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March 26 2010

Sustainable Lifestyles: Green Living and Health

By Mark Sisson
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Over the last couple weeks I’ve had the pleasure to announce two PrimalCon speakers: Maya White and Brad Kearns. As you may recall, Maya will be teaching PrimalCon participants how to sit, stand and walk like Grok, and Brad will be explaining how to apply the Primal Blueprint principles to endurance training. Today I’m pleased to announce the 3rd of 4 PrimalCon speakers. Nicoletta Florio, green-living expert extraordinaire, will show attendees how living a sustainable, green life is not only what’s best for the earth, but also what is best for your health. If you’ve ever wondered whether the PB could be considered a “green” diet, whether the world over could feasibly adopt the PB eating patterns, or what sort of impact our dietary choices have on our health and the planet this session is for you. Read on to to learn more from Nikki in her own words…

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During the past several years, sustainable products and services have gone from niche to mainstream. While there are several explanations for this, the most important reasons are for the improvement of environmental and personal health.

In every aspect of our lives, from the choice we make regarding what we eat, what we wear and drive, where we live, and more, we have an affect on both our personal physical being and the environment.

As Americans, we tend to think of these things – our bodies and the environment – as two separate entities, however, they are deeply connected. We are eating foods which, within the past several decades have been genetically altered, residing in buildings in which chemicals are constantly off-gassing, using technological tools that poison us with radiation and the list goes on. We are connected to these things because we live on the same Planet in which these things are made. From production to consumption, the lines of products that we use have had an impact on air/land and water systems. Many so toxic that they are coming back and affecting our health.

Green Living and Health is designed to introduce the guests of PrimalCon to information about how to live our lives in a healthier manner while decreasing our impact on an overburdened Planet. Topics related to health will include definitions, food, buildings, technology, travel and more. We will demonstrate that living sustainably will increase your health and well being while simultaneously being good to your wallet.

Nikki’s Bio

Nicoletta Florio is a 20 year resident of the Lake Tahoe region. After completing the teaching program at Sierra Nevada College she designed the Tahoe Regional Environmental Education (TREE) Program; a tri-branch program that focused on Natural Sciences and Green Living in the Sierras. During the past decade Nicoletta has educated thousands of students, community and business members regarding the benefits of living in an environmentally and socially responsible manner and has hosted Tahoe?s only fully integrated Organic Food and Green Building Expos.

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  1. I thought the plot of Avatar was pretty far-fetched. …but it seems it may be more accurate than we thought right here on Earth…

  2. I find the difference between North American food and food from other countries to be enormous! Food in the U.S. and Canada looks big, beautiful, mouthwatering, and when you taste it, it’s pretty darn good. But now introduce fruit from South America, not always as nice, or as big, but wow does it ever pack a punch in the flavor department! There really is no comparison. And I wonder just how unhealthy it must be to consume fruit and vegetables that have to come from the other side of the planet? How many chemicals they have to pump into our foods, in order to get it to our grocery stores looking so nice? What are the long term side effects of our foods, organic and non organic?

  3. I grow my own vegetables and fruits, but unfortunately it’s a short season. When I have to buy from the grocery store, everything is tasteless compared to store bought. Even the organic produce. Farmers markets are good, but they tend to have what I grow and at the same time as I have it so it’s not a solution either.

  4. I’m totally about living green. I don’t care if global warming is real or not – living green is for my own benefit. However, I am of the mindset that we are connected to the Earth and need to take better care of it. I’m happy to report that all of my cleaning products are natural. I’m still working on getting all of the beauty products used up before I’m totally natural/green on those.
    This kind of thing is what I talk about in my blog on Wholistic living.

  5. It is so unfair that I won’t have the cash to, oh well better luck next year.

  6. While being sustainable is a noble goal, I don’t think we can feed the current world population if we all tried to eat grass-fed animals and organic produce within the primal blueprint. There’s simply no way to grow enough food: the planet can support much less people than it does had we not discovered and developed agriculture.

    1. And this is the truth. Sustainability and primal life styles just don’t go together.
      Don’t ge me wrong, I enjoy every primal meal and workout and this website and everything about being primal. But I feel guilty for leading a life style that is not accessible to 6 billion other people.
      Healthy yes, sustainable no.

      1. Do you have some studies or calculations to support your point? I’m very interested in this subject.
        I have heard the opposite, that it is sustainable if population growth is the controllable.
        Say if we converted all the land dedicated to wheat, rice, soybeans etc. to grazing land for cattle and buffalo plus some for produce.
        The conversion would be painful though and probably not possible.

        1. I’ve done this math for the US before, but I’m pretty sure it would extrapolate quite well to other areas, considering population density and marginal land areas (such as deserts or tundra).

          The math:
          US area: 2.3 billion acres.
          Acres / cow (free range): 100
          Sustainable cow population = 23 million
          Typical slaughter age = 2 years
          Weight at slaughter = 1,000lbs
          US population = 300 million

          So the total production would be 1,000lbs/2 years x 23million = 11.5 billion lbs of live cow / year

          Assuming 50% yield (still fairly high, considering bone, skin, blood and other stuff not completely edible) = 5.75 billion lbs/ yer of meat.

          Now 5.75 billion lbs/year / 300 million people =?

          Result: 19.1 lbs / person / year.. There’s not enough room to grow enough cattle to feed all in the US. Even if we add other species into the mix (pigs, chicken, fish, lamb, sheep, bison, deer, etc.) and assume that there is no competition at all for resources among the species (not true for grazing animals), the gap is still significant. And the calculations above ignore that some areas would be off-limits for these animals.

  7. I would refer those of you who think the primal way of eating is not sustainable to the wonderful book The Vegetarian Myth. ‘Nuff said.

    1. Exactly!

      There is no way to sustain a global population of 6+ billion humans. And fossil fuel subsidized agriculture is definitely not sustainable, too.

  8. Mark, this topic is very interesting to me but I am not attending PrimalCon. Will you be doing some posts about this topic in the future? Thanks!

  9. “our bodies and the environment – as two separate entities, however, they are deeply connected.”
    This is one big truth. But it’s not only about food. Our clothing, our houses, our furniture, all counts. Food seems the most important, since it goes “inside”, on the other hand aggressive chemical paint or asbestos pipe insulation can do a lot of mess with your body.
    And bounded to the city, you can’t do much about it…

    Julie

  10. I am attending Primal Con 2010 and am especially excited to meet and hear Nikki Florio. As an environmental science teacher, I have lived and taught about the “Simple Triangle” concept for years. See this link for am explanation:

    http://www.wordworks.com/simple/brick.htm#triangl

    I am wondering if Nikki knows about this as well. The philosophy is that usually, when we make a choice that will better our health, it also happens to be environmentally positive and at the same same time saves money. Nikki seems to be speaking to this idea, and I am anxious to hear more on the topic.

  11. How true it is that we really shouldn’t stop at just food in adopting a healthy lifestyle. So many times I see people buying organic products but using make-ups, shower gels, shampoos, creams and perfumes all with harmful, unnatural chemicals in them. Certainly start with a change in dietary and purchasing patterns, yet know that it’s just the start.