Megan Graham suggests at least an occasional slowdown

In an award winning essay Slow down, you’re just in time Megan Graham ponders the negative effects overuse of communication technology can have on individuals, families and society.

Psychology recognises that at a certain point, emotional and mental overstimulation leads to a sort of detachment and emotional numbness as the brain and central nervous system can only respond to so much.

… Human beings need time to ponder, switch off, unplug and simply breathe. Slowing down doesn’t mean stopping (it is called the slow movement, after all). By all means, take action — but perhaps try taking your time, too.

The “Frankenfood” debate

Here are two trailers of movies that will have you at least thinking about what you’re eating and feeding your families. Watch the full movies – and it’s probably something you can’t afford not to do – and this just may change the whole way you shop and eat.

The first is Food, Inc. a 2008 documentary by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner.

This film looks at corporate farming in America, but much of it seems applicable to Australian audiences, with our food market dominated by our supermarket duopoly. It suggests the agribusiness models produce food that can be unhealthy, environmentally harmful, and abusive towards animals, employees and dissenters. This film is a must see!

Food, Inc Movie Trailer

The documentary film Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives (2012) by bestselling author Jeffrey M. Smith suggests that GM foods are causing many of the increases in previously rare diseases and allergies of recent times.

Genetic Roulette Movie Trailer

Genetic Roulette – The Gamble of Our Lives won the 2012 Movie of the Year by the Solari Report and the Top Transformational Film of 2012 by AwareGuide!

The evidence presented suggests that genetically modified and engineered foods may be major contributors to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn.

It examines the role of everyone’s favourite chemical company Monsanto, as well as the policies and actions of the United States’ FDA and the USDA.

The film may convince you to change what you eat, and whether you intend to sit quietly by, while the genetic nature of our food supply is changed – not to feed the world, so it is asserted, but to feed corporate profits.

Peter Russell and the threat to sustainability and survival

In this video, Peter Russell examines how we have improved the quality of our lives with the best of intentions, but that this has created problems that threaten our very survival. He tells some very confronting home truths for people in the West who value our ever-increasing prosperity. We could change, but we seem to lack the will….

Peter Russell – Waking Up In Time – Pt 3