Archive | December 24, 2015

In 10 Months, This Cafe Has Fed 10,000 People with 20 Tons of Unwanted Food*

In 10 Months, This Cafe Has Fed 10,000 People with 20 Tons of Unwanted Food*

By Amanda Froelich

The social cafe prepares delicious meals from products discarded by supermarkets, independent grocers, and food banks. Patrons may also ‘Pay As They Feel’, so no one ever goes hungry.

Are you aware that in the United States, nearly 40% of the food produced is tossed into the trash? As it makes its way to the landfill, 795 million people in the world wonder where their next meal will come from.

It’s ridiculous – as well as disheartening, which is why activists around the planet are doing their part to help reduce food waste and feed others with the discarded scraps.

This is exactly what Adam Smith, founder of The Real Junk Food Project, is doing in Armley, Leeds.

The social entrepreneur has created an empire of ‘social cafes’ through which to cook up stews, casseroles, soups and cakes with the unwanted products from supermarkets, independent grocers, and food banks.

The most unique aspect of the business model is that it has a “pay as you feel” rule. This policy encourages patrons to pay what they feel they can pay. If that amounts to nothing, then they can work for their meal.

The Independent reports that in only 10 months, Smith has helped feed 10,000 people on 20 tons of unwanted food. In addition, he’s raised over 30,000 pounds (U.K.).

Since its success, forty-seven other similar style cafes have popped up in Manchester, Bristol, Saltaire, Los Angeles, Brazil, Warsaw, and Zurich.

In the United States, a similar grocery store called The Daily Table transforms unwanted or ‘expired’ leftovers into perfectly nourishing and tasty food for customers. The founder of that endeavour is Doug Rauch, the former president of Trader Joe’s.

It’s difficult for entrepreneurs inspired to repurpose food to carry out their vision, as in many areas of the world, retailers can be prosecuted if they sell food after the use-by date. The ‘best-before’ date is allowed, which is why Smith’s organization wants the law to be changed to prevent supermarkets from disposing of so much food at the fear of prosecution. 

Rescued Food / Credit: TRJFP Facebook

Dinner made from discarded food products / Credit: TRJFP Facebook

Thankfully, progress is being made. Earlier this year, France made it illegal for supermarkets to purposely waste food. Stores must now donate unsold food to charity, for animal feed, or for farming compost.

Unfortunately, groups like Smith’s are often looked down upon because they seek food others deem not optimal for consumption. With a change of perspective, however, everyone might come to understand that a good share of food thrown into dumpsters is perfectly edible.

Recognizing this sooner rather than later would benefit everyone on the planet.

Credit: leicestermercury.co.uk

In Britain, food prices have risen 47% since 2003, which is quite high compared to the United States’ 30.4%, reports The Independent. Germany’s food inflation is 22.1% and France’s is 16.7%.

When people struggle to afford the basic necessities in life, you can be certain there’s a fault – if not many – with ‘the system’.

Credit: TRJFP Facebook

The Real Junk Food Project is an amazing concept and business model which will, hopefully, inspire other social cafes to sprout and blossom, as well.

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‘Mein Kampf’ Now Part of Germany’s School Curriculum*

‘Mein Kampf’ Now Part of Germany’s School Curriculum*

Germany’s federal education minister has called for nationwide use of Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf‘ in the classroom. It comes just before a critical version of the book is due to be reprinted for the first time since Hitler’s death, sparking fierce debate.

Referencing the critical edition of the book, scheduled to be published by Munich’s Institute for Contemporary History in January, Johanna Wanka told Passauer Neuen Presse that it is aimed at promoting political education and is easily comprehensible.”

Wanka said that Hitler’s statements will not go “uncontradicted,” adding that “students have questions, and it is right that they can get rid of these in the classroom and talk about the issue.”

The critical edition, the result of three years of labour by scholars, will include explanatory sections and some 3,500 annotations. The printing of the 2,000-page, two-volume work is possible due to the expiration of a 70-year copyright on the text, which will take place on New Year’s Day.

Wanka’s support for the critical edition to be used in schools follows a similar call from the German Teachers’ Association, which said earlier this week that the book would “inoculate adolescents against political extremism.”

The president of the association, Josef Kraus, told Handelsblatt newspaper that the text can easily be found on the internet, and it is better for students to learn from “savvy history and politics teachers.”

However, despite being critical of Hitler’s ideology, the new version of Mein Kampf’ has been met with opposition from those who say the book is blatantly racist and anything but an educational tool.

Jewish groups have expressed divided opinion on the reprinting.

“Knowledge of Mein Kampf is still important to explain National Socialism and the Holocaust,” said Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

Charlotte Knoblock, chairperson of the Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria, said “this deeply anti-Semitic diatribe of all texts does not belong in the classroom.”

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partners, the Social Democrats, have supported the call for the book to be taught in schools.

“Mein Kampf is a terrible and monstrous book. It is appropriate as part of a modern education for a qualified teachers to unmask the history of this anti-Semitic inhuman pamphlet and explaining the propaganda mechanism behind it,” said Ernst Dieter Rossmann, the party’s education spokesman, as quoted by the Telegraph.

‘Mein Kampf,’ translated in English as ‘My Struggle,’ contains Hitler’s thoughts on various topics, including eugenics, race theory, syphillis, and movies.

Although the book has never been officially banned in Germany, its publication in the original format has been prevented since 1945 by the state of Bavaria, which owns the copyright.

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Morgan Freeman’s Message to Life, Consciousness & Humanity

Morgan Freeman’s Message to Life, Consciousness & Humanity

More was never enough.  I’m eighty-six years old and sadly I’m basically sitting on my deathbed. I have millions of dollars in the bank but I can’t buy health to save my life now.  I have family and millions of fans around the world but I’m all alone now.  Not even my children or a long, estranged wife or brother stand around my death bed.  I lived my life wrong and I don’t want this to happen to you.

If you listen then take evasive action, I can help you change your future.

The following few moments may very well change your life. I wish someone had told me this when I was your age.

Money is not evil by itself; it’s just paper with perceived value to obtain other things we value in other ways.  If not money, “What is evil?” you may ask.  Evil is the unconscionable, obsessive, and moral bending desire for more.  Evil is the bottomless, soulless, and obsessive-compulsive pursuit of some pot of gold at the end of some rainbow which doesn’t exist.  Evil is having a price tag for your heart and soul in exchange for financial success at any cost.  Evil is trying to buy happiness, again and again, until all of those fake short lived mirages, or emotions, are gone.

Imagine having it all, only to lose it all. You are now broke. All the money is gone, what you have.  The only solution to your madness and happiness was acquiring more. Now you have no more means to acquire fake happiness.  No more means to acquire more.  So, who are you now?

Well, all the people now who you thought were your friends while the money was flowing in…

You might have lost your family, friends, and mostly everyone in the world thinks you are a self centered egotistical asshole.

Why?

Because of your endless pursuit for more clouded your mind and diverted you from your true purpose in life.

Does this hit an emotional cord in you? Did it depress or sadden you? I almost said good.  But I will say this only because I want you to change.

I’m not saying you can’t be financially successful; I’m saying have a greater purpose in life well beyond the pursuit of financial success.

Your soul is screaming for you to answer your true calling.  You can change today if you redefine what success is to you.  You can transform your damaged relationships and build new ones. You can forgive yourself and others who’ve hurt you. You can become a leader by mentoring with others.

Who you aspire to be like

You can rebalance your priorities in life. You can heal your marriage and recreate a stronger love than you ever thought possible.  You can become the best parent possible at any age even 86 but don’t wait until then. You’ll always be able to make more money but you cannot make more time.

One day, just like me, you will die too.  What do you want to be remembered for? What can you do for others to make the world a better place?  What is your true purpose on this earth?

We are all dying, but only a small select few are truly living.

You can step out of the shadows into the light. You were meant for greatness.

You were meant for more than just what you do for a living.

You are an internal being meant to inspire and help the world.  Let’s get it right once and for all in this lifetime.

Today, you step into the world where true love exists, and you finally realize that love, in fact, is the more you’ve wanted your whole life.

Just love more and more, every day in every way, and never give up.  Regardless of how challenging your destiny in life will be, the world really needs you now more than ever.

Together with love, compassion, forgiveness, and in faith in humanity; we will defeat evil once and for all.

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The Heart – An Agent of Transformation*

The Heart – An Agent of Transformation*

It is no secret that our world is changing fast. As you face this period of accelerated change, do you feel you have the tools you need to deal with and adjust to all that is happening?

Occupy Your Heart by Ian MacKenzieHistorically, there is evidence the heart could help us navigate the ever-shifting terrain we experience daily. HeartMath Institute’s research shows the heart possesses a unique intelligence that can help you adjust to accelerating change. When you access this intelligence, you will have more clarity and power to quickly clear away unwanted thoughts and feelings and adjust to rapid change with confidence.

It’s no coincidence that ancient cultures from Greece to China looked at the heart as a primary source of feeling, virtue and intelligence. Many faiths and traditions refer to the heart as the seat of the soul and pathway to spirit, or the higher self.

Western languages refer to the heart as both a physical organ and metaphor for feeling and intuition and the centre of personality, or being. People often describe the place where they experience emotions such as joy, love, hurt and sadness as the e heart area. Many languages use variations of these English expressions: take heart, heartfelt and look within your heart for the answer.

It is only selfishness that breeds poverty of the heart, the mind, the soul and the physicalScientists discovered only recently a connection between the physical and feeling heart. For example, research at HeartMath Institute shows, someone feeling positive emotions like compassion or appreciation has smooth, balanced heart rhythms. In contrast, someone feeling negative emotions such as anger and anxiety display more erratic and unbalanced rhythms.

HeartMath and other organizations’ research shows the heart can be a powerful agent for emotional transformation. This research provides hope for people with depression, anxiety, and other stress-related disorders. HeartMath has developed powerful, yet simple techniques people can use to improve how they feel, think and perceive life. These techniques help you connect with your deeper heart, increase mental clarity, regulate brain chemicals and hormones and, according to many people, produce a natural high.

Journaling Change in Your World

You may find keeping a journal can help you deal with a rapidly changing world. Here are some questions and a tool to help you get started. Write your responses and thoughts in a journal.

  1. List which world events in the last few months have caused you to feel the most uncertain, insecure or stressed.
  2. List which world events caused you to feel discouraged, overloaded, frustrated or anxious?
  3. Practice the Quick Coherence Technique™, a type of emotion regulation researchers developed so people could easily create a state of coherence in about 60 seconds. Quick Coherence helps release stress and stop draining emotions such as frustration, irritation, anxiety and anger. Thoughts and emotions become more balanced and you experience greater ease and inner harmony.
  4. After practicing Quick Coherence for a while, return to your journal and write how you feel.
  • Do you have a new or more balanced perspective?
  • Do you recognize what drains your energy?
  • Have you begun to view the world in a new light?

Genuinely practicing Quick Coherence while maintaining a journal, may be so rewarding that you’ll want to continue regulating your emotions and sustaining these good feelings, which originate in the heart. Learning the Quick Coherence Technique will help you unleash the transforming power and intelligence of your heart and improve the overall quality of your life.

Explore HeartMath’s Free Resources and downloadable materials for expanding your heart connections, including practical solutions for your personal growth, health and life fulfillment.

I’d love to hear about any new perspectives you may have realized as you began to journal?

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