Some notes from the Georgia Organics Conference
Health wealth and happiness - what role does food play?
A few years ago I gave a series of presentations on what is called the
Human Development Index or HDI. You can search this and finds lots of
fascinating information. I was talking about the role that access to
energy plays in this calculation but today lets focus on food. It is a
basket of measurements that roll up to a score and general measures
what I think of as " quality of life". One of the measures is life
expectancy at birth, google this and have a look at the results. This
gives a solid number that we can track and compare against time and
against other countries.
There is something terribly concerning happening. The US with our
wonderful wealth and access to healthcare and nutrition surely must be
right at the top of the list right? No wrong - the US is now not even
in the top 50 countries (click for article).
If you were to cover up the country name and
ask people to guess which country it was they might choose China or
perhaps Bosnia but they would be wrong, both of these are above the
I believe one major cause is that our diet is killing us, removing
people at the peak of their lives. The greatest crime is that it is
robbing our children of decades of their life. They learn from us.
The good news is that we can change it, just as we have caused it, and
so much of it is in our control. Make no mistake it will not be easy
and economic and social access play a large part. Three key steps 1)
Real Food 2) Clean Air 3) Exercise, I will touch on each of these in