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Warrior Connection – 08.14.16

The August 14 the Warrior Connection was a discussion about alcohol and drug abuse and how the avoid it with Robert B. Shaw, D.Min., M.A., LPC, NBCC, BCPCC, BCPC
Associate Director of International Board of Christian Care (IBCC) &
Christian Care Network (CCN) , American Association of Christian Counselors, 129 Vista Centre Drive, Suite B , Forest, VA 24551

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iEat Green – Jo Stepaniak- 08.11.16

Jo Stepaniak is the author of numerous groundbreaking books on vegan cuisine, health, and compassionate living. She has dealt with multiple food sensitivities and chronic digestive issues and understands firsthand the challenges of living with dietary restrictions. Her goal is to help vegans, regardless of their health or dietary obstacles, live their values with joy, not fear.

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Leah Messinger – American farmers are struggling to feed the country’s appetite for organic food

* Consumer appetite for organic foods reached $13.4bn in the US last year – so why is only 1% of the country’s cropland dedicated to organic farming? Marc Garibaldi, a farmer in California’s Central Valley, no longer uses conventional pesticides and fertilizers because he doesn’t want to work with toxic chemicals at his 40-acre cherry orchard. His farm was officially …

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Interview with Edward Mukiibi- Slow Food International Vice-President Ugandan Agronomist – 12.10.15

Edward Mukiibi was born and raised in the rural parts of Mukono District in Central Uganda. He attended a nearby rural school for his primary and secondary education. Agriculture was used as a form of punishment in both schools: experiencing firsthand the practice of shaping a young person’s attitude towards agriculture. Mukiibi graduated from Makerere University with honors in Agricultural Land Use Management in 2009, where he has also worked as a teaching assistant in the Soil Science Department. In 2006, Mukiibi founded Developing Innovations in School and Community Gardens (DISC), a project aimed at promoting community engagement and agricultural sustainability among the youth. Mukiibi’s involvement with Slow Food began in 2008. It was stimulated by a drought in Uganda whose destabilizing impacts were made far worse by the widespread mono-crop planting of a maize hybrid. By contrast, he argues, traditional agricultural practices provide stability: “If one takes a classic African farm, one finds there are fruit trees, vegetables…it’s thanks to this model that, over the years, Uganda has never known famine.” In 2014, at the age of 28, he was named Vice President of Slow Food International. With this recent appointment, Mukiibi helps to steer the work of the global network and to grow Slow Food’s 10,000 Gardens in Africa project.

We pledge allegiance to the United States of Inc.: Corporations become nation-states in Silicon Valley’s latest utopian management scheme – LAURA MILLER

During my desultory post-graduation years in San Francisco, I lived in a big duplex with three roommates. We had bands, fledging writing gigs and other financially unpromising passions, until one of us threw over la vie bohème to work at a consulting firm. We teased him mercilessly for using nonsensical catchphrases like “think outside the box” and for getting a …

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Veganism, Harm Reduction, Moral Baselines, etc. – Mickey Z.

“Veganism must be the baseline if we are to have any hope of shifting the paradigm away from animals as things and toward animals as nonhuman persons.” These are the words of Gary L. Francione, renowned white middle-aged male vegan guru. “Yes, animal agriculture is a plague upon our shared landbase, but… it’s still a symptom. To ‘save’ the planet, the disease …