Fighting Food Scarcity by Emily Capshaw

Hello Superstars!

Today I want to take a look at food scarcity, and what we can all do to help. To give us some knowledge on the subject, I spoke with sustainability expert, Kameron Waters!

EMILY FOR RML: First, can you tell us a little about who you are?

KAMERON: My passion is food justice and social activism for locally grown foods.  I started Abomb.la to create a war on scarcity through food forestry. It started with local food foraging, seed saving, and guerilla tree planting as edible street art. Then, it evolved into creating sustainable food resources and encouraging people to create their own food supply, primarily through fruit trees. In my early years as a starving artist in LA (musician), I began foraging from trees that exist all over LA to save cash, and still do to this day for pleasure. There is no more efficient local food resource than fruit trees.

 

RML: Why do you think Food Scarcity is an issue we should be focusing on?

KAMERON: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs states that Air, Water and Food are the most important factors for life. We are currently facing climate change, water shortage, and food scarcity. Planting fruit trees helps with all three of these issues. Abomb, which stands for "avocado bomb" or "abundance bomb", is based on the idea that an avocado is a precious gift that contains the potential to provide more abundance (through the seed). The goal is to inspire people to utilize the fruit to not only nourish themselves but give back, resulting in a more food forested urban environment. With Avocado Army, an extension of Abomb, I plan to inspire a movement of armed forces trading their weapons for shovels and using the military resources for re-greening deserts through large scale food forestry efforts.

RML: Why avocados?

KAMERON: At 2800 calories per pound and more protein than milk, avocado is the most calorically dense and nutrient complete food on planet earth, and it is our native tree to Los Angeles. We literally have the greatest superfood on earth that thrives in desert and urban climate because of its strength and low water needs. These trees yield more sustenance than any other crop, and leave ample room to plant even more other variety of necessary foods around and in between the space of the trees. We NEED more avocado trees everywhere!

Also, avocado is a key component to sustaining a plant-based diet. As a vegan, I have learned that to get the calories and protein I need as a highly active male, I need avocado. It's my meat and potatoes so to speak. But I grub potatoes too.

 

Avocados nearly saved my life and my wallet in those early days of foraging. I happened across Rudolf Hass’ original grove when I was a measly 145 lb raw vegan. Avos put meat back on my bones and set a fire to share that strength and health benefit with others!

RML: What are some easy things we can all do to help?

KAMERON: Change on a macro level starts with the micro. We all must care for what is in our own space, whether it is planting seeds, growing a garden, or supporting local farmers who are striving to do things the right way. Innovations in the way we live has made the natural system of creating new trees more difficult, so we must do our part in giving those seeds a place to grow. But the best place for most people to start is in what we eat.

RML: Why is what we eat important for the planet?

KAMERON: We have to be the change that we want to see. I truly believe that when you eat what is picked fresh from the earth, you download a frequency of change with it... you tune to the rhythm of the earth. In other words, just like a hard drive plugs in to receive an information download from a computer, we "plug in" when we eat fresh whole foods with the energy of the sun still in them, and the download we receive is one that makes us most aware of what we and the earth really need to thrive. When we eat vegan we are supporting life, effortlessly, which is the way nature intended.

 

So there you have it! Changing our diets is actually a great step in helping the earth heal! And while you are at it, be sure to sprout those avocado seeds and find them a nice home to grow and thrive!

For a step by step guide to begin transforming your diet for a better earth and a better you, be sure to check out The 21 Day Superstar Cleanse.

To find out more about Abomb.la, check out the following:

www.abomb.la

twitter: @abomb

instagram: @abomb.la

All photos by Valerie Noell of http://theeternalchild.com
 

Article by Emily Capshaw

 




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Patience Beyond Cravings - Day 25 No Coffee by Trent Farmer

Today feels new to me because I’m not drinking coffee.  Any other day, I would be enjoying a cup right about now, praying to the caffeine for inspiration as to what I should write.  Not today, I am mug-less and it feels challenging.  To practice restraint with food and drink is my latest personal study. Gluttony is a harsh word that we must come face to face with at some point.  I have been observing the feeling of hunger and the precise brand of willpower that grants me the control to say no to food, too much food, and food at the wrong time etc.  It is an odd experience, because I am an American and I have stuffed my face whenever I have wanted my whole life. And this has led to late night eating, habitual coffee drinking etc. 

Here’s the thing, I eat really well.  Very close to 100% organic, mostly vegan, minimal gluten etc.  What has been revealed to me is that there is more to health and nutrition than what you eat.  Beyond what you eat: there is why you eat, and furthering this investigation there is how much you eat and when you eat.  

 

Cultivating temperance around food and drink might be the most valuable action we can take to begin restoring balance back into our physical bodies.  My history has been doing some sort of cleanse and then quickly finding myself eating the same way again, digging that same hole of overeating as well as an ugly codependent relationship with caffeine and sugar.  

 

From a global perspective, it makes sense for me to practice being a little bit hungry from time to time. Many stay hungry for long periods of time, and then die from that extensive hunger.  This is sad truth.  Perhaps, my willingness to eat a little less somehow frees up some energy that can help someone be fed with less access to resources.  

 

This is not a blog about wishful thinking, so let’s keep this practical.  Here I am, at the crossroads of desire.  There is me and the temptation.  I either succumb to it or I don’t.

 

In this moment I am succeeding by staying clear of the current temptation: coffee

 

To practice restraint at any capacity is one of the most difficult things for us to put into practice.  Some are more sensual than others so the difficulty of the challenge will always vary, but the level of refinement available to each one of us is the same.  We can learn to operate in such a way that our internal energy is our driving force instead of falsely clinging and clawing at consumption in all its forms,  thinking it will save us or fill the current void we are so desperately trying to chase away.  

 

Notice how hunger is almost always accompanied by a lack of emotional control.  This is not the way it has to be.  When you have a strong appetite, practice remaining calm and not allowing your emotional body to intersect with your physical hunger.  Mastering this practice can serve greatly in the larger mission of becoming a more conscious person in this life.  

 

When your food arrives. Wait just one more moment.  Give thanks for the nourishment you are about to receive and contemplate all of the cosmic, earthly, and human forces it took to be delivered to your plate.  May all beings be properly nurtured.  

 

Trent Farmer 

beingthebeing.com 

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