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Food Waste and How it is recycled

Here is a great  video about Food Waste and two options for recycling it.

Food Waste – how it is recycled from RecycleNow on Vimeo.

 

Seeds Of Freedom

Seeds of Freedom charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolize the global food system.The film highlights the extent to which the industrial agricultural system, and genetically modified (GM) seeds in particular, has impacted on the enormous agro -biodiversity evolved by farmers and communities around the world, since the beginning of agriculture.

World Food Day – October 16th

October 16th is World Food Day.  Developed by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of The United Nations, the purpose is to raise awareness about food security issues, agriculture, poverty and hunger around the world.

Each year a different focus is taken in an attempt to encourage dialogue, highlight areas of concern, and as a call to action. In 2011 the theme is Food Prices -From Crisis to Stability. Food Security is on the minds of everybody these days. From shopping local at farmers markets and growing food in community gardens, to  buying sustainable and fairly traded foods.  The media is saturated with stories and images about hunger, from the horn of Africa to our local elementary schools.The story is the same, poverty leads to food insecurity and in the poorest nations, death.

Yesterday I went down town to Occupy Vancouver, to stand in solidarity, and bear witness to this important movement.

What do the Occupy Protests have to do with food security?  The movement is a voice for us all, it is students, and families and seniors. It is the unemployed, and the underemployed. It is a global call to action for every person who feels the system needs to change, starting now.Occupy Wall Street is the direct result of the dissatisfaction felt by  millions of people.

The issues are varied, but one message is clear; We can not continue to consume and exploit natural resources.

The famine that exists today is a direct result of greed. Will we allow this to continue?  Sometimes these issues seem far away and we can feel overwhelmed and helpless to make a difference. Action speaks louder then words.  Grow some of your own food, volunteer in any capacity working with food. Help people in your own neighbourhood, donate to local food banks, and organisations around the world that are helping the most vulnerable. You can make a difference.

The “F” word

Hungry No More _ ONE Campaign_ Take action now!

It  is really overwhelming watching the hunger crisis unfold on the other side of the world, while here in Canada we are so insulated from anything even close to this. Hungry No More form the ONE campaign uses pop culture icons to appeal to our senses and asks us to sign this petition;

Dear World Leaders,

The famine in Somalia could kill 750,000 in the coming months, and tens of thousands have already died. When you meet at the Group of 20 (G20) Summit in November, you have the opportunity to break the cycle of famine and ensure people are hungry no more. Lives are in your hands. Please keep the promises you have made to the 2 billion poor people who depend on farming for their livelihoods.

From what I have read and heard it is already too late. When cholera and disease that always come with the wet season hits these people their chance of survival will be slim. They are malnourished, and even with food aid now they will die. Thousands of children everyday day are dying.

My “Western Guilt” surely gets to me. I feel like I honestly try to work towards food security in my own backyard, still I feel helpless when it comes to the unimaginable human tragedy that exists in the world today – October  8th 2011.

The stock market fluctuates, Occupy Wall Street – and other streets- rages on. Is this the revolution?  I want to believe things could change.

Is this the beginning ? Or will we all continue with our blinders on. What do our  “important” schedules and appointments today mean while while millions of people around the world live on less then $3 a day and  struggle to exist.

I consciously send out love and peace to all the people of the world who do not know the security I take for granted everyday.

This Thanksgiving – which in Canada is this weekend – Please send your thoughts and prayers to the most vulnerable people. Do everything in your power to try and help them. Everything you do can make a difference. Give your time, your money and your attention to this issue. These are our brothers and sisters and what we do to them we do to ourselves.

 

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