3 Must See Ted Talks
1. Ron Finley – A Guerilla Gardener in South Central LAGuerilla gardener, Ron Finley, describes how he took back public space in his hometown of South Central LA, one of the biggest food deserts in California, and used it to grow and provide organic food for the surrounding community. Watch the full video here
2. Marla Spivak – Why Bees are DisappearingBees scholar, Marla Spivak, explains why bees are vital to human life on earth and why their populations have been in drastic decline over recent years. She lets us know what we can do to help our little pollinator friends so we can all avoid what she describes as a “flowerless landscape” in a “dysfunctional food system”. Watch the full video here
3. Pam Warhurst - How we Can Eat our LandscapesCommunity activist, cofounder of Incredible Edible, and true inspiration, Pam Warhurst, describes how the landscape of her small British town provides food, a stronger sense of community independence, basic gardening and vegetable education for everyone and anyone, and better overall resilience. Her community benefit society, Incredible Edible, is aimed at providing the same benefits to towns around the world. She says, “If you eat, you’re in”! Watch the full video here
6 Must Read Books
4. Edited by Andrew Kimbrell - Fatal HarvestThis detailed collection of essasys takes an unprecedented look at our current environmentally destructive industrial agricultural system and offers a captivating vision for an organic and ecologically more responsible way of producing our food.
5. Frances Moore Lappé - Diet for a Small PlanetThe groundbreaking 1971 bestseller, Diet for a Small Planet, is the first major book to note the environmental impact of meat production as a wasteful contributor to global food scarcity. With levels of hunger only getting worse around the world, this book is still a very relevant resource today.
6. Michael Pollan - In Defense of FoodThis New York Times bestseller outlines the far too common industrialized Western diet and its detrimental effects on our bodies and culture. Journalist and activist, Michael Pollan, encourages thoughtful food choices for personal empowerment through self-rejuvenation.
7. Michael Pollan - The Omnivore’s DilemmaThis very simple yet informative book uses the case of four basic Western meals to uncover the overlooked or unknown journey of raw food to kitchens, store shelves and restaurants. It begins with a typical McDonald’s lunch.
8. Maria Rodale - Organic Manifesto: How Organic Food Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us SafeA deep analysis of the cost conventional, non-organic farming practices are having on both human health and the environment. This book will give you that last little nudge you needed to get you to start shopping organic.
3 Must See Websites
9. Rodale InstituteThe Rodale Institute is deeply devoted to the research and outreach of organic farming practices. This website offers webinars, online courses and several other helpful resources to help educate you on the essentials of organic farming.
10. Organic ConsumersHere you’ll find resources and useful tools to learn more about consuming organics in the US. It outlines current and future projects, has an active blog page, and an events calendar for those who like to get involved and be a part of the action.
11. Canadian Organic GrowersThe Canadian Organic Growers site is a fantastic resource for keeping up to date on organic standards in Canada. With a vast number of courses offered across Canada, this is the place you can go to learn everything from growing to shopping organic.
3 Must Download Apps
12. Smart Foods - Organic Diet BuddyThis app can help find organic foods near you while also letting you know which produce is best bought organic and which produce is commonly GMO.
13. Simply OrganicIn addition to having hundreds of free organic recipes for all pallets, this app provides you with a simple money saving guide and a store locator for your organic foods.
14. Everything OrganicUse this app to learn more about the world of organics through blog posts and Organic Living Organic 101 articles. You can also use it to locate farmers markets near you!
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