The Food Crisis is sparking a wave of violence throughout already destitute countries such as Haiti, several countries in Africa as well as in the Far East. My heart aches for all those wondering how they are going to sustain themselves for the months to come with basic commodity prices soaring to insane highs. The saddest aspect of this crisis is the fact that so many native people have given up their natural born right to grow their own food, some due to outside forces, and others through a growing disconnection to the land and what it means to caretake it and benefit from that.
Like the powerful movie “Life and Debt” by Stephanie Black demonstrated, many farmers in Jamaica and world wide have been forced out of business due to their inability to compete with the flooding of their local markets with foreign, primarily gmo’d foods.
Project E.A.T. held a public viewing of the film this past weekend to expose the greater public of Ft. Lauderdale to this information. Many felt like the film was “preaching to the choir” for them yet there was an overwhelming sense of helplessness and an inability to counteract these superpowers and the damage that is being done to poor people worldwide.
The most important and self empowering thing we can all do right now is start with the basics. We need to be saving seed, planting seed,composting our foods, reaping food planted with our own hands, and buying from local farmers and going GREEN in every single way that we can…
As I sit here in a beautiful home in South Florida, a literal swim away from the island of Haiti, I think about the gross disparity of here and there and the fact that children are eating mud pies mixed with oil to stay alive right now. As much as many Americans and world citizens want to block out the reality, it is going on all over the world and should not be ignored or dismissed as ‘karma’. It seems like we have to start at home, taking small steps to create the change that reverberates throughout the globe. It’s up to us….