Addicted to Imports

Temptation on Earth“The days are getting longer, the weather is warming up, and you might already be planning some big summer bashes. But with some pretty wild weather, environmental issues caused by climate change, and economic instability around the world, you may be shelling out more cash for your favourite goodies. Keep your eyes out for sales on these foods or start looking for replacements if you don’t want to break the bank at your next summer fiesta.”
Article by Bex vanKoot Daily Brew, Canada News Mon Jun 1, 2015

At the end of 2012, I heard Jesus direct me to “lighten-up” in every sense of the word, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically, plus, become a vegetarian.  By 2015 I had been directed to give up Meat, Alcohol, Sugar, and Caffeine. This was a huge struggle and I had difficulty letting go of sugar and smoked fish.  However, with divine support, I became meat, alcohol, sugar and caffeine-free. 

Pleased with myself and convinced I was doing very well, I heard God say that one day, I would give up eggs.  Since eggs were my favourite protein, I wondered when I might possibly feel the urge – probably not until years down the road. 

Two weeks later, I’d just thoroughly enjoyed the last two eggs in a carton and was adding eggs to my grocery list when I heard God’s voice say, “No eggs, unless you raise your own hens and they are very happy!”  I argued and God explained that even free-range eggs found in the large chain grocery stores are from inhumane factory farms. 

Egg substitute:  Ground flax seed and water are a great substitute for eggs.

Last week, while enjoying fresh papaya, my latest favourite fruit – I heard God say, “No more imported fruits and vegetables!”

This was a tough commandment but think about it.  You know nothing about the conditions where imported produce are grown. You know nothing about the impact of the growing practices on the land, the farms, and the community. You know nothing about the pesticides used. Trucks drive thousands of miles so you can eat a piece of fruit and you’re not supporting your local farmers!  These practices are unsustainable, pollute the air, land, and water.  One of the channelled teachings I received described the practice of importing food from distant lands as eating the energy of a population you know nothing about.  You’re importing that population’s energy and consuming it.

Edgar Cayce’s channelled teachings emphasized eating local fruit and vegetables for their good energies.  “As indicated, use more of the products of the soil that are grown in the immediate vicinity. These are better for the body than any specific set of fruits, vegetables, grasses, or what not.”

Canadian GrownThe quote at the top of the page is from an article that warned of egg shortages from avian flu outbreaks, avocado shortages from record-breaking drought, and cacao shortages from disease and drought in different parts of the world. The New York Times reported that farmers in Nevada had given up on planting, and ranchers in New Mexico were selling off cattle because fields of grass, normally four feet high were brown and dry. Huffington Post guest blogger, Deirdre Imus, commented “Droughts have legs, with wide-reaching, long-lasting effects. An article posted last year on Slate.com pondered what the American diet would look like without California, which produces a sizable majority of this country’s fruits, vegetable, and nuts. More than 90 percent of our artichokes, walnuts, kiwis, plums, celery, and garlic are grown in California. The list of vital, nutritious vegetables dependent on California’s particular climate and soil is extensive. The ability to grow and foster most crops relies, obviously, on water. A water shortage portends a food shortage, which we’ll all pay for at the grocery store if produce prices surge.”

According to economywatch.com, in 2010, Canada was the 10th largest exporter and 12th largest importer in the world. The United States imported more than half of Canada’s food products while Canada imported nearly 20 percent of the US’s food product.

An article by Jonathan M. Harris raises concern around the impact of Trade on the environment and includes some of the following examples:

• In 1991, the World Trade Organization (WTO), deemed that the US could not ban Mexican tuna fished with methods that killed large numbers of dolphins;
• In 1999, the WTO ruled that the U.S. could not prohibit shrimp imports from countries using fishing methods that killed endangered sea turtles;
• A law requiring returnable bottles in Denmark was overturned by the European Union as a barrier to trade;
• Norway chose not to join the EU in part out of fear that they would be compelled to modify strict domestic environmental regulations;
• Small corn farmers in Mexico are unable to compete with cheaper USA grain imports;
• The loss of small-scale farming may reduce the genetic diversity of crops “which could result in the loss of a “living seed bank” of great importance to world agriculture.”

Harris looks at the environmental damage caused by expanding Trade and discusses the possibility that a major reform proposal could be set up a World Environmental Organization (WEO) to counterbalance the World Trade Organization (WTO). He writes, “The trend towards globalization, which increasingly makes communities subject to the logic of the global marketplace, is in conflict with the goal of strengthening local and regional policies promoting sustainable development.” http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/156679/

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Since I’m located in Canada, I went from Cane Sugar to Raw Coconut Sugar, then switched to Local Apples and now bake with Apple Sauce to replace oil and sugar.  I went from Meat to Chicken to Fish then became a vegetarian and consumed only 1000mg Vitamin B12/week + 2T Ground Flax Seed/Day plus local fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetables.  Today I made hummus without Tahini and it was very good.

Local greenhouses grow garden vegetables, things like lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes, all year round.  Local food can be found at outdoor/indoor farmers’ markets.  It turns out that Meyer and Eureka Lemon trees can be grown in Canada.  Reif Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, dry their own raisins.  Sooke Harbour House at Sooke, Vancouver Island and River Cafe in Calgary  source local produce or grow many of their own ingredients.  The Province of Nova Scotia initiated Slow Food – Nova Scotia (slowfoodns.com). 

God has given me yet another “Kick in the Astral” and though I haven’t figured out Canadian equivalents for everything yet, it’s a start!

Think Global. Eat Local.