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Here’s to a healthy future

August 26, 2009

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A recent article in Time magazine addressed the condition of our current food system, which provides government subsided, low-cost food products to an overfed yet undernourished American public. While the cheap price tag is alluring, the long-term effects of this broken system have become second thought, ultimately leading to a string of unpleasant results. Our farm crops are doused with chemical pesticides and fertilizers, livestock are treated with hormones and medications so they can be bred industrially, and the percentage of food-related disease in humans continues to rise.  At what cost are we negatively affecting our precious natural resources and our own health? 

The good news is that the buzz words are circulating--sustainable food, eco-friendly, green living--but the truth is that public awareness isn’t enough. Let’s make conscious decisions to act in more socially responsible ways. Small changes can lead to big results. Imagine a world with more accessible, inexpensive organic food and a happy, healthy population!

Think about what you could do in your community, among your family and friends, and even around your dinner table to improve our environment. Shop at the local farmer’s market or join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture, where you buy a share in a farmer’s crop for the season), encourage neighbors to grow gardens in their yards and swap produce, consider eating less meat, reduce your carbon footprint by using cloth shopping bags and reusable water bottles rather than plastic, and walk or bike instead of driving. 

What other changes could you make to ensure the quality of our food and our future?

 

Remember, small changes add up.

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.