Peace and Food: More Than Words

OK, let’s do a little exercise. Grab a pen and paper. Without thinking much about it, write down the first 5 words that come to your mind when you hear the word PEACE.


OK, now, take a deep breath, clear your mind, re-center… Continue reading

Non-Violent Agriculture

Farmer and Volunteer at Bija Vidyapeeth, Navdanya’s Biodiversity Conservation Farm July 2010

Vandana Shiva on Sustaining India’s Agriculture

Environmental activist Vandana Shiva has been working to build an organic agriculture movement across India for the past 22 years through the Navdanya Trust, an organization that she founded and directs. She recently spoke with Worldwatch India Fellow Anna da Costa about the connections between sustainable agriculture, climate change, and poverty alleviation. Continue reading

Local food = ethical food? Doesn’t always work that way


From Wednesday’s Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 12:00AM EST
Last updated Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 6:08PM EST

Lionel Campbell says it all started with a pain in his chest. The 28-year-old, who came to Canada from Jamaica as a temporary worker in 2008, had been planting, picking and spraying cucumbers at a Southwestern Ontario greenhouse for nearly two years.

Sometimes, the chemicals he sprayed burned his nostrils. Sometimes, they burned his eyes. Sometimes, the spray was so thick, he could taste it. Continue reading

Ten Mindful Eating Tips

  One of the most important ways we can practice inner peace is through the way we eat. If we are lucky enough to eat several times a day, we have numerous opportunities to use eating as a way to bring us to the present moment, to practice gratitude, and realize our deep connection with all of life.

There are many simple ways that we can begin to practice mindful eating. Continue reading

The Five Contemplations

These are the Five Contemplations by Thich Nhat Hanh, which are said before meals. The practice of reciting these contemplations before eating is a way to foster mindful eating, and helps to promote inner peace through food. Continue reading

Mindful Eating as Food for Thought

Diners wait until everyone is seated at the Blue Cliff Monastery.

Published: February 7, 2012

TRY this: place a forkful of food in your mouth. It doesn’t matter what the food is, but make it something you love — let’s say it’s that first nibble from three hot, fragrant, perfectly cooked ravioli.

Now comes the hard part. Put the fork down. Continue reading