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The Current State of Foods in the USA

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Session #3 of 8 
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The Current State of Foods in the USA 

Presented by Oddveig Myhre, ND

In this session the attendees will learn about basic food policies, national and global food systems, rules of conventional and organic farming for both livestock and agricultural products, and how all of this affect our food supplies. We will look at potential causes of food related diseases, including food sensitivities and lactose intolerance, but also how today’s agriculture effect the nutritional composition in some foods. Moreover, I will show how health recommendation given to our patients can have extensive and unwanted effects to other cultures and their access to food. Unfortunately, today’s global food system is inundated with poor conditions for the farm workers, questionable rules for conventional and organic farming, and even issues of illegal child labor for many foods imported by the US. Specifically, I will show how the increase popularity of quinoa has negatively affected the indigenous people in Bolivia who grows it, how both coffee and cocoa bean production in Africa is typically associated with slave and/or child labor and how US trade policies are threatening the existence of Mexican heirloom corn. Although there are many frustrating elements surrounding the current food system, we still have options and I will present as many solutions as possible to these issues. The goal for this session is to bring awareness, inspire interest and activism for food movements, and to we can improve the current food system through making better choices. 

Oddveig Myhre, ND 

Oddveig Myhre, M.S, N.M.D. is a naturopathic physician who graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2005. Dr. “O” moved from Norway to San Diego for her BS, and then to Arizona for a Master of Science degree from ASU in Neuroimmunology. She opened her own practice shortly after graduating as well as working with two local physicians in Phoenix. She has guest lectured at SCNM, conferences, local radio shows, both in Arizona and Pennsylvania. She is the co-author of two handbooks for naturopathic students, Student Clinic Survival Handbook for Naturopathic Students (2009), and the Pocket Reference for Naturopathic Clinicians (2012). After six years of practicing medicine, she decided to return to school learn more about the current food system. She is currently a student at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, in the Food Studies/International Agriculture master’s program. Her thesis work, to be completed in 2014, is on Arctic Norwegian Foodways, and she is looking forward to moving back to Norway shortly thereafter.

Purchase Includes:

  • 30-day access to recording
  • Lecture slides and handouts (if applicable) are yours to keep
  • CE Certificate - 1.75 General Credit Hours by the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine (OBNM)