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    The 2014 Food Revolution Promises To Save You From Science
    By Hank Campbell | May 2nd 2014 01:40 AM | 2 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    Food is interesting to me. It's essential, of course, but it's also a lot of cutting-edge science that people don't see. It's hard to imagine now that when I was a kid, Prof. Paul Ehrlich (and then later our current science czar, Dr. John holdren) were projecting that we would be having worldwide riots and mass starvation by now.

    Instead, while I was living on a small subsistence farm, American agricultural science ignored that apocalyptic memo, and they began producing far more food on far less land.

    Today, we are so optimistic about food science that an entire swath of rich American elites can discuss the benefits of growing less food, going back to techniques from the middle of the 20th century - and they think that will be okay for everyone. During the French Revolution rich elites said "let them eat cake" when they heard the poor had no bread. During the Food Revolution, the dismissive belief is "let them eat kale".

    They can afford to gather together to have their confirmation biases validated at conferences. And not just once, this is happening multiple times just this year. 

    I ridiculed  the American College of Nutrition Annual Conference already but there is one even more crackpotty and weird happening now. The ACN only has a Yogic Flying Instructor to debunk all of biology but Food Revolution Summit 2014 goes well beyond that. It has over a dozen. It also has the naturalistic fallacy, sure, but it doesn't bother with any pretense of legitimacy, and it adds in a helpful dose of 'if you believe my nonsense, I will believe yours' common cause alliance-building, so anti-GMO, anti-vaccine and anti-energy people can all have a mid-term gathering between Democratic National Conventions.




    You can go to their site and read their bios, they sound predictably cosmic, but here are a few real-world translations, so you can really see how they are all qualified to save us from science:

    Dr. Dean Ornish - Swami disciple, believer in extreme vegetarianism and acupuncture fan, so at least he can claim to be right 29 percent of the time.

    Alicia Silverstone - Her breast milk has "otherworldly power". She says so. I hope she means that in a good way, and not that it summons Cthulhu or whatever. She thinks diapers are pseudoscience so if her kid shits in the lobby, well, now you know why.

    Woody Harrelson - He was in Cheers and is therefore a food expert, to people who pay money to go to these conferences. He likes to smoke pot and drum naked, which is nice, but he wasn't even the funniest other bartender on that TV show - that honor goes to Coach.

    Dr. Mark Hyman - He thinks his Miracle Vegetables will detox you but your kidneys won't. He's good enough for Katie Couric and HuffPo, so his science must be solid. And Dean Ornish likes his 'functional' medicine Yin/Yang woo.

    Dr. Jane Goodall - Plagiarist. Not sure why someone pretending to be Sigourney Weaver in that gorilla movie is at a food conference but Goodall has embraced lots of junk science recently, so that probably explains it.

    Vani Hari - Can't pronounce pizza? Well, maybe she can, but she says you should not eat anything she can't pronounce and then includes pizza in that so it's unclear. And she is also against Subway sandwiches, insuring that the lunches at the conference are going to cost you substantially more than 5 dollars. Upside: she promises if you follow her diet, you will be pretty.

    There are a lot more. If there is an anti-GMO believer, they are appearing at this thing.  Prof. Marion Nestle will be there, for example, and she really should know better, but she is increasingly interested in trying to be the Dr. Oz of food and embraces every crazy notion that was in the New York Times last week. Michael Hansen, Ph.D., of Consumer’s Union will dutifully promote fear and doubt about science once again, while treating the audience to Rachel Carson-ish anecdotes about magical gremlins that will run amok if biologists are not stopped in their unholy quest to keep poor children from going blind.

    Oh, and some guy who says if you buy his diet book you won't get a heart attack.

    See you there. I'll be the person in the corner eating the gluten-free chicken with the non-GMO rock salt and cackling like Scrooge McDuck sitting on a pile of money because I now have a year's worth of material to ridicule.

    Comments

    I followed your link above and this is what these people you are criticising are really saying, are they wrong?

    Half of Americans who reach the age of 85 have Alzheimer’s. And studies say the unhealthy typical American diet TRIPLES your level of risk.
    Factory farms aren’t just cruel to animals. They’re also breeding antibiotic resistant bacteria that killed more than 20,000 people last year.
    In the last 20 years, hospitalizations for food allergies have tripled.
    Some scientists have linked genetically engineered foods to toxic and allergic reactions in people; to sickness, sterility and fatalities in livestock; and damage to virtually every organ studied in lab animals.
    Toxic pesticides developed as agents of war and linked to cancer, sterility, and birth defects are routinely poured on farmland, and traces of them wind up in the food you eat.
    You can prevent or even in some cases reverse heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, memory loss, constipation, fatigue, and many forms of cancer— by eating healthy, delicious food!

    Heart disease is the #1 killer, but studies show that you can be virtually heart-attack proof without drugs, surgery or excessive exercise. Find out how.
    Discover what foods can prevent (and even help you fight off) cancer.
    What to look for in any grocery store if you want to avoid GMOs.
    Why do some vegetarians thrive but some get sick or give up? Facts you must know about vital nutrients if you’re a vegan or vegetarian.
    What’s the skinny on grassfed beef and “humanely raised” animal products? Are they for real, or a bunch of over-priced hype?
    Type 2 diabetes can be a frightening and debilitating condition, but it is completely preventable. Get empowered with the blood sugar solution!
    Millions of people are eating raw or mostly raw diets. Is this a nutritional breakthrough, or a dangerous fad?
    What are the “dirty dozen” most pesticide-contaminated foods – and how can you avoid them?
    Find out what genetically engineered foods are doing to, bees, livestock, and the gene pool of life on Earth (you’ll be shocked!).
    Find out how to be a positive influence on others. Yes, you can get your family to eat healthy instead of looking at you like a nut. We’ll give you tips.
    Practical tips and advice on how to stock a healthy pantry without spending a fortune.

    Lol, sounds like a bunch of crack-pottery to me.
    "In the last 20 years, hospitalizations for food allergies have tripled." So what? Is there any evidence these crackpots know why? Nope.
    "Some scientists have linked genetically engineered foods to toxic and allergic reactions in people; to sickness, sterility and fatalities in livestock; and damage to virtually every organ studied in lab animals."
    No they haven't. Activist groups, but not actual SCIENTISTS.
    "Toxic pesticides developed as agents of war and linked to cancer, sterility, and birth defects are routinely poured on farmland, and traces of them wind up in the food you eat."
    There are traces of every chemical known to man in EVERYTHING. Every breath you take contains atoms that Jesus Christ himself breathed 2000 years ago.
    "You can prevent or even in some cases reverse heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, memory loss, constipation, fatigue, and many forms of cancer— by eating healthy, delicious food!"
    Yeah, ok, for people who aren't genetically prone to some of these diseases - but this is hardly a modern revelation.
    "Heart disease is the #1 killer, but studies show that you can be virtually heart-attack proof without drugs, surgery or excessive exercise. Find out how."
    Depends on what population you are talking about. If you are talking about 50 year olds, then sure, but they are only a tiny portion of the people who die from heart attacks. If you are talking about 90 year olds, then I don't buy it. Do you think proper diet will make you immortal?
    etc, etc,
    And, of course, I'm only speculating that their answers to these questions won't be mumbo jumbo nonsense. Keep in mind that the people presenting at these things are certifiable quacks who think cancer is caused by fungus and HIV doesn't cause AIDS. You never know for sure what they will actually say.