Filmed on location at Path to Freedom’s urban homestead and organic farm for this week’s episode.


Hi Answers Pals,

It’s me, J. Keith van Straaten, your answer-seeker and former newsmagazine lyricist.

Our topic this week is organic food –what is it, why does it cost more, and does it really make a difference? I can tell you for certain that this episode has made a difference to me. I’m much more aware of when organic food is made available as an option, and when possible, I try to choose it. I’m not ready to go at it 100%, but I do believe that every little bit helps. (Other times, i just want a big burger.) OK, on to some notes about the making of this episode…*As you can probably tell, I had a horrible cold the day we taped at the organic farm. Or maybe I was just allergic to all that healthy food.*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.

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