Thursday, August 12, 2010
I may be late to the game (can this possibly be true after 30+ years of bona fide hippie thinking, vegitarian living, yogi being, health food eating, organic shopping, health food teaching, consciousness raising living ?? ) but after viewing and agonizing over Food Inc. and the electrifying revelations that sparked my consciousness about the nature of the food industry in America, I realized that I'm no farmer. I hadn't the slightest idea what our basic food producing industry faces each and every day - and what that means to me - to you - to our children...so my revelations over Food Inc and the challanging issues of genetically modified foods and their relevance to our survival was disturbing.
I just now watched the documentary "The Future of Food."
Now I'm in "no shit sherlock" land.
No newcomer to the game this documentary - but rather a beacon of light that has been shining for a decade.
Perhaps I - like you - are simply newer to it's message.
Friends - family - students - followers - ALL of you who have a vote - and use your vote - and care for your vote... watch this, I beg you.
I am coming to know with every fiber of my being that our universal presumption that in two, or three, or four years, we can just keep sashaying into our local (USA) supermarket and presume we can nourish ourselves with our purchases is likely to be an illusion beyond measure - and based solely on present moment ignorance.
Look my dears - look.
It begs the question - who are we, really...and what are we doing?
To those of us in the USA who feel we are the "heroes" of the world...feeding the poor and sending relief to the needy, what are we contributing to the international food industry? Are we heroes to the less industrialized?? True supporters of the less fortunate??? Watch what we are doing with our rights over food and see if this matches who you think you are, and what you represent.
Ahhhh...we are so innocent.
I seek not to intrude on your dream state, but rather to empower you to DO what YOU can DO rather than believe that someone else is doing it for you - that you are being "taken care of" - that putting food in pretty packages means that you don't even have to think.
I encourage you to get your Starbucks now and stay wide awake as you watch the testimony in this film. Stay awake just long enough to feel something.
You will know what to do.
You will know what and where your choices are, and how to vote with your consumer dollars.
You will know.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Will is one of the many facebook friends I can now lean on to
post good and valuable information so that when I scan my
news feed I am enlivened with interesting possibilities and
informative opportunities. As I routinely selected and
eliminated the negative gripers and woe is me-ers from
my everyday interactions (yes I do indeed work my privacy
settings!) that news feed has become a source of information
that lightens and inspires me. I am now quite a fan of good
and judicious sharing through social networks.
Today I clicked on a TED video that Will posted about this
fellow who swam across a newly created lake on Mount
Everest...a lake created as the result of glacial melt.
At the end of his talk, Lewis offers a challenge to each and every one
of us - an opportunity to leave the world a better place for our children
as a result of our own choices today.
Highlighting the man, his acumen and his mission seemed
the right stuff for The Hundredth Monkey view.
Lewis Gordon Pugh loves to pioneer new swimming
routes around or between landmarks once thought unswimmable.
In 2006, he swam the drought-stricken Thames; also that year
he became the first swimmer to do a long-distance swim in all
five oceans of the world. The following year, he made the first
long-distance swim across the North Pole -- where climate
change made the ice temporarily disappear. Heading into the
second decade of his swimming career, he's regarded as the
greatest cold-water swimmer in history.
His swims have given him a sea-level view of our planet,
and inspired him to do his bit to help preserve it. He left a
career in maritime law to become a public speaker on
environmental issues with his group, Polar Defence Project –
and of course to plan more astonishing swims and treks.
In September 2008, Pugh and Robbie Hedgus kayaked
across the Arctic Ocean into the polar ice pack, to raise
awareness of the thinning sea ice and the dangers of
climate change in the Arctic and across the world. And at t
he end of May 2010 he swam 1 kilometer across Pumori,
a meltwater lake situated next to the Khumbu Glacier on Mount
Everest, at an altitude of 5300 meters, to draw attention to the
melting of the Asian glaciers. He completed the swim -- the
highest any person has undertaken -- in less than 23 minutes. He says:
"Glaciers are not just ice:
they are a lifeline,
they provide water to 2 billion people,
and we need to protect them"
Here's a link to the talk - an inspiring time out for you to view and ponder.
What did you come up with that you can commit to?
May it be a blessing to all,