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Sep 29

Better Food Produces Less Waste

Better Food Produces Less Waste

Last week Jewish people observed the end of ten days of awe, the ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur or the Days of Repentance. This is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur Day in which people seek forgiveness for wrong doing against other human beings and God in a Day of Atonement. At the same week Krista Tippett interviewed in the Public Radio program “Being” the philosopher of ecology Joanna Macy, A Buddhist scholar and an activist who, among other eye-opening observations said “We’ve been treating the earth as if it were a supply house and a sewer. We’ve been grabbing, extracting, resources from it for our cars and our hair dryers and our bombs and we’ve been pouring the waste into it until it’s overflowing, but our earth is not a supply house and a sewer. It is our larger body. We breathe it. We taste it. We are it and it is time now that we venerate that incredible flowering of life that takes every aspect of our physicality.”http://being.publicradio.org/programs/2010/wild-love-for-world/transcript.shtml

I related to this view that I also hold for a while, even if I don’t know how to put it so beautifully. I felt that our atonement should be toward our earth: each person should decide to treat our earth and environment better, to help improve its wellness, and in return it will affect our wellbeing. We are now all one big entity; our actions affect our next door neighbors as well as those in the far part of the world, and we all affect the state of earth. During the last few months there were discussions whether one person activities can make a difference: “will it really save energy if I change light bulbs at my home?” It might not save all the energy that the world needs, but it will make you more mindful about the need to save energy, and make you choose additional steps to help earth.

Our city has recently changed the recycling system, promising prizes to people who recycle the most. Each week when I take out my trash bin with one very tiny garbage bag, and my recycle bin is full up to one quarter of its capacity, I think that the real prize should have gone to those who produce  the least waste altogether (well, they don’t necessary pick me…). It is important to encourage people to recycle – but it is even more important to produce less waste. How do I get to waste so little? Mostly by eating fresh foods as my main ingredients. When you eat fresh food you eat almost all of what you have bought; you don’t produce package materials -I bring my own bags to the store/market; all the trash is organic and can fertilize the soil. And the best fun of all – I get to have a tasty, healthy, nourishing food that keeps me well, and produce less trash in my body. I eat better foods that take care of me and by doing so I take care of earth too. Take a month and check how by improving what food you buy and eat, you can also reduces the amount of trash that you produce, and this can be a wonderful New Year resolution.

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