The heavy, clay-filled soil is so rich I almost want to taste it. It’s called Lualualei vertisol, named after the Lualualei valley on the leeward side of Oahu where Gerry and Kukui Maunakea-Forth first founded Ma’o Organic Farms.
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My good friend loves that phrase. We run a work trade program on our farm, and every time we get a request from someone past forty, she’ll shake her head and say, “well, you know what they say, young bamboo bends, but old bamboo breaks.”
When I was young, I remember tracing a scar on my mom’s leg that extended a hand's length across her upper thigh, like a gouge in clay. She had skin cancer, and the scar was from a tumor she had removed in her thirties, around the time I was born. As I grew up, I remember her always checking the moles on her arms and back, worried if they were black or irregularly shaped. Maybe because she’d had it as long as I’d been alive, it never occurred to me to be really worried. It was just always there, like an eerie hum in the background of our lives.
Nutrition is a complex topic. The process of digestion is one of the most fascinating and least understood functions of the body. Food is also a very social activity, rooted in history and culture, which means everyone has different ideas about it. Over the years, I’ve experimented with many different diets, including sprouted and fermented foods, raw foods, local, in-season foods, and macrobiotic foods. Though the differences may appear confusing at first, when each one claims to be the key to health, they all share certain guiding principles.
After reviewing the online debate regarding Dr. Campbell’s studies, I can only reach one conclusion: I’ve certainly stepped into a can of worms with my review of The China Study. A simple search is all it takes to find page after page of highly charged debate about Dr. Cambell’s methods, conclusions and personal character. It might have been smart, from the moment I found those worms wriggling around my ankles, to back quickly and quietly away and say no more about it.
I mentioned in the comments to a recent blog post titled "What Dietary Changes Inhibit Cancer in 100% of Cases?" that a reader wrote to share some concerns.
Richard Ha wrote on his Hamakua Springs blog about a project Rose Acevedo is proposing to harvest the fruit that goes to waste in the Hilo area and donate it to the Food Basket. PepsiCo is offering grants based on the number of votes received through the end of May. Once you're registered you can vote every day.
Even if this project doesn't get funding from Pepsi, I hope it can get community support. It's a simple, effective way to distribute Hawaii's abundant produce to those most in need. Thanks, Rose!
High cholesterol is a rising concern in the United States. Once thought to be a condition of middle and old age, it was recently found that approximately 1 in 5 teens has cholesterol levels that raise the risk for heart disease. Dr. Campbell, in his book documenting his authoritative 27 year nutritional study dubbed the China Study, explains how the primary culprit behind high cholesterol is not what we’ve been led to believe.
Everyone knows someone who has or has died of cancer. There are so many different kinds of cancer, and so many potential causes, that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. When you consider the recent estimation that within the next forty years one in two men and one in three women will contract cancer, it’s even easier to throw up your hands and give in to the mysterious and terrifying threat that cancer poses.
From the Seeds of Deception website:
"Please send this URGENT message to US Government leaders to protect your right to know which foods are made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Send an email today to the Secretaries of State (Clinton), Agriculture (Vilsack), and Health and Human Services (Sebelius).