Urban Homestead & Organic Food (YAHOO Answers)

Oct 17, 2007

Notes by host J. Keith van Straaten

*On the streets, we talked to dozens of people from all over the world. I don’t think we found a single person who said organic food wasn’t a better way to go.

*The very crafty Jules Dervaes runs the Path To Freedom Urban Homestead with his family. They’ve created a genuine farm on their plain ol’ city lot in Pasadena. They were gracious hosts to us for our shoot. And they didn’t give us a hard time for misspelling their family name in the video.

*Christine Bybee is indeed a certified nutritionist –and a nutritionist to the stars! The Rutgers University study she cites is actually still a topic of debate in the nutrition community. Judge for yourself.

*Anna Getty has already judged and is definitely pro-organic! She’s a spokesperson for The Organic Center and understandably I felt a little uncomfortable taking a Big Bite of hot dog in front of her. No worries; I more than made up for it a few weeks later.

*The lady serving me my pizza and salad is Mani, our fabulous PA. I call her Libbie as a way of saying hi to my grandmother.

What got cut… The salad Mani/Libbie put down was put together by the Dervaes family. It was made entirely from their farm, was 100% organic, and was topped by edible flowers. Yum! Still, the original ending had me getting into a tug-of-war over the non-organic pizza with our cameraman! (He won.)

For more info on who I am and what I’m up to, check out my Yahoo! 360 page or my personal site.

And who knows, maybe next time we’re out talking to people on the street, we’ll run into YOU!




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