Prince Charles

Prince Charles’ keynote at the May 4, 2011 Future of Food conference at Georgetown University is well worth the viewing.

Like Al Gore, who spent 25 years educating himself about the earth’s climate, the Price of Wales has spent years immersed in food and sustainability, including 26 years “farming” himself. (more…)


French Hospital MC
San Luis Obispo, CA

As the following example illustrates, the public is increasingly being presented with examples of the use of integrative medicine practices with conventional treatments for conditions like cancer in sessions like this hosted by a local hospital like French Hospital Medical Center.

Of interest in this presentation is the participation of a medical oncologist from a conventional cancer treatment center, a naturopathic physician (ND), a chef/nutritionist, as well as a survivor.


We said we are going to be a community center for well being.

Not your father's hospital meal

So begins the video below of Gerard van Grisven, CEO of Henry Ford Hospital West Bloomfield Michigan, describing the astonishing institutional commitment to nutrition and all natural food that his hospital has made to his patients and staff, but also to the wider community.  As in: no fryers, no freezers.  Served in part by a local farm.   But there is far more than that. (more…)

Homo Sapiens: Coqtivore?

Heribert Watzke, Nestle

In this entertaining presentation at the TED Global conference in London last July, Heribert Watzke, a food research scientist at Nestle, focuses on two notable if rarely connected factors in human health:

      • Humans are the only species to cook food
      • The human gut is infused with massive amounts of nerve cells; a veritable brain itself


National Cancer Institute Funds 20,000-person Trial in Early 2010

In a recently released video NCI’s Dr. John Milner, chief of the Division of Cancer Prevention’s Nutritional Science Research Group, describes how changing scientific perceptions of the medicinal power of foods and the knowledge of the human genome is influencing cancer research.

Citing “rather compelling evidence” that shows “30% of cancers are related to dietary habits,” Milner observed that in cancer-averting diets, “You must assume that those foods are supplying some bioactive food component.”

“It is an area that somehow we have thought is very simple,” he notes.  “But is not very simple.” (more…)