“We are not advocator of vegetarian diet or organic vegetarian diet. What we are actually doing is to encourage people to explore an improved eating habit.” said Jian Yi, director of the Good Food Fund. Our initiative around the topic on “Good Food” has drawn the attention of many people around the world. Some are agriculture involvers, some are vegetarians, some are innovators and some are environmental protection public welfare workers. It is the willingness to improve the present situation that brought them together.
01Sustainable food is part of the effort in building a brighter future
Qiu Cheng is the first presenter in the morning. She is going to study for her doctoral degree in Food System at New York University. Her topic focuses on “Sustainable Food System”.
She worked at from 2012 to 2016. She noticed the existing problems in global agricultural industry and the food system: It is certain that the total agriculture output is enough to feed the world’s population, but there are still many people suffering from hunger and poverty. This is because one third of the foods are wasted before they can get onto dining tables. The wasted percentage is even higher in the US. The present food system causes environmental pollution, poverty and inequality. As there are very few interdisciplinary studies, Qiu studied sustainable food revolution in the US based on systematic interdisciplinary approach. She actively engaged in eco-agriculture and city-agriculture to put her studies into practical use.
95% of all plants grow in soil. Soil is a vibrant microcosm. Our body may also be taken as an eco-system. The number of microorganisms in and on our body exceeds the number of cells that build up our body. There are a lot of germs in our gut. Intestinal flora affects the body's immune system, central nervous system and endocrine system (which is associated with many mental disorders) The reason why we see great surge of chronic disease cases in developed countries is that intestinal flora, agriculture and food structure have changed. 80% of chronic diseases are caused by intestinal flora ratio imbalance. Intestinal flora likes to eat dietary fiber.
The highlight of Qiu’s report is the principles of healthy diet: have more plant based food (especially whole grain and eco-organic food); have less processed food. Food should means more than the dishes served on our table. It refers to the entire process from soil to our stomach. We should think carefully on the following questions: What is a sustainable food system? How will China’s agriculture and food system develop? In history, we relied on traditional intensive cultivation and localized food systems. Now we rely on chemical fertilizer and more and more industrialized food systems (China is the world top one fertilizer and pesticide consumer). In the future, we hope we’ll be able to build up a sustainable agriculture and food system. Encourage more people to join our endeavor to find out an innovative connection between production and consumption. We may also develop a resource sharing eco-farming system that allows us to make full use of local resources. We are building a brighter future through these attempts in upgrading our agriculture and food system.
02 Small sacrifices on food can save many lives
Next is Jeff Sebo’s sharing via Skype video. He is an ethics researcher from New York University. His topic is about food consumption & production and food politics. If industrial farming do harm to animals welfare and the environment, do we have the moral obligation to stop consuming these industrial farmed foods? Jeff believes the answer should be “Yes”. We’ll become healthier and happier in that way. But we should know, it is hard to reduce non-essential harm, and it is even harder to lower the harm to zero.
Jeff believes, we may find it hard at first to give up meat, but after we get used to it, we will find it easy to keep it as a live-long habit. One person’s effort may not bring significant changes to the community. But you can bring the ideas to your family and friends, and then, more and more people begin to think about food issues.
Should I stop eating certain foods now? The answer is yes. Everyone can save a lot of lives with a little sacrifice. The price we need to pay is little. Through synergy, we’ll see great changes our health, animal welfare, the environment and the future.
If you decide to participate in changing the food system, what method would you use? “Radical” or “Moderate”? The Moderate believe that it is necessary to make gradual changes. The radical approach is too drastic to make big changes. While the Radicals believe that the public needs to be awakened urgently. The current food system needs to be replaced straight away. Otherwise it will give people the illusion that as long as there are small changes, the current food system is also good. To Jeff, both of the Radical and the Moderate are needed in the revolution.
Our attendees showed great enthusiasm in the subsequent Q&A session.
03 Laughter and applause fill the room, 10 small forums were held in Weipu
Huang Yinxia from Fuzhou shared her experiences in holding mindfulness eating salon and courses, vegetarian dinner, parent-child cooking class and so on.
The CBCGDF representative shared three short stories in his speech. The CBCGDF will solve all different problems according to our principle of overall coordination, responsibility and integrity. The CBCGDF will always be a fervent supporter.
Zhu Rongsheng, a farmer in Chongqing, shared his story of building Hechuren Vegetable Garden. He lost 10 kg after working in the garden for one month. Though it was a really tiring task and sometimes the temperature reached 40℃, he never thought about giving up. He explored agricultural methods to control weeds, and gradually build up a vegetable garden ecosystem.
Wang Aimin talked about smart agriculture. Use digitalization technologies and big data technics in conducting basic research. They are also doing interesting things, such as visiting botanical gardens, roadside botany, building endangered plant boxes.
Tang Yujiao shared her own experience about how food has cured her body and soul.
The sharing from " VeggieDorm " focus on creative design and effective execution of events.
Melinda from "Compassion in World Farming (CIWF)" brought a wonderful speech on "Farm Animal Welfare".
Jie Li, core member of the Good Food Fund Roadshow, showed the team's Good Food workshops held in more than ten cities in the past few months. Everyone has an acre of land in their hearts. We just want it to grow good food.
“Food is the god for people.” Good Food education should starts at a very young age. Lin Hongyu pointed out the importance of food and life education for young children.
Wu Anrui played an animal protection video, showing cruelty of illegally hunting of African elephants and Canadian seals. He called on everyone should refuse wild animal products.
Yu Minghui shared the application of microbial organic waste treatment technology in cities, building shared green complexes in urban community schools.
Wang Fan shared the whole producing process of organic soy sauce from planting to brewing, and instructed everyone how to choose condiments.
04Two workshops – sharing carried out by the Good Food Fund
Workshop 1: Research Group
Senior American food researcher Mia MacDonald hosted the workshop in the afternoon, discussing how to spread our ideas and do research. Mia is very experienced in in research, communication, writing, entrepreneurship, and broadcasting. She shared her unique insights:
Research can be fun and innovative. Communication must be accurate, credible, and creative. How to break the barrier to reach your audience?
How to inspire different thinking and life? How to affect people who have the ability to accelerate change? How to deal with mainstream media and social media? Some possible ways are: generating new connected cases, data, documentaries, short videos, photos, animations, research and visual arts, data visualization, self-media, offline activities, etc.
The entrepreneurial workshop hosted by the investor Mr. Liang Zhengzhong is going on at the same time. He starts with a series of questions: How to let our children live a good life? What is the definition of a good example? Mr. Liang first shared how to run a family, and then he talked about exploring entrepreneurship. He believes that the key point of entrepreneurship is finding partners with the same goals, real passion in your business intentions and positive actions. The core of entrepreneurship is management. Proper management requires morality.
Mr. Liang is answering questions from attendees
Discussion continued until 10 p.m.
Delicious meal for the day.
All these delicious food are prepared by our chefs and volunteers. Let’s see what they are doing.