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John Robbins was the sole heir to the entire Baskin Robins fortune and empire. He wants to know how do we really be healthy? So I don’t think that’s too common in American households today. Caryn Hartglass: it sounds pretty straightforward. Ocean Robbins: Well, it’s my pleasure for having me. My grandfather founded Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Co., 31 flavors. Ocean Robbins: it does! But I grew up feeling rich because, even though I was monetarily poor, and that’s because of the love of my family. But now we need a revolution to take it back and do what’s best for people and the planet. Caryn Hartglass: Well, it is a revolution but when we look in history, the history of food, there’s a lot of things that has happened, especially in the last 50 years, that have really turned things around and made things really out of control, environmentally and health-wise. Ocean Robbins: Well, I’ll even go back another generation to give you a little context. What is it? He serves as an adjunct professor in the Peace Studies department at Chapman University. And at the same time, laughter is an incredible unifying force. Don’t take them into McDonald’s if you don’t want them to eat the food that McDonald’s serves. Ocean Robbins: Okay, the Food Revolution Network is an online education and advocacy program that’s working for healthy, sustainable, humane and delicious food for everybody; we have about 90,000 members. * Listen by phone to hear…. If we want a healthy world for future generations, if we want a more compassionate world, if we want to be healthy and help our families be healthy, all of these impulses eventually point us, more or less, in the same direction. And that the same food choices that are healthy for us personally are also a beautiful expression politically. you were quite active and an activist in your school and really ahead of your time. And if people ask me, “Do you feel like you’re standing in your dad’s shadow?” I say, “You know what, I actually feel like I’m standing in his light” because my dad has really blazed a trail, not just the trail of a certain way of eating or even a certain a way of thinking, but a trail of integrity. I am sold on plant based diet but just can’t seem to pull it together. If happiness is a product of some combination of what happens to us and the choices we make then I always say most of us spend more of our time bitching and complaining and groaning and grumbling about all of the things that happen to us, and that actually robs us of our capacity to do the best we can before we actually have power, which is in the choices we make and how we respond to life. So you just have to, especially with autistic kids, just not expose them to that stuff, which sometimes it might even mean that you can’t take them shopping if you’re having a lot of issues. We also saw not too many years ago that African-Americans couldn’t vote in the United States in many states. But really, we are very much a product of our conditioning and our habits. We need to change food policies. I’ve seen some people that are considered not very well to do and they still have a lot of stuff. But when you look at the arc of history, you can see certain things. He grew up with an ice cream cone-shaped swimming pool in the backyard and 31 flavors of ice cream in the freezer at all times. Caryn Hartglass: You made an important point before, which I have to continually remind myself to do and that is to look at the path and see how far we’ve come in such a short time because when I look at the short-term situation it’s really easy to be frustrated and think, “What’s the point of doing anything at all?” So I appreciate you bringing that up, when women got the right to vote and when we had Civil Rights Acts and all of those things are amazing. My diet is horrible and I need to make a change. Ocean, Bodhi and River Robbins My wife Michele and I are parents of adorable, love-filled 13-year-old identical twin boys named River and Bodhi. Few is about everybody. He wanted to contribute to building a more ethical, compassionate, healthy, beautiful world and so that is the model that I follow more than any particular philosophy. So I want to reach out and mobilize my generation around this important issue. So I think the bottom line is to take responsibility for what you put on the shopping list and what they’re exposed to. For more information about Ocean’s life and work, go to How do we create a more beautiful world? Caryn Hartglass: Thank you. He’s the co-host and CEO of the 75,000-member Food Revolution Network, which we will be talking about in a moment. He is co-host and CEO of the 75,000 member Food Revolution Network. Is Fluoride Bad for You? So we’re learning. Plant-Based Protein: What You Need to Know, 14 Top Foods to Boost Your Immunity Now So You Can Stay Well During Cold and Flu Season. Don’t put them in front of that stuff. You’ve been listening to It’s All About Food. So I was born in the middle of the woods to parents that were doing yoga and meditating for several hours a day and living very simply and calling their son Ocean; that’s me. Required fields are marked *, Listen: Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 4pm ET by going to PRN, The Progressive Radio Network. But he felt called in a different direction and he ended up walking away from any access to the family wealth and the chance to join in the family company to follow his own rocky road. (Youth for Environmental Sanity) that he directed for the next 20 years. Thank you again. Responsible Eating And Living is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. When I was 16 I founded Youth Environmental Sanity, or YES! We have Mark Hyman. I mean, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony dedicated their lives to working for women’s right to vote many, many decades and they died without ever seeing it come to pass. Or Is Adding Fluoride to Water A Good Thing? And when they got a little bit older we moved to California and my dad began work on a bestselling book called Diet for A new America. Dr. Joel Fuhrman. He’s a founding member of the Turning Tide Coalition, co-founder of the Leveraging Privilege for Social Change Program, and founding co-convener of Leverage Alliance, and he’s the recipient of the Freedom Flame award, the National Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service by an Individual 35 years or younger, and the Harmon Wilkinson Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Social Sciences. Jeffrey Smith and Andy Kimbrell, talking about GMOs and why you should be concerned about the fact that ¾ of the items in your typical supermarket or restaurant contains genetically modified organisms. The beauty of it is we are all unique that actually each of us is the only one of us on this entire planet and I think that’s a wonderful thing, personally. Caryn Hartglass: Sounds pretty good. These are all connected. He serves as an adjunct professor in the Peace Studies at Chapman University. Ocean is author of Choices for Our Future and of The Power of Partnership, and has served as a board member for Friends of the Earth, EarthSave International, and many other organizations. So I’m really interested in how we can live love and live joy more fully in this world. We’re paying a terrible price for the current system. But eventually, women did get the right to vote. A few companies are making a whole lot of money by marketing this stuff to us but our land, and our family farmers and our own health are paying a terrible price for it. Ocean, Michele, River and Bodhi live 100 yards from Ocean’s parents, Deo and John Robbins (author of the international bestseller Diet for a New America and founder of EarthSave). So the arc of history not only had to change the general population; it actually had to reach the men in the country in order to make that happen. In 1990, at age 16, he was the co-founder of YES!, Youth For Environmental Sanity, which he directed for 20 years. And the other thing I was struck by at our last summit is that this is an opportunity that’s available to everybody. Now, when we laugh it sends a signal through our body of comfort and peace and joy and connection. View the profiles of people named Phoenix Robbins. Ocean Robbins: And that’s all that any of us can ever be expected to do, is the best we can we’ve what we’ve got and no matter what we’ve got there’s always the best we can do. Although we have so many bad diets going around and so much controversy about what people should eat, there are certain things that are indisputably obvious. We can save so much misery and we can help create a brighter future for future generations. You are one amazing individual. And I grew up kind of far away from a lot of the world’s problems. And our joy is a bonding force; we all have a lot to be happy about. Eating a lot of factory farm animal products and basing our diets around that is clearly bad for us. The number of food allergies is skyrocketing. It’s like the same diet will cure most diseases or prevent them and are the gentlest on the environment and certainly the most compassionate to all living things. Caryn Hartglass: Well, we love you as you are. We’re spending 18-19% of our U. S. GDP on health care costs and frankly, that’s should be called health care; it should be called disease care. And it’s amazing how it all just kind of snuck up on us and changed everything. And my dad, John Robbins, was groomed to one day join in the family company. Literally one day River, our son, was crying because we ran out of broccoli in the house. 20 min read All About Raw Foods + 7 Raw Food Recipes & No-Cook Meals If you think of raw foods as nothing more than leaves and twigs, you’re missing out on a whole world of fresh, flavorful, and creative eating options. * Leave comments and questions on the PRN voicemail line, 862-800-6805, with your name, the name of this show, It’s All About Food, and your question to be answered on the next program. So how did you manage to have success in that area? The greatest teacher to me in this journey more recently has been my own children because my dad used to tell me, when I was growing up, that he was proud of all my accomplishments but he’d love me just as much if I was autistic. Ocean Robbins: It’s true. So one of the things … You talked about feeling like you were rich when you were young where you really didn’t have any financial assets or means. My dad knows how to interview people like nobody else because this has been his life and work for more than 25 years. Caryn Hartglass: I’m very glad that you took the path that you did because we need you; we need a million of you. And this has been proven out in a number of studies; it’s quite conclusive. Your email address will not be published. His father, John, grew up with an ice cream cone-shaped swimming pool and 31 flavors of dairy ice cream in the freezer. I think it’s a revolutionary act to stand up for something different. Are there any things that stood out or things that you learned from that event last year? [ …] that’s a fabulous thing to realize. Ocean lives in the mountains of Santa Cruz, California, with his beloved wife Michele, and their identical twin boys, River and Bodhi (born in 2001 with autism). And we see that with food too. When you feel love you feel more open, more happy, more connected. So we’re learning about unconditional love. Welcome to my website. What’s really funny, Caryn, I feel like, from my early childhood I had people telling me I was going to save the world someday and that creates its own kind of challenge because I have this sense of pressure inwardly that I should accomplish huge things and be huge things, and there’s a kind of perfectionism that can come with that.

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