HOW & WHO makes our food is important to the healing power of foods. This is what YOU CAN DO—
You’ve heard of the saying “food should be made with love”-or something like that. Well its true, when food is grown under or by harsh conditions, the EARTH WILL RESPOND BACK. For example— companies using harsh pesticides, insecticides and herbicides instead of more NATURAL ALTERNATIVES it is not only AFFECTING SOIL & PLANTS but it also hurts the PEOPLE GROWING & EATING THESE FOODS, creating allergies that were NEVER BEFORE SEEN and other harmful effects. The earth responds back to how we treat it.
It’s important UNDERSTAND that the powerful healing of PLANT-BASED FOODS also comes from PEOPLE who are TAKING CARE of them. It is OUR DUTY to make sure WE TAKE CARE of them (farmers). If we don't we will RUN OUT of PEOPLE to GROW FOODS. This already is happening in chicken & pig farms in Maryland& North Carolina (stay tuned for next post).....
This is PART TWO from my post earlier today (Farmers Finally get COVID-19 Tests), where I will share a few WAYS YOU CAN HELP OUT the people growing food and promote the healing power of foods during this pandemic:
Google your state-see if your state or neighboring state has announced anything about protecting farmers during the pandemic. If you don't find anything, it’s because they aren't doing anything. Don’t be too surprised, remember that most farmers are immigrants and the government does not give them a lot of rights (see last post)
Email your local Food Policy Council-almost every state has one and some states have many (there is probably one in your city). A food policy council is made up of residents of a specific community/city and come together to TALK about and TAKE ACTION on any issues they have noticed in their area related to food. Food policy councils have the power to make issues known to the state/city government and pass policies. If your state is not doing anything to help farmers be safe in their working environments, you can email them (email publicly on their website) and let them know you are a concerned resident and want to know what they are doing about it (protecting farm workers during coronavirus pandemic)
Call/Email your state governor or district representative-Doing this requires you to do a bit more searching on the internet before you contact them. It’s probably best to contact your local food policy council first to see if they have additional information you might not find on the internet, but if they don't respond within a week or so, definitely take this next step. If you come across research that your state governor or representative did not support a bill OR in general is not taking too many steps to protect farmers/immigrants during coronavirus , call or email them. Tell them that you are "a concerned constituent want them to take action to protect farm workers during the pandemic." They may not respond immediately, but they definitely read these emails-remember they NEED YOUR VOTE to keep their jobs!!
Boycott restaurants/grocery stores-if you feel like this is too much for you right now, an easy way to help out is to STOP BUYING from the stores that do not support higher wages & more rights for farmers. There are specific spots that have refused to protect and respect farmers, WENDYS & PUBLIX are on the TOP of THIS LIST. SO STOP BUYING FROM THEM! Check out my post (Where to Stop Buying Foods) for more details & for a link to see if your favorite grocery store/fast food spot protects/respects farm workers...
This is an important time to help, remember WE NEED FOOD and DEPEND on other PEOPLE to do the WORK FOR US. Taking action by any of the ways I listed above is equally important to the bigger picture of protecting farmers and food! I also forgot to mention but spreading awareness by REPOSTING/sharing what you learned on social media motivates & educates others and is also considered taking action!