Talks coming up:
Superfoods in Your Own Back Yard
Victoria Seedy Saturday, Saturday February 20, 2016
10am – 4pm Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC
Superfoods are trendy, and expensive! But what are they, and what makes them super? Rhona McAdam, R.H.N., will demystify the superfood craze and explain the nutritional benefits of easy-to-grow plants you can grow for pennies in your own home garden.
The Small & Beautiful within the Big & Beautiful
Hearth Earth, Wednesday February 24, 2016
2 – 3:30pm MacLaurin Building, D287, University of Victoria, Victoria BC. A series of conversations focusing on living in the world in sustainable ways. Light refreshments served!
Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, April 9, 2016
10am – 1pm 505 Quayle Road, Victoria BC
Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, July 16, 2016
10am – 1pm 505 Quayle Road, Victoria BC
Comox Valley Horticultural Society, June 15, 2015
References & Resources
PDF Slides of the talk: Nutritional Gardening
Nutrient Declines in Food
- Welch, Ross M. USDA-ARS, U. S. Plant, Soil and Nutrition Laboratory. Micronutrients, Agriculture and Nutrition: Linkages for Improved Health and Well Being.
- Mayer, Anne‐Marie (1997) Historical changes in the mineral content of fruits and vegetables, British Food Journal, Vol. 99 Iss: 6, pp.207 – 211 (abstract)
- Davis, Donald R. (2009) Declining Fruit and Vegetable Nutrient Composition: What Is the Evidence? HortScience, vol. 44 no. 1 15-19 (full article)
- McGowan, Kat. How Plants Secretly Talk to One Another (Wired, 2013)
- What Plants Talk About (Documentary/Nature, 2014)
- Cookson, Clive(Financial Times, June 12, 2015) The Inside Story of the Microbiome: review of The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat; Follow Your Gut: The Enormous Impact of Tiny Microbes; and Gut: The Inside Story of our body’s Most Underrated Organ
- Pollan, Michael (New York Times, 2013) Some of My Best Friends are Germs.
- Fermentable Fiber Foods, Disabled World.
- Trompette, Aurélien et al, (2014) Gut microbiota metabolism of dietary fiber influences allergic airway disease and hematopoiesis. Nature Medicine 20, 159–166. (Fermentable fibre and asthma)
- Timm, Sigme et al, (2014) Place of upbringing in early childhood as related to inflammatory bowel diseases in adulthood: a population-based cohort study in Northern Europe. Eur J Epidemiol. 29(6): 429–437. (Childhood on farms with livestock halves risk of IBD in later life)
Glyphosate (Roundup) Research
- Antibiotic resistance
- Antimicrobial effects
- Breast milk
- Endocrine disruptor
- Glutathione depletion (‘master antioxidant’)
- Toxicity to human cells
- “Seralini Rat Study“
- Use as a desiccant on cereal crops in Canada (since 1992)
Some Books (support your local independent bookstore!)
- Blaser, Martin. Missing Microbes: How the Over-use of Antibiotics is Fuelling Our Modern Plagues. (2014) Enlightening discussion of the human microbiome, antibiotic resistance, obesity, GERD and why H.Pylori might not be 100% enemy.
- Grossman, Elizabeth. Chasing Molecules: Poisonous products, human health and the promise of green chemistry. (2009) Looks at the hazardous chemistry of everyday things, including a hefty chapter on nanotechnology, and how green chemistry may be able to make positive change.
- Hart, Robert. Forest Gardening: Cultivating an Edible Landscape. (1991) About growing food in a perennial forest garden; as discussed in the film A Farm for the Future.
- Kennedy, David. Eat Your Greens: The Surprising Power of Home Grown Leaf Crops. (2014) Why consumers should grow their own greens to support an inadequate food system.
- McAdam, Rhona. Digging the City: An Urban Agriculture Manifesto. (2012) Food security in Canada and what urban agriculture has to say about that.
- Mollison, Bill. Introduction to Permaculture.  A digitized pamphlet that does what it says in the title!
- Ohlson, Kristin. The Soil Will Save Us : How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet (2014) Includes a visit and interview with Allan Savory.
- Robinson, Jo. Eating on the Wild Side (2013) eatwild.com/jo.html How nutrition was bred out of foods by thousands of years of agriculture, and how to make better nutritional choices (buying, growing, eating and storing) in familiar fruits and vegetables.
- Salatin, Joel. Folks, This Ain’t Normal. (2012) www.folksthisaintnormal.com/ How to use the lessons of the past to make a better future, by the entertaining & outspoken “grass farmer” made famous by Michael Pollen (and Food, Inc.)
- Schatzker, Mark. The Dorito Effect. (2015) Why flavour makes nutritional sense, and how to make better choices.
- Schumacher, E.F. Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered. (1973) Sadly never out of date, this collection of essays addresses the impossibility of infinite growth and argues for sustainable development. Available to read online.
- Solomon, Steve. The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient-Dense Food. (2013)
- Tasch, Woody. Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered. (2010) Inspired by the ideas in EF Schumacher’s Small Is Beautiful (see above)