the importance of food in everyday life

If you eat well, medicine is useless; if you eat badly, medicine is useless – Ayurveda

b I’m Barbara Ribeiro, partner CEO at LUMI Brasil. What drove me to write this blog was my overall interest in food, which is much wider than the treasured delicacies we sell at LUMI Brasil. Food is what we are made of, and taking that for granted is a huge mistake. If we consistently eat unhealthy food, we will surely drive ourselves into sickness.

First of all, I recommend watching these videos on food waste, so we can rule out the hypothesis that GMO food filled with agro-toxics is necessary to solve hunger. Organic non-GMO food can feed humanity, and it’s the only way to do so while keeping people healthy. Plus, the monocultures that engage the holistically unhealthy food distribution systems are the certain doom of our soils’ richness, making our planet alarmingly sick in the process.

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the importance of food in everyday life

“Bees are such a good reminder of the interconnectedness of life on earth”

With that impact phrase, they got my attention right away. I am truly amazed by this crowd funding project, that can make a huge difference in our connectedness with the life cycles we’ve been drifting apart as urban people. After all, “pollination is (absolutely) essential to the cycle of life we all depend on“.

If we look after the bees, they’ll look after us, and the honey really is an amazing bonus“. This is just the perfect way to sum up how important it is for each of us to take some time out of our busy lives, and start taking care of some bees. I’m looking forward to buying a Flow Hive.

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“Bees are such a good reminder of the interconnectedness of life on earth”

Life in syntropy

Agroforestry is the answer to our very much needed re-connection to the life cycles humans are a part of. A natural system in syntropy basically just needs trimming to multiply life endlessly, and can recuperate any ecosystem – no matter how damaged -, even creating the possibility of growth for plants from other climates and soil characteristics.

Ernst Gotsch is such a huge inspiration, everyone should watch this:

Agroforestry is the answer to the decadent monoculture food systems we still rely on to feed ourselves. The best example we have in Brazil is Gotsch’s concepts application in a large-scale agroforestry: the “Toca” farm, where they are literally planting water.

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Life in syntropy

Go Organic!

Today I decided to post optimism, mentioning a few inspiring initiatives going on around the world:

– In 2013 Italy followed Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Greece and Bulgaria, and became the 9th EU nation to ban Monsanto’s GM crops. Since then, so many more countries are going GMO-Free, worldwide: http://www.gmo-free-regions.org/gmo-free-regions

– 2015: “the Danish government has prepared a plan to double the areas cultivated using organic and biodynamic practices by 2020” (…). “The aim is for Denmark go completely organic, as soon as possible”. Organic Denmark http://organicdenmark.dk/: 67-point plan, Økologiplan Danmark, that focuses heavily on a more organic public sector.

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Go Organic!

Reluctant Gourmet | Sweet Battle: Pistachio x Chocolate

Milan passes by the tram window, in no hurry. The Reluctant Gourmet lets herself get lost for a few minutes in the familiar landscape: the Parco Sempione trees, that church she always liked though never remembers the name… Until finally, the Duomo. She lost track of how many times she had contemplated it, but today its grandiosity has a new spice: the promise of a gourmet adventure. Continue reading “Reluctant Gourmet | Sweet Battle: Pistachio x Chocolate”

Reluctant Gourmet | Sweet Battle: Pistachio x Chocolate

Women’s Revolution versus Healthy Food Ritual

I read The Secret History of Wonder Woman, by Jill Lepore, last year and absolutely loved it. It’s such a great summary of women’s journey towards independence. And it’s amazing to realize how recent it all is! I mean, we are talking about the 20th century, not some Dark Ages turn of events. On a personal level, I was amazed to learn as a child that my grandmother had to face society’s rejection, because she refused to live with a sister in law after my grandfather died. After he passed away, she rented an apartment on her own where she lived with her 3 small children; but worse of all, decided to work as an English teacher. The horror!

Another major turn of events took place at this time: women gradually stopped the housekeeping service to the family, meaning there was no one left to cook in the richer societies.

I recommend this video for an interesting perspective on the theme:

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Women’s Revolution versus Healthy Food Ritual

My Food Red Pill

According to my husband, I took the red pill when it comes to food. And in the wise words of Morpheus, the rabbit hole just kept going deeper and deeper. But before I share my story with you, I would like to add that I still totally relate to some practical issues: how much of my (scarce) free time will I have to give up, in order to eat healthy food? How much money and energy will it take me to pull this off? A lot, I’m afraid, is the answer to both questions in my experience. It’s ironic to realize how eating healthy food became a revolutionary act, that demands so much compromise.

I’ll share some of my personal experience in this post, but there are a few great documentaries showing professional data to back this up, such as Fed Up and Forks Over Knives:

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My Food Red Pill