If the EXCO listing for this class still says "closed" this is a computer error.
This EXCO class and the Facebook Seminar are very open for new people.
If the EXCO computer will not allow you to click to join,
you can go directly to our Facebook Group, linked above.
What other people do you know (anywhere on Earth)
who believe in the right-to-die with careful safeguards?
Invite them also to become involved in this forward-looking movement
to improve the process of dying.
James Park, EXCO facilitator
In light of that fact that people are staying away from this class in droves,
the beginning has been postponed until June 2013 at the earliest.
Do you know of any ready-made group that would like to discuss these themes?
If so, perhaps so-sponsorship would help to gather enough seekers
to make this a meaingful discussion.
Write to me directly:
Trentin suggested the following Ted Talks:
This film deals with reversing desertification through the mass movement of grazing animals.
This one deals with the effects of a garden plot in the inner city.
Thanks for letting us know about these videos!
Tonight was the second class. We discussed different labels and certifications, including "organic," "raised without antibiotics," "cage-free," "free range," and Global Animal Partnership labels.
Next week, we will be discussing the health affects of different foods, comparing grass-fed beef to grain-fed, organically grown food to conventionally grown food, etc. We'll also be exploring the health affects of genetically modified foods, and investigating whether vegetables grown in different soils (under different conditions) have the same nutritional value.
For those of you who couldn't make it tonight, please pick a topic to research related to the health or nutritional value of food. Some topics that have not yet been taken include:
-- Sugars and sweeteners: What is the difference between natural sweeteners and artificial sweeteners, like aspartame or splenda? What negative affects do artificial sugars have on the body? What are the differences between high fructose corn syrup, white sugar (made from beets), cane sugar, agave nectar, maple syrup, turbinado sugar, stevia, etc? Does it matter (for our health) what kind of sweetener we use?
-- Food additives / preservatives: What research exists on the health affects of preservatives, artificial flavorings, and other food additives? What kinds of things are found in chicken nuggets and other processed foods that are bad for us? What are some of the most common food additives? Have there been studies on the impact of these additives on human or animal health? How do preservatives (or ingredients added "to maintain freshness") affect the nutritional value of food or the bioavailability of nutrients?
-- Raw milk vs. pasteurized milk: What is the debate around raw milk vs. pasteurized milk? What are the health differences between the two? What is the difference between A1 and A2 milk? What about the difference between cow milk, goat milk, camel milk, and other types of milk?