Politics and the Environment, Health and Freedom






Politics is intimately connected with our treatment of the environment, our approach to good health, and our freedom to make personal choices we believe in. On this page I am collecting items that provide a powerful voice for a new way of looking at our political choices in this time when power, greed, and expediency seem to hold a grip on our society and our politicians.

Why you can't trust the experts

* Confronting the  Crisis in Nutrition - summary of the March 15, 2012, sessions at the Quest for Research Excellence Conference in Washington, DC
     Crisis In Nutrition IV - Vox Populi - on how the public is getting smart and turning away 
     from the 'experts'

* Politics of Obesity - The Politics of Obesity: Confronting Our National Eating Disorder
    A video at UCTV.com.
   A panel discussion by Marion Nestle, Joan Dye Gussow, and Kelly Brownell,  moderated by 
   Michael Pollan

* Food Fight: The Inside Story of the Food Industry, America's Obesity Crisis, and What We Can Do About It by Kelly Brownell. This book is a fascinating analysis of the problem of obesity in this country, but he makes the error of blaming fat for obesity rather that all the processed fats and carbs and meat from factory raised animals. Kelly Brownell is a respected obesity expert, but he hasn't caught up with current wisdom about the importance of high quality fats from pasture raised animals, so take that into account in reading the book. 

Food Supply Politics - by one of our WAPF chapter leaders

Books on Food & Politics 

* Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health by Marion Nestle

* This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader by Joan Dye Gussow - in which she pleads for an emphasis on locally produced food.

* The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan
check Amazon

* What To Eat - The Ten Things You Really Need to Know to Eat Well and Be Healthy!, by Luise Light, M.S., Ed.D.  
Dr. Light is the nutritionist who headed the committee that designed the original food pyramid. In the book she tells the story of her shock when  politics at USDA led to a startling revision of what her committee had recommended for the original food pyramid as we knew it, supposedly to keep the cost of the food stamp program down, but also no doubt protection for the market for all the grains farmers were producing. Check out her Food Pyramid at her Website. Her dietary recommendations are quite good for a conventional nutritionist. See A Fatally Flawed Food Guide

* The Politics of Obesity by Anya Wolfenden

* Beating the Food Giants by Paul A. Stitt - an online book on why you don't want to eat boxed breakfast cereals, or any processed food for that matter.

* The Politics and Economics of Food by Sally Fallon

Evidence of corruption




Resource exploitation

Films on Food, Health & Politics

* Here's a list by another WAPF chapter leader www.fiftytolife.com/documentaries 
and another chapter leader http://www.lindazurich.com/links/documentary-videos/ 
Another list http://lettuceeatkale.com/2010/10-top-documentary-food-films/ 
Another list http://blog.ucsusa.org/marcia-delonge/dinner-and-a-movie-9-fine-films-on-food-from-2015 

* Food Evolution GMO Film Showcases Chemical industry Agenda 6/15/17 Huffington Post

* Communities Rising - 6/18/17 "Across the country, citizens are taking action to protect their families from GMOs and toxic chemicals. Watch and share this moving and inspiring story."

* Farmers for America - https://www.leaveitbetter.com/farmers-for-america/ A documentary to celebrate and support young farmers 2017

* Secret Ingredients https://secretingredientsmovie.com/ 2017 shares moving, personal stories of families and individuals that have regained their health after experimenting with their diet and eliminating certain ‘secret ingredients’ until they discovered the key to protecting their health. 

* Sustainable http://sustainablefoodfilm.com/ - A vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.

* Polyfaces , a World of Many Choices  - ‘Polyfaces’ is a joyful film about connecting to the land and the community. Produced over 4 years it follows the Salatin’s, a 4th generation farming family who do ‘everything different to everyone else’ as they produce food in a way that works with nature, not against it.  

* American Meat - a pro-farmer look at chicken, hog and cattle production in America, featuring Joel Salatin.    
  The Next Big Change in Agriculture - a review of the video 2013

* Dr. Mercola on Farmageddon...The Unseen War on American Family Farms  

* What's With Wheat? - This documentary investigates the growing epidemic of wheat intolerance and why, after eating wheat for thousands of years, it has been linked to so many health problems.

How the food industry got us to stop asking the question: is sugar toxic?   

* Not recommended: Forks over Knives http://forksoverknives.com/ examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called “diseases of affluence” that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.
??? There may be some important messages here, but I'm afraid it's a vegan screed against animal foods, considering who the directors are. It obviously leaves out important info on why pasture-raised animals are key to agricultural and human health

* The Future of Food - a video focusing on genetic engineering of our food
  An interview with the director http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5525474619600330392&hl=en 
   Movie online -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpCgzk_4Yp8 

* The Truth About Food, Inc.- Filmmaker Robert Kenner and Michael Pollan explain their new film, "Food, Inc." to John Dickerson.

* King Corn - www.kingcorn.net a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation.

* FoodMatters - www.foodmatters.tv 

* FRESH - www.Freshthemovie.com - celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system.

* Nourish - nourishlife.org  - What's the story of your food? - New 2010

* Percy Schmeiser - David versus Monsanto http://percyschmeiser.com/ 

* Dirt! - The Movie 

* Revolution:Food http://www.revolutionfoodmovie.com/ * https://vimeo.com/ondemand/revolutionfoodmovie 

* My Justice Page, which covers a variety of related issues

* Obesity - the Health Issue of our Age  

Farm Politics  *  (A New Vision)

* The Cornucopia Institute is dedicated to the fight for economic justice for the family-scale farming community - http://cornucopia.org/ 

Some of the regulation issues they highlight - all aiming a dagger at the heart of small eco-farms - raw almonds, raw milk, fresh salad greens

* FoodDeclaration.org - Declaration for Healthy Food and Agriculture, Twelve Principles

* NAIS, National Animal Identification System, that threatens small farms all over America.   The NAIS Story from Liberty Ark Coalition

NoNAIS.org  www.nonais.org 

The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) is leading the fight to save family farms and individuals from expensive and unnecessary government regulation.

* 'Sound Science' is Killing Us 
by Joel Salatin, 2004
" In eco-agriculture, we must boldly and humbly hold fast to our heart.  It is what anchors us.  It is what moors us to truth when our culture vacillates every Monday morning with the latest discovery from sound science -- not.  Enjoy science, but only when it reinforces the spiritual, the heart. This reduces confusion and liberates the soul." 

* EVERYTHING I WANT TO DO IS ILLEGAL:  War Stories from the Local Food Front, by Joel Salatin - and FOLKS, THIS AIN'T NORMAL!

* Going Local on a Global Scale: Rethinking Food Trade in the Era of Climate Change, Dumping, and Rural Poverty 
by Kirsten Schwind, Food First Program Director

* Global Problems, Local Solutions by Wendell Berry [You must join to see the article, but here's an alternate linkX
"If the government does not propose to protect the lives, livelihoods and freedoms of its people, then the people must think about protecting themselves.  How are they to protect themselves? There seems, really, to be only one way, and that is to develop and put into practice the idea of a local economy..."   Small farms and local economics

* Is this why men keep getting us into war - it triggers their pleasure centers???
Revenge: a dish that is best served cold by men

The results of a study at University College, London, published today in the journal Nature, indicates that sex may influence attitudes to punishment, with men keener for retribution for perceived insulting or unfair behaviour.

or at http://www.physorg.com/news10016.html 

Food Freedom blog http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/ 


Food Freedom - the new issue!

* Health Freedom Issues


Health Care Reform:

* On the need to break the medical monopoly: America's Socialized Health Care by Lawrence Wilson, M.D.

* The health care reform legislation that Congress should pass, but won't

* The Diabetes Conundrum: What Physicians are Teaching You may be Killing You http://www.mercola.com/2005/jun/21/diabetes.htm

Some interesting listening

* If you want to understand why cancer is such a killer, and how your body can stay healthy
Food as Medicine, by Jerry Brunetti  
or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC5uBd3HyAw or search in http://video.google.com/ for "Jerry Brunetti"

* Cancer, Nutrition & Healing - A Personal Odyssey, by Jerry Brunetti (DVD)

* Why We are Losing the War on Cancer - March 21, 2004 issue of Fortune:

* www.commonwealthclub.org - click on audio archives and find:
The Sept 12, 2006 recording of 
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
by Michael Pollan  His book, another article, and another article

Political Freedom

Solari - Navigating toward a Financially Intimate World

Where Would Jesus Bank?

Slow Money - www.slowmoney.org/ - bringing people together around a shared vision about what it means to be an investor in the 21st Century: It starts with the soil!

The End of America by Naomi Wolf. See the video clips.

How to Pay for What We Need, by Richard Striner
Bring Back the Greenback - Why can't Congress just print the money we need to fix the economy?

Trust the Government??? and Industry???

* "You Can’t Trust Consumers to Make the Right Choice About GM Foods. The Truth Would Be Confusing and Misleading!" Says FDA

* Why you can't trust the drug industry

* Trust Us, We're The Experts

* Populism - Jim Hightower Populism is Not a Style 
from the Hightower Lowdown 

and also with Organic Consumers Asso

IfYouLoveThisPlanet - a weekly radio show by Dr. Helen Caldicott http://ifyoulovethisplanet.org/

From a concerned friend:
Click below to read the frightening, and blood boiling ideas that your "honest" government is working on for your Republic. Congressman Ron Paul out of Texas has been warning us about this for years. More discussion in the film: America, From Freedom To Fascism. Spread this information far and wide. Your country depends on the prevention of this plan.




See also Genetic Engineering - GMO's


The New Economy and its variants  See also Sustainability

James Gustave Speth America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy 

In Feb 16, 2015 The Nation http://www.thenation.com/article/196217/how-i-became-radical

Solidarity Economy



Caring Economy



Restorative Economy

Basic economic and societal elements of a Restorative Economy in Paul Hawken's The Ecology of Commerce (1993)

Toward a Restorative Economy http://www.life.ca/naturallife/9508/hawken.htm


Regenerative Economy

Co-creating the Regenerative Economy - capitalinstitute.org 



Sustaining Economy




Commons Economy




Resilient Economy

Economic Resilience 


The New Economy