For the past two and a half years I’ve been meditating pretty much every day. I take about 20 minutes every morning, sit in a chair in the dark, take five deep breaths then count backwards from 99 with every inhale. When my thoughts stop pounding at my brain for attention I’ll stop counting and if they come back I’ll begin counting again. As a meditation instructor I understand how important meditation is in our daily lives as well as how easy it can be with a little bit of routine and resiliency.
One of the things I enjoy most about meditation is my heightened intuition. My ability to make gut decisions and trust in the universe has been incredibly sharpened. When I get an idea or a thought that pushes me one way or the next I’m able to follow it with ease. One of the more recent intuitive pushes has been for me to start eating the majority of my food from local sources.
The reason I eat local isn’t only to support the local economy (which is certainly does), but simply because the science and my heart tell me it’s what’s right. In this article I want to share with you three ways eating local can save the world.
- Better quality food. The majority of animal products in North America and in many places across the world come from factories called Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) and the majority of vegetables are mass produced using chemicals and low quality soil. In an effort to increase profits the quality of our foods is incredibly diminished. By supporting local farmers and producers who are concerned about quality over quality we can have a much better say about what we’re putting in our bodies. Better quality food means less disease, less sickness and a better quality of life overall.
- A healthier planet. It’s becoming painfully obvious that the majority of the world’s fossil fuel consumption and clear cutting stems from the high demands on producing low quality food. Local, healthy farms produce more produce and therefore more oxygen for each of us to breathe than the CAFO counterpart would. Furthermore, the toxins and bacteria caused by the incredible amounts of waste produced by these big operations not only affect our soil but even seeps into our water system.
- Developing an even playing field. When we support big chain super markets and discount stores we’re putting more money into the hands of many corporations who are interested in profit over anything else. By spending money on local suppliers and markets we’re developing a more even playing field for us as consumers to make demands about what’s important to us. By spending our money wisely, choosing what business we support and making conscious decisions we are quite literally voting with our dollars.
Supporting our local businesses isn’t just about helping out our community; it’s also about helping our planet and our home. Every purchase and every dollar goes a long way in changing the world as we know it.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
By Ricky Goodall, Meditation Instructor & Certified Nutrition Coach