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"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
"The Quantum Factor" – Apr 10, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Galaxies, Universe, Intelligent design, Benevolent design, Aliens, Nikola Tesla (Quantum energy), Inter-Planetary Travel, DNA, Genes, Stem Cells, Cells, Rejuvenation, Shift of Human Consciousness, Spontaneous Remission, Religion, Dictators, Africa, China, Nuclear Power, Sustainable Development, Animals, Global Unity.. etc.) - (Text Version)

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

(Live Kryon Channelings was given 7 times within the United Nations building.)

"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“… 4 - Energy (again)

The natural resources of the planet are finite and will not support the continuation of what you've been doing. We've been saying this for a decade. Watch for increased science and increased funding for alternate ways of creating electricity (finally). Watch for the very companies who have the most to lose being the ones who fund it. It is the beginning of a full realization that a change of thinking is at hand. You can take things from Gaia that are energy, instead of physical resources. We speak yet again about geothermal, about tidal, about wind. Again, we plead with you not to over-engineer this. For one of the things that Human Beings do in a technological age is to over-engineer simple things. Look at nuclear - the most over-engineered and expensive steam engine in existence!

Your current ideas of capturing energy from tidal and wave motion don't have to be technical marvels. Think paddle wheel on a pier with waves, which will create energy in both directions [waves coming and going] tied to a generator that can power dozens of neighborhoods, not full cities. Think simple and decentralize the idea of utilities. The same goes for wind and geothermal. Think of utilities for groups of homes in a cluster. You won't have a grid failure if there is no grid. This is the way of the future, and you'll be more inclined to have it sooner than later if you do this, and it won't cost as much….”

"Fast-Tracking" - Feb 8, 2014 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Reference to Fukushima / H-bomb nuclear pollution and a warning about nuclear > 20 Min)

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change
In a bid to combat climate change, US President Barack Obama announced the Clean Power Plan on Monday, marking the first time power plants have been targeted by mandatory regulations on carbon dioxide emissions in the US.
Google: Earthday 2013

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Incredible Edible free food project replicated worldwide

True Activist, Sophie McAdam, March 16, 2014

In the small town of Todmorden in the north of England, fresh organic produce is growing everywhere. There are sweet-smelling herbs at the railway station, vegetables sprouting in the public car park, and an apothecary garden next to the local Health Center.

This is the Incredible Edible movement, a grassroots campaign to provide healthy fresh food to the whole community, while promoting local produce and educating people on the joys of cultivating veggies.

Todmorden in bloom
Incredible Edible co-founder Pam Warhurst explained how she and her friends sat around a kitchen table six years ago, brainstorming ways to make positive change in the world.

They began with a simple question: Can we find a unifying language that cuts across age, income and culture, that will help people themselves find a new way of living? Then came the thunderbolt. Food is a basic human need, but fresh, healthy organic food is a basic human right. “None of this is rocket science, but it is inclusive,” Pam says. Ultimately, this is a movement for everyone. We say, ´if you eat, you´re in.´

Pam Warhurst (right) at a local
food day in Todmorden
What followed was a public meeting, where Pam and her associates received a standing ovation after presenting their plan. It was an ambitious, idealistic project which not only addressed the issue of what we eat, but where we spend our money and what we teach our children.

“I wondered if it was possible to take a town like Todmorden and focus on local food to re-engage people with the planet we live on, create the sort of shifts in behavior we need to live within the resources we have, stop us thinking like disempowered victims, and to start taking responsibility for our own futures,” Pam explains.

´Vegetable tourism´has boosted
the local economy
Three key areas are covered: planting free food for the whole community, supporting and promoting farmers and other local food producers rather than supermarkets, and rolling out an extensive educational network to directly involve residents and students with the project.

Incredible Edible is run by unpaid volunteers and began with the planting of some small herb gardens and the launch of a local seed bank. Now, every school (and church) in the area is involved with the movement. They have provided chickens, planted orchards, and installed a fish farm at the local high school, which was such a success that a course in agriculture has since been launched. The group also offers free staff training for primary school teachers on issues of food awareness and cultivation, as well as adult learning schemes through ties with the college. All the children in Todmorden can now recognize a tomato plant, and have benefited greatly from getting their hands dirty in the community gardens.

British gardening expert Diarmuid
Gavin with some Todmorden scouts
The town, population 15,000, has attracted what Pam calls ´vegetable tourists. “People come from all over the world to poke around in our raised beds,” she laughs. There are fruit trees, bushes, herbs and veggies everywhere: outside the police station and the retirement home, on the towpaths of Todmorden´s canal, and even in the cemetery. Residents have embraced the project with gusto, and many private gardens and porches have been transformed into blooming oases of delicious fresh produce since the scheme launched in spring 2008.

“People are ready and respond to the story of food,” Pam points out. “They want positive action, and in their bones they know it´s their responsibility. We are all part of a local food jigsaw, and all part of the solution.” 

The group define their work as ´propaganda gardening´, and they made a conscious decision not to ask permission from the local authority before planting. “We´re starting to build resilience; we´re starting to reinvent community, and we did it all without a strategy document,” Pam states. “We did not consult, we did not write a report; enough of all that!”

Even local firefighters have
become green-fingered
Despite this maverick attitude, the local council has been so impressed by Incredible Edible that it has donated land to the movement. Furthermore, politicians in the area have pledged to remove obstacles stopping the use of community land for growing, and to give guidance to other public bodies about how it can be done.

Various spin-off projects have been created since Incredible Edible´s early days, including the fantastic ´Every Egg Matters´campaign. Volunteers had the idea of encouraging people to buy and consume only fresh, local eggs from happy hens. A map of locations was drawn up and handed out to people, with great success. As a result, Todmorden farmers began to widen their produce range- making home-made pies, cheeses and other artisan products that were not in demand before.

Pam and her associates then decided to give all local food producers and market traders some of their signs and posters to use when selling their goods, and were amazed at the response. The Incredible Edible logo attracted new consumers and was a huge boost to the local economy. By building a system of mutual benefit and support, sales of local produce (cheese, eggs, beer, meat) soared, and consumers were inspired to start growing their own vegetables, keeping chickens, or simply boycotting supermarkets wherever possible.

Meetings and planting days are regularly organized through Incredible Edible, creating bonds between neighbors who would otherwise be strangers. A local history project has been launched, with the aim of teaching people about how food was cultivated in the area in the past. Pam and her co-creators also plan to publish a recipe book, and a wonderful story for children (which can be downloaded for free here) aims to teach youngsters about the Incredible Edible philosophy (by highlighting the nonsensical idea of buying New Zealand apples from a supermarket when trees growing nearby provide the same fruit for free).

Incredible Edible also runs courses on grafting, permaculture, bee-keeping, edible fungi, herbal medicine and more. Land, polytunnels and raised beds have been donated to the cause by a local store, while a community aqua garden was funded by the British National lottery. The movement is growing at a mind-boggling rate (there are now over 200 groups worldwide) and the Incredible Edible team even finds time to help other start-ups all over the world, in the USA and Japan, Australia and India, New Zealand and Europe to name a few!

The inspirational folk who dreamed up and executed such an awesome plan are normal people like you and I. They have no special training or qualifications; they have no money to invest in the project. Instead, they have achieved all of this with a simple desire to make a difference, a huge passion for creating alternatives, and a refusal to allow bureaucracy and red tape to stop them.

“We are not daunted by the sophisticated arguments that say small actions are meaningless in the face of tomorrow´s problems,” Pam says, “because we have seen the power of small actions and it is awesome. We are starting at last to believe in ourselves. In my book, that´s incredible.”

Sophie McAdam is a staff writer for True Activist. She grew up in a village very close to Todmorden (and visits regularly), so she can personally vouch for the awesome transformation detailed in this article! You can find out more or contact her here.  If you are feeling inspired and want to know more about replicating this project in your own community, click here or follow I.E on facebook. All images are credited to Incredible Edible, with an extra thank you to press officer Estelle Brown for all her help.

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