Thursday, January 14, 2010

FAST FOOD WORLD: Vandana Shiva, Wendell Berry, Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan

3 out of every 5 Americans are now overweight. Children who eat fast food every day gain an extra 6 pounds every year. It now appears likely that - for the first time in American history - our children will actually have a shorter life span than their parents.

This program about fast food is not just about the fact that grease, sugar, and extra calories makes us fat and sick. It is about the giant industries behind fast food that change not only our bodies but the body of the earth and the lives of farmers who traditionally grew our foods.

An amazing coincidence - and effort too - brought together five eloquent writers and activists: The physicist and seed collector Vandana Shiva from India, the Kentucky farmer and poet Wendell Berry, Eric Schlosser who wrote: Fast Food Nation, the founder of the Slow Food movement Carlo Petrini from Italy and Michael Pollan, teacher and author of The Botany of Desire.

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