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Part 4 - Critical thinking and future food

Updated: Apr 23, 2021

LifeHakx - Critical Thinking and future food

By Eva Wisenbeck 23/11/2020

Conspiracy Theory vs Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

There are many definitions of Critical Thinking, I really like this:

“Critical Thinking is about being an active learner rather than a passive recipient of information”

Use of the term ‘critical thinking’ to describe an educational goal goes back to the American philosopher John Dewey (1910), who more commonly called it ‘reflective thinking’. He defined it as active, persistent and careful consideration of any belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the grounds that support it, and the further conclusions to which it tends.

Here is a great simple exercise to look at thinking critically from

Think of something you’ve recently heard or read, then ask yourself the following questions:

  • Who said it? Someone you know? Someone in a position of authority or power? Does it matter who told you this?

  • What did they say? Did they give facts or opinions? Did they provide all the facts? Did they leave anything out?

  • Where did they say it? Was it in public or in private? Did other people have a chance to respond an provide an alternative account?

  • When did they say it? Was it before, during or after an important event? Is timing important?

  • Why did they say it? Did they explain the reasoning behind their opinion? Were they trying to make someone look good or bad?

  • How did they say it? Were they happy or sad, angry or indifferent? Did they write it or say it? Could you understand what was said?

Mark Hyman and his latest book “Food Fix”

Right, so how can we learn more and help ensure a safe and sustainable food future for us and for our children and grandchildren, and for earth?

Dr Mark Hyman’s latest book “Food Fix: How to Save Our Health, Our Economy, Our Communities, and Our Planet – One Bite at a Time” is a great place to start.

He describes Food Fix as “a hard-hitting manifesto that will change the way you think about — and eat — food forever, and will provide solutions for citizens, businesses, and policymakers to create a healthier world, society, and planet.”

Dr. Mark Hyman is a family physician and a leader in the field of Functional Medicine (preventative and root cause medicine). He’s the founder and director of The UltraWellness Center, the Head of Strategy and Innovation of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and Board President for Clinical Affairs for The Institute for Functional Medicine. Dr. Hyman also hosts the podcast The Doctor’s Farmacy, do check that out for many great and thought provoking interviews.

You can read the first chapter of “Food Fix” here:

You can listen to the podcast episode here:


Bloomberg - Diseased Chicken for Dinner? The USDA Is Considering It 11th of August 2020 - Executive Order on Delegating Authority Under the DPA with Respect to Food Supply Chain Resources During the National Emergency Caused by the Outbreak of COVID-19 28th of April 2020

FDA “FDA Announces Temporary Flexibility Policy Regarding Certain Labeling Requirements for Foods for Humans During COVID-19 Pandemic”

FDA “Temporary Policy During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Regarding the Qualified Exemption from the Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption”

EPA Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)

“Slaughterhouse COVID-19: Meat Deemed Essential, Workers Expendable”

BBC “Agriculture Bill: Lords win vote to protect post-Brexit standards”

The Guardian “It's not just chlorinated chicken: five foods a US trade deal could bring to the UK”

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