BDS Book Festival: Good Clean Food + Chat with Beth Leibson

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: December 28, 2021
BDS Book Festival: Good Clean Food + Chat with Beth Leibson

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Beth Leibson, one of the authors of Good Clean Food, is joining us for an interview and is also providing one lucky reader with a free copy of her book.

I can not tell you when exactly I became a closet food activist but it was years ago.  Having grown up chubby, okay fat, I started reading books by Adele Davis, Covert Baily, and others in the 70s and 80s.  It did not take me long to realize that the food I was eating was causing my pudginess as well as other woes such as acne and mood swings.

Good Clean Food

Although food fads have come and gone, the need to keep toxic food away from the dinner table has always been my goal.  These days the red meat I eat is organic and when I can afford it, I purchase organic chicken, fruits and vegetables as well.  Luckily, I live in an enlightened community where GMO crops are banned and as much as possible is grown in a pesticide free manner.

Enjoy the interview with Beth and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

An Interview with Beth Leibson

Tell me about your book, Good Clean Food. What is it about?

Good Clean Food is about the health dangers associated with genetically modified organisms or GMOs. It also talks about the advantages of natural and organic food.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

I was lucky enough to be able to work with world renown expert Dr. Samuel Epstein on this project. Dr. Epstein has devoted his life to fighting GMOs. Most of my research focused on the scientific and statistical research.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading Good Clean Food?

I have long been fascinated by the importance of good nutrition, but to be honest, I didn’t know a lot about GMOs before I began. Good Clean Food points out the reasons for avoiding GMOs and other pesticides in food and provides practical advice on eating healthily.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I am a freelance writer and editor who works mostly in the healthcare arena. I live in New York City with my two children.

Do you have plans for another book?

My next book, also from Skyhorse Publishing, is about life after cancer and healthy survivorship. It addresses emotional, medical, and professional concerns. I am very excited about it because I do not know of any other resource that brings all of this information in one place.

The Book Giveaway

A copy of Good Clean Food has been reserved for one lucky reader.  Here is this week’s question:

What is your greatest concern when it comes to healthy eating?

To enter the giveaway, you need to answer this question by responding in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Wednesday with the winner notified by email announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz.  He or she will have 48 hours to claim the winning book.

Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.

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The Final Word

Pesticide residue, pink slime, GMOs, and now Fukushima contamination; with each passing day, more barriers to healthy eating present themselves. This is an important book that can help you make wise food- shopping choices that will enhance your health, not harm it.

I hope you will enter the giveaway to win your own copy of this must-read book!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight Item:  Good Clean Food: Shopping Smart to Avoid GMOs, rBGH, and Products That May Cause Cancer and Other Diseases

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Between GMOs, hormones, and pesticides, it sometimes feels like our food has become so artificial that shopping smart is impossible. How can we know for sure that the food we buy isn’t putting us at risk? If you’ve got questions, this practical, positive guide has answers. In it, leading public health advocate Samuel Epstein, MD, and coauthor Beth Leibson provide all of the information you need to make the best food choices for you and your family—in language you don’t need a PhD in biology to understand.

Bargain Bin:  Today is all about books.  Listed below are all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone.owl reading book


Backyard Cuisine: Bringing Foraged Food to Your Table
Home Remedies
Living on the Edge: A Family’s Journey to Self-Sufficiency
Make It Last: Prolonging + Preserving the Things We Love
Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills
The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms: Helpful Tips for Mushrooming in the Field
Good Clean Food
The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight
Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living
The People’s Apocalypse
Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better


Going Home: A Novel of Survival (The Survivalist Series)
Surviving Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)
Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse
The Border Marches
Rivers: A Novel
After the Blackout
The End: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)
The Long Road: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)
3 Prepper Romances:  Escape To My Arms, plus 2 other e-books (your choice)
Prepper Pete Prepares: An Introduction to Prepping for Kids


The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
Escaping Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)
Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival

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40 Responses to “BDS Book Festival: Good Clean Food + Chat with Beth Leibson”

  1. My number one concern is the heavy metals and filth that we import from China
    in our food. Anything with the word ‘China’ on it I avoid and anything that says ‘distributed by —‘, anything other than USA, I put back on the shelf and back into the freezer at the grocery. Carry an index card or a list in your phone with the brand names that are safe to eat and safe to serve to your family. Regarding John R, just above my comment on Daniel’s comment: just last summer I had an opportunity to speak in private with the owner of a commercial greenhouse. The owner said that they only use insecticides that are considered ‘organic’. But the owner also confided that the concentration that must be used to actually control the insects is many, many times the normal concentration that would be found in nature. And this makes the organic insecticides very dangerous. But, in this way they can label the produce ‘organic’. Wash all produce and fruit before eating.

    • Ruby, I am becoming a Dr Oz addict. On one show this week he told of some different veggies that you are wasting your money on by buying “organic”. It was mostly fruits and veggies that has thick skins. Avocados, bananas, oranges and the like. What he doesn’t know is that there are different types of insecticides to kill different kinds of insects. Most insecticides kill on contact. This just leaves some residue. Some insecticides kill by the insect eating it. Usually this just leaves some residue, but some insects don’t eat on the surface of the crop, but have “piercing, sucking mouth parts”, like the mosquito. To kill these insects, you need a pesticide that will absorb into the crop, or translocate in the crop. These are systemic pesticides. No way are you going to wash them off. I had a thriving business in Tennessee spraying tobacco. Tobacco had all kinds of insects to eat on them. It took all 3 types of insecticide to kill all the different pest. Some genius came up with an insecticide that you mixed with the fertilizer and the roots of the crops picked up the insecticide and translocated it throughout the plant. That eliminated the need to ever spray the tobacco leafs again. This insecticide was used on various crops. That put a lot of sprayers out of business. Let the people just keep chewing that tobacco.

    • PS. I started my spraying career spraying tobacco. I was a 2 pack a day smoker until I realized what we put on tobacco. I quit cold turkey in 1971. PPS. Some farmers still have a barn full of DDT. They are getting it somewhere.

    • I no longer hold Dr Oz in any type of esteem. I was an avid fan of his until one day last year when he had two guests on the show advocating horse meat as being a lean and healthy food choice. We in the horse community know for a fact that horse meat is highly toxic to humans, especially our bone marrow, because of the routine painkillers and other chemicals given to all horses on a regular basis. It was painfully obvious that Dr Oz doesn’t do his research, because there he was at the end of the show, saying, “So, there you have it, folks. Horse meat is healthy choice for your dinner table” I lost every bit of resp I ever had for him that day. I no longer watch, because I have no idea if what is said on his show is true.

    • Robynne, I just started watching him since January. January he was helping people that started New Years resolutions. You know most all resolutions have to do with loosing weight and eating more healthy foods. His 2 week quick start diet seems to be working for me and the spices he recommends for various health problems, I have already been on for about 6 months. Turmeric, garlic, cyanine, ginger, apple cider vinegar, these kind of things. My blood pressure meds have come down from 40 mg a day to 10 mgs a day. My diabetes meds have come down from 2000 mg a day to 500 mgs a day. Some of the advice he gives is great, some, you may need to research.

  2. My two greatest concerns are not being able to afford healthy food, unfortunately the unhealthy “foods” are more affordable, and being able to actually find out which foods are actually healthy. It seems like a lot of companies are doing their best to hide what is actually in their products. There are a bunch of products that claim to be organic, non com, pesticide free…etc but actually aren’t, so on top of the prices, it can be overwhelming trying to figure it all out.

    • Daniel. I have worked with Green Giant and many other commercial growers all my life. I have worked primarily with green beans and sweet corn, but have worked with potatoes and crops that grow in the muck. Celery, carrots, and some greens. I have worked mostly in Wisconsin and Minnesota but have worked in the artichokes in California. Anyone that tells you they grow crops without the use of any pesticides is are flat not telling the truth. The most dangerous pesticides in the world is a group called “organic phosphates”. Malathion is a relatively safe one. (what they use to spray mosquitos in California with) Its big brother is a killer. Parathion, ethyl and methyl. Any crops can be sprayed with this group of pesticides and still be called ORGANIC.
      You all can lash me with wet noodles, but I wouldn’t waste my money on organic products. How many gardeners do you know that doesn’t have to fight insects. How well do they do, and they are on a small scale? Show me a 50 acre field of crops where the owner says he doesn’t have problems with pest, and I will show you someone that has some way to blow smoke and I can tell you where he is trying to blow his smoke.

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