activism, Giving, Organ Donation

Unleashing My Inner Hero #DonorDay2018

Live On NY is holding it’s 4th annual Organ Donor Enrollment Day.  the theme is Unleash Your Inner Hero.  Indeed, I am unleashing my inner hero, although with a great deal of humility and a commitment to improving other people’s lives who have a need greater than any that I have.  inner hero.png

I found a great spot, too!  Berkeley Drugs on the corner of Kings Highway and Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn has been a mainstay in the community I grew up in.  As a kid, I used to go there, sometimes with my grandma to pick up prescriptions.  I bought holiday and birthday cards there for my loved ones with my saved up money.  When I played sports in high school I went there for Ace bandages and ice packs, and at age sixteen, in an exasperated attempt to do away with excess fat for once and for all, I bought weight loss shake mix there.

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Having a chance to actually go back to my community to do some good work – raise awareness about organ donation and get people signed up to help close the gap – is exciting!  I plan to also go to my elementary school to visit and bring sign up forms and a poster so faculty and staff there can get on the list as well.  If you cannot come in person, click here to sign up online as a donor.

Please reach out to volunteer, a few hours or all day, or to support in any other way.  If you’d like to help out with some money, you can fund my PayPal at shida@reallynourish.com.

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activism, food, Organ Donation

Organ Donors: Real Superheros?

Are Organ Donors real superheros?  It certainly doesn’t feel like it…

I know I helped someone in a major way.  Nonetheless, I’m not immortal, I have no superpowers (well, except making milk for my babies, but that had nothing to do with giving an organ) and I only directly impacted one person’s life.

Real superheros save entire cities from peril… 

I want to do more.  So I’m using the only other superpowers I can boast:

  • Powerful writing to inspire all who read
  • Invincible collaborating skills
  • A disarming smile

to bring together a league of incredible super donors.  Together we will uphold truth, justice and giving of oneself.

Join me today in The 2018 LiveOnNy Donor Enrollment Drive

WE really can save lives, though: one more willing donor on the donor list means one less neighbor dying on the recipient list.

Let this video convince you, then scroll down and fill in the sign up form.  You can be on Team Really Nourish even if you’ve never donated an organ.

We’re not the only real superheros… 

©2018 Rashida V. Serrant-Davis, The Really Nourish Movement. All Rights Reserved. 

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Food Sovereignty Food Import Dependency Trinidad and Tobago
activism, Boycott, food, supermarket

Who Controls the Food Controls the Country: Food Sovereignty and Food Import Dependency in Trinidad and Tobago

Part 1: Wheat Boycott

Dreams of Life Back Home

Growing up as a first-generation American child in an immigrant family, I heard lots of idealized reminiscing about “back home”.  To hear them tell it, the Caribbean was a magical unicorn-filled wonderland where everything from the food to the freedom was

To hear them tell it, the Caribbean was a magical unicorn-filled wonderland where everything from the food to the freedom was perfect.  It never occurred to me to ask them why, then, did they leave it to come to Brooklyn, New York. 

perfect.  It never occurred to me to ask them why, then, did they leave it to come to Brooklyn, New York.  Nonetheless, notions of greener grass and cleaner food lodged in my subconscious and followed me through my move to Trinidad and Tobago, my husband’s native land.  Imagine my shock when I discovered how problematic food import dependency is here. At least 70% of what Trinidadians eat comes from outside of the country!

To be fair, my family left the Commonwealth of Dominica in the mid 1980’s.  The country was still far behind Trinidad & Tobago in terms of its entrenchment in the global food system.  Food and life was perhaps still “natural”, what we now call “organic”. Dominica was also still rather underdeveloped, so much of the land was being cultivated to a wide array of local crops to feed a very small population.  Indeed, perhaps there were even unicorns and magic!

Fast forward to late December 2013, my first trip to Trinidad.  I found here supermarkets very much like the ones I left in the US stocked with just as much of the pseudo-variety of wheat, corn and soy incarnations with a sad produce section.  All these symptoms of heavy food import dependency left me feeling somewhat dejected. Really tho?  Did it never cross anyone’s mind here that who controls the food controls the country?

Did it never cross anyone’s mind here that who controls the food controls the country? 

Greenmarkets were an even bigger disappointment than the groceries.  Instead of the rich panoply of diverse colors, shapes and flavors I looked forward to seeing, I found a similar uniformity to the supermarket.  Vegetable vendors have all the same basic inventory. Import fruit and Chinese onions and garlic abound.

Now I started to reminisce idealistically about my New York City farmers’ markets, where I could find a beautiful selection of locally grown heirloom tomatoes, organic foods of all kinds at Whole Foods, and have fresh groceries delivered to my door.

A Wheat Boycott to Call Attention to Food Import Dependency

Not that I wasn’t subject to the Global Food Regime, but I lived in the perpetrating country.  Living in the victimized country that Trinidad and Tobago is has affected me in a deep way.  Consistently I consider the implications of relying so heavily on other countries for the very food we eat.  This deeply concerns me.  I will highlight some of these in the coming weeks.

So on Monday, 11th June, 2018 I started a one woman boycott of wheat.  I chose to boycott wheat for a number of reasons.  Wheat is Trinidad’s top imported food item.  The US being this country’s biggest trade partner implicates that the wheat we eat comes from over-subsidized midwestern wheat fields.  Those farms, with their GMO seed, heavy chemical warfare regime and degerminated finished product, flood the world with nutrient poor, poison rich product.  They are unwittingly sickening the world’s people.

Delicious Poison

The other reason I chose wheat is because I knew it would be an extremely challenging thing to abstain from.  Almost every meal in Trinidad calls for wheat of some kind, from pies, bakes and doubles at breakfast, roti skins and macaroni at lunch, to dumplings and bread at dinnertime and all great snacks – digestive biscuits, khurma, pholourie – you can have in between.  Here is food import dependency at its best: a non-native ingredient masquerading as a native staple. And all of it is SO DELICIOUS! It’s never wise to make generalizations, but Trinidadians can cook! Honestly, I haven’t had a bad meal in this country yet.

Here is food import dependency at its best: a non-native ingredient masquerading as a native staple.

Discussing Food Import Dependency in Trinidad &Tobago: More to Come

I am looking forward to giving talks about this around this country, so this is my first act towards helping to determine solutions to this problem of food import dependency in Trinidad and Tobago.

Here’s my boycott launch video.  Enjoy!

What are your thoughts?  Even if you’re not from or in Trinidad, please share.  The Global Food Regime affects us all one way or another!

Literature Recommendations:

Hungry for Change: Farmers, Food Justice and the Agrarian Question by A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi – Read my book review

When Banana Was King by Leslie Gordon Goffe – Read my book review

 

 

 

 

©2018 Rashida V. Serrant-Davis, The Really Nourish Movement.  All Rights Reserved.

Really Nourish 2018 Charity: Water Campaign
activism, food, God's word, Water

Really Nourish 2018 Charity: Water Campaign

The Really Nourish Movement’s mission is to end the global food regime, the crisis it has created and the lifestyle disease pandemic it has spawned.  Because clean drinking water is under that regime, we’re launching the Really Nourish 2018 Charity: Water Campaign.  Water is commoditized by powerful corporations the same way food has been, so we are now launching our first effort to contribute to the provision of this basic human right to every man, woman and child on earth.

By the way, this is our 100th blog post since we joined WordPress back in June 2015!  What a great way to celebrate!  Let’s make an impact together!

Please watch this video:

Really Nourish 2018 Charity: Water Campaign
Forthcoming Book: Securing Our Birthright: Clean, Nourishing Food for All People as Ordained by God

Place your $14.99 pre-order for the Securing Our Birthright today and make your donation towards the Really Nourish 2018 Charity: Water Campaign fundraising goal.  Our deadline is March 31, 2018.

Buy Now

The work Scott Harrison and his Charity: Water team is doing is so important!  Clean water is your God given birthright, just as clean, nourishing food is.  The government leaders that have been entrusted with upholding these popular rights have failed to do so.  It is up to the people, organized into Non Governmental Organizations to take a unified stand against the status quo and secure our birthright organically.  We can do this just by organizing into very simple efforts like gardening, seed saving, digging wells and making each dollar we spend count as a vote for a better future.

Are you on board?

 

Meet Scott Harrison

Here’s the video that inspired the Really Nourish 2018 Charity: Water Campaign.  Hope you have tissues handy!

We are change makers.  Let’s grow The Really Nourish Movement together so our change making can have a greater impact on mankind.  Let Really Nourish be a part of the legacy you leave when you pass from this life.

Book Review: Hungry for Change - Farmers, Food Justice and The Agrarian Question
activism, Books, Boycott, Crops, eating, Faith Gardening, farm, Farmers, food, Seed

Book Review: Hungry For Change – Farmers, Food Justice and the Agrarian Question

Book Review: Hungry For Change – Farmers, Food Justice and the Agrarian Question by A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi,

At the moment, I’m completely convinced that God even orders my reading list for me!  As a Christian Food Activist, that shouldn’t be surprising, but His wonders never cease and they never get old or boring.  I found this at Nalis Sangre Grande, which is the National Library and Information Service – aka the Trinidadian Public Library, Sangre Grande Branch.

Book Review: Hungry for Change - Farmers, Food Justice and The Agrarian Question
This is a MUST READ

Even if you don’t yet consider yourself a change maker or a Christian Food Activist, this book will resonate with you one way or another, because, bottom line: you eat food.  It will explain some things that you may have thought strange, even some things you may have come to accept as normal but still know in your heart just aren’t right.

Akram-Lodhi presents the complex global food system in a very palatable way (pun intended).  He breaks it down to components that involve pretty much every stratum of the world’s society by personalizing each.  He presents profiles of real human beings, largely enduring circumstances that they, like you, have come to accept as normal, but have no way of explaining in any way that makes what their going through appear to be just.

People with names and struggles and families to feed.  His descriptions are skillful.  I could picture each and every one in my mind, and my heart wept for them all.  Indeed, my heart weeps for all of us.  We are all in this system one way or another, and the system is indeed badly broken.

If You Eat, Buy This Book!

You can get Hungry for Change on Amazon.com for around US$27.00.  This is definitely a volume for your library.  You will reference it from time to time while the system endures.  Perhaps in 5-10 years, it will be fascinating to look back on how things were after we bring the change!

Reading this book inspired me to create this video.  The video is not a synopsis of the book, but it will awaken and inform you.  Check it out!

activism, food, God's word, Organ Donation, scripture, Weight Loss

Securing Our Birthright: Webinar

In case you missed the Webinar:

Securing Our Birthright – 8 Steps to Revolutionize Your Food Life and Change The World

Here it is.  You can pause as you go and take notes, and please feel free to post questions in the comments section below as you wish.  Also, I’d love your feedback.  Thanks for watching!

 

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Securing Our Birthright: Webinar
Forthcoming Book: Securing Our Birthright: Clean, Healthy Food for All People as Ordained by God