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Start A Homegrown Revolution - A Revolution In Your Kitchen

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Start a revolution in your kitchen

By Marco Visscher,
Ode magazine

The shopping list that really contributes to a better world involves local, biological farmers, fair trade products and vitamin supplements. Here are some steps for an action plan.

Local food

Buying fresh, local seasonal food reduces the need for transport and, consequently, the burden on the environment. In addition, it is beneficial to the local economy. The presence of local markets enables farmers to grow various crops, thus avoiding monoculture and promoting biodiversity. Buying directly from the farmer strengthens the bond between producer and consumer–and is attractive to both.

Fair trade

Fair trade products are traded on the basis of paying a fair price to the producers in developing countries. The products are sold in third world aid shops, but also in supermarkets. Fair-trade quality marks ensure that the terms of fair trade have been observed. To find fair-trade organizations in your country contact the International Federation for Alternative Trade.

Organic food

In biological agriculture pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics and other artificial additives are not used. This method of agriculture is better for the quality of the soil, the environment and both farmers’ and consumers’ health. Biological products have a higher nutritional value. Biological food is available at organic food stores and some supermarkets. Mind the quality mark.

Slow food

The right to indulge in good food is defended by Slowfood, an international organization that has its roots in Italy and by now has about 50,000 members in over 50 countries, from leading chefs to lovers of good food. Slow food promotes a diversity of flavors, traditional production methods and small-scale production. The organization aims to preserve local food traditions.

Vitamins and minerals

Every human being needs vitamins and minerals. Usually, food is the source of vitamins and minerals, but as farmland contains increasingly less nutritional value, it can be advisable to take vitamin and mineral supplements. Some laboratories offer the possibility to examine exactly which vitamins and minerals you need. Do not use random supplements, because more is not always better. Also keep in mind that the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamins varies for each individual. You can always take extra minerals, because you may assume that your magnesium and zinc intake is inadequate.


Fairfood intends to hold to account authorities and companies within Europe on the human right to food, as laid down in Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. According to Fairfood, the EU could, for example, introduce restrictions to the trade in so-called “starvation food”:​ Food destined for the West, which results in starvation in its land of origin.

Oakland, California-​based Food First is a progressive United States think tank that seeks to put an end to poverty and starvation by reforming Western trade and agricultural policy and by formulating solutions to food issues. Food First organizes actions and such, and publishes books.

The Hunger Project in New York wants to put an end to hunger. To this aim the organization involves local populations in developing countries, because the people themselves are sufficiently creative to become the “architects of their own development.​” The Hunger Project explicitly is not a charity, but aims to increase the independence of those who suffer from hunger on a daily basis.

Vïa Campesina is an international movement that represents millions of small and middle-scale farmers, primarily in developing countries. The movement promotes solidarity between farmers who are forced to compete with each other in the world market. Via Campesina holds the view that a country should first produce adequate food to support its own people, before it invites foreign agri-companies to cultivate its farmland.

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Adapted from The Druidry Handbook

by John Greer

You can comfortably reshape your life

using simple methods like these.

They are logical, doable, inexpensive,

and all together combine to help you live a life as a caretaker,

instead of as an exploiter of the earth.

What better way to live?

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1. If you have room for a garden, or can join a public garden, grow some of your own food using organic methods.

2. Buy organic, recycled and other Earth-friendly products instead of conventional ones, even when they cost more.

3. Set the heat 10 degrees cooler and the air conditioning 10 degrees warmer, replace high-wattage light bulbs with efficient ones, and make a habit of turning off anything that doesn’t actually need to be on.

4. Improve your home’s heat efficiency by adding insulation, installing insulated window coverings, weather-​.​.​.​.​.​.​stripping doors, and putting gaskets behind electrical outlets.

5. Put flow restrictors on your faucets and showerhead to save water. If you can’t replace existing toilets with a low-flow version, place a half-gallon jug full of water in the toilet tank to reduce the amount used in each flush.

6. Never buy anything on impulse. If you think you want something, wait at least 24 hours and see if you still want it then.

7. Plant trees whenever and wherever you can, and tend and water them until they can survive on their own.

8. Take a hard look at the electric or gas-powered devices you own. How many could you replace with low-tech equivalents, or simply get rid of? Gather up any that can be replaced or discarded and donate them to charity.

9. Contact your local water, electricity, and heating fuel utilities to find out what conservation programs, rebates, and incentives they offer, and use of them.

10. Shop at a local farmers’ market or join a community-​.​.​.​.​.​.​supported agriculture program.

11. Learn how to entertain yourself and your family and friends instead of letting an energy-wasting machine do it for you. Television and computer games are no substitute for life!

12. Instead of a grass lawn, landscape with plant species are native to your area. Local conservation groups can tell you which plants support native butterflies and birds.

13. Whenever you possible can, walk, bicycle, carpool, or take public transit instead of driving a car.

14. Replace chemical cleansers, laundry detergents, and garden compounds with natural or biodegradable equivalents.

15. Take care of as much of your everyday health care needs as you can using natural methods. Modern medicine is among the most wasteful and polluting of all industries.

16. Live as close as possible to work or school so that you minimize the time and energy wasted in commuting.

17. If you’re building a home, include as many Earth-friendly elements in its design and construction as you can.

18. Compost all your yard waste and vegetable kitchen scraps in a composter or worm bin, and return the compost to the soil.

19. Recycle everything you possibly can.

20. Donate old clothes, housewares, and appliances to charity,
or find other uses for them instead of throwing them away.

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