I really enjoyed this reading that tied ecology, religion, and economics all together. I think that Gahndi’s self-rule and “Buddhist Economics” makes the solution to our problems seem so easy, when it’s really not. Sure, it would be great if everyone could support local production and stop our consumer culture, but with an Earth so heavily populated it is impossible to get everyone on the same page!
The Food Not Bombs (FNB) program has some really good ideas, and luckily they are only one of many groups that have come together to provide food for the poorer individuals in the community. I really recommend reading more about this program on their website http://www.foodnotbombs.net/fnb_resists.html because it goes into detail about how FNB groups have been fined and are being shut down by the State. What do you guys think about government stepping in and banning people trying to redistribute food? I don’t feel too good knowing that this group who is out there trying to do good things for the community is being discouraged and stopped by the people who are supposed to be looking out for the community’s best interest. That’s just my personal opinion but what do you all think?
I also thought it was good that they realized the importance of serving vegetarian meals. We briefly mentioned in class how we are feeding a large amount of corn to cows in order to get beef…but think about how many people could be fed if we just ate the corn instead of the beef! The amount of energy that is put into raising the animals we use for meat is incredible. When we eat lower on the food chain we are saving energy and resources. In my research I actually found and article that stated: “The United Nations determined that animal agriculture contributes more to global warming than all transportation sources combined” (http://www.thedailygreen.com/going-green/community-tips/meat-industry-eat-lower-food-chain_). That quote really put things in perspective for me.
This relates back to religion because some religions only eat specific meats and some very serious religious people avoid it entirely. Their beliefs are also environmentally friendly habits that if more people adapted, we could impact our ecosystems in a positive way.