This is a guest post from Richard Nelson, Founder of lifePOD.
Food is a very difficult subject, since agriculture is like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The problem is more than the challenge of “closing the hunger gap” – we have an even bigger problem with global agribusiness, because our food, in the form of grain, has become a weapon that destroys health and is bring the ecosystems of the earth to the point of collapse. And the truth is, we cannot win when we battle with nature. The dogma that we are in a “struggle for life” is framed in a system of untruths we all have learned in an education that is designed for our oppression and and is then imprinted upon our emotions by the constant shocks and trauma of living in a system with extremes of scarcity and excessive accumulation – and we become so conditioned by this life experience that we start building our own walls of isolation that immobilize our possibilities for change.
We think it cannot be true that a few powerful corporations and the privileged people who control them can be so unjust as to exhaust the earth and undermine the health and manipulate the freedom of the vast majority of people; but our eyes must open to see that: “Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings… Recognise that the world is hungry for action, not words. Act with courage and vision.“ – Nelson Mandella (from “Make Poverty History” day speech, London 2005).
Even with global population peaking above 9 billion, we can succeed in our mission to intensively localize food abundance with a common sense solution, lifePOD, that we are co-creating in a global Creative Commons collaboration. However, while the “livingry” innovations are essential, it is equally challenging to birth the new social enterprise relationships of collaboration & cooperation that will empower a local-to-global movement for food security for everyone, everywhere. Together, we can build a viral movement with the power to disrupt the entrenched and powerful agribusiness system and the old world of scarcity, hunger and poverty will be "made history”.