Best of SoS: John Robbins

This past spring, Sustainable World Coalition co-produced the 2nd annual Spring of Sustainability (SoS), the largest virtual sustainability gathering ever. SoS brought the “best and brightest” leaders in sustainability to the world through teleconference dialogues.

Each week, in our Best of SoS feature, we review one of our favorite episodes. Like what you see? Head over to our upgrade page for a special offer to own the entire Spring of Sustainability series. 

JohnRobbinsNewOn May 22nd on Spring of Sustainability, we heard bestselling author John Robbins connect some dots with regard to the food industry in the US.

He made it clear that GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are a commodity that boosts profits for GMO companies (often Monsanto) by requiring farmers to use the same company’s proprietary pesticides. They have not been proven to do anything that would actually benefit the planet: increased yields, increased nutritional content, drought-resistance, need for less fertilizer, etc. These same companies now control government regulatory process such that they are not restricted – and in fact they are often subsidized.

John also talked about organic foods and the recent, often quoted Stanford Study picked up by the media, declaring that organic foods are not more nutritious and thus do not warrant purchasing at a higher price than conventional foods. The media ignored the many other studies that show that organic foods are in fact more nutritious, and certainly have less toxins than non-organic food.

He also went on to link a diet of meat and dairy to climate change. The so-called factory farming industry of raising livestock is negative on every front: rainforest destruction to accommodate cattle, tremendous use of fossil fuels and water, huge methane production, and many other factors.

John’s (and his son, Ocean’s) Food Revolution Network now has some 130,000 members and has clearly struck a nerve of those who suspect something is seriously wrong with the food industry. His recent Food Revolution Summit was wildly successful, attended by 73,000 people.

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