by Hazel Henderson (Dec, 2006 Chelsea Green Publishing Company)
I found this book to be a very comprehensive and interesting reading. The amount of information and the way it was all set out is very helpful. It includes websites where you can get more information if you want to delve deeper into a certain area. It is very positive and shows how much is going on around the world to create a better future for our children and grandchildren.
Food and Health
In 2006, for the first time in history US children are sicker than the generation before them. Obesity affects nearly one-fifth, triple the prevalence in 1980; autism has increased on thousandfold in a generation; asthma is up 75%; life-threatening food allergies increased nearly sixfold; and nutrient deficiencies not seen for decades are now prevalent again, according to a report by Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD, a licensed dietitian specializing in medical nutritional therapies for children. She and other health professionals note that increasingly aggressive vaccination – children are advised to get fifty-four vaccine doses (most containing mercury) by age twelve – may be causing health problems (www.redflagsdaily.com). –p189
We are slowly remembering that our bodies, minds, attitudes, spiritual lives, social circumstances, and physical environments interact to keep us well, or make us sick. –p202
“The air we breathe on average in our homes is two to five times more polluted than the air outside of our homes, according to the EPA. We can look at a specific situation: when you are using a household cleaning product, and you can smell it. Normally what you smell, whether it’s a scent or a chemical odor, is what is called the VOC, a volatile organic compound. Those VOCs come out of cleaning products into our air. We know without a question that those VOCs are asthma triggers for children. They also cause allergies and various types of irritation to our lungs.” –Jeffrey Hollender (Seventh Generation Company) –p206
Seeds of Change is now owned by M&M Mars, Ben and Jerry’s is owned by Unilever, Boca Foods is owned by Altria, the tobacco firm, formerly known as Phillip Morris. Horizon Organics and Silk Soy Milk are owned by Dean Foods. –p182