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Environmental Movements - Do They Really Make a Difference?

Updated on October 22, 2015
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Consuming daily organic unsprayed vegetables and fruit, together with the abstinence of meat, alcohol and smoking will raise consciousness with leaps and bounds. Most people don't realise they're poisoning their body and mind unnoticeable with the toxics of the conventional sprayed vegetables and fruit.

By poisoning body with bad food and the mind with media junk, the ability to come and stay in contact with the soul becomes harder or more pre- cisely impossible and therefore the ability to raise conscious awareness.

Being Green Tends to be an Indulgence

The green movement is in most cases nothing more than a pretentious life style that distracts people from their real goal - raise conscious awareness. For most of them being 'green' works as an indulgence in the same way it worked for Catholics. In fact, it works like a new kind of religion.

Self-knowledge is the most important knowledge for a Human being to acquire. If you recognize yourself in this new age profile, it means you could be submitting indulgences for an incompetent lifestyle. The person in question feels there must be more between Earth and Heaven than this, but cannot seem to catch the essence. This is why they often waver along with every pretentious 'spiritual' lifestyle and end up spiritually messed up.

The Basics You Should Know About Organic

Examples of Meaningless Green Movements

Examples how a Green Movement can go wrong:

  • A good example of a new incompetent green lifestyle is the Dutch 'FairTrade' initiative, the sailing ship Tres Hombres that sails 'green' cargo around the world - emission free. Everyone can be a member of the crew - without a salary of course, you'll have to pay big money to work like a sailor on board. Fair Trade? For whom? Being a sailor on a sailing ship used to be a paid quality profession for real sailors. Now this job is taken by spoiled 'green' people with money who pay off their incompetent lifestyle. They feel themselves good people because they're part of a mechanism that are allegedly helping poor farmers in poor countries. This company built its initiative on the rotten roots of the system - inter alia, greed and fake compassion. This initiative is meaningless and will change nothing for the better.
  • The green movement that became part of the usual economic principle of the Capitalistic System, spoiled healthy organic food for ordinary people. If you walk into an organic supermarket these days, like Whole Foods Market, Ekoplaza, Marqt, Biocoop, etcetera, you'll notice it became a kind of temple for rich people. Everything is amazing expensive, at least two times as expensive as in an ordinary supermarket. Why? For whom? Who do these supermarkets serve? Only for spoiled people in trendy cars that are convinced they're living a meaningful lifestyle. For ordinary people with children there is no way to buy food for their daily living in these kind of supermarkets. So, this initiative is serving only a meaningless elite.
  • The traditional food industry of course constantly jumps on the neck of the organic food movement that it is proven with studies that organic food is not healthier than traditional grown food. The forces behind this study are the biggest suppliers of the agricultural industry, like Bayer, Syngenta, BASF, Dow AgroSciences, Monsanto and DuPont. The organic food industry became meaningless, because they served the wrong ideals: greed and profit. Technically spoken when you look to the nutritional values of traditional food, this study might be right, but organic food is principally about raising conscious awareness and protecting consumers from toxics, while the organic food producers don't seem to know this by themselves. And that is a tragic error.

Green City Life is Snobbish and Swanky

Unfortunately as a result an organic green lifestyle became expensive, especially in cities, and therefore snobbish and swanky. A fully organic lifestyle in the city is very expensive, while a fully organic lifestyle on the countryside without commercial purpose has a fairly measly reputation. Who is responsible for spoiling a promising movement? And what went wrong? Who is the green movement currently serving? Where did all the Catweazles went?

In fact the answer is simple, but without true understanding how the Capitalistic system actually works, very hard to comprehend. It went wrong because the 'system' is ingeniously programmed in such a way that a route, through the system, to a high consciousness seems to be cut off in every way.

You Can Never Have Both

People feel there must be something more than only this miserable life and try to catch this in an unconscious way to achieve this by living a 'conscious' life. But this path is closed for them, because it requires more money and if they're able to acquire more money to finally achieve this goal they'll lose the consciousness they had. It seems to be a vicious circle. But is it?

The major program of the 'system':

  • Gather money and/or gain influence, you'll lose consciousness and/or competence,
  • gain consciousness and/or competence, you'll lose money and/or influence.

Having both is nearly always excluded. This is how the system already works for thousands of years, because money makes things measurable that in fact shouldn't be measurable, but just available in abundance and free for everyone and no money involved. Why should you pay for food? Everything is available in abundance, just open your eyes and look around. It is all ours.

An Irreversible Experiment

The best proof how I can show this to everyone is simple:

  1. Go to a Yoga teacher and learn a thorough method to meditate, I recommend the practice of the very powerful Kriya Yoga,
  2. Meditate two times daily, at least 60 minutes in total, using the techniques that are transferred to you,
  3. No meat, no alcohol, no drugs, no cigarettes and no stress. Only healthy food. Daily contact with nature, talking to plants, animals and once in a while hug a tree. A fully healthy lifestyle is required,
  4. Your consciousness will rise gradually during one year after you've been through certain emotional and mental stages that come with deep meditation,
  5. You'll start to look different at the world and are no longer capable to function in a 'normal' way in the system, that is mainly caused by your higher awareness - you start to understand The Universal Truth,
  6. Grow your own food in your backyard or on an allotment garden. You might be interested in this article of The Telegraph,
  7. You'll start to lose interest on your former life and start to lose money and influence - you're going into a higher state of consciousness to your own inner light and your own inner Divinity. Nothing in the traditional material world seems to be important any more.

But be aware. Going on this path is not for weaklings, whiners and cowards. This path requires backbone. Your rewards will be immeasurable in a Divine sense, beyond words. Besides walking a spiritual path, getting off the grid, in nature, is the best way to keep and grow your consciousness in a sustainable way.

The world needs more nutters like Catweazle
The world needs more nutters like Catweazle | Source

Where Are the Real Alternative People?

An organic food movement that wants to be sustainable must plant its roots not in the grid, but off the grid. How to achieve this on a large scale is explained by Michael Tellinger from the Ubuntu Party movement in South Africa.

The organic movement that started around 40 years ago, looked promising for everyone, is now spoiled and became a new religion for a little swanky elite. Because of this is it something that serves no one to a higher consciousness. Why? Because it is too expensive and because of this it serves people that lost their consciousness already. It is sort of 'unproductive loop'.

Wallmart's initiative to sell cheaper organic food for the mass sounds nice, but it still has to deal with the way the economic system is programmed. Therefore this initiative will be brought down in some way regarding the original thoughts, by the evil workhorses (Syngenta, Monsanto, etc) of the Capitalistic system.

Where are all the Catweazles and alternative people who stood at the cradle of the Green Movement? They all seemed to be silenced and vacuumed by the Capitalistic system.

Russia Might Ban GMO's

Russia had the guts to openly call Monsanto and Syngenta terrorists and started to ban them from the Russian soil. Almost everyone is against GMO's. But no one seems to take real steps against this evil movement. To trade and growth of genetically modified seeds severely punishable, is a giant leap forward of the Russian nation.

Perhaps the Russian nation will make a very fast development in conscious awareness after it took this step and this are actions that really matter.

But There's More - About Fairtrade

By now, you might have a slightly other view on the issue of Organic Food. But there's more. Much more.

What do you know about FairTrade? FairTrade sounds good, isn't it? It sounds delicious and fair. But is it?

"Sustainable Harvest is an importer of high quality specialty-grade coffees from over 15 countries around the world. As pioneer of the Relationship Coffee Model, we’ve led the paradigm shift that has served as the foundation for the direct trade model and the interest in creating a closer connection between farmers and consumers."

from Fairtrade.com

A closer connection between farmers and consumers? How does FairTrade imagine this 'closer connection'. Hugging the farmer for his good labour? It is again a virtual 'good feeling' system to calm down your guilty feeling ego.

  • Is the farmer better off? No, this article of The Guardian and many other sources are showing also that the farmer is not better off. In some cases the farmer that got caught in the nets of Fairtrade is even worse off, like this article shows.
  • Why is the price tag higher? The higher price tag is not serving the farmers. The costs are higher because of the expensive certification and control system and to serve the higher benefits of the brokers.

So, in food business almost nothing is what it pretends to be.

The food loss is shocking and represents globally an agricultural area of USA and Russia together. What food problem do we have? The food problem is just another illusion - one the many.
The food loss is shocking and represents globally an agricultural area of USA and Russia together. What food problem do we have? The food problem is just another illusion - one the many. | Source

Who Pays the Staggering Food Waste?

Why organic food is more expensive, is well explained in this article from Fox News. But this article doesn't describe exactly how the food retailing system actually works, which is regarding the price tag, at least as important as the way food is produced.

The overproduction in the conventional food industry is around 50%, which means that half of all the food that is produced never makes it to the grocery store, because it doesn't meet the requirements of the costumers. This is explained in my other article, that refers in the second half to a thorough research on our current food waste.

You and me are paying the costs of this food waste. The food brokering is the real winner.

The Invisible Food Brokering

Who decides that food doesn't meet the requirements of the costumers? Not the costumers, but the invisible brokering that dictates the food market between the farmers and the retailers. They dictate the purchase price tag for the supermarkets, like an invisible veil. These invisible brokers also dictate the organic food market and determines the commercial price tag in the grocery stores and supermarkets.

So, why is organic food more expensive? Because it is controlled by the system through the chain of big agrochemical companies down to the food brokers.

Organic food means no profits for the agrochemical companies. Food brokering is part of the same mechanism that is controlled by the six major chemicals and GMO seed suppliers. Since organic food isn't profitable for for these six suppliers, the lost revenues are recovered through the organic food brokering.

Back to the Basics

There is no way an independent organic farmer can sell his goods directly to a grocery chain. This is precluded on a large scale, because a single farmer cannot deal with the risks of hiccups in the delivery of products regarding time and quality.

Only a food broker can handle the risks and because of this the farmer is hanging like a marionette on the strings of the food broker. This position of the farmer is pretty desperate to become meaningful in any way in respect to organic farming for the large public - it will remain a niche market with large profits as long as the customers (we) keep confirming the belief that organic food is more expensive.

The best start is to demand (we) that organic food is presented in a simple low profile way to keep off the sauce of snobbery. Back to the basics.

The huge amount of food waste is paid by the costumers itself by a devious system of subsidies (via taxes), collusive price agreements and the low general unawareness of costumers.

Why is organic food so much more expensive? Because it is the dairy cow of the food brokering.

Average Yields of the Five Major Food Sources

Type of Crop
Conventional Yield (Tons/Hectare)
Organic Yield (Tons/Hectare)
Difference in labour intensity of organic crop
Potatoes
45
34
+25%
Corn
10.5
8.8
+30%
Rice
3.9
3.9
-7%
Soybeans
3.2
3.2
0%
Wheat
2.9
2.9
+30%
That organic yields are ALWAYS more labour intense is a misconception. It depends vigorously of the experience and commitment of the farmer.

This list shows that:

  • organic grown potatoes are up to 65% more expensive than traditionally grown potatoes,
  • organic grown corn is up to 55% more expensive than traditionally grown corn,
  • organic grown rice is 7% cheaper than traditionally grown rice, because of the lower labour intensity,
  • organic grown soybeans are about the same expensive as traditionally grown soybeans,
  • organic grown wheat is 'just' 30% more expensive than traditionally grown wheat.

Yield is not the only figure to focus on, there are sources that claim that organic yields are even higher. But this doesn't count for the mass production. The main focus is on the food brokering that holds all the cards in determining the final price tag and how much crop is distributed.

The argument that there is not enough food to feed the world population is no compelling argument either, since 50% of all our food is disposed before it reaches the retailer.

Checkout this research to rice production that concludes that organic rice production requires less labor than conventional rice production.

Key Figures of Agricultural Land

Country
Average Price per Hectare in k$
Population Density (people/hect)
Arable Land
The Netherlands
68
5
22%
Ireland
32
0.7
17%
New Zealand
29
0.17
6%
UK
25
2.5
23%
Germany
19
2.4
33%
GLOBAL AVERAGE
13.5
0.5
11%
USA
9
0.35
18%
France
7
1.2
34%
Canada
4
0.04
5%
Australia
1.5
0.03
6%
Russia*
0.6
0.08
7%
Figures 2012 *Russia shows the largest spread in price - prices range from 0.2 in rural areas up to 2 in the Krasnodar region

The above table shows there is inter alia, a clear trend between prices of farmland and population density, so far no real surprises. New Zealand and Ireland are misfits in the global trend, regarding the population density. I didn't examine the exact reasons for this, but I guess it is caused by the high demand of farmland in both countries and/or a typical government policy. I gathered the figures from many different sources and made cross check examinations to check the reliability of the above figures.


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      someonewhoknows 2 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      Interesting video about Putin being against G M O crops

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      someonewhoknows 2 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      We should decentralize food production more . Local farming would benefit as a result.We would also be less dependent on the transportation system and get fresher food as a result.

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      Agree someonewhoknows, it would be a good start to begin with. I changed the polls slightly, that caused your vote to disappear, I'm sorry :q

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      Hendrika 2 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Wow, a lot of information, but in South Africa it does not work like that with fruit and veggies. All our supermarkets buy directly from the farmer and really press them for lower prices that is of course not given through to the consumer.

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      Hi Hendrika, thanks for the insight. In South Africa many things work different as far as I know. In South Africa you're even able to make gasoline from coal, so you're not depending from the oil companies. Am I correct? It is because you're in South Africa much further developed as in the rest of the world when it comes to being independent, that the Ubuntu movement is possible, I guess.

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      Hendrika 2 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Yes, we do have factories making gasoline from coal and it started with an effort to be more independent. A very large part of our population is very family oriented, meaning the whole extended family.

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      Sanxuary 2 years ago

      I do not believe going green requires membership in a club and it also does not require added expense. The health benefits of going vegan just 3 months a year our incredible. Eating traditional non-GMO plants not drenched in chemicals helps. A true green movement should be focused on local agriculture that you can depend on if the grid crashes. The organic label to simply charge you more is just another scheme to make money. I do not focus my attention on organic or vegan labels. I just eat anything that does not contain animal by products and my food bill is actually cut in half.

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      @Sanxuary, thank you for your valuable view on this matter and I certainly agree with your interesting point of view you're mentioning here. Thanks a lot!

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      watergeek 2 years ago

      I've been green for a long time. I eat healthy food, organic as much a possible. My income is lower than most (meaning quite low), but I shop at Whole Foods or the Farmer's Market. I do not own a car, but take public transportation and rent one, if I need to. I do not come from a wealthy family, but a poor one. I've been a Peace Corps volunteer twice, walking my talk.

      In other words, I don't know where you got all that stuff you're saying, and wonder if you really know many people who are green. Yes, I do have a friend who drives a Leaf and some of my family have Prius's now. But I know as many people who are living like me.

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      Hi watergeek, thanks for your input on this article. You may feel somewhat provoked by this article. I know actually many people that behave like to be 'conscious' but are in fact totally unconscious and I know just a few people that are really 'green'. Going green is not about buying food with fancy labels, green is in my opinion is about consciousness what you are doing.

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      watergeek 2 years ago

      Yes, that's a good point. The term that goes along with what you're saying for businesses is "greenwashing." I'm sure you've heard of it - where a business takes a "green" action they would do anyway to decrease expenses, then posts it on their website in block letters and doesn't do anything else.

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