From the 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.