The point of this blog is to share my thoughts, ideas and challenges of being environmentally, socially and personally aware, informed and active and discuss the rewards and challenges of living a more natural life in an urban environment.  These ideas have been brewing in my mind for a long time, but it has been during the last couple of years that I have been pushing myself more with my choices in life and the ways in which I express those choices to other people. It hasn’t been easy. I’ve joked with friends that it would be so much easier if I had some sort of religion with food-based guidelines that other people would be more likely to accept and accommodate. Without that, it is just a series of personal beliefs, ideas and ideals that I am often expected to put aside for the good of the social calendar.

Readers of this blog will notice that my content is heavily saturated with topics such as food and equality and there are many reasons for this. But there are others who can say what is floating around in my head and in my heart much more eloquently than I could. So I shall let them speak for me…

“The rich would have to eat money if the poor did not provide food.” – Russian Proverb

“When I gave food to the poor, they called me a saint. When I asked why the poor were hungry, they called me a communist.” – Dom Helder Camara

“I myself have never been able to find out what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.” — Rebecca West

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” – James Beard

“Organic farming has been shown to provide major benefits for wildlife and the wider environment. The best that can be said about genetically engineered crops is that they will now be monitored to see how much damage they cause.” – Prince Charles

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” – Albert Einstein

“A safe and nutritionally adequate diet is a basic individual right and an essential condition for sustainable development, especially in developing countries.” – Gro H. Brundtland

“Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.” – Kofi Annan

“The question we must ask ourselves as a culture is whether we want to embrace the change that must come, or resist it. Are we so attached to the dietary fallacies with which we were raised, so afraid to counter the arbitrary laws of eating taught to us in childhood by our misinformed parents, that we cannot alter the course they set us on, even if it leads to our own ruin? Does the prospect of standing apart or encountering ridicule scare us even from saving ourselves?” – Howard Lyman

“San Francisco lags behind other communities in providing a vital, vibrant and ecologically sustainable urban canopy, as well as open space in the city.” – Gavin Newsom

“Violence against people who break gender rules is not born in a vacuum. It is born out of the smaller social violence that first robs us of our full humanity.” – Riki Wilchins

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