Salam & Peace,
We have been invited by the University of Toronto to speak on ‘Food & Religion’, a very interesting topic that is part of their ‘Religion in the public sphere’ series. Our main topic will be ‘restoring sacredness’, a topic that really is the heart of it all. When we realize what sacred beings we are, our miraculous beginning, and our most noble spiritual destiny, we’ll see ourselves, our food, our environment and all other inhabitants of the cosmos in a different light….
If you happen to be in Toronto, or know someone who will be, try and swing by if you can.
This is such an important topic, as we belive a spiritual based approach to food is very profound, yet not regularly discussed. We pray we can share something of value.
Spread the word!
In case you have not watched it, or want to watch it again, you now see the Oscar nominated Food Inc for FREE on PBS or online.
Check online at here to see when its in your market.
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If you eat you should watch this, otherwise its not really that important or interesting. Food Inc exposes the factory farm model of modern agri-business in all its glorious issues. From GMO (you are a guinea pig in biggest experiment in human history), to factory farms, animal welfare to workers rights…Its all a bit overwhelming, really.
But ignorance is NOT bliss, when it comes to what we are eating. It wont go away till we make more informed decisions on what we eat. As many have stated, we vote for what type of agricultural system we support every time we lift a fork to our mouths. Yes eating is a nutritional act, but is is also an economic, and political one as well. What we buy to eat determines our health, the health of our enviornment, our political policies, and drives the economy as well.
And of course, since your at GZ, you know our view. Eating is also a spiritual act, because there is no more intimate way we interact with our world than food. And what we eat affects our spiritual progression towards the Divine.
So watch it already!
Salam and Peace,
Green Zabiha is a member of the Farmer To Consume Legal Defense Fund, a legal watchdog that fights for the rights of small farmers across America. Increasingly regulations are being put in place which could seriously affect the ability for small farmers to survive, it should be no surprise that many of these are being pushed by big Agri-business and if they get their wish our food choices will be severely affected. Stand up for small farmers! One of the most disturbing provisions of this bill is the ability for the government to conduct random, warrentless searches of business records of farmers. I don’t even think they can do that for drug dealers. I know many of you are familiar with ‘action alerts’, but usually they are about civil liberties, etc. While those are very important, we should also take part in these types of alerts because they affect all of us, and if passed they can have very significant implications for us moving forward.
Please read the below action alert and spread the word, additionally we’d encourage as many people as possible to join FTCLDF to support their important work.
We recently had the opportunity to meet Michael Pollan, the author of must read books The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food. He mentioned that he is compiling a catalog of ‘food wisdom’s’ from various traditions. I said I’d try to spread the word, collect the responses and send back to him.
So do you think you could help out? Do you have any sayings/wisdom/aphorisms regarding food that you remember you mother, grandmother, elders etc say? It doesn’t have to be from ancient times, or be profound, it just needs to be some wisdom that has to do with food.
For example, one he mentioned that was both relatively recent and straightforward was a grandmother used to say ‘the whiter the bread, the sooner you’re dead’. Highlighting the low nutritional value of white bread from refined flours!
It’d be great if we could put together some thought into this and submit something from whatever tradition you may have access to African American, Kashmiri, Arab, Afghan etc., so help out and send us over what you got. Perhaps you can ask some elders to find out if they have anything that comes to mind, it could be an interesting exercise!
Email us (info (at) greenzabiha.com) or fill out the form.