Fall/Winter 2011

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Dinner party settingDecember News:
Just received a Surprise Role Model & Culture Award for "Bringing Organic Food Culture and Role Modeling Backyard Gardening to the Community". Along with this was an invitation to DC by the Ambassador. Pushing Organics and Sounds with a an attitude!

Community Dining Experience
Thanks to everyone that came out for our dinner! I talked about our food system and you can read more about how we will feed 7 billion people and care for the planet here from Grist.

Health and Wellness:
Dr. Lewis Stocks, with Stocks Institute of Age-management and Hormone Therapy, just gave me a great recommendation and referral on his official blog. Check it out, www.stocksinstitute.com. Viva! local sustainable whole food. I spoke at Dr. Stocks' seminar on Wednesday, October 5th at Cafe Harmony in Raleigh, and then last night at Whole Foods.

Garden Writer Carol Stein visited my garden. Read her column in the News & Observer.

A brilliant photo journalist student, Rebecca Yan, is doing a pictorial documentary of my perspective on food. Here is a link to a few of her great shots. Let us know what you think!

Chef Kabui cooks at the 4th Anniversary Party at the Stone HouseSweet Potato Gnocchi prepared by Chef Kabui at the Stone House's 4th Anniversary Party, September 17. (pictured left)

Food and Health: The Politics of GMOs:
I did an interview in July on INOORO FM, a Kenyan radio station that has an audience of about two million listeners. We talked about the politics of GMO corn that is now slated to be sold in KENYA. I received almost fifty requests by listeners to be friends on facebook. Great response! I continue teaching about GMOs and gave another interview on CORO FM With Ndung'u Kamande about GMO the following week. Shorter than the previous interview but gets the message out nonetheless. All this while was working with inner city youth with Santos at SEEDS in Durham, N.C.
Basics of Genetically Modified Organisms explained here.

Rodale Institute has been conducting Farming System Trials since 1981, the study compares organic farming to conventional chemical farming side by side. This is what the research has found: Organic yields match conventional yields. Organic outperforms conventional in years of drought. Organic farming systems build rather than deplete soil organic matter, making it a more sustainable system. Organic farming uses 45% less energy and is more efficient. Conventional systems produce 40% more greenhouse gases. Organic farming systems are more profitable than conventional. Read more here.