Oathealth Podcast Episode 3

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Podcast. Episode #3, May 21, 2009

Show Notes:


  • “Industrial Farming is Giving us Less Nutritious Food
    • Source:
      • Declining Fruit and Vegetable Nutrient Composition,” HortScience, 2009; 44:15
    • Link:
      • http://www.motherearthnews.com/Sustainable-Farming/Nutrient-Decline-Industrial-Farming.aspx?page=2


  • After decades, Decreases in Heart Risk Factors Level Off”
    • Source:
      • Presented at the 2008 American Heart Association’s annual scientific sessions in New Orleans
    • Link:
      • http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/healthday/2008/11/11/after-decades-decreases-in-heart-risk-factors.html

Main Topic:

  • Benefits of Cheaper Food
    1. Cost less
    2. More people have access to food
    3. Feed the hungry with less cost
  • Downside to Cheaper food
    1. More uniformity (more “caloric” fillers-high calorie, low nutrient)
    2. More corn (esp high fructose corn syrup), soy(heavily processed soy oil), wheat(highly refined), sugar
    3. Factory farming
    4. Increase Access may lead to excess
      1. ex. honey vs. sugar
  • The irony is that food processing actually makes food more expensive.
  • If it is not truly cheaper then it is faster and more convenient.