My 5: Analiese Paik, Fairfield Green Food Guide, Founder

May 5, 2010 by  
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Analiese Paik is the founder of Fairfield Green Food Guide, which serves Fairfield County, Connecticut. Through her appearances on Good Morning, Connecticut, she is increasingly becoming the go-to resource for local food events and sources throughout the state of Connecticut.

Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) asked Paik to answer our two favorite questions. Her responses appear below. — Julia Wasson, Publisher


5 Ways to Save the Planet

 

 

Analiese Paik, founder of Fairfield Green Food Guide. Photo: Courtesy Analiese Paik

BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to save the planet?

PAIK: Immediately adjust your attitude to one where your daily choices, not those of governments or big businesses, become the focus of your efforts to green your life.

  • Choosing sustainably grown produce, fruit, dairy, meat and poultry plus sustainably harvested seafood are among the most meaningful choices you can make.
  • Sourcing these foods as close to home as possible drives the local economy and builds community.
  • Reducing waste is the responsibility of each and every one of us, so please don’t buy more than you’re going to eat. Stop drinking bottled water, and pack a thermos instead.
  • Recycle your food containers. Choose recycled aluminum foil, and recycle it after use. Choose reusable lunch and snack bags.

 

2 Minutes with the President


BPGL: If you had two minutes with President Obama, what would you say to him?

PAIK: I would ask President Obama to outlaw factory farming and mandate GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) food labeling.

The real cost of food that is mass produced in CAFOs (Contained Animal Feeding Operations) was expertly conveyed to us by Michael Pollan in the documentary food film Food, Inc. CAFOs pollute the environment, contribute to global warming, and produce food that’s full of things we were never meant to eat — namely hormones and antibiotics.

The proliferation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, so-called “superbugs,” has been directly linked to overuse and misuse of antibiotics in factory farming. These superbugs are dangerous because they don’t respond to conventional antibiotics and can therefore be lethal to humans.

The US government is current taking a position against mandatory labeling of food as Genetically Modified (GM) at the upcoming meeting of the 180-member Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC). CAC operates within the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) to establish international food standards that protect the health of consumers and ensure fair trade practices.

The USDA’s organic rules disallow the use of genetically modified seed in organic production and the FDA has allowed these foods to be voluntarily be labeled as non-GMO. There is growing concern that a Codex standard which disallows GMO labeling would impact the ability of USDA-certified organic food producers to continue their current labeling practices.

Analiese Paik

Fairfield Green Food Guide

Blue Planet Green Living (Home Page)

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