The Nutritionist's Dilema
A Nutritionist's Musings on the realities of Eaters and Eating
(re-posted from: http://lifeseedsnutrition.com/2013/09/06/summers-end/)
Farmer’s markets also always inspire. This summer, a day trip led me to the Saugerties Farmer’s Market in the beautiful Hudson Valley. There, beside the wonderful assemblage of growers, bakers and jelly makers I came upon an educational and artistic display about the health effects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food. Afterward, I kept wondering how did science meet such creative expression, so I traced my way to the work of the person responsible, Claudia McNulty. Claudia is a painter, designer, sculptor and seemingly, environmental activist as well. Her work is beautiful and thought-provoking. Claudia has provided some links to very important information through her Corn Porn GMO project. These include the Seralini GMO Rat Study and a video interview with an MIT scientist on the effects of the increased use of the herbicide RoundUp required by GMO crops. To appreciate our current health crises, it is essential to understand the influence of GMOs.
But, the earth tenders who most personally influenced my own summer, were my friends Justine and Brian Denison, and their crew, the farmers at Denison Farm, providers of my Community Supported Agriculture share, who not only grew, but also delivered weekly, the amazing produce that graced my own table and fed my family. There is a film, Radical Roots: Reawakening the Local Food Movement, by Patricia Lane, that features their farm. It was something captured in this story, that really colored my thoughts and inspired me through these long sunny days. I hope it may do the same for you.
So, to all of summer’s tenders who work so hard as stewards of the land and take care to feed us all, I offer deep and profound thanks, and hope that the fall provides some well deserved rest. And to summer itself, it is always sad to see you go, but thanks for giving respite from our busy year and for illuminating the ways we can re-route the prevailing flow that permits corporate control of our health and environment.
In health, Elyn
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