Deep Adaptation: New Zealand Blue Winter Squash

New Zealand Blue Winter Squash

Inspired by Alistair McIntosh’s post on Extinction Rebellion and Jem Bendell’s discussion of Deep Adaptation, I arose early this morning and prepared a nine pound winter squash for baking. It has been resting in our cellar since October (It is now January 22). Alistair speaks of XR as a ‘joyous call’, and that is what I felt this morning when I began working in the kitchen at about 4:30 a.m.

I love to rise early and work in the kitchen for an hour or two before breakfast. I usually light a candle, burn incense, and listen to Gregorian Chant at fairly low volume, as if the singers were in an adjacent space. One does not have to be Christian to appreciate Gregorian Chant. It is a balm for all. I have three volumes of chant. I also love to listen to Deva Premal’s Moola Mantra , or, on occasion, shakuhachi music.

This squash is baking as I write this. I’ve also put three Japanese sweet potatoes in the oven. We love Japanese sweet potatoes and eat them almost every day for lunch.

This is the day that has been given. Rejoice and be glad in it.

Scientists’ Warning at Foresight Group, EU Commission

This presentation by Stuart Scott and Alison Green from November 5, 2018 was delivered to the ‘Foresight Group’ of the EU Commission in Brussels, Belgium. The assessment of our global prospects is extremely severe.  The conclusions may be upsetting and perhaps life-changing for many.  But the conclusions should not be taken in lightly.

How to eat the diet that will save the world

Melon, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and chard, harvested from our organic garden.
Melon, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and chard, harvested from our organic garden.

Though our diet is completely planted-based, a more modest, and for many people more manageable, global recommendation came out yesterday as reported in the Guardian:

“By 2050, there will be about 10 billion of us, and how to feed us all, healthily and from sustainable food sources, is something that is already being looked at. The Norway-based think-tank Eat and the British journal the Lancet have teamed up to commission an in-depth, worldwide study, which launches at 35 different locations around the world today, into what it would take to solve this problem – and the ambition is huge.

“The commissioners lay out important caveats. Their solution is contingent on global efforts to stabilize population growth, the achievement of the goals laid out in the Paris Agreement on climate change and stemming worldwide changes in land use, among other things. But they are clear that it depends on far more than just these basic requirements. The initial report presents a flexible daily diet for all food groups based on the best health science, which also limits the impact of food production on the planet.” Read more…