Meet Our Health Expert
Dr. Greene: healthy kids are his specialty.
In his quest to educate and inspire parents about their children’s health, Dr. Alan Greene is a trusted and beloved pediatrician. A practictioner and father of four, Dr. Greene has devoted himself to giving real answers to parents’ real questions, ranging from common childhood conditions to the rarest childhood illnesses. His answers combine cutting-edge science, practical wisdom, warm empathy and a deep respect for parents, children and the environment. It’s no wonder that Intel named him the Children’s Health Hero of the Internet.
Dr. Greene is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of California at San Francisco. Upon completion of his pediatric residency program at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Northern California he served as Chief Resident. In 1995, he launched DrGreene.com, cited by the AMA as the first physician website on the Internet. More than 700,000 people a month visit his award-winning site. He is a Clinical Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and is an Attending Physician at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.
Learn more about Dr. Greene at DrGreene.com.
Growing our foods organically has proven to be one of the hottest, fastest-growing movements of the 21st century. Already, more than 4 million acres of American farmland have been dedicated to raising our food more sustainably, with an eye toward our health and our future. That’s four million acres farmed intelligently without the use of toxic pesticides or other toxic chemicals; four million acres nurtured with both ancient and modern techniques that are in balance with nature, helping to reduce the production of greenhouse gasses and reduce the threat of global warming. As recently as 1990, when Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act, there were fewer than one million acres of organic farmland. In just twelve years, by 2002, that amount had doubled. Then the pace of progress picked up. Within just three more years, the amount of organic farmland doubled again. In 2005 we enjoyed, for the first time, certified organic farmland in all 50 states. It’s been exceptional progress, but we can do more.
If organic cropland continues to double—and it can!—we can hope to see a revitalization and renewal of our streams and our soil as we build a smart, sustainable future. I can remember drinking stream water in our National Parks when I was a child, because it was so pure. I can remember catching and eating fish from our local streams. Today, all of the streams surveyed by the USGS, and over 90 percent of fish tested in farming regions, were polluted with pesticides. We can reclaim our streams, our food, our future.
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