We came to Rob Dunn and his astounding book through Dr Al Kapuler’s (See BDNow! Podcast episode 3) enthusiastic recommendations. Dr Dunn makes it pretty clear that our bodies are ‘who we are’ and our minds are ‘who we think we are.’ While our minds have evolved to live in the 21st century, our bodies are pretty much stuck at the point they were in evolution before the neolithic, before civilization. Our mind’s recent requirement for ‘cleanliness’ is denying our old fashion bodies of many of the synergies we co-evolved with. Dr. Kapuler was very impressed by how Dr Dunn explains that our ancestors’ experiences with saber-toothed tigers still colors our psyche and explains much of our current foreign policy. Dr Dunn’s explanations on how a host of modern ailments, such as Chrone’s disease and many allergies, are probably due to the absence of parasites in our bowels. More to the point, he encourages us to “re-Wild” our insides for better health and performance here in the sterilized and monocropped 21st century. Continue reading “Biodynamics Now! Podcast Episode 7: Dr Rob Dunn, author of "The Wildlife of Our Bodies"”
Filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia, creator of Symphony of the Soil
Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants = Healthy Animals and Humans
The World Premier of Deborah Koons Garcia’s (The Future of Food) long awaited film, Symphony of the Soil, is 4pm Sunday March 25, 2012 at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Theater. It is being shown as part of the DC Environmental Film Festival. (Find more information here )
If you’re reading this before March 25, and you’re in the DC-area, please make it out to this free event to show Debroah Koons Garcia that DC food community values films like this. A high turn out to this wonderful film will convince the DC Environmental Film Festival that there is a strong interest in films about food and agriculture. (And this is a good one!) Continue reading “The Biodynamics Now! Podcast Episode 6: An Interview with Filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia, Creator of "Symphony of the Soil"”
Dr. Tom Cowan discovered the work of the two men who would have the most influence on his career while teaching gardening as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland, South Africa. He read Nutrition and Physical Degenerationby Weston Price, and a fellow volunteer explained the arcane principles of Rudolf Steiner’s™ biodynamic agriculture. These events inspired him to pursue a medical degree. Tom graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 1984. After his residency in Family Practice at Johnson City Hospital in Johnson City, New York, he set up an anthroposophical medical practice in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Dr. Cowan relocated to San Francisco in 2003. Continue reading “The Biodynamics Now! Podcast Episode 5: An Interview with Dr. Thomas Cowan, author of The Fourfold Path of Healing”
We talk about the Future of CSAs in the United States.
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Steven McFadden’s webpage is http://chiron-communications.com
Steven McFadden is the author of twelve non-fiction books, including: Legend of the Rainbow Warriors; Profiles in Wisdom; The Little Book of Native American Wisdom; Teach Us To Number Our Days; Farms of Tomorrow; and Farms of Tomorrow Revisited; Tales of the Whirling Rainbow: Authentic Myths & Mysteries for 2012. Continue reading “The Biodynamics Now! Podcast Episode 4: Steven McFadden, CSA Movement Historian and Author of "Call of the Land"”
Both a terrifying window onto the effects of globalization of the food industry in an age of lax regulation, and an eye-opening call to action, EXTRA VIRGINITY proves that becoming more educated about quality extra virgin olive oil can be one of life’s singular pleasures. Continue reading “Do You Have A Question for Tom Mueller, Author of EXTRA VIRGINITY: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil ?”
DR ALAN KAPULER, Public Domain Plant Breeder and, apparently, cat lover. (Photo by Scott Vlaun)
Public Domain Plant Breeding by Dr Alan Kapuler, PhD.
Alan Kapuler is considered by many to be the founding father of the organic seed movement. He was the first Research Director of Seeds of Change and, along with his wife Linda and his three daughters Kusra, Elyria, and Dylana, has been saving seeds and breeding plants for over thirty years. His Peacevine Cherry tomato, Rainbow Inca Corn and other varieties have become known throughout the world. (From an interview by Scott Vlaun) Continue reading “Biodynamics Now! Podcast Episode 3: Dr Alan Kapuler”
We’ll discuss new revelations in terra preta and how small islands off the coast of Peru gave birth to today’s high input agriculture and many other things about the New World created by Columbus.
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
Publishing Date: January 12, 2012 • Available Now on iTunes
Educator, advocate and activist, Sally Fallon Morell has probably been responsible for more healthy children in this country than any other single person. A generous and selfless evangelist for Traditional Foods, Ms Morell has created a world-wide organization to promote the distribution of knowledge of about sourcing and using Real Foods. Journalist, chef, nutrition researcher, mother, homemaker, advocate and community activist, Sally Fallon Morell is the author of Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats. Continue reading “Biodynamics Now! Podcast Episode 2: Sally Fallon Morell”
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- On the evening of December 22 (correction: the interview is now rescheduled to December 27), we’ll tape an hour long interview with Local Food/Real Food production innovator and mentor of thoursands of ecological farmers, the self-described “Christian–libertarian–environmentalist–capitalist–lunatic–Farmer,” Joel Salatin, about any and all topics pertaining to food from how to produce it to how to assure we have access to it in its purest form. (The podcast will be available here and through iTunes by noon on Thursday, January 6, 2012.)
- You can ask Joel a question for this forthcoming interview by going to the “Podcast” menu above and choosing the “Ask a Question” sub menu. We’ll try to bring all questions to him on the evening of the 22nd. (No need to ask a question after December 22.) (Now rescheduled to a December 27 deadline.)
- If you haven’t read Joel’s newest book yet, you should get hold of it. It’s truly a deluxe publication: over 350 pages long (each one containing both facts and informative humor), hardcover with pictorial dust jacket and, unlike many books in the Health and Wellness genre, has an index! It’s a delightful, informative and entertaining read that makes clear the precarious situation we Americans have worked our way into by supporting a food system based on personal convenience and corporate profitability. Unlike many books on this topic, this book gives concrete ways and simple steps that every family can use to improve the quality of their nutrition and promote a higher level of household food security as a hedge against the insecurities of the weather, mainstream economics, and politics.
- While Folks, That Ain’t Normal is written for people who are just beginning to join the Local Real Food choir, I have to admit that although I have a lifetime of farming experience I gleaned a lot of practical knowledge from this easy-to-read book, from firewood gathering to old time hog butchering. Although our flock of heritage laying hens is around 200 strong, after reading Joel’s book, I’m pretty much convinced that I’m not practicing appropriate culinary ecology by not having a few in my backyard to eat table scraps as efficiently as possible and reduce the theoretical carbon food print of our breakfast eggs. Continue reading “The BDNow! Podcast Episode 1: Joel Salatin”