Food for Change, 52°

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Eliav Bitan, 6 years, 3 months ago

Hey Dmitiri,
Check out this awesome local food initiative at Columbia University in New York City: http://www.celsias.com/project/columbia-community-garden/

Dimitri F., 6 years, 2 months ago

Cheers Eliav, very nice :-)

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About This Project 

How You Can Make a Positive Difference by Choosing WHAT You Eat

Causing global change one meal at a time...

What we eat "locally" makes a difference globally. Our mouth is about as local as it gets, so its the perfect place to start climate changing action. Maybe leadership begins with choosing what goes into our mouth, not with what comes out of it...

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROJECT
Every food we consume is grown or manufactured somewhere. Be it of animal or plant origin, the production of our food is a huge industry. When we purchase certain foods, we support certain food industries. When we buy milk for example or something that is made from milk or contains milk products we financially support any industry that profits from our purchase directly or indirectly.
Our individual food purchase validates the existence of the corresponding industry and gives it power.

Every time you purchase food, you vote. How to participate in "Food For Change" is by voting for the industries that help our society to act sustainably and as much as possible in harmony with nature by purchasing locally grown, fresh, organic, whole, plant-based, non-GMO foods whenever possible.

THE CARBON IMBALANCE
Simplified -- the production of animal based foods like meat, poultry, milk, intensive non-organic cultivation of monoculture crops, and transport intensive food trading practises all contribute heavily to the man-made carbon imbalance in the world's ecosystem. The consumer demand for such foods supports high carbon emission industries.
On the other hand it is valid to say that the production of plant based unrefined whole foods (organic growing practises ideally, which is chemical free) and their increasing consumption as close to the source as possible contribute heavily to a low carbon emission industry pattern. This also contributes to a healthier population and helps reduce the demand [cost] for medical industry services.

CONSUMER AWARENESS = CONSUMER POWER
"No person is an island entire of itself; every person is a part of the whole."
The more aware we individually become that we are a part of an [eco]system and that all our choices yield consequences within that system, the more we can appreciate our ability to influence the whole by virtue of our individual choices and related actions. This does not only apply to the foods we consume.

SUPPLY AND DEMAND
The food industry is made up of companies whose reason to develop products (the supply) is to make a profit. They need to follow consumer demand in order to stay in business. By adjusting our food habits we collectively determine how the food industry must respond. (Supply and demand mechanism) This is already happening with organic foods but that's a good start at best, considering the amount of non-organic food products on the shelves.
How much positive impact could your personal decisions have when pooled with millions of other people's food choices? Can you appreciate the flow-on effects on the food industry and related businesses?

YOUR CHOICE MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Understanding the cycles: By virtue of what you - yes you :-) eat you have a small impact on every industry up and down the economic "food chain", namely agriculture, the health industry (demand for drugs, surgery, chemo etc.), the transport industry (demand for fossil fuel burned to get pizza to your door)... etc. By replacing one "bad" food habit with a "green" food habit at a time you will actually make a difference, even if only a small one. And many small differences add up...

A LIKELY OUTCOME
Let's think globally and act locally. Cumulatively speaking, all "green" food choices will make manifest a green food industry contributing to global cooling by default. The more people that want locally produced organic foods for example, the more the food industry must move in that direction to meet demand.

WE ARE THE SEEDS
Maybe Climate Change Leadership begins with what we put into your mouths, not with what comes out of it. If we pay only lip service nothing much will happen. We must act.
Want big global change? Let's begin with small actions - with our personal [food] choices.

WEIGHT LOSS
Eating only a little bit too much food - every day - will inevitably result in overweight. Many small actions amount to big change. Doing a little bit of weight-losing things every day instead will just as inevitably result in weight loss.
People wanting to lose the cause of their weight challenges only have lasting success when they change their food habits.
Same goes with the eco-overweight that we have collectively accumulated. The choices that got us here over the last hundred or so years were mostly based on profiteering, the growth economy philosophy, credit for instant satisfaction and the domitation of nature rather than learning to work in harmony with nature.
The choices that will get us to our future are the ones we are making now. Today's choices, actions and non-actions become the market forces that begin to shape that very future. One step at a time, no quick fixes.

MOTIVATION
Top motivator Tony Robbins likes to say that there are only two key factors that really motivate people: Avoiding pain and gaining pleasure.
Transitioning to a climate concious way of living may be challenging. But big challenges can be tackled by taking small steps at a time. Experiement with making new food choices based on locally grown supply, organically produced foods, less meats, animal based and refined products but more veggies and fruit and generally favor whole foods over refined ones.
Seek out information that supports these values and test if you agree with them in your heart. Study what people have to say who have gained knowledge through experience and research in that area.

So then, what to base our food choices on?
1) T.C. Campbell's book www.thechinastudy.com is a fantastic place to start.
2) Try to appreciate how what we eat, what we do (our actions) and what we buy (our money) actually CREATE the economic world that produces the [food] products that either contribute to global warming or global cooling simply by what they are and HOW they are produced.
Just because something is on the shelf you don't have to buy it.

tbc

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3 Project Updates 

In my personal experience ... in February 2009 by Dimitri F.

I have followed the RaveDiet approach for over a year now. For me the journey has been simply leaving out all animal products and focussing on plant-based foods only. As much as possible locally grown products but still enjoying foods grown overseas, like quinoa for example.
A quick list of the main benefits I am experiencing personally are: vastly increased energy levels and a general feeling of "joy for living" along with having discovered plenty of new ways to eat glorious food.
Hopefully more and more people realize how food has a huge impact on their personal health and on the planet's. May this inspire people to make new choices in their consumption patterns.
Let's hope a new common sense of nutrition will slowly infiltrate the masses and thereby contribute to the healing of our environment as well.

Project description re-written in September 2008 by Dimitri F.

The more I research into this FOOD FOR CHANGE idea and contemplate it, the more I am convinced that our collective food choices are a driving force in where we are going as a global community.

My research has had significant impact on what I eat, to the extent that I now eat only plant based food and loving it.

I have re-written the project desciption taking advantage of the extra space provided.

Thank you Celsias - Go Celsias visitors!

Critical Next Steps for anyone who sees the point: in August 2008 by Dimitri F.

Education only has value if one acts on it. Just reading up about stuff alone won't change the world, on the contrary, it can create confusion and paralysis.
<b>Honour your intelligence ~ take informed action!</b>

Read: http://www.alternet.org/environment/74605/?page=entire
Read: "The China Study" by T.Colin Campbell.
Visit: www.thechinastudy.com
Visit: www.ravediet.com, purchase book "The Rave Diet and Lifestyle" with video in it.