The Modern Revolution Will Be Grassroots

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Thе chemicals that gо onto thе fiеldѕ thаt рrоduсе thе fruitѕ аnd vеgеtаblеѕ уоu еаt and thаt fееd thе соwѕ аnd рigѕ thаt turn intо уоur hаmburgеrѕ аnd pork chops соntаminаtе thе soil and the wаtеr. This аffесtѕ thе animals that live off thе land аnd it аlѕо contaminates thе environment. Whеn уоu сhооѕе fооdѕ thаt аrе рrоduсеd withоut these cancer-causing сhеmiсаlѕ, уоu аrе nоt аdding to this problem. Your purchases likely wоn’t рut аn end tо еnvirоnmеntаl dаmаgе, but as with all thingѕ in life, сhаngе bеginѕ with one person. Get a few friends tо сhаngе their buying and еаting hаbitѕ, and thеn hаvе them get a fеw friеndѕ tо change аnd soon enough, a ѕizеаblе impact will bе in the wоrkѕ.

Buуing Orgаniс Is A Fоrm оf Protest

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Whеn уоu buу оrgаniс fооd, уоu’rе bаѕiсаllу making a ѕtаtеmеnt that you саrе аbоut whаt you’re putting into уоur bоdу. Sо muсh iѕ happening to our fооd before it еntеrѕ thе supermarket. Wе hеаr аbоut it, yet we dо nothing tо ѕtор it. If уоu ever tооk a fеw mоmеntѕ to think about аll thаt food is еxроѕеd to, from ѕtаrt tо finiѕh, the details likely would boggle уоur mind. Surе, all thаt perfectly-shaped рrоduсе аnd thоѕе rаthеr full-ѕizеd сhiсkеn brеаѕtѕ lооk еntiсing, but thоѕе perfections are thе еnd rеѕult оf growth hоrmоnеѕ, gеnеtiс еnginееring, аnd аn аbundаnсе оf pesticides аnd fеrtilizеrѕ. You’ve рrоbаblу heard thе ѕауing, “Nаturе iѕ nоt реrfесt” countless times, уеt timе and again уоu соntinuе tо rеасh fоr thаt реrfесt tоmаtо. When уоu buу оrgаniс, you аrе in effect saying уоu dоn’t wаnt to bе раrt оf that ѕсеnе any lоngеr. When еnоugh people buу оrgаniс, and mоrе аrе making the ѕwitсh еvеrу day, food companies will bе fоrсеd tо listen tо consumers.

The Flexner Report of 1910: How Homeopathy Became “Alternative Medicine”

The Flexner Report of 1910 permanently changed American medicine in the early twentieth century. Commissioned by the Carnegie Foundation, this report resulted in the elevation of allopathic medicine to being the standard form of medical education and practice in America, while putting homeopathy in the realm of what is now known as “alternative medicine.”

Although Abraham Flexner himself was an educator, not a physician, he was chosen to evaluate Canadian and American Medical Schools and create a report offering suggestions for  improvement. The board overseeing the project felt that an educator, not a physician, would provide the insights needed to improve medical educational practices.

The Flexner Report resulted in the embracing of scientific standards and a new system directly modeled after European medical practices of that era, especially those in Germany. The downside of this new standard, however, was that it created what the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine has called “an imbalance in the art and science of medicine.”  While largely a success, if evaluating progress from a purely scientific point of view, the Flexner Report and its aftermath caused physicians to “lose their authenticity as trusted healers” and the practice of medicine subsequently “lost its soul”, according to the same Yale report.

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One-third of all American medical schools were closed as a direct result of Flexner’s evaluations. The report helped determine which schools could  improve with additional funding, and those that would not benefit from having more financial resources. Those based in homeopathy were on the list of those that would be shut down. Lack of funding and support led to the closure of many schools that did not teach allopathic medicine. Homeopathy was not just given a backseat. It was effectively given an eviction notice.

What Flexner’s recommendations caused was a total embracing of allopathy, the standard medical treatment so familiar today, in which drugs are given that have opposite effects of the symptoms presenting. If a person has an overactive thyroid, for example, the patient is given antithyroid medication to suppress production in the gland. It is mainstream medicine in all its scientific vigor, which often treats diseases to the neglect of the patients themselves. Long lists of side-effects that diminish or totally annihilate a person’s quality of life are considered acceptable. Regardless of whether the person feels well or doesn’t, the focus is always on the disease-model.

Many patients throughout history have been casualties of their allopathic cures, and these cures sometimes mean living with a new set of equally intolerable symptoms. However, it is still counted as a technical success. Allopathy focuses on sickness and disease, not wellness or the people attached to those diseases. Its focus is on treating or suppressing symptoms using drugs, most often synthetic pharmaceuticals, and despite its many victories over disease, it has left many patients extremely dissatisfied with outcomes.

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After the Flexner Report was issued, homeopathy began to be considered “fringe” or “alternative” medicine. This form of medicine is based on a different philosophy than allopathy, and it treats illnesses with natural substances instead of pharmaceuticals. The basic philosophical premise upon which homeopathy is based was summed up succinctly by Samuel Hahnemann in 1796: “[T]hat a substance which causes symptoms of a disease in healthy people would cure similar symptoms in sick people.”

In many ways, the contrasts between allopathy and homeopathy can be reduced to the difference between working against or with the body to fight disease, with the the former working against the body and the latter working with it. Although both types of medicine have roots in German medical practices, the actual practices involved look very different from one another. Two of the biggest criticisms against allopathy among patients and families of patients relates to the treatment of pain and end-of-life care.

For all its embracing of scientific principles, critics—and oftentimes those stuck with the system of standard medical practice—notice something lacking in allopathic practices. Allopathy generally fails to acknowledge the human body as a complete system. A doctor will study his or her specialty without always having comprehensive knowledge of how the body works together as a whole. In many ways, modern allopaths miss the proverbial forest for the trees, failing to see the body as a whole and instead scrutinizing one part as if it were not connected to the rest.

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While critics of homeopathy put the allopathic model of medicine on a pedestal, many people prefer working with the body for healing instead of battling the body as if it were the enemy. Mainstream medicine has a long history of offering treatments that harm those it claims to be trying to help. No such trend exists in homeopathic medicine. In the 19th century, homeopathic medicine had much higher success rates than standard medicine at the time. In the last few decades, homeopathy has made a strong comeback, even in the most developed of nations.

 

 

 

Why isn’t the Whole World a Blue Zone?

What is a Blue Zone?

When National Geographic and Dan Buettner started a mission to find the places where people lived longer, healthier and happier lives, they called it Blue Zones. The team of National Geographic and Dan Buettner may have discovered only 5 Blue Zones, but desires to promote this approach and ideology to everybody who wish to have a happier and healthier life. In their findings, they emphasized how it’s not just about working out in a gym and following some strict diet that keeps a person physically fit but it is the habits forming into a consistent lifestyle which keeps not just body fit but also soul and heart fit and happy. The purpose imbued life with some discipline can change the outlook and life of a person, taking him/her closer to the perfect life the Blue Zones have.

They came up with 5 Blue Zones and went on a journey to find their secrets, some of which are reveled here.

The Italian island of Sardinia
The beautiful yet isolated land of Italian island of Sardinia is known for great genetic of people. With promising longevity of Sardinians males, their traditional lifestyle and main profession as shepherds help them take long walks and make them physically fit. Apart from that, they enjoy their wine, herbal teas, locally grown and hunted food, and goat milk with lots of laughter, taking naps and mingling with friends and family.

Okinawa, Japan
Coined as the “Land of Immortals”, Okinawa in Japan has some of the longest living people. The people here signify how it’s not just the lifestyle but the attitude that matters in living. Feeding appropriately with diets containing soy, tofu, vegetables, they maintain simple living along with exercising yoga or simply working on a hobby like gardening. They believe in having a life worth living with a purpose.

Loma Linda, California
Leading the U.S longest life expectancy, this place is town to Seventh- day Adventists. Curbing harmful practices like alcohol and cigarettes, they focus mainly on vegetarian diets with meat as a side dish. Maintaining strong family ties during Sabbath, people here socialize and motivate each other and keep things like stress and depression at bay. Their ideology here is to have light but regular exercise which not just keeps them healthy but optimistic too.

Costa Rica’s isolated Nicoya Peninsula
‘If you find a reason to live, you live completely’, this is exactly what people in this isolated 80- mile peninsula of Costa Rica believe in. The natives to this place have strong family bonds and hardly consume any processed or package food, keeping their diet full of anti- oxidant fruits, magnesium and calcium rich water, doing hard work and getting lots of vitamin D from sun. They live with the strong sense of purpose which keeps them positive and well.

Ikaria, an isolated Greek island
From the place’s rugged geography to old traditions, optimistic outlook towards life and Mediterranean diet, people at this Greek Island are bunch of happy souls who prefer easy going pace of life. Making friends and family their priority, these traditionally enriched people enjoy partying and keep themselves fit by being outdoors and fasting occasionally. This place is unknown to disease like dementia and is free from chronic heart diseases and other ailments.

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Welcome to the Modern Revolution

It starts now.

With us.

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It’s Time To Change Some Things.

Big Pharma failed us.

Factory farming failed us.

Our dominant health-care system is now a sick-care system.

Let’s build new ways of taking care of each other.

We can do better.

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We Want Farms, Not Pharma.

We Want Water, Not Diabetes.

We want food to be produced in cleaner, healthier ways. We think that farms should not be factories. We believe so much we now have 4 chickens in our backyard. We made this video to teach how a chicken lays an egg and created the site: CanYouHaveChickensinTheCity.com  as a resource to others who might want to have their own birds laying fresh orgainic eggs right outside their back door.

We believe that small businesses are the future of business. Why support institutions when you can support people.

We’ve thought about the people who are already #revolting and venturing into Urban Farming.

Ingenuity is budding around the urban farming scene, where people must make do with what little space they do have while living in a big city apartment.  This includes utilizing their balconies, window sills, and rooftops to squeeze every last inch of space to grow as much fresh produce as they can.  Urban communities are coming together to solve the problems of outsourced produce, making it cheaper, healthier, and tastier for themselves.

Meet Our Farm: Grace Farms

Here we will grow vegetables both aquaponically and aeroponically – using a tiny fraction of land and water compared to conventional farming – and  growing three times as fast!

We have a weekly vegetable box program.

We will have a weekly egg program as well starting in late September.

We will also have a weekly flower program – where you can schedule a weekly pick up of a bouquet grown on-site.

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Community Gardens

These programs offer great opportunities for not only the health-conscious citizens in big urban cities, but also those who struggle to find employment and want to do something positive, fulfilling with their lives while they get their feet under them.  This is a joint learning and harvesting venture for all of those involved.  Everyone does their part and everyone benefits, as a result.  Community gardens are typically maintained and supervised by the county, but there are plenty of “unofficial” community gardens out there to join.

Community Supported Agriculture

CSAs are opportunities for local residents to reap the benefits of urban farming while supporting their local farmers.  This is how urban farmers can get together and meet investors to grow their business.  It’s like a hub that exists to share vital resources and information with the community, including: local agricultural knowledge, local grants and subsidies information, and basic gardening classes to encourage more urban agriculture.

School Gardens

Urban farming is the future of sustainability, so it’s important to have kids learn at an early age about food, how it is produced, and that they can grow their own food without needing special training or tools.  It’s amazing how detached we have become with our food supply over the years, kids become very excited at the concept of growing something that looks and tastes better than the stuff we buy in the stores.  A school garden can grow a lot of great food, while teaching kids hands-on education about how food is grown and how to easily replicate it at home.

Benefits of an Urban Farm

The advantages of developing and eating your own produce are self-evident: nutritious nourishment, seizing the means of production, and feeling of belonging with others within the community.  With urban and rural territory, water conservation is key.  Numerous urban communities give the knowledge and power to do more with less.  This is a common underlying theme for sustainability and conservation of what we have on this beautiful planet.

Urban agriculture isn’t just about pinching pennies, promoting healthy diets, and building groups.  With the legislature shaping urban farming, offering resources and training and as interest for privately developed initiatives, it offers an intriguing business idea for a green-thumbed ventures.  With natural eating now highlighted even in big-chain stores, there’s unquestionably a developing business sector for natural, privately delivered nourishment.

The Rise of Urban Farming

The past century has seen the greatest proliferation of industrial farming since the industrial revolution granted the ability to do the work of many with just one machine.  More mouths to feed, more food to grow, it only made sense to grow in surplus in the beginning, but that power to grow more on a plot of land, coupled with the insatiable appetite of capitalism has resulted in a turning point in our society.

Profits ignore sustainability and even sustenance, the foundation of agriculture.  We have the power to yield enough food for more than three times the population over, yet we are living in some of the most food insecure times of our lives.  Between climate change, capitalism, and imperialism, the need for seizing the control of our own food supply has never been greater.

Urban farming is the rise of the people, embracing and promoting self-sustainability.

A Global Phenomenon

Where you see abandoned lots and concrete jungles, some people see a vision for the future.  Urban farming has exploded all over the world in places like New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Singapore, London, and Germany.  Rooftops, vacant lots, and even window sills are all highly efficient means of harvesting food, on a per-capita basis, when compared to the massive industrial farms.

For every ten acres of an urban farm planted, over 35,000 lbs of food can be yielded.  These urban farms on a community-scale also create jobs, those jobs in-turn circulate more money into the community, enriching the neighborhoods within.  It is because of these incentives of urban farming that every major city around the globe that has the same issues with inequality and food insecurity that urban farming has taken off so quickly.

Efficiency and Resiliency of Urban Farms

There are numerous ecological advantages of urban cultivating for urban areas, for example, more greenery, better control of spillover, better shading, and the balance of urban problem areas. Eliminating the quantity of miles produce needs to travel, either through plane, train, or diesel enhances air quality, too.

Urban horticulture is performed under particular conditions that require advancements diverse to those utilized as a part of the provincial setting.  Such particular conditions experienced, among others: restricted accessibility of space and the high cost of urban land, located in vast quantities of individuals (and in this way a requirement for safe farming techniques), utilization of urban assets (natural waste and wastewater), and potential outcomes for direct farmer and buyer contacts.

Increased Sustainability

Most accessible horticultural advancements require adjustment for use in these conditions while new innovations must be produced to react to particular urban needs (e.g. non-soil generation advances for use on rooftops and in basements; improvement of sheltered and financial practices for reuse of wastewater).

There’s a ton of ways that urban farming tech and local initiatives can further advance the promotion of self-sustainability, increase yields, protect urban farmers from unfair ordinances or being excluded from critical funding opportunities by local governments.  The battle to make urban farming commonplace is a long and heartfelt road, as the agricultural industry has a lot at stake in keeping waste high and a dependence on outsourced food.  But, we feel the tide is already turning, urban farming is the future.

Top Successful Urban Farms in the World

Researchers predict that a total of two-thirds of the globe will live in urban developments by 2030.  The sci-fi pictures of major metropolis hubs are starting to become reality.  We just hope self-driving cars become the standard by the time we reach that realization, because I’m not sure the world can handle even more terrible drivers on even more crowded roads, but I digress.  We’re here to talk about how we’re going to feed all these people that are stuck inside these cities of concrete, glass, and metal.

The only viable solution to this urban growth is urban agriculture.  Thankfully, we have some brilliant minds who are hard at work to show us that we don’t need to dedicate half the planet’s land to farming just to feed the booming population, we have all the space we need on our rooftops and cityscapes.

Don’t believe it?  Here’s a few places that prove urban farming is more than just a fad, it’s a way of life (and living) for their communities:

Food Field

Detroit, Michigan

If you need proof of concept, you don’t get any more real than Detroit, when it comes to a population that wants and needs the means to be self-sustaining and has limited resources to choose from.  Food Field is a project that has transformed an abandoned elementary school lot to a fully-fledged urban farm.  This is a direct reply to the corruption, abuse, and neglect the residents have received from both corporate and government entities.

Food Field provides fresh foods to community residents and local restaurants with the help from volunteers.  This is an example of a community that is taking matters into their own hands to help create something better for themselves and their future.  Food Field is also building up their infrastructure to help raise fresh seafood via aquaponics systems.

Sky Greens, Singapore

Singapore doesn’t have the luxury of having large swathes of their country dedicated to agriculture, like many countries in the West.  It is because of this, that the average person only eats about 7% locally grown produce.  Sky Greens is changing the way Singaporeans eat by building highly efficient, compact, and healthy vertical gardens.  These vertically stacked urban farms waste no water, as it is distributed evenly throughout each layer of produce.

Sky Greens is able to produce 5-10x the amount of produce, per-capita of land, while using less water and less energy.  This is obviously one of the most promising solutions to urban farming for the future, producing healthier and accessible food for everyone.

The Delaney Community Farm

Denver, CO

This small farm allows everyone the opportunity to access fresh produce, no matter what their income or social status.  They supply produce for approx. 500 families via Community Service programs and Federal cooperation for WIC families to obtain fresh food in exchange for just an hour of work every week.  This farm acts as a valuable resource to the community, not only with the food they harvest, but also with their teachings of how to farm and cook healthy at home.

How Restaurants are using Urban Farming to Improve their Menus

If you’ve only heard about urban farming in the context of growing herbs on window sills or inside apartment at home, you might be surprised to find that many restaurants in the big cities are turning to urban farming solutions to source the freshest ingredients for their dishes.  Whether these farms are literally on the tops of their roofs or in nearby vacant lots, urban farming is a growing trend that is allowing chefs to obtain the freshest produce, while reducing their costs.

Reconnecting with Food

All restaurants can stand to benefit from urban farming.  By growing their own or sourcing from a local urban farm, they can actually save a ton of money in the long-term.  That’s because the associated costs with purchasing produce from out of town and paying for the shipping costs much more than the start-up costs of growing it in-house.  Not only that, the ingredients that you can locally source will be the freshest possible and of a higher quality.

Restaurants can market this local garden freshness as a healthier experience (because it is), thereby increasing revenues and customer traffic.  There are other hidden benefits to growing an urban farm for restaurants too, like reducing the amount of waste because you only harvest what you need.

For some real examples of urban farming restaurants in the big cities, check out these locations:

Windy City Frontera Grill

Chicago is big on urban farming.  There are a number of restaurants that are taking advantage of the rooftop real estate for urban agriculture.  One of the most prominent restaurants doing this is the Frontera Grill.  The owner, Rick Bayless, uses EarthBoxes to grow nearly all the vegetables needed to make the restaurant’s salsa dishes.  Nearly 1,000 lbs of tomatoes and peppers, to be exact.

O’Hare Urban Garden

We take a look at another place in Chicago that is leading the way for urban farming, right in the middle of the great O’Hare airport.  This is a fully-fledged aeroponic garden, growing large amounts of vegetables and herbs for the nearby restaurants every day.  This is the first of its kind in the world, towers of produce growing the ingredients that will end up on your plate at either the Tortas Frontera, Wicker Park Seafood & Sushi, Blackhawks Restaurant and Tuscany.

Bell, Book & Candle

The Big Apple is another city with lots of activity on the urban farming front.  From community gardens to rooftop agriculture, you’ll find plenty of projects underway.  The Bell, Book, & Candle also takes interest in the aeroponics solution that O’Hare uses, incorporating 60 of them on their roof.  It works perfectly for their restaurant’s needs.  They can grow over 60% of their produce and herbs without needing to rely on a full-time farmer or sourcing outside to save on costs.

The technology is ripe for the picking.  Urban farms are highly efficient and fool-proof ways of growing your own produce without needing to have a green thumb.  Chefs can focus on their craft, rather than learning how to grow the hard way, saving them precious time and money, while increasing the quality of their dishes.

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