Posts Tagged ‘Whole Foods’

Julian Rose ~ Organic Farming and Green Wisdom

Julian sent this February 20, 2014 talk to me in response to a short discussion in which I remarked that I so appreciate his work, because he’s “one of the few who recognizes the combined power of spirituality, vision/imagination and community action. Most people seem to get stuck in one paradigm, but we need all three to make any sort of real, lasting change.”

In retrospect, he felt he might have “got it wrong about Whole Foods” and their level of commitment to organics; however, I do know from David’s short stint working there last year that — despite the fact that they have some serious issues with GMO’s and far from full disclosure about “natural” foods — WF does, in fact, “get a lot of things right.” Just yesterday, for example, I read that 54% of Food Sold at Walmart is Banned at Whole Foods. Anyway, I prefer growing my own food or buying directly from organic farmers, but I don’t think Julian is off base that shopping at WF represents a major upgrade from what my friend Shazzie calls the “stupormarket.” 🙂

I appreciate Julian’s perspective as both consumer and organic farmer, including that he offers a less fringe dietary approach than my own primarily raw vegetarian/cooked and raw vegan diet. People can make huge shifts in their health and take large strides towards more compassionate food choices from wherever they are on the dietary spectrum. I’d rather see people reject factory farms than reject any dietary changes because “that new diet seems too extreme even to contemplate.” I always find Julian’s work informative and encouraging. Just knowing that Polish and UK organic farmers have someone like this on their side brings great relief and inspiration. Enjoy!

From the YouTube description:

“Sir Julian Rose, 5th Baronet, a leading exponent of organic farming who commenced the transformation of the Hardwick Estate in South Oxfordshire to the standards of organic farming in 1975. An actor and a writer. He has broadcast regularly with the BBC and authored hundreds of articles on ‘green’ issues. He is currently President of The International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside.

“In his book In Defence of Life Julian Rose presents a penetrating series of essays calling for urgent action to overcome the perilous state of our planet, at the local as well as global level. He both guides and challenges his readers to share with him a journey through the matrix-maze, and to come out at the other end a more aware and more self-assured human being. Drawing upon his life experiences as a farmer, campaigner, artist and social entrepreneur, Julian brings to our consciousness a way to break through the destructive patterns of our consumer-obsessed society and discover a simpler and more fulfilling way forward. Using essays exploring a wide range of pressing planetary concerns, he calls upon his readers to utilise the largely untapped power of their deeper instincts in coming to the aid of a severely depleted global environment and in striving for the amelioration of mankind’s perilous human condition.”

Whole Foods, Vir, and Mary Poppins

I’m not on The Book of Faces anymore, so maybe most people have already seen these videos. Language warning for sensitive ears, but if you’ve ever shopped at a Whole Foods in California, let’s just say, you might relate. The first video was from Summer 2011 when they temporarily took kombucha off the shelves due to high fermentation (alcohol) levels. In their defense, I will admit that I once got drunk off a Grape Synergy Kombucha on an empty stomach … but then again, I’m a lightweight. 😉

Sensitive people who prefer a more relaxed vibe, might enjoy Vir:

Lest anyone think I’m making fun of them by posting these videos, please know that I’m just having a good giggle at myself and feeling ever so slightly nostalgic for Monterey, Sonoma County, Sedona, and Santa Fe. I much prefer life now, but, my goodness, those were some fun, silly times! (And I still bring kombucha to parties…)

The faeries say, “Lighten up! Have a giggle. Don’t take yourself so seriously!” What can I say? “I Love to Laugh” was my favorite song as a kid. When you look at all the kookoo things in this world (and no, I don’t mean kombucha or healthy living), sometimes ya just gotta laugh. I hear it’s the best medicine. 😉