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Root Causes: The Link Between Degenerative Agriculture, Public Health and Climate Change

In case you missed it in January, I encourage you to check out the study released by the Lancet Commission on Obesity earlier this year.  It clearly and concisely documents the link between global crises that many people, particularly policy makers, don’t understand or don’t wish to acknowledge.

The 3-year study engaged experts from several countries and illustrates how global public health issues across the spectrum from widespread hunger to undernutrition to obesity all stem from the same root causes. As Ronnie Cummins, International Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) writes in his essay on the study, that source is “an unhealthy, inequitable food system perpetuated by a political and economic system largely driven by corporate profit.” And surprise (unless you’re paying attention to what is going on around you and then it is not surprising at all): the Commission found that climate change also shares this root cause.

Cummins does a great job of capturing the significant findings of the study.  If you don’t have time to read the full study, click here for Cummins’ excellent summary and commentary.

We can all do something to take back our power when it comes to our food choices and the impact these choices have on the planet and our health.  You don't have to become an organic farmer to make a difference.  Arm yourself with knowledge and start asking questions of your political representatives, your grocery store managers and the restaurants you enjoy.  And come back to the Food House Project often.  We will be doing our best to share food knowledge with you so you can make informed choices about your health and well-being.  After all, it is more important to feed your body and soul rather than feeding the bottom line of degenerative agriculture corporations.

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