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Posted By michelle benningfield
Hello, I don't really have a question so much (yet) as a confession of wandering in the mist. I've been vegetarian, inconsistently, for years. After watching Food Matters, Food Inc., Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead and Ingredients (all in one weekend--I couldn't stop) I made a choice that I'm going to buy local, organic, and get as close to veganism as possible. I'm learning--a lot, really fast--and I want this to be the way I live from now on. And I want this to be as much a political statement as anything else. I was incensed to see in these films how big business and the federal government (USDA/FDA) are working together to terrorize and shut down small farmers. In addition, I want to see if I can, with food, send into remission, maybe cure, some on-going chronic health conditions I've dealt with my whole life; these conditions are getting worse, not better, and I fear if I don't do something now, it will turn into cancer. So, I'm here. Eager to get started, eager to learn. I just wanted to introduce myself because you'll probably be receiving a ton of questions from me in the very near future! :) Thank you for the work you do. Warm Regards, Michelle Benningfield PS Since I'm a college composition instructor, I'm always looking for current "hot topics" to teach my students. My next semester's research class will deal with food and its politics. I welcome any and all recommendations for resources!
Thank you so much for your email! How wonderful that you're taking such initiative. Four films in one weekend? Wow! It would be very interesting to hear from you after several months on a (mostly?) vegan diet to see if any of your chronic ailments clear up. I've heard some really amazing stories about how whole foods plant-based living has reversed disease. A good friend of mine cleared up most her psoriasis through diet alone. Remember Dr. Fuhrman from Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead? He's got some amazing books, but I really love the part of his DiseaseProof blog that highlights success stories of people who have regained their health through high-nutrient plant-based eating.
And how cool that you're integrating these topics into the classroom! I can't think of a hotter, more important topic right now than food and food politics. Marion Nestle's updated Food Politics is a must-read, as is The China Study by T. Colin Campbell--especially the end chapters, where he goes into detail about his experience being on government boards that make decisions about food policy.
If anyone else has recommendations, please toss them out.
Thanks so much for sharing your story, Michelle, and best of luck on your journey!
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