From the Pub­lisher

Trillions - - From the Publisher - Tim Lon­car­ich, Pub­lisher

In the Chi­nese life-force en­ergy dis­ci­pline, Qigong, there is an ad­vanced state of be­ing called Bigu in which a per­son does not need to eat any­thing for months or even years. In­stead of food, a per­son merely sub­sists on Qi (life-force). Records of the phe­nom­e­non go back more than two thou­sand years and it has been stud­ied ex­ten­sively by sci­en­tists and con­firmed as real. Pennstate even held a Bigu con­fer­ence in 2000.

The re­al­ity for most of us is that we have to eat and now that there are 8 bil­lion peo­ple on the planet, what we eat col­lec­tively has mas­sive and far reach­ing con­se­quences for the planet.

Be­cause much of our food is ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied and con­tam­i­nated with increasing amounts of toxic chem­i­cals, the health con­se­quences of what we eat have be­come more se­vere.

Hu­man­ity can­not con­tinue on its present food course for much longer. As our pop­u­la­tion con­tin­ues to grow, cli­mate change im­pacts crop pro­duc­tion and the food in­dus­try makes us sicker, fun­da­men­tal change be­comes ever more ur­gent.

This fun­da­men­tal change is start­ing to oc­cur. More peo­ple are wak­ing up and choos­ing to buy lo­cal and or­ganic food. The pop­u­lar­ity of farm­ers mar­kets has grown by leaps and bounds in re­cent years as con­sumers start to re­ject the in­dus­trial food sys­tem and sup­port their lo­cal grow­ers.

More gro­cery stores are of­fer­ing or­ganic food and claim­ing to sell lo­cal pro­duce. Or­ganic food sales in the U.S. con­tinue to ex­pe­ri­ence dou­ble-digit growth year af­ter year and in 2015 reached $43.3 bil­lion.

In 2009, only 1% per­cent of the US pop­u­la­tion re­ported eat­ing veg­e­tar­ian or ve­gan. Now, 5% of the United States pop­u­la­tion is veg­e­tar­ian and half of those peo­ple are ve­gan. 33% of Cana­di­ans are ei­ther al­ready veg­e­tar­ian or re­duc­ing their meat con­sump­tion. In Bri­tain, the num­ber of ve­g­ans has in­creased by 360% in the last 10 years.

How food is grown is evolv­ing as well. Aquapon­ics com­bines aqua­cul­ture with hy­dro­pon­ics for a chem­i­cal-free in­ten­sive food sys­tem and LED light­ing is mak­ing it vastly more eco­nom­i­cal to grow food in­doors. As the price of so­lar keeps drop­ping it has never been less ex­pen­sive to grow healthy food in­doors.

The grow­ing agroe­col­ogy move­ment is en­abling more peo­ple around the world to cre­ate health­ier and more sus­tain­able food pro­duc­tion sys­tems that can bet­ter with­stand cli­mate change.

In this is­sue of Tril­lions we will ex­plore the Smart Food Revo­lu­tion from mul­ti­ple per­spec­tives and of­fer in­for­ma­tion that can help you make vi­tal changes in your own life, fam­ily and com­mu­nity.

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