with everything and LOVE, as part of the relationship with food. This concept is embedded in the assertions that David Wolfe brings when he says that we eat the food with love and we love the food because that CONNECTION exits with soil, with growth, with nurturing the process,with the nourishment in our bodies and minds.

Words from Williamson's book:

"Intellectually understanding your body, your mind-body connection, the physiology of exercise, or the realities of food metabolism mean litle if you are addicted. In the words of Sigmund Freud, 'Intelligence will be used in the service of the neurosis.' The fact that you, yourself have anything figured out makes litte or no difference to any of this. No matter how smart you are, or how much 'work you've done on yourself', you alone cannot outsmart the psychic force of compulsion and addiction. If you could, you would have done so by now. For this problem, entrenched and pernicious as it is, you need spiritual forces to help you. for this, you need God." Marianne Williamson

 Again, going back to the connection between food and spirit, outer (food) and inner (spirit)! A profound connection. Overeating and eating impulses are forms of addiction and they need spiritual energy to overcome them.

Words from the Food Revolution Summit:

Marianne Williamson, who is one of the world’s most beloved spiritual authors and lecturers.  Marianne’s latest bestseller is A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever.  Our interview with Marianne was titled Food, Body, and Divine Perfection.  Some of the insights I found most inspiring included:
“A situation has to be accepted fully before you can have the power to change it.  That has to be extended to our bodies and weight levels.  Every person no matter what size, shape or form, should be respected.  At the same time, no one should pretend that carrying around an extra 50 or 60 pounds is good for your breathing, your liver, or your arteries.”
“Obesity is not just a vanity issue for people who want to lose 10 pounds at the beach.  This is a serious and life-threatening condition.”
“When you realize that your body is an extraordinary gift, then you want to treat it well.  Food is a gift, and eating chemically processed food can begin to be recognized as an act of violence against yourself.”
“When you start to meditate and bring consciousness to your body, you want to treat it better.”
“In parenting, you have to know when to hold and when to fold.  As parents, we are responsible for what food we have in our homes, and what we feed our children.  It can be hard for a lot of people who have even the best of intentions to fill their homes with healthy food.”

Introduction from the interview:

Ocean Robbins: Welcome to The Food Revolution Summit where we explore how you can heal your body and your world with food. This is Ocean Robbins and I am joined by my dad John Robbins in welcoming our guest Marianne Williamson.  My dad and I have been blessed to work with Marianne on many projects over the last decade. We both consider her a treasured friend as well as a luminous voice of wisdom for our times.  Marianne is one of the world’s most beloved spiritual authors and lecturers. Her books have sold more than ten million copies and four of them have been number one New York Times bestsellers.  Marianne is the founder of Project Angel Food which is a Meals on Wheels program that every day serves more than 1,000 homebound people with AIDS.  Her latest bestseller is A Course in Weight Loss; 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever.  Marianne is now bringing to food and weight loss the same piercing insight and spiritual principles she brings to so many areas of our lives. Here to interview you Marianne is my dad John Robbins.
Marianne Williamson: Thank you so much, hi.
John Robbins: They are and it is growing. The numbers of children who are overweight and obese is growing rapidly, increasing rapidly and with that there are very real health implications, including diabetes in children, not to mention self-image and feelings about how attractive they are or aren’t.  It hits so many ways and it is one of the reasons I appreciate your book so much because it is so practically helpful.  What do you see as the common spiritual and/or psychological underpinnings behind excess weight?
Marianne Williamson:   Well just like in your work we are disconnected from fundamentals. We are disconnected from the earth.  We are disconnected from animals.  We are disconnected from food.  We are disconnected from our own bodies.  We are disconnected from our own spirits.  We are disconnected from God and to say that we are disconnected from God to me means we are disconnected from the unified ground of being that unites and joins all of the things that I just mentioned as one.  We are disconnected from the fundamental realm of Reality with a capital R.  So many people are and have been sounding alarms.  You are certainly an example of that and have for years.  You cannot disconnect yourself from that which is eternally true.  You cannot disconnect yourself from that which is most natural.  You cannot disconnect yourself from patterns that have arisen over millions of years of evolution and expect things to go okay.  Once you start messing with this fragile extraordinary ecosystem which is the connection of the body to the earth, you start messing a little bit here and you start messing a little bit there, you are disconnected from animals, you are disconnected from food, you are disconnected from the earth, you are disconnected from your body, you are disconnected enough from everything and ultimately there is a systems crash.  That is not only happening in our individual lives, we know it is happening in human civilization. It is an all systems breakdown.  It is just really the systems are just crashing.
John Robbins: They are and I see the overweight cycle in our country.  I am struck by the fact that the WHO tells us there are over a billion people globally suffering from serious illnesses caused by inadequate nutrition, they don’t have enough to eat and yet there are another billion plus people on the planet, many of them in this country, who are suffering seriously from illnesses caused by excess weight, excess consumption.
Marianne Williamson: Right, but once again if you look at how all of these things relate to a fundamental – Mahatma Gandhi said, “The problem of the world is that humanity is not in its right mind.” All of that leads to the answer. The cause of all of that has to do with a fundamental separation from love. Those billion people that you just mentioned who are undernourished or malnourished, and that includes the 17,000 children every day who are starving by the way, that is basically your bottom billion on the planet, the people who live on $1.25 and less a day.  Now Jeffrey Sacks, economist Jeffrey Sacks has statistically proven that for 100 billion dollars spent over a ten year period of time John, we could eradicate deep poverty from the planet.  Because when you are talking about undernourished, malnourished, starvation, you are talking about poverty.  So here we have 700 billion dollars a year that we spend on defense in this country and for 1/7th of that spent over ten years we could eradicate deep poverty. So it all goes back to a fundamental insanity. What are we doing? A fundamental lack of love because those people who are under nourished or malnourished or starving, that fact is juxtaposed with the fact that at least as of now we have enough food.  It is also now posited that within twenty years we actually will not have enough food at the rate we are going, but then that brings up the problems coming down the road.
John Robbins: I am remembering something you wrote in A Course in Weight Loss, you wrote that “This course is not about your relationship with food, it is about your relationship with love.”
Marianne Williamson: And I think that when you have your relationship with love which means your relationship with the essence of who you are, this affects your relationship with your body and it affects your relationship with food. You come to see when you are a spirit, you know, it’s counterintuitive. You dwell in the healthiest place within your body when you know that you are not a body.  It is counterintuitive but it is very profound. When you realize that you are a spirit and that this body is this temple space, this body is like a magnificent suite of clothes that is doing this extraordinary gift, it is performing this extraordinary task, what a gift to you in this life, then you want to treat it well.  Once you see that everything in life is a gift you see that food is a gift.  If you are about to eat chemically processed unhealthy food you realize that it is on a certain level an act of violence against yourself.
John Robbins: So do you think that as people increase their sense of connection to their source, to their essence, to their true nature and to their body that they will then develop a more healthy relationship to food from this?
Marianne Williamson: Oh absolutely!  It’s why you and I tend to have many people of the same audience, because it is connected.  People who are meditating every day and involved in a serious spiritual practice don’t usually wake up in the morning and want to rush out and eat a bunch of bad stuff. We are not all yet at the level where you are and I haven’t achieved that sort of high top of the mountain, but very, very few of us are down there at the bottom anymore of “Hey, this is great. Let’s have a Twinkie before breakfast”. 

GENEEN ROTH on a personal testimony of her psyche and her direct relationship with food. Food Revolution Summit

Geneen Roth: A personal testimony of truth, transparency and detail. Her psyche affected by her wrong food choices.
On Feeding the Heart and Soul
                             Food & the Human Spirit

Words from the Food Revolution Summit:

In the past thirty years, Geneen has worked with hundreds of thousands of people to use food as a doorway towards consciousness and healing. Her many popular books include the runaway bestseller Women Food and God.  Highlights included:
“In my 20s with extreme dieting I got down to 82 pounds. But with every diet, there’s an equal and opposite binge.  I went on an extreme diet, and then I doubled my weight in a couple months and became suicidal.  If you believe you’re not worthy of the life you’ve been given, then you take what you can in any form you can get it in.  So I took food in that way.”
“Eventually I decided to try living as if I was worth it.  Living as if I was worth a basic amount of kindness.  And my life changed.”
“Chances are, if you treat yourself with disrespect, that you’ll also treat other people like that. If you feel like you’re not getting your basic needs met, your precious self isn’t being cared for, then you’ll be less likely to care about the Earth and the impact of your food on the Earth.”
“I find that people’s inner dialogue with themselves about their relationship with food is merciless.  We really need kindness.  There’s a core belief that the only way I will change is if I force and punish myself.  And that is not how people change.”
“Just because you’re working and living in an insane culture doesn’t mean that you need to be insane.”
“Most of our thoughts are based on our history and our conditioning.  Most of us follow instructions given to us 10 or 20 or 50 years ago by people we wouldn’t ask for street directions today.  No matter how old or young you are, change is possible.  It’s really possible.  This moment, this very second, matters in terms of where you are placing your attention.”

An excerpt from her testimony:

Ocean Robbins: Welcome to the Food Revolution Summit, where we explore how you can heal your body and your world with food!  This is Ocean Robbins and I am joined by my dad, John Robbins in welcoming our guest Geneen Roth.  In the past thirty years Geneen Roth has worked with hundreds of thousands of people using meditation, inquiry and a set of seven eating guidelines that she sees as the foundation of natural eating. Geneen has appeared on many national television shows including the Oprah show, 20/20, NBC Nightly News, CBS Early Show and Good Morning America. She has written monthly columns in Good Housekeeping Magazine and Prevention Magazine. She is the author of nine books including The New York Times bestseller, Women, Food and God, Lost and Found, and When Food is Love. She is a beacon of what it means to bring consciousness to our relationship with food and has inspired so many people to look at food choices and relationship with food as a doorway towards self-knowledge and towards healing and towards transformation. Geneen, we are just so excited to have you here with us.  Here to interview you is my dad, John Robbins.
Geneen Roth:Thank you Ocean. Thank you John, thank you for having me.
Geneen Roth: Right, of course.  Well what I have only told you this far is about the madness and the self-loathing.  When I was at the depth of the suffering, and it really was suffering, and I think many, many, many people would define their relationship with food and their bodies and what that has to do with their psyches and their lives as suffering, when I was at the depth of that I had executed a plan to kill myself.  It was a couple of days away and I knew how and when and where I was going to do it, and I don’t know exactly how this happened.  The Sufi’s call it sort of the dazzling darkness. There was a moment where I was sitting on the floor of a bookstore obsessing about killing myself where I understood in a flash that the one thing I had never done in the 17 years that I had gained and lost over 1,000 pounds, the one thing I had never done was become curious about my relationship with food.  I had never used my relationship with food as a doorway into understanding how food was sort of a stand in for my feelings and for particularly feelings that I felt like I wasn’t allowed to have or places in myself that I couldn’t express any other way that I would then express through eating.
So there was a way that I had felt like I had given up on myself a long time ago.  I felt at my core that I was damage and that I was not loveable and that if someone had scratched away at the surface of me, of all the sort of top layers of the effervescence and the effusiveness and the intelligence and all of that, that what they would find was someone who was doomed and damaged.  There was no way of changing that.  I believed there was absolutely no way of changing that, that that is who I was. 
So food, for many, many years became the only sweetness that I had. The only way in addition to having sweetness in my life that I could express the despair that I felt about who I was and about what I believed was my inability to change that. And so the fact that I just kept on getting bigger and bigger and bigger, I realized it was a way that I was in many ways expressing that I had given up on myself, that I felt like I couldn’t have what I really wanted which was a sense of belonging here and being welcomed here on this earth and this sense that I was worthwhile as a human being.  If you can’t have that and if you believe that you are not worthy of the very life you have and that you have been given, then you take what you can get and you take it in any form that you can get it in.  I took it in the form of food and at the same time used food to express the despair.  I didn’t realize all of that in that moment of sitting on the floor of the bookstore.  But I did understand that I had never, ever lived as if, which is what I started doing after I lived as if my relationship with food made sense and tried to understand the code language of it. 

It was as if my relationship with food was like brail and I had never been taught to read with my fingers.  I was a blind person.  I had never been taught to read with my fingers but somehow I understood that if I could teach myself to decode the language then I would understand what I was trying to say, both to myself and to the people around me and that I would also find more effective ways to give to myself and to nourish myself then food which although it was also giving to me, it was also hurting me at the same time.

So that was the beginning.  I started the very next day after that I started asking myself when I was hungry and what I was hungry for.  So I gave myself a couple of weeks to do this.  When you have given up and you are ready to kill yourself, there is not much to lose by trying this.  I gave myself a couple of weeks to follow my hunger and my satisfaction and also become curious about myself.  In those days it was living as if I was worth it, living as if I was worth a basic amount of kindness because the harshness and the cruelty and the violence that I directed toward myself really were staggering, the way that I talked to myself.  I would not allow myself to talk to myself like that for those couple of weeks and that in combination with feeling like I didn’t need to diet anymore gave me the feeling that; “Wow, I might actually belong here on this earth.” There was a feeling of being let out of prison and a feeling like I wasn’t going to be punished by some big mother in the sky if I ate the wrong thing on a particular day.  That I could actually trust this being that I was.  So that sort of gives you the sense of the beginning.
John Robbins:It certainly does and it is a very profound transition from food as an expression of despair in an unconscious way to becoming curious about your relationship to food which is, I am hearing, what you did. And finding in these profound issues of whether you are worthy of love and kindness and care and nourishment or not, what are the real hungers underneath your food desires? I am thinking of something that you have written that has always stayed with me.  I find it fascinating, I find it provocative.  You wrote, “The way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive, no matter how sophisticated or wise or enlightened you believe you are, how you eat tells all.”

Geneen Roth: Right. 
John Robbins: Can you explain some of what you mean in that statement?
 Geneen Roth: I can. The one word you forgot or you didn’t read after that was, I wrote the
 word “bummer” after that. 
John Robbins: Oh!  I didn’t know that!
Geneen Roth:       Yes.  Because when people first hear that, they think “Oh no!  Oh that can’t be true.  Please tell me that is not true!” I think because most of us if we haven’t paid attention to the way we eat, and many, many, many people haven’t, even people who consider themselves very conscious and aware, don’t consider that their relationship with food is an expression of their beliefs.  They don’t see that.  So with something as basic as the food we put in our mouths many times a day, to actually get that it is an expression of what we believe, because really when you think about it, we are always transmitting our beliefs in everything we do, in the way we interact with a salesperson on the phone, in the way we interact with somebody at the bank.  Do we think that we are better than them or they are less than us or do we believe somebody is better than us?  If so, how do we react?  Do we believe that animals deserve our respect or not?  Do we believe that we are worthy of respect?  What do we do in the middle of a fight?  What do we do when we are hungry? When we are cold?  When we are sick?  When we are tired?  How do we interact then?  How do we both treat ourselves and how do we treat other people?  In every moment we are transmitting our beliefs.  So it therefore makes sense that we are transmitting or expressing our beliefs in one of the most basic relationships we have in our lives which is our relationship to food. 


Hon Dennis & Elizabeth Kucinich

My own thoughts: cleanliness, clean air, clean food, clean water, clean mind and clean thoughts. Powerful food connection. As consumers, we do have the right to know what is in our food and we demand to label it!

On GMO bt corn, ... " genetically engineered food has the ability to create new, unintended toxins and increase allergens and other health problems. I site this 2011 study out of Canada where Canadian researchers found that 93% of blood samples and 80% of fetal cord blood samples contain a toxic found in a genetically engineered corn, Bt corn, that produces its own pesticides."  ~ Dennis Kuchinich

Words from the Food Revolution Summit:

Elizabeth Kucinich is director of government affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Her husband Dennis Kucinich is an 8-term member of the United States Congress and a leading champion for the regulation of GMOs and for healthier school lunches, along with many other causes.  They spoke candidly about the struggle and significance of enacting legislative change to food policy. Dennis: “(The genetic engineering struggle) reminds me so much of the battles that were going on over tobacco, where people were actually told in another era that tobacco is good for you, smoking cigarettes was healthy.” Dennis: “Independent studies show that genetically engineered food has the ability to create new, unintended toxins and increase allergens and other health problems.  In a 2011 study out of Canada, researchers found that 93% of blood samples and 80% of fetal cord blood samples contain a toxic found in a genetically engineered corn, Bt corn, that produces its own pesticides.” Elizabeth: “Immediately after the Haitian earthquake Monsanto offered to donate hundreds of tons of GMO seeds to Haitian farmers.  The Peasant Farmers Movement actually got together and 10,000 strong demonstrated in the streets and symbolically burned the seeds in protest. They understand the effects (the GMO direction would have on) seed supply, food sovereignty, and the pesticides and artificial fertilizers that would be necessitated by growth of these crops.”
 Dennis: "We need a serious discussion in America about the impact of monopolies in agriculture. The horizontal and vertical monopolies that have taken place have created a monolith that includes pharmaceuticals, the chemical and biotech industries, and it includes banks that back them up.  We learned that when banks were too big to fail, they brought down our economy.  Monopolies in agriculture present a threat not just to our freedom but our ability to survive because you have to have food to eat.  Monopolies in agriculture and banking have destroyed family farmers and made America a less democratic nation.” Many Summit speakers have encouraged participants to join in the GMO labeling struggle, and Just Label It is a great place to start.

Introduction to the interview:
Ocean Robbins:  Welcome to The Food Revolution Summit where we explore how can heal your body and your world with food. This is Ocean Robbins and I am joined by my dad, John Robbins, in welcoming our guest duo, Elizabeth Kuchinich and her husband, Congressman Dennis Kuchinich.  Elizabeth Kuchinich is the Director of Government Affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.  She and her husband, eight term Congressman Dennis Kuchinich are passionate peach, animal and health advocates. They both connect the impact of empowered individual choice to the global picture of social responsibility.  Congressman Kuchinich was the youngest person ever to lead a major American city when he was elected Mayor of Cleveland at the age of 31.  He has been a leading champion in the US Congress for the regulation of GMOs and for healthier school lunches along with many, many other causes.
Congressman Kuchinich has been honored by Public Citizen, Friends of the Earth and The League of Conservation Voters as a champion for clean air, clean water and an unspoiled earth. Elizabeth and Dennis, you are both such lights of integrity and service and love in this world.  It is an honor and a joy for both my dad and me to consider you precious friends as well as to be inspired by your wisdom.  Here to interview you is my dad, John Robbins.
John Robbins: Well thank you Ocean and thank you Dennis and Elizabeth for joining us.  I know all of our listeners are grateful for the opportunity to connect with you, to hear you and to put into action your visions.  We have a large listenership of very committed people.  I want to start by asking you Dennis, it seems like every year you have introduced legislation in the House that would require genetically engineered foods to be labeled.  Similar bills have been introduced in eighteen state legislatures but none has ever passed, despite polls showing that about 90% of the American public is in favor of labeling.  Recently Monsanto has actually threatened to sue the State of Vermont if legislators there pass a GMO labeling bill.  In your view, what is at stake in these battles and why have you been so persistent in seeking labeling?
An excerpt from the interview:

Dennis Kuchinich: Well what is at stake is our liberty, literally our right to know and when you have Monsanto threatening the Government of the State of Vermont, then you know that Monsanto has become too big.  Then you know that Monsanto, it reflects on their consistent effort to subvert the political process to deny the American people the right to know.  Now, you are right John, I have introduced this bill for many congresses.  Now I have a three part bill with the Genetically Engineered Right to Know Act and other legislation which is a Genetically Engineered Safety Act and a Genetically Engineered Farmer Protection Act.  The labeling bill right now has 25 co-sponsors. So we are slowly but surely cranking up the public support from across the country.  You said it; over 90% of the people want to know how their food is made let alone what’s in it. 
John Robbins: Many of our listeners understand the dangers of letting companies like Monsanto or DuPont or Dow control the seed supply.  Do you think public opinion around the Biotech industry's contamination of our food supply and destruction of our environment is reaching a tipping point?
Dennis Kuchinich: Not yet.  Farmers certainly are aware of the crisis.  We want to make sure they are empowered to save their seeds and to seek compensation if they are contaminated by genetically engineered crops.  The public is only dimly aware of this.  Let me give you one of the reasons why.  When I first proposed this over a dozen years ago, I brought it up to the House of Representatives, Monsanto let loose with a huge advertising campaign with men in white coats and petri dishes talking about how they were going to save the world from hunger with their genetically engineered products.  They did that in order to try to break any hope for public support for a labeling bill. The American people are largely unaware of the fact that the food they are eating is genetically engineered and they don’t know that the Food and Drug Administration said in 1993 that genetically modified organisms were the substantive equivalent of conventional food.  They did that without any tests or peer reviewed science.  That’s what Monsanto wanted.
John Robbins: And since then what Monsanto has wanted, for the most part, it seems Monsanto has gotten.
Dennis Kuchinich: It’s a kind of corruption that exists at every level where corporations have influence over public policy and inevitably corporations are going to ruin public health unless they are held to a higher standard, unless there is labeling, unless we say that people do have a right to know.  This reminds me so much of the battles that were going on over tobacco, where people were actually told in another era that tobacco is good for you, smoking cigarettes were good.  They tried to promote all kinds of so called benefits and later on people found out they cause cancer.  There hasn’t been any longitudinal studies on human health done for the consumption of genetically engineered products and yet we know that these products do have affects and we know that people should have a right to understand if there are implications with respect to allerginicity, toxicity, antibiotic resistance, these are all things that a Genetically Engineered Right to Know Act would take into account.  So John Robbins, thank you so much for the attention that you pay to this and we are going to keep working at it in Congress to not just raise members' awareness but to make sure they take that back to their constituents to talk about the broader implications of genetically modified organisms and the way our food is manufactured.
Dennis Kuchinich: When we talk about food, we have to have a revolution or an evolution in human consciousness about food, not only with respect to how it is made but also with respect to the effect that the consumption of certain food has on human health. There is no question that the choices that we make empower a culture and in turn empower us if we choose a healthy diet, if we choose a sustainable diet, if we choose diets that are free of toxins and unknown quantities.
John Robbins: Well I want to ask you both something, in view of what you just said Dennis, it is nevertheless the case that Federal agricultural subsidies primarily go to unhealthy foods, actually almost two-thirds of the money currently goes to meat and dairy products while less than 1% goes to fruits and vegetables. We also heavily subsidize genetically engineered feed grains, corn and soy to feed livestock and factory farms and we do that at a time when we have the highest rate of obesity of any country in the world, at a time in which one in three US children born today will get diabetes, and yet we subsidize the foods that make us sick rather than those that would help us become healthier.
Dennis Kuchinich: ... so I am letting members know in California that by labeling genetically engineered food we can determine whether these foods are causing any health problems and give consumers the power to decide if they wish to avoid them. With California’s lull in agriculture this is going to be a very important initiative in that state and I am glad to be able to play a role as a member of the United States Congress to contact the dozens of members in the delegation to let them know about it and to enlist their support.
There will be many Members of Congress coming on board to support the initiative and so I think that if we get enough of them they can help pass it.!