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Comment by Emil Dimitrov on March 7, 2010 at 9:51pm
You're kicking ass with these vlogs dude!
Comment by John D. Boyden on March 7, 2010 at 10:05pm
I'll award local insight for this one. It is a truer, in my mind, forf wealthier societies and individuals. I think processed foods are likely a cause if not the major cause for how widespread the problem. My guess is some blend of chemicals/additives. I'm also wondering if some change is affecting the gene pool.
Comment by Jake Baird on March 8, 2010 at 12:49am
Yea. Good feedback John! It brings up a very interesting point! :)
Comment by Hugo Oliveira on March 8, 2010 at 9:41am
Great initiative Jake. Yeah, when I think local (western world) obesity is a problem that always comes to mind. People have been warned about it for such a long time though. How long have people been taking shots at McDonalds and everything it represents? Eating fast food in Portugal ends up being more expensive than eating at a restaurant with typical portuguese food.
Comment by Jake Baird on March 8, 2010 at 1:05pm
That is a very interesting idea. You should write a blog on food in Portugal vs. food in America. :)
Comment by Simon Brookes on March 8, 2010 at 1:42pm
Another great video post Jake - thanks for sharing with the network. I was interested in your thoughts on food, and in particular on the record levels of obesity (and related illnesses) we are seeing in many developed nations. I wonder if you and a group of like-minded agents might like to start a mini-project focussing on these issues. What is the reality of the situation in the West (i.e. from the academic research)? What are the problems? How are the broader issues of food security (highlighted in the first episode of the EVOKE comic) going to effect developed countries? Can you imagine a fairer situation where food is distributed more evenly around the globe? Can you innovate solutions which help alleviate obesity while providing food for the vast numbers of people who starve to death each year?

Lots of big questions but that's what EVOKE is all about. I'm giving you +20 Spark for sparking the debate and will award more points if/when you move further with the project.

Keep up the excellent work.

Simon [EVOKE Mentor]
Comment by Jake Baird on March 8, 2010 at 1:46pm
Hey Simon,

I would be interested in a project on obesity. Maybe we can create a discussion board a little later when I get off work. I will try to collect a team together and we will answer the questions as a group. With individual feedback and opinions of course. Thanks for the great idea.

Agent Baird
Comment by Simon Brookes on March 8, 2010 at 2:06pm
Fabulous Jake. For me the key is really getting to the route of the issues which clearly involves lots of research. The larger the group you build working on this topic though - the smarter the solutions. Let me know how you go.

Comment by Jake Baird on March 8, 2010 at 2:10pm
Yep. I will send you a message as soon as I get everything all organized and "all my ducks are in a row".


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