“Food is not a commodity. It is not ‘stuff’ put together mechanically and artificially in labs and factories. Food is life.
Food holds the contributions of all beings that make the food web, and it holds the potential for maintaining and regenerating the web of life.
Food also holds the potential for health and disease, depending on how it was grown and processed. Food is therefore the living currency of the web of life.
As an ancient Upanishad reminds us: “Everything is food, everything is something else’s food.” Good food is the basis for good health. But bad food, industrial food, fake food is the basis for disease.”
Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine”. In Ayurveda, India’s ancient science of life, food is called ‘sarvausadha’ the medicine that cures all disease.
Industrial food systems have reduced food to a commodity, to ‘stuff’ that can then be constituted in the lab. In the process both the planet’s health and our health has been nearly destroyed.
As much as 75 percent of the planetary destruction of soil, water, biodiversity, and 50 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from industrial agriculture, which also contributes to 75 percent of food related chronic diseases.
Chemical agriculture does not return organic matter and fertility to the soil. Instead it is contributing to desertification and land degradation. It also demands more water since it destroys the soil’s natural water-holding capacity.”
Join us together with Dr. Vandana Shiva for
FORUM2021 Sacred Food ~ Blessed Earth
ONLINE September 9, 2021 10am-2pm ET
International Speakers, Prayer Contributors, Musicians presenting:
Rev. Jim Antal, Dr. Michael Bos, Rev. J. Elise Brown PhD, Imam Saffet Catovic, Samir Chatterjee, HE Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche, Steve Gorn, Edgar Hayes, Clayton Harvey, Dr. Tyrone B. Hayes, Lyla June, Rev. Susan Hendershot, Prof. Ephraim Isaac, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Eda Zavala Lopez, Chief Oren Lyons, Kathryn Manga, The Marble Choir, Marble Community Gospel Choir, Dame Prof. Meher Master Moos, Dr. Daphne Miller, Shani Mink, Darcy Neill, Leah Penniman, Grandmother Mona Polacca, Ann Rader, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Pandit Shukla Ji, Adelita San Vicente Tello, Mary Evelyn Tucker PhD, Rev. Dr. John H. Vaughn, Chris Wang, Daniel Wanjama