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Beyond Corporations-A Process Oriented Approach to Feeding, Educating and Providing for Ourselves and Our Neighbors

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This article lists various on-line presentations that help us discover how to feed, educate, and provide for our communities, families, and selves. If you are open to becoming less vulnerable to corporate rule, I hope you come back to this article and use the material to empower yourself, alongside your family and community. I also hope it entices you to research community gardens, local farms, permaculture principles; and Transition Towns.

To begin the introduction to PERMACULTURE, watch the following from David Holmgren:

In changing your habits, such as how you obtain your food and how you eat, you change your body, mind and spirit. In changing yourself, you also change the world. In supporting local foods grown sustainably, you lessen your consumption of oil and pollution while also mimnizing the power of corporations. Make a change in one part of a system, and the effects are worldwide. Breathe! You breathe out carbon dioxide and the trees breathe that in. They breathe out oxygen and you breathe that in. We are all (trees, plants, people, animals) cells in Mother Earth's lungs.

What you do matters, including breathing. Likewise, Permaculture not only lessens oil consumption; it also provides you with healthier food. Furthermore, if you partake in growing that food, you get exercise. With proper exercise and diet, the universe is your limit. And this doesn't even tap into the environmental consequences to your actions! Healthier air and water! Healthier people! A deeper sense of community! A sense of belonging on this planet meaning a reduction in feeling alienated and thus depressed!

BUYING LOCAL leads to lessening your dependence on megalithic corporations. In lessening your dependence, you could foster (a) more sustainable farming practices. These practices do not ruin ecosystems and instead work with the ecosystems; (b) increase your health due to more fresh vegetables and fruits entering your body. This also results in less fossil fuel requirements since our food is not transported hundred's or thousand's of miles; (c) have healthier meat and eggs that are raised in more sustainable environments. For example, it has been found that corporate chicken farms for eggs often have chickens on top of one another, defecating on other chicken's heads, which then creates unhealthy chickens which is then passed into the eggs you eat and (d) you help to foster healthy communities that includes social, health (e.g., mental and physical) and spiritual well being (e.g., a sense of being one with the environment, more human to human bonding).

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Burl Hall is a retired counselor who is living in a Senior Citizen Housing apartment. Burl has one book to his credit, titled "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal our Wounded Nature." For more information, search the book on Amazon. (more...)
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