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Feeding the Hungry

Jun 15, 1998 11:42 AM
by Thoa Thi-Kim Tran

>This subject is very close to my heart, and I have collected data and
>studied various aspects for years.  So, I am going to write at some
>length taking up some points.  It may turn out quite long, so a warning
>to those uninterested to 'wipe out.'"

Thank you, Sophia, for posting the information.  It is too easy to ease
into the comfort of our daily lives and ignore the facts that make us
uncomfortable.  Unfortunately, the popular media does not seem to think it
is a topic that will bring them ratings.  People usually want to know what
affects their health and their pocketbooks.  Anything that is of personal
interest.  What I would have liked to see more in the news is the analysis
of the influence of everything we do, from what we eat, to how often we use
the car, to land depletion, to effects on wild life, to those who have not.
It is through awareness that will make us take action.  With
overpopulation a fact, everything we do has more of an effect.  While what
we do as an individual seems innocuous, what we do as a collective is
endangering our environment, and others of the human and animal species.
Every time we use gas, we are contributing to the crisis in the Middle
East.  Every time we drive a car, we are contributing to the pollution.
Every time we eat, we are contributing to further unbalance.  While the
home space we take may not be much, multiply that by the human population
of the world, and you see land being taken away from wild life, and forests
being cleared.  Our human waste contributes to the pollution on the land
and in the ocean.  This is not to condemn us humans.  But it is a fact with
overpopulation.  Some partial solutions I see is information and free
distribution of birth control, electric cars, alternative food (includes
bugs), and awareness to help us develop a conscience.

What puzzles me is the recent nuclear testing in India.  With a population
of around 1 billion and a land mass smaller than the United States
(population 200-300 MM), where did they find the space to perform the
testing?  How do the locals in your area react to this recent development?

>Enough for now.  Excuse my saying so much, which does not seem directly
>to be theosophy.  And yet it is theosophy that should be applied in
>daily life, and to the life of our society and situation.     Sophia

Actually, this is what we need, more information on application to daily
life.  Of course, stated in the way you did, as information for people to
take as they will without preaching.

Thoa :o)

P.S.  For anyone weaning off beef, ostrich meat is a great substitute,
although expensive.  Tastes like a lean beef.  If you're venturing into
vegetarianism, I don't recommend the old fashion method of eating mostly
beans, dousing everything with amino acids, and trying to imitate meat.
Vegetables are great in themselves without all the heavy doctoring up.
They should be cooked in a way that brings out their delicate fresh flavor,
enhanced with nuts, cream, yogurt, beans, grains, and tofu.  I recommend
The Greens Cookbook, and Fields of Greens for home gourmet vegetarian
cooking.  A lot of the other vegetarian cookbooks are still traditionally
heavy tasting for my taste.  Kills the taste of the vegetable.  And who can
enjoy eating beans all the time!  If you're in San Francisco, try the
Green's Restaurant.  Excellent.  If they come out with a great gourmet bug
restaurant, I'd try it.  Food should be a tasty celebration!

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