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You Have the Power to Help Change the Food System

Power, strength and courage typically comes from a place deep within because of life’s circumstances and experiences. These are the circumstances and experiences that give us the power to help change the current food system.

Every single one of our voices counts, and this became evident at the Shiftcon Media Conference our team attended from October 2-4, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA.

Shiftcon is the very first international social media conference focusing on wellness, health, and the environment. According to Shiftcon Founder and Creator, Leah Segedie,


ShiftCon was born out of the idea that together we can create a profound impact on the world around us. We can literally shift how we eat, raise our families and our impact on the environment.
Robyn O’Brien’s power was born out of the love for her sick child (check out her TED Talk about “how one person really can make a difference”).

During her keynote, she posted an image titled, “Love is a Rocket Fuel.” The slide contained those words + her picture + a heart + a bottle of Roundup.

Vani Hari’s power was born out of her own illness. She regained her health through researching food and ingredients and changing her lifestyle. She made it her mission to share this information with the public. During her keynote she stated that the motivation for this work is so: “….that when you die, you matter.”

Changing the food system isn’t just for Robin O’Brien and Vani Hari. It’s for you, for all of us.

We asked a few people who attended the conference, “What did Shiftcon mean to you?” Here is what they said:

Shiftcon gave me hope for a future where we can actually make an informed decision about what goes in our bodies and on our tables.  I also felt like I wasn’t the only one fighting for that informed decision.  I left Shiftcon energized, excited and secure in the knowledge I’m not the only one. (Honey Rowland)

It’s possible to have delicious, healthy food at a conference and together we can change the world. (Lori Alper)

I LOVED connecting with like-minded power women (and men) who wholeheartedly believe in what they are doing to make a difference. It was powerful to meet with brands who also believe in the mission of making convenient and healthy foods and products for us who live in this fast-paced world. That there are more organic and healthy options makes my heart sing! It also motived and empowered me to continue to do the work I’ve been doing for the last several years. (Jasmine Jafferali)

Throughout the course of the weekend, we soaked up information via sessions like, “Slowing Down Fast Food: How the Fast Food Industry Targets Kids & What You Can Do About It,” “Why Are We So Allergic,” “The Future of Labeling GMOs” and “Living the Waste Free & Plastic Free Life.”

But in the end, it all came down to one overpowering message:

You have the power to help change the food system.

We want to hear YOUR story: How are you helping change the food system, and where does your drive come from?

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  1. I’ve witnessed in the past 20 years as a birth worker the increase in fertility issues, miscarriages, and hemorrhage while giving birth. I place this squarely at the feet of the chemicals sprayed on our food which creates a dead soil unable to grow a vitamin rich food, the antibiotics shoveled into animals and the frankenfood with which we feed to our families. I’ve seen how a mother eating a standard American Diet hemorrhages at a birth and then when she begins to eat a clean diet and avoids the dirty dozen goes on to have a birth a few years later but does not hemorrhage.
    I and my family raise our own food in our backyard, support our local farmers and work to eat seasonally. I also only buy second hand clothes. It keeps chemicals off our bodies & out of the environment, lowers our carbon footprint, and helps our one income family ( any paid births go to enable me to do volunteer births for women in need as every woman deserves support.) feed a family of 5 organic fruits & veggies, pastured meats, eggs & dairy.
    I also share info on my social media channels and blog to help folks know about the dangers hidden in the foods & products that are supposed to nourish and support our bodies. I think the easiest way to change the system is with my wallet and your wallet. Buying products that are non-gmo & organic means gmo & conventional sits on the shelf. Buying from local farmers encourages the raising of heritage breed animals raised on pasture or grain that is heritage, gmo free & organic. When we use our wallets AND our words we’ll change the world for the better.
    By the way…great quotes! I could be biased though. 😉
    ~Honey

  2. A powerful article to remind us that we ALL can do something and shift starts at home.

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