PeaceMeal Featured on the PeacexPeace Web Site

PeaceMeal was featured in Voices from the Frontlines this week onPeacexPeace (“peace by peace”).

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According to its web site:

Peace X Peace is the international organization that lifts and multiplies women’s voices, strengthens women’s capacity to connect across divides, promotes leadership and gender equity, and nurtures a global network of peacebuilders in 120 countries.

Voices from the Frontline features “first-person accounts of what is happening around the world, how it impacts women, and how women are building cultures of peace.”

We are honored to be a part of this movement, and hope that our humble efforts with PeaceMeal can contribute to the growing culture of peace. 

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The Last Diet You Will Ever Need

There’s something seriously flawed about our food system, and so many of us are sick or struggling as a result.  But need it be so difficult?  Mark Hyman discusses the opportunities provided by a real food diet, a simple alternative to fad diets and passing food trends.  This article is a republication of an article published on June 3, 2012, by The Huffington Post (additional photos and images).


Why is it that we believe we can feed our bodies industrial, nutrient-depleted food-like substances empty of life and be healthy? How did we come to believe that food industry chemicals and processing could replace nature-made foods?


Paying It Forward: Karma Kitchen and Seva Cafe

In a world of increasing individualism and a widely-perpetuated myth of scarcity, a wave of people and projects are recolonizing spaces to encourage service, celebrate abundance, and to foster and practise generosity.  This post was drawn from content on The Global Oneness Project, the Karma Kitchen, and the Seva Cafe websites.

Imagine a restaurant where there are no prices on the menu and where the check reads $0.00 with only this footnote: “Your meal was a gift from someone who came before you. To keep the chain of gifts alive, we invite you to pay it forward for those who dine after you.”

That’s Karma Kitchen, a volunteer-driven experiment in generosity.

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Toronto’s Community Cannery

There’s maybe nothing better, in my humble opinion, than making food among friends.  The process of working together, cooperating to get something accomplished, tasting, adding, sharing kitchen wisdom, problem-solving, and the inevitable laughter and conversation that comes from it all is deeply satisfying and brings me a sense of personal peace I find in very few other places.

On Wednesday, July 11, I attended my first session as a member of the community supported orchard of the West End Food Co-op‘s Community Cannery.   This project is a unique feature of the emerging Toronto-based food co-operative, and an empowering concept in the wake of disappearing canneries across the country.

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Autonomy Through Community: Santropol Roulant

At the end of June, I went to Montreal for a conference on Studies in Co-operation and Co-operative Education, and was so fortunate to squeeze in some visits to food organizations in the city.  Loaded down with overnight bag and conference presentation materials, I headed on foot from the train station directly to Santropol Roulant, a 17-year-old meals-on-wheels service located in the Plateau neighbourhood of Montreal.

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Ownership of Land

Walking towards the disputed olive

We are in Teqoa, Palestine, southeast of Bethlehem. I thought we were just getting out to change vehicles. I wasn’t expecting anything to happen. The military wasn’t expecting anything either.

It turns out that Teqoa farmers have been denied access to their olive trees for between ten and seven years. No doubt the situation came to a crisis with well known and technically unsolved murder of Koby Mandell and Yosef Ishran next to the settlement. An unsolved murder, is however, a distant and mostly irrelevant excuse to steal land from some farmers and today, the olive orchardists are going to re-claim their land and their trees. We are here to accompany them into the forbidden zone. The presence of foreigners makes the farmers feel more secure against illegal violence from the military and settlers.

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