Social peace requires establishing right relationships with others. In living social peace we are responsible to examine how we manage our interpersonal conflicts and differences, and how we give to and receive from others the qualities and conditions that comprise human dignity. We practice social peace through dialogue, inclusivity, nurturing trusting relationships, valuing individual contributions and deep listening skills.
Core principles of the social sphere include: human dignity, respect, non-violence, cooperation, trust, compassion and empathy
Core processes of the social sphere include: dialogue, inclusivity, deep listening, valuing, and trust (from the National Peace Academy web site)
The World Future Council has created a provocative visual representation of the cost, in food, of military expenditures, with something they call the Bread Tank Project. The following information comes directly from the World Future Council’s website and facebook page. The project is on display at Rio+20 until tomorrow.
Last week I wrote about the June 10th PeaceMeal workshop I facilitated at Yoga Oceanside. Today, I’ll follow up on PeaceMeal with a Yogic Twist, continuing on the path of the yamas and niyamas, a philosophical framework that can help us to promote peace through food.
As mentioned in the previous post, the yamas (restraints) and niyamas (observances) are the first two limbs of the 8-limbed path laid out by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, one of the great yogic texts. The sutras are a series of short aphorisms that were initially passed down orally until Patanjali wrote them down over two thousand years ago. The yamas and niyamas essentially provide us with a guide for how to live a good life and reach our highest potential.
But what does this have to do with peace? Or food?
Coffee production and distribution creates great inequities and environmental harm the world over, yet it is also consumed on a daily basis by a great deal of the adult world. This is the story of Cafe Femenino, a women’s coffee co-operative in Peru, which is striving to make positive change in the communities of its member farmers and in the lives of women at large.
IQALUIT, Nunavut – A head of cabbage for $20. Fifteen bucks for a small bag of apples.
A case of ginger ale: $82.
Fed up and frustrated by sky-high food prices and concerned over widespread hunger in their communities, thousands of Inuit have spent weeks posting pictures and price tags from their local grocery stores to a Facebook site called Feed My Family.
This weekend I have the great pleasure of spending time at the Canadian Association for Food Studies conference, “A Fork in the Road: Crossroads for Food Studies,” where some of Canada’s most respected scholars in food studies gather in collaboration with new and emerging scholars to share ideas, encourage research, and celebrate the work being done in this fascinating, interdisciplinary, and rather new field.
Our friend and agrarian journeyman James Douglas now finds himself in Israel, from where he sends this article and accompanying photos. Imagine, a garden where a shooting range once was. Is there any more powerful example of cultivating peace?
Voices of little girls echoed in the living room, sounding more like competition to beat each other’s scores over a Play Station game than preparing to bake cupcakes. But when a mum came into the room and told them they were about to start, they immediately dropped the gadget and zoomed into the kitchen like Flash would race to the end of the universe.
After spending a few months in Brisbane, Australia, getting to know some people in the food movement here, I’d like to share my experience and analysis with interested people in Canada. I have been WWOOFing to a number of farms and come across different parts of the distribution system of the city. Mostly I am interested in organic food, and co-operative, local food distribution systems that circumvent the national retailers.
The retailing of food in Australia is dominated by two major chains which control 80% of the market. Continue reading →
I believe to love and be loved is our most fundamental need and our highest calling in life.
Sustained love requires commitment and devotion. Similar to the act of kneading dough, love takes effort. At times kneading (and needing) can be frustrating. Both dough and love can be gooey and messy. Anyone who has ever worked with dough knows it can stick all over your fingers and to the surface on which you work. Just as in kneading dough, love is not for the faint-hearted. Love tests our inner strength and our emotional endurance. Love asks for our unwavering commitment and devotion.