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MATT AND BEN TOMPKINS
Matt and Ben are brothers who grew up in Hastings, NE, St Joe, Missouri and Valley, NE. They moved around as their father is a minister, Pastor Russ as he's called. Matt and Ben released a comedy album called Songs For Giants last year which you can find at www.songsforgiants.com.
Ben is an accomplished Horse Rider who loves the wild wild west (speaking of which, Matt and Ben are distant relatives to Buffaloe Bill Cody!). Ben is an amazing drummer and spends his spare time finishing his degrees at UNO, singing angelic melodies and bringing sick animals back to health. Ben loves the outdoors and likes riding his motorcycle (along with Matt, but they don't ride on the same bike they each have their own, okay!), fishing and camping outside. Ben won many awards on Speech Teams and is an award-winning accomplished Actor in Omaha.
Ben's brother Matt is also a musician (guitar man) who has performed with Ben in front of thousands of people. An interesting fact people may not know about Matt is that he won a National Championship Medal for Bench Press Powerlifting when he was 23. Matt has degrees from UNO as well and spends his spare time recording Jingle Production for radio people across the country, producing Videos with his own Video Production business and playing far too much NCAA Football on his Xbox.
MATT AND BEN ARE JOINED BY OMAHA AUTHOR AND SPECIAL GUEST WENDY TOWNLEY!
Omaha author, blogger, and social media connoisseur Wendy Townley (www.wendywriter.com) joins brothers Matt and Ben every Saturday afternoon on 1110 KFAB. Wendy's first book, Nerdy Thirty, was published in 2010 by WriteLife. When she's not on the AM airwaves or spending hours on Facebook and Twitter, Wendy is becoming a better cook with each and every meal. She also teaches part-time for the UNO School of Communication.
MATT AND BEN ALSO HOST AN AFTERNOON SHOW WEEKDAY AFTERNOONS ON TWISTER 93.3, OMAHA'S 'NEW' COUNTRY STATION.
YOU CAN LISTEN TO THEM EACH DAY FROM 3-8PM DOING SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT YOU HEAR ON KFAB, BUT THE SAME QUIRKY SENSE OF HUMOR THEY HAVE CROSSES OVER ALL RADIO AIRWAVES.
After a great discussion on this week's Weekly Ten, we were asked to share some of the new research and information about Government Subsidies and a basic lack of Fruits and Vegetables to meet healthy diet requirements.
The USDA has conducted several studies and recent research to show that in order to meet the standards set for a healthy balanced diet we need to dramatically increase our fruit and vegetable intake (as Americans do not meet the needed nutritional requirements right now) and to do that we'd have to dramatically increase production and farming of these fruits and vegetables, as we do not produce enough right now to meet the requirements laid out by the USDA. Main article on this information is right here. CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY.
To Back up the above information another group, The National Cancer Insititute, found in recent studies that we don't import enough fruits and veggies to even meet the daily requirements for a healthy diet. Read the full story HERE.
This is another interesting article about the cost of growing fruits and vegetables and the inability to meet demands, that lead to importing of crops from other countries that don't maintain the same amount of health standards and nutritional content as locally grown crops. Though importation of crops has increased, they still do not meet the necessary requirements of the USDA for daily consumption. FULL STORY HERE
We also haven't increased the consumption of Fruits and Veggies in decades, due in a large part to the subsidies our government gives to an excess farming of corn and soybeans as opposed to other fruits and vegetables that don't have a level playing field. This is why (for expample) buying apples is more expensive than buying junk food, making the options for consumers (especially low income citizens) very limited in what they can provide for their families. A number of studies are summarized in this article from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research as well as National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY
Here is a link to the Trillions we spend on subsidies for crops and where exactly, or WHO exactly gets that money. CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY