Simply Put Growing Your Own Food is the Most Revolutionary & Impactful Thing That you Can do Today !
In this video Social leader, author, activist, and founder of The Anti-Media network Nick Bernabe discusses the power of gardening. He describes how agriculture essentially cuts out the middleman of the government and corporations and allows the rewards of our labor to go directly from the manufacture or grower into the hands of the people, saving time and money by bypassing traditional commercial avenues.
“If we’re able to cut out the government, cut out the corporations, and then go consumer-direct cooperatives where we’re growing our own food, supplying our own power … the more we can do that, the more we starve the beast. And at the same time we build community and we build local economy.”~Nick Bernabe
The most effective change-makers in our society aren’t waiting around for a new president to make their lives better, No; they are planting seeds, quite literally, and through gardening, they’re rebuilding their communities while growing herbs, vegetables, and independence.
Today it has now in places become much more of a meaningful political statement than supporting political parties and candidates.
‘Propaganda gardening’ According to Ron is a combination ofguerrilla gardening and political protest. It is about developing self-sufficiency while making a simple, yet bold statement about the world we all share, and the rules we choose to live by.[Source]
Ron Finley and Nick Bernabe inspire the world with a no-nonsense truth about how the corporate food system acts to enslave us, while also proving that the most effective weapon in this fight is the independence that lies in the fertile soil. They make growing veggies cool again, as it should be, because food sovereignty is the very foundation of personal f
I live in a food prison.. It’s all by design just like prisons are by designed. I just got tired of being an inmate. So I figured, let me change this paradigm, let me grown my own food. This is one thing I can do to escape this predestined life that I have unwillingly subscribed to.– Ron Finley
Think about it. Creating your own food supply challenges the status quo in a number of important ways. By Growing your own food You:
Decreases dependence on a polluted corporate food system
Improves health and wellness by providing exercise and nutritious food, freeing us from dependence on a for-profit medical system
Undermines Monsanto and the agro-chemical industry that is polluting our world and killing bees
Highlights issues of political control by pitting homeowners and gardeners against government and ordinance makers
Builds and heals community by providing a place and activity worth coming together over
Works to repair the damage we are doing to the environment with our consumer lifestyles
Facilitates a greater awakening by setting an example for others to follow
When united with awareness and action we can create the kind of changes that a rigid control system cannot tolerate, and when extraordinary people like Ron Finley and Nick Bernabe take the lead, a larger more meaningful movement can take hold. This is what real action looks like, it is very effective, and as it becomes more mainstream to set up gardens in your yard and on your block, we will witness the re-emergence of the kind of society that we cannot create by playing by the rules of a rigged and oppressive system.
I had sixty people putting in an urban garden while you all were marching. Now who do you think was more effective? – Ron Finley
When it comes to the betterment of humanity, activism is perhaps the most important yet most controversial element in society. Activists are the free thinkers, the system busters, the loving warriors, the boat-rockers, and the truth tellers. These visionaries are the vanguard of social reform, acting as the warning system for a society out of balance. Activists are often criticized, ostracized, and even killed, yet their legacy stands among the most virtuous of contributions throughout history. Whether in the form of social media outcry, boycotts, protests, public art (Banksy), sit-ins, or armed insurrection, activists have undoubtedly been a major driving force of progressive social change.
Yet despite the intensity of external focus typical in most activists, honorable and necessary though it is, internal focus for the purposes of Self-Work, tends to be lacking in the majority of activists. This explains why there are social REVOLUTIONS (revolution = revolve = circular spin = going in circles) instead of social EVOLUTION, which transcends the violent, divisive, authoritarian paradigms which has enslaved humanity for centuries.
If activists integrated Self-Work as part of their transformative process, not only would they be more effective and healthier on all levels, but their impact on society would move beyond minor accommodations to a deeper paradigm shift. Due to this deficiency of Self-Work, many well-intentioned activists, swept away by their righteous anger in the “revolutionary mindset”, become just as aggressive and power-hungry as the tyrants they vehemently oppose. Violence is all too often met with violence as police brutality is met with rioting (an understandable yet self-defeating reaction), and “in-fighting” by activists against other well-intentioned activists exacerbates our challenges rather then allowing for a peaceful exchange of ideas. This hyper-aggression only serves to perpetuate violence which could otherwise be resolved with responsible self-awareness, compassion, critical thinking, and a broader perspective. This is the obstacle humanity has yet to overcome through Self-Work, and, as the saying goes, “When people do not learn their lessons, history repeats itself.”
There are many people speaking out about the atrocities and injustices of the world. Oftentimes activism comes with a lot of finger-pointing and hostility. Understandable. Who wouldn’t be upset? The problems of the world often seem insurmountable and sometimes the weight of life wears down even the best of us. As important as honoring our healthy boundaries and anger is, dwelling in anger causes us to miss out on the richness of higher understanding. It’s important to keep in mind that the moment we demonize or vilify those who disagree with us or do things differently, we commit an act of violence by severing an opportunity to learn and find loving empathy and compassion to resolve conflict. We cannot hold on to spite and vengeance, for the problems of the world are too enormous, and hostility, no matter how small, simply creates more violence. We must become more mindful, understanding, and conscious in our behavior if we are to ask others to do the same.
Time shows us that even in the most dark of circumstances, there is understanding and love to be found, within and without, for all things serve a purpose in objective reality. As difficult as it can be to come to terms with, all moments of life are like lessons in the school of Earth. It is rightfully natural to be angry, afraid, sad, and defensive, passively or aggressively, but for the sake of transformation and growth, we must not stop there.
Justice is neither avoidance or vengeance; it is taking responsibility by utilizing the opportunity to see things clearly through gaining knowledge, healing, and, ultimately, understanding and finding forgiveness by seeing the greater context, which ultimately leads to compassion. With communication comes new perspective. With new perspective comes new understanding. With understanding comes connection. With connection comes love. And in the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
If we, as activists, ever want to realistically live in a world wherein people are well-educated, empathic, and responsible enough to be sovereign and easily resolve (or avoid altogether) social injustices, we must embody the very maturity and virtue we ask from others. We must strive to be a living example of the principles and ideals we uphold.
Twenty percent of Germans believe that their current living conditions won’t be improved by reforms and only a revolution can reshape society. That’s according to a study released by the Free University of Berlin. (more…)
CNN reports that while the tumble of the ruble will reduce government revenues, including a military expansion in response to NATO and the crisis in Ukraine, the real losers will be the Russian people:
Ordinary Russians are feeling the squeeze instead. Consumer price inflation is expected to hit 10% by the end of the year, in part due to the weakness of the ruble, but also due to a ban on imports of most food products from the West.
That was retaliation for U.S. and European sanctions imposed over Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
Even the price of bread is rising, prompting some Russians to begin hoarding staples.
In yet another example of how the recent Ukrainian “revolution” was nothing more than an Anglo-American destabilization of a foreign nation for geopolitical purposes, recent appointments to political posts inside Ukraine should serve as clear evidence of that fact.