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Uganda District Governor recognizes Plant Powered Uganda

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Group Leader Badru Muzidalifah, and his Pod, Plant Powered Uganda, received a letter of appreciation from the District Governor in Uganda for their work in the community. Badru is a native of Kalisizo, Uganda, and left his university to take care of several orphaned children from his village, all of whom he is raising to be vegan. 

Badru is very passionate about educating community members about a whole food, plant-based diet and providing them with healthy food from his community garden. 

Plant Powered Uganda has grown to over 600 Pod Members. This past spring, the Pod received a generous gift of seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, a seed company who contacted PlantPure Communities with the offer to donate seeds to Pods. Badru stated, “Our garden has truly grown so fast and our crops are so beautiful. Our 38 acres of pineapple looks good as well as our bananas, maize, beans, and passion fruits.”

Original Submission received from Badru Muzidalifah, Group Leader of Plant Powered Uganda in Kalisizo, Uganda on September 16, 2019.

A Midwestern Solution | Field of Greens, Dubuque, IA

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June 13, 2016

The Putnam Family and their PlantPure Group Field of Greens

Field Of Greens Group: http://www.plantpurepods.com/podsdirect/dubuque-ia-field-of-greens-group-1520024859/

Scott Putnam is leader of the Field of Greens PlantPure Pod in Dubuque, Iowa –  a takeoff on the Field of Dreams baseball field which is less than 20 miles down the road. After talking to Scott, its apparent he really does have big dreams. His story began over 20 years ago when his father passed away from cancer at the young age of 53, 10 days after Scott graduated from college. Twenty years later, Scott went through a similar experience with his wifes father.  After his father-in-laws death, he and his wife and family moved from China, where they were teaching, to his in-laws house to become full time caretakers for his mother-in-law.

After receiving another wake up call  – this time from his own doctor, Scott went on a personal quest to discover how other people prevent serious illness and achieve optimal health. In the process, he learned as much as he could about health, wellness, and weight loss, but soon found himself overwhelmed and confused by all the conflicting information.

One day his wifes aunt and uncle brought a DVD to their house: Forks Over Knives. It was Scotts Aha moment, and he knew that this film had the answer he was seeking.

I asked myself one simple question:  how healthy do I want to be?, Scott said.

Never having felt like a 10 out of 10 on the healthy-scale in his entire life, he set out to see if he could achieve that goal through whole food, plant-based eating. Luckily for Scott, his wife, Beth, agreed to join him on his journey. Together, they made a deep dive into the research of the films doctors, and learned about the undeniable connection between diet and health.  Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Neal Barnard, and Dr. McDougall became our Fantastic 4 – superheroes changing the world!

Scott and Beth experienced all the beneficial effects mentioned in the film. They felt full after eating – they had a new level of energy – and Scott was finally able to sleep well through the night. By the end of the first five months of full immersion into whole food, plant-based eating (coupled with a light exercise program), Scott lost 50 pounds. By the end of the next several months, he lost another 15 pounds and his cholesterol and blood pressure normalized.

In Scotts words, I now have a new way of eating without dieting that I can depend on for the rest of my life. No more wondering about what the next new wonder diet or amazing weight loss pill is going to be.

As a family, they made the shift to a whole food, plant-based lifestyle and have never looked back. Next, he and Beth studied WFPB nutrition and received certificates through the Center of Nutrition Studies and eCornell University so that they could help others along a similar journey. Their 11-year-old daughter completed the coursework and received a certificate as well, making her the youngest to date! Dr. T. Colin Campbell predicts she will set the world on fire by helping other kids learn about nutrition and eating plant-based foods.

The Putnams are committed to spreading the word far and wide about all the amazing benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. They tirelessly educate others in their local community through wellness coaching, speaking in schools and at events. They extend their support further through electronic media, and are working on an online program. Scott says, Its exhilarating to be a support beacon for others on their journey. My vision is to do my part to heal a sick world where most are eating the way everyone else does, and slowly begin to change the norms and culture surrounding food.

After seeing the movie PlantPure Nation, Scott felt compelled to create a local Pod group in his small city of Dubuque, Iowa (which is in the heart of meat and dairy country). Although theyve only theyve only had four meetings so far, the turnouts have been spectacular! It turns out that even in a community steeped in Midwestern traditions and cooking, many people are looking for answers. Although they still get the alien look, once in awhile, word about their group is spreading fast. They are connecting with local activists, community farm organizations, medical professionals, and many others doing great work to spread the word about eating more plants and less animals.

What does their group have planned? So far theyve done small cooking demos and had a local chef come and talk about how to create amazing flavors with plant foods. In addition, theyve been able to Skype in well-known pioneers in the field at their meetings. At the next meeting on April 22nd (Earth Day), their daughter Paige is planning to do a Kids Pod and shell be doing a cooking demo and talking about the importance of eating plant-based for ourselves, the animals, and the planet. Go Paige!

Scotts parting thoughts are Theres a real movement happening here, and once people learn about this and gain just a hint of awareness, their natural curiosity takes over. If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere. As Nelson Campbell said, its a law of nature.’”

Visit Scott’s Website  and the Field of Greens pod site  to learn more about what this committed team is doing in Dubuque, Iowa.