PODCAST – Michael Pollan on Our “Cult of Ignorance”

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For food writer Michael Pollan, a critical step toward understanding our food chains and making smarter eating choices is accepting that the “cult of convenience is a cult of ignorance.” Ignorance leads to carelessness, Pollan says.  While marketers have led us to believe convenience trumps all and food shopping and cooking is a chore, in fact, Americans just need to rediscover what truly enjoyable work it can be.   It is work, he says, which not only dispels ignorance but also helps create a better world. Join host Jerry Kay of the Beyond Organic Radio Show as we talk to Pollan about his newest book The Omnivore’s Dilemma.  We’ll also hear how Americans became “cornified” and get his perspective on grass-fed beef and the family food budget.  Interview from 2006.

FILM – Queen of the Sun

Logo with bee and sunflowerQueen of the Sun
Category: Ecosystem Services
Release Date: 2010
Duration: 83 minutes

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In 1923, Rudolf Steiner, a scientist, philosopher & social innovator, predicted that in 80 to 100 years honeybees would collapse. His prediction has come true with Colony Collapse Disorder, where bees are disappearing in mass numbers from their hives with no clear single explanation. In an alarming inquiry into the insights behind Steiner’s prediction QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? examines the dire global bee crisis through the eyes of biodynamic beekeepers, scientists, farmers, and philosophers. On a pilgrimage around the world, the film unveils 10,000 years of beekeeping, highlighting how our historic and sacred relationship with bees has been lost due to highly mechanized industrial practices. Featuring Michael Pollan, Vandana Shiva, Gunther Hauk and beekeepers from around the world, this engaging, alarming and ultimately uplifting film weaves together a dramatic story that uncovers the problems and solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. 2010 nominee at the Seattle International Film Festival; Official Selection International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

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