A lot goes in an outdoor farmer's market
We aim to educate citizens about the harm done by agribusiness & the benefits to us all about the good done by local organic growers.
Of 6.8 billion people alive in 2010, almost 2 billion are malnourished - half from eating too much & little exercise, half from eating not enough to live a full life.
We take hope from Muhammad Yunus's vision of capitalism at the beginning of the 21st century. The global economy is evolving.
In Creating A World Without Poverty Yunus shows that individual initiative - when women take charge & banks make micro-loans - transformed what was once the poorest country.
The population growth in Bangladesh where Yunus' Grameen Bank operates has dropped from 5.3 children per woman to under three. Social policy, health care & Yunus' program for poor women won liberty for teams of women unobstructed by patriarchal fundamentalism.
Inside the prevailing legal structure of corporation the profit motive drives everything. Here exactly is the problem - and one solution.
Yunus's work with the Dannon Yogurt shows that a "social business" can realign the mission of pure commerce (profit returned to shareholders) to include benefits with non-commercial but important values -- feeding the hungry, for example.
Much can be done to turn the powerful engines of enterprise merely by adding a higher value to every corporate charter. While this is the carrot to turn the most powerful institutions the planet has seen, the stick must be in the hands of real democracies that in turn respond to the needs of the people. A supra-national legal framework may be needed to control fishing, for example. Global warming, peak oil, & hunger are the triad of forces that force us to cooperate.
The spiritual perspective enters when one gets that making money toward other ends than merely making money counts more that money.
Poverty afflicts 2/5ths of the 6.8 billion population world wide. 15% of our population in the United States had trouble getting food on the table at least once during 2009.
At the same time, SomeThingsAboutFood will show that by growing food right, we will reduce climate change, restore wildlife, & face up to the decline in fossil fuels.
One could be proud to be human.
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