Historically black colleges and universities are making an effort to increase access to organic foods and preserve the environment. Spelman College is leading the pack as the most environmentally conscious HBCU in the country. Their dorms are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver-Certified, their dining program is trayless and offers vegan options, and the school abandoned “intercollegiate sports in favor of a campus-wide wellness program.”
It’s been a while since I’ve posted and I am sorry about that but I think it’s something that needed to happen. Since my father died last year it has become a priority for me to practice some self-care. I admit that’s not my strong point. Rushing around to be on time for appointments, taking care of others and things more than I take care of myself, and dealing with the weight of my new reality have led me to injury.
I sprained my ankle and injured the other in a bad fall a week ago. Pushing myself has made things worse and I’m now forced to, not just slow down, but stop completely in many ways.
Suddenly I need to reassess my surroundings more. I’m having to ask myself questions like if I can’t walk are the things around me the things I actually need the most? If not why the hell do I have all this other stuff instead? How could I have put off so many things that I now need done and cannot do? What is the balance I need to it that this never happens again? Have I cultivated relationships that include and allow people that will literally help me when I have fallen?
These are questions of environment on a more personal level that also include myself and my own inner world. I’m going to need more time than I knew to get things in order to run this site the way it needs to be run so it can be the true asset to you and I that I know it can be.
I’ll still be around on the SFSG Facebook Page for now even though pay to promote is abhorrent. And SoFresh will get our Tumblr and our Pinterest up and running at some point. Getting information that empowers you to be more green out to you is still important to me, but for now, on this, World Water Day, SoFresh is on officially hiatus.
Here’s a pledge for you to sign about boycotting the brands that blocked your right to know about what’s in your food. You can fill out this form via the Organic Consumers Association or download their boycott guides to keep track of the offending organic and “natural” brands, whose parent companies donated millions to defeat Prop 37, the California Right to Know GMO labeling initiative.
“You can call their customer hotlines listed below, and post on their Facebook pages. Tell them you’ll support their brands when they publicly and financially support your Right to Know!”
The NAACP has joined the ranks of those opposed to New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on large sugary sodas. The organization’s New York chapter claimed in court on Wednesday that while obesity is a significant problem in the black and Latino community but the ban would “would disproportionately hurt minority-owned small businesses, which faced competition from larger convenience stores like 7-Eleven that would be exempt from the soda restrictions because of a quirk in New York’s regulatory structure.” Continue reading →
Watch Making the Connection, a short film by The Vegan Society, so you won’t have to wonder about the benefits of a plant based diet. Vegetarians and vegans, you still might learn a thing or two and everyone please share this if you find it informative!
Description: “This 30 minute film explores an exciting lifestyle which combines delicious, healthy food with tackling many of the ethical and global challenges facing us today and into the future. It is divided into 8 chapters and features a dietician, an MP, chefs, farmers, an elite athlete, environmental groups and the wonderful Benjamin Zephaniah. It explains how becoming vegan is good for your health, good for the environment, good for the animals and can help to feed a growing world population. Will you make the connection and become part of the solution?”
Maybe I can’t tell you when you’re ready to make a difference in this world, and hell, maybe you’ll never truly be “ready”, but as the quote from activist Dr. John Francis above says, this is how you’ll know when “you’re looking at an opportunity” to make a difference.
And he should know. When Dr. Francis was a young African-American man he witnessed Continue reading →
Clocking in at just over 20 minutes Story of Stuff manages to be enlightening and controversial. Teachers have been showing it to their students for years and some of the usual suspects made a stink about it. Some call it propaganda. According to their site:
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view…
The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever. ~storyofstuff.org
You owe it to yourself to watch this and learn about were your stuff comes from and where it goes when you’re done with it. Soon there will be no excuses for not knowing. Let us know what you think in the comments below!