How Vegans Can Create Healthy Relationships and Communicate Effectively | By Melanie Joy

Many vegans find that it`s difficult or impossible to feel connected with the non-vegans in their lives and to communicate about veganism in a way that doesn`t cause cause conflict. Often, too, vegans have trouble relating and communicating with each other when they disagree with each other`s ideas. In this new presentation, psychologist Dr. Melanie Joy explains the principles and tools for creating healthy, connected relationships, and she gives tips on how to talk about even the most challenging issues productively.

## About Melanie Joy ##

Dr. Melanie Joy is a psychologist, international speaker, organizational consultant, trainer, and the author of “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows”, “Strategic Action for Animals”, and the forthcoming book “Beyond Beliefs: A Guide for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Meat Eaters in Relationships.”. Dr. Joy specializes in strategic vegan advocacy, effective communication, organizational dynamics and leadership, the psychology of social transformation, and activist sustainability. Dr. Joy is the eighth recipient of the Ahimsa Award – previously given to the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela – for her work on global nonviolence, as well as the Empty Cages Prize – previously given to Tom Regan – for her contribution to furthering the cause of animal rights. She is also the founder and president of Beyond Carnism and the co founder and co director of the Center for Effective Vegan Advocacy.


Animal Rights Extremists: Terrorism vs. Protest

Has your group been labeled as a terrorist organization have you been labeled as a terrorist we got threatening phone calls to people following our trucks know hey we’re terrorizing our local farmers they’re terrorizing us. I’m in Berkeley California and I’m meeting with an animal liberation group called direct action everywhere also known as DXE they’re notorious for their extreme tactics which includes civil disobedience mass protests and trespassing because several of DX these tactics are illegal many of their members have been arrested some are even facing felony charges that could land them up to 60 years in prison but even with the looming threat of prison time DXE is planning the largest action in the history of the organization which will happen tomorrow morning at an undisclosed location let’s do it all one more time my name is Wayne Cheung and I’m co-founder of the animal rights Network direct action everywhere I’m also a lawyer and former and law professor we started the EXCI in 2013 because we wanted to build a movement for animal rights [Music] we haven’t labeled this terrorist and it’s shocking because we’re just a bunch of people volunteer at dog and cat shelters and really love animals some of these terrorist labels may be in response to past DXE actions in May of 2018 Wayne was indicted with multiple felony charges after breaking into a pig farm in Utah to document living conditions he removed two piglets from the property these charges could send Wayne to prison for sixty years if he’s convicted so you are facing pretty much the rest of your life in prison yeah and you’re still going to participate in this open rescue tomorrow yeah why for most the past 20 years of my life as an animal I attacked us I thought to myself that there will come a time where you have to make some sacrifices to bring exposure to this issue and you have to be ready to make those sacrifices I am several hundred activists from across the country gathered to hear Wayne’s final briefing as he reveals the specific target and mission of today’s action their objective is to break into a large egg farm and occupy the property until all the sick and injured chickens are removed folks we are about to march into a massive factory farm in the heart of darkness and hell we’re gonna expose what’s happening inside and try to take some of the Andals out and today we’ve got a legal opinion from a scholar we’ll be delivering to the company saying we have the right to be there we have the right to rescue these animals are we all ready to go a lawyer has written Wayne a legal opinion arguing that DX’s actions today are protected under a California animal abuse law Penal Code 597 II however 597 II has yet to be used as a successful legal defense for actions like this since DXE is technically trespassing vais will not cross property lines to film all footage inside the farm is filmed by DXE we are approaching the facility I can see the signs to say eggs so it seems like they’re starting to brush the facility they’re starting to run I’m an investigator with the rescue network for California peonies attached to this letter you can be de let’s uh sorry I’m not thank you very much sir thank you very much right to do this we do have the right to fire ace seems like a lot of the workers are coming out really confused about what is happening coming onto the property who has no right to be here these animals are not being missing so this is a good operation this is a very very good operation so you expect arrests I’m gonna go over and tell our deputy [Applause] you have a right under all right or anything we did you want me this ever right pictures [Applause] look at how crimps wave conditions are dehydration because they have no access to water as you can see there’s probably a few hundred of them to come and support the animals are going to be coming out soon we have at least three cars I don’t know how many officers are actually on sites it’s gonna they’re gonna be walking for a few minutes there’s a few hundred of them oh they’re all coming out over here is this one okay is there anything wrong with this one nobody in there is okay what do you have going on right now she was found in there 5 rescuers isn’t I’m just holding on to her right now is she dead yes it looks like the police are actually starting to like occupy the front of the building and probably stop them from going back in police have blocked the entrance to the farm DXE is considering going back into the property to release more birds Wayne is negotiating these demands with officers and farm owners we’re gonna check on animal patrols MTA okay I’m appreciative rays of operation so far so good and we’ll take a look here in a little bit thank you very much I appreciate it so Wayne what is happening what we’ve argued is that under 597 first of all we have the right to go again it doesn’t matter but they cannot stop it cannot sighs just like if someone is torturing their dog and you go to give the dog some assistance the other right to do it have a right to do all right what’s up is Sergeant Thompson asking you no go back in he’s asking us not to go back and right now and and he’s he’s saying that in exchange for not exercising our rights he will go in with animal control and we will have an opportunity to see some of these disease and distressed animals in the barn Wayne Wayne can I talk to you over here we’ll get going talking to [Applause] I’ve asked you to be reasonable I’ve asked you spend a winter with me yeah and you’re refusing that this is a setup Friday it looks your game file it’s leaves a box outside let’s leave the press and the cameras off and have seen the outside as well sure using both of you guys okay Dave going I don’t even want to go inside I don’t want any police officers okay so basically what’s happening is the owner said he wants to talk to Wayne without media without police so that’s where they went we’re gonna wait and see what happens they said we could remove sicker distressed handles but they kind of waffled on this and they said what do you see a sick and distress and they also said we did not remove any sick of distress panels so well the folks are applying to do a civil experience please approach the fraud we just announced everybody that they are going to go in here they go so there are walking across they’re gonna get arrested we see Wayne there are a lot of people who have charges who are going to get arrested [Music] Duane is getting arrested property in total 40 activists including Wayne are arrested and taken to sonoma county sheriff’s office and they’re released the next morning so we’re going to visit Mike he’s one of the owners of the farm that dxc escaped the break-in and I’m gonna talk to him about how he’s feeling a few months out how it has affected him how are you good my clever thanks for having me out here you bet so in the aftermath of what happened what what have your thoughts been what have you been thinking about right after it was really why me what was so bad with our operation that we were the targets we looked at DXE and after really understanding what they’re about and how they’re not for upsetting animal welfare standards they’re for the eradication of using animals if you realize there’s no way there’s a cover going to be a common ground they excel at trying to create some some mayhem and they they think it’s a positive or constructive way to have a discussion but it’s not it’s detrimental it shut our business down it concerned our employees and we have people today who have lingering issues about this type of thing happening again it’s a big operation but we’re small farmers do you consider your farm humane should there be a concern about how your birds are raised all farmers should be held accountable they should be doing everything they can to provide humane care for the amount of effort we put in to take care of these animals that’s the way it should be done we’re audited by three different groups that look at our animal care from a humane or animal welfare perspective the statements that dxc had made were false they were saying that the birds are not provided water and not provided feed basically and I’m happy to show you inside of our chicken houses so you can see that every chicken has feed and water access to it 24 hours a day this is a cage free house and these curtains this is where the nests are and what we’re doing is creating a safe place for them that’s dark because they like to lay their eggs in a place that’s safe from predators that’s why these curtains are here you can see the nipples as well up here if I push it and so they know to do that since day one they’ve been drinking water this way something from that day I do remember there was a dead bird that one of them did bring out yeah animals are just like humans if you have a city with a hundred thousand people in it there’s some people die every day it’s part of the natural process it’s one of the things that if I could run a farm and none of my animals ever died I’d be all for it but I can’t it’s hard it’s hard to be a farmer and have your integrity called on the floor by a bunch of people who don’t have any understanding of our industry the challenges we face the amount of effort that goes into producing this safe affordable and humanely raised product because of the DXE event we have evaluated everything we do from an animal welfare perspective we’ve looked at ways that we can improve it we’re actually making some changes so there’s there’s a good thing that comes out of it but it came out of it in the most unconstructive manner do you consider a DXE a domestic terrorist group that’s a great question they’re terrorizing us they’re terrorizing our local farmers there’s not a night that goes by that I hear a slow-moving car that I think that there’s somebody out there patrolling everybody is nervous now because of what they’re doing there’s nothing constructive about their action I mean were you know so it’s been a while since we’ve seen each other and last time I saw you you were being arrested so just update me what’s happened since then we’ve done a number of other mass demonstrations but most notably we went back to Sonoma County with a couple hundred people to do a demonstration of a huge poultry farm and as a result 58 activists including myself around up in charged with multiple felonies and now we have to win this fight in court so talk to me a little bit about that you know how are you guys working with 597 a when you’re in court facing some of the charges that you’re facing it’s always scary to be in court it’s even more scary when you’re facing dozens of felonies and that’s what we’re facing now at the same time we know this is an opportunity because if we can win one of these cases what that will mean is that the law and the court and the jury accept the fact that these animals are living creatures and that will open the doors for activists across the state and across the nation to start infiltrating these farms taking the animals out and exposing an industry that when exposed people want it to stop so I think what Mike would say and what I think he did say to you um when we weren’t there is that he’s doing everything by the book by the law but that’s not still not okay for you guys the laws are corrupt and the laws are often written and enforced by the industry for the industry their response is always one in the same which is this is an industry standard and our response to that is corporations don’t ride the laws that people write the laws they want to believe what they’re doing is not bad for the animals are bad for the environment their economic interests certainly are aligned with that belief but when we actually look at this with a an objective lens we have to acknowledge these animals are suffering do you think if you and Wayne ever talked again you don’t think that you guys would come to some sort of agreement I don’t know a good analogy for it but the only one I could give you is if you own a house and there’s an arsonist who once have a conversation with you a discussion with you how could you ever come to agreement on something he wants to shut all animal agriculture down I need to pay off the loans I want to continue our family business I want to continue to provide fresh food for the citizens of this state things happen and after they happen life is never the same for us it’s having several hundred people come break into your building and broad daylight push their way past your employees and steal animals out of your house that happened you know I can’t can’t go back can’t make it go away what you were doing is illegal you know what do you say to them you never change the world by following the rules first of all so some rules are meant to be broken when there’s an unjust rule someone should break it but more importantly I don’t see us as rule breakers I see us as rule makers that if you look at the course of human history these great social changes only occurred because people were willing to test the boundaries of the current system


Catering a Vegan Wedding 🎊 | (..Part 02 of 02 ..)

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I say look he turned out its what’s your name Norma yeah you ever heard from me vegan snack video she is here helping me out at the wedding and it’s a really windy day but it’s really lovely as well and we’ve just put out some canapés on the table for the guests as they arrive and we’re just gonna go back in the kitchen and get going because there’s a lot to cook a lot – yeah. I’m not deleting nerd anyway update it’s almost the end of the night what time is it like we’ve my goodness I can’t I can barely walk I can barely move but it’s been wonderful everyone loved the food and everyone’s like dancing now and stuff and we’re just like tearing plates and things I’m so tired but it’s been a good day like great experience and yeah I don’t know what else to say really good Jam


AEROPONICS – Farming In Small Spaces With LA Urban Farms

Anyone can grow organic produce in just 30 inches of space using 90% less water than conventional garden that sounds this is so neat 182 should a Wendy Coleman here she is the founder of la urban farms thanks for being here this morning these are so interesting they’re space-age looking but they work and they work now can you show us how do these vertical gardens make it so you can grow fruit vegetables herbs edible flowers without using any soil without using any chemicals sure so this is aeroponics and aeroponics allows us to grow fruits and vegetables herbs and edible flowers all without the use of any soil or harmful chemicals you just need water nutrients sunshine and sea so let me show you how it works yes okay it’s super easy you don’t have any gardening experience in it a 20 gallon reservoir that’s filled with water and nutrients there’s a love what is submersible pump it brings the water to the top of the garden and on the way down it showers all the roots that are hanging in the garden nutrient-rich water over and over again and recirculates until the plants absorb it or it evaporates now that’s all it’s kind of scientific to me but I would imagine you purchase something in all the pieces in parts which they are and the really key thing about the technology is it uses 90% less water it’s not the amazing saying deal yet for us and here in California with a drought nearly everyone so the garden is made up of these sections are all stackable and you can grow between twenty to forty four different plans just by adding more sections it’s all food gray plastic and because you’re growing up vertically you can grow so much more in the same amount of space that you would if you’re on the ground so actually ten times more so it makes a great firm urban settings and unused spaces like parking lots rooftop balcony container it’s a real conversation starter – could you imagine you have someone coming over and going off how do you do that is it faster to grow things with this method in is it’s actually remarkable goes like 30 percent faster than commission or gardening because the plants are getting everything they need with water oxford during the nutrients all day long they’re being spoon fast so they’re going that 2-3 weeks ahead of soil here’s the old man in me talking I love the harvesting I don’t have to bend over sure just like let me get my tomato let me get my spinach that’s really this is really the cool thing about harvesting aeroponic yeah it’s living produce so it’s packed full of a hundred percent of its nutritional value so the difference in the taste is really unbelievable and of course there’s just such a different connection and appreciation to your food you know when you grow it yourself and there’s nothing like eating vine ripe tomatoes and the impact on the environment such a positive one and who is using these gardens so you know what they’re growing we have been growing all over Los Angeles and throughout the country they’re so easily scalable so we have them with families in their backyards at schools with chefs restaurants resorts in hotels all the way to doing a major commercial urban farming and food major food growing you talk about the taste you’ve brought some amazing dishes here this morning with ingredients straight from your vertical garden what do we have here here so right here Disney chef Helen Cavallo prepared these dishes for us we have eggplant parmesan we have a strawberry okay yeah and zucchini muffin all from ingredients from our garden and we have a farm that’s just 15 steps up from her kitchen door making an amazing farm-to-table experience you have a bite it’s real and you know what I gotta say Oh gorgeous I know they’re just so beautiful and I want to show you what you think what you can throw to Adam if you’re a great champ or it’s the better vegetables but something’s really good right here I’m so glad you’re enjoying it you can so you can grow anything that doesn’t grow on a tree like an apple or that’s a root vegetable like a beet you can grow broccoli colonies or anything that doesn’t quite work in this macro things that grow on trees like apples that are things like vegetable like that yeah but you could go strawberries water melons cucumbers spinach tomato it’s an all and I guess if you’re gonna use the water for something use it for something that you can eat and use rather than is something you can look at yeah that is really the key is it’s using 90% less water we have those of you who are interested as well on la urban farms details how you can order your own vertical garden you can go to la urban farms comm or you can follow them an Instagram at La urban farms and I’m sure we’ll have some information on our website as well when depreciating guys love sharing it thank you so much for having me 🙂


Backyard aquaponics as self-sustained farm in (sub)urban LA

Southern California it’s tough because I mean the the value of the land the value of the real estate is is so high the houses are sources of consumption purely I mean you kind of have to work with what you’re given I think I mean yes your I this is a suburban neighborhood this is whisper farms which is actually my backyard part of the experiment was could you potentially have I know I mean your typical family two working adults children could you make a small lot like this and this is 8,000 square feet produce enough to eliminate the need for one of the parents to go to work someplace this is an aquaponics system and as the name would suggest you can tell it’s a it’s kind of a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics this is a very efficient way to grow things in a small space and it also provides a protein source in the form of fish and these are tilapia the tilapia produce ammonia essentially in their waste and that waste gets converted by a series of naturally occurring bacterias into nitrate ultimately and the nitrates would feed the plants this is watercress for example I don’t grow this on rafts I just kind of let it sit in here this is kind of its natural environment it’s like a pond so the plants pick up that material and then they filter the water back to the fish so you’re recreating a little ecosystem the rest of the stuff has grown on these rafts and they’re quite honestly it’s a it’s a styrofoam roofing insulation with holes drilled in it and so the roots just sit down the water and this is what’s called referred to as a deep water culture system and that the water the roots are always in the water so the nutrients from the from the fish gets pumped from that tank back there to the to the top of this trough and it just gravity feeds back to the fish you have the benefit of the efficiency of hydroponics and that the nutrients are directly available to the roots of the plants because they’re all grown in water this uses probably between 15 and 20 percent of the water that you otherwise use it’s a recirculating system so essentially just reusing that water over and over again so all you’re really replacing is just what’s lost for evaporation and what’s taken up by the plants the only inputs are sunlight in fish food none of this stuff has you know any pesticide or anything like that because we’re relying on the balance of the bacteria in the water to convert the nutrients we don’t want to alter that we don’t want to do anything to the plants that can potentially jeopardize that so no sprays if you do introduce things like that into your system you’re very likely to crash it and lose the fish the system is pretty simple currently there’s two air pumps each about 45 Watts and then there’s a submersible water pump it’s a little oversized but it’s 80 Watts so I mean 80 plus 90 so 1.7 kilowatts you know probably runs maybe between 20 and 30 cents a day it’s not a lot however one of the challenges is to keep the water warm especially when you’re growing fish like tilapia which are tropical fish or subtropical fish so if you start to heat things either using natural gas or electricity that kind of throws the model throws the budget kind of out the window so I’ve been heating with passive solar and it’s it’s kind of messy but it’s just water going through blacktip irrigation tubing heats up during the day this is 3/4 inch plywood that’s covered with fiberglass and resin and then I’ve just taken the same raft material and just put it all on here to insulate it helps it’s probably on the order of maybe one or two degrees in temperature saving but every little bit counts the materials are you know you’re kind of average things you can find it at Home Depot got the fish here doing their thing you could use pretty much any fish I mean all fish are going to eat and poop essentially but obviously if you want to have sort of the complete system where you have a protein source you want to raise a fish that you meet I know people up north they use bass catfish bluegill problems with salmon and trout and things that they require a lower water temperatures in particularly trout and they need a lot more space than eat raceways the tilapia are their prolific too so it’s one of the reasons why it’s a common fish used in aquaculture and aquaponics is that you can maintain a stock pretty easily the challenges with tilapia are the water temperature you know they’re most efficient in processing and metabolizing their food when the water is 82 to 86 and in the summer that’s no problem but the plants are really excited about water in the 80s so you’re constantly trying to balance the – one of the challenges is to keep like lettuce and stuff in the summer from bolting and so yeah you got a you got to have the shade cloth plants for example like a more acidic environment in general the fish more alkaline so we settle on a neutral pH for against the goals to get to neutral you kind of have these incongruent C’s that you have to mitigate somehow you have to try and figure it out so heating the water is one is one option I’ve chosen to use a different fish I’ll just show you the breeder fish that have within two months this garage is going to be converted into you I’m going to convert the tilapia growing into pure aquaculture not aquaponics but I’m going to run the aquaponic system on the food source for the fish this soon is going to be converted into actually more storage for fish actually tanks but at the moment this is kind of a temporary setup for the breeders but I have a male and a couple females over there so I’m going to convert all the tilapia production just to strictly aquaculture I’m going to run my aquaponics system on minnows that I’m then gonna feed to the tilapia I can manage their environment indoors a lot better I can maintain an adequate growth rate while feeding them all natural stuff so no hormones no antibiotics which is a common practice like to keep up tilapia that’s grown and commercially they pretty much prophylactically administer antibiotics in the food because with that stocking density that’s so tightly packed those animals yeah I mean one contaminated animal can spread to your whole stock on a small scale that’s not necessary I can use the fish to the minnows to power the aquaponic system and I can also feed those minnows to lock it this is something cool I’ll show you though this is um this this spring I’m going to have a lot of these and this is what I’m actually putting into the garden it’s called Moringa and it’s being used in the developing world to ease famine because a it grows in crevices this thing will be 15 feet tall but in this summer it’s like thirty eight or nine percent protein and you could survive eating it this is it’s meant to more just be an experiment to see what’s possible in a very small space in a in a you know a modest size family home in a suburban neighborhood so that’s why we started with the aquaponics system to demonstrate that a fair amount of things I mean this could feed probably four families you not that you would eat tilapia and lettuce but potentially you could stuff in the front because basic things some leeks some daikon radish there’s carrots there’s beads and then upfront I mean I I got some plugs for free for this verónica cauliflower I mean there’s some arugula that’s it’s flowering it’s still we still eat it I guess the idea was that the front yard really wasn’t landscaped with lawn or anything but it still I felt that if I was going to expend the water I might as well be using it for things that I can eat these I don’t think you’d get any thicker ordinarily these would be bigger diameter vent Pasadena you know has some restrictions I mean I think really what it is if you get along with your neighbors everybody kind of looks the other way and I’m not really aware of them all but I know that you can’t keep more than you know four or five hands I don’t think you can keep goats or anything like that it’s not that restrictive I mean it’s pretty much you can do what your neighbors tolerate you know my neighbors probably weren’t too excited last year when I had a 15 foot long pile of compost in my front yard for a month but I think just with a little neighborly communication that all that stuff can be kind of dealt with I think you just have to take a look at what you have in front of you and it doesn’t have to be perfect it’s incremental I think it really is more of a mindset if you start to just kind of raise your awareness of really what you can do personally whether you’re interested in kind of offsetting you have some of the cost that you have or increasing your income or if you’re concerned about your food supply all of these things you can do a great great many things in any environment someone was throwing this out I just grabbed that I have a little project that I’m doing at a all-girls school I’m going to use this for their little system outside their classroom but again it’s kind of like they’re there you can scavenge so many things and you can create an aquaponic system very inexpensively I mean it’s cheap to run you can do it in really small spaces currently I’m selling stuff to to a couple restaurants in Pasadena selling to restaurants or private individuals or buyers clubs and stuff or Community Supported Agriculture or CSA boxes is unregulated at the moment but one of the problems for small-scale growers is that you know you have a lot of bureaucratic costs associated with selling at the farmers market I mean they’re not really really expensive but when you’re not you know have a huge volume of revenue it does it’s a higher percentage so the farmers market is deemed to be kind of in the public so you have to get certified by the Los Angeles County Department of Agriculture weights and measures and what they do is they come through and they expect your facility see what you’re growing and record that and then they issue you a certified producer certificate which enables you to sell at any farmers market in the county the majority of farmers markets in the LA area are supplied by growers from the Central Valley two three four hundred miles away sometimes you do want this issue why do like no good hoping like rooibos just water this thing I would really like to see farmers markets selling a higher majority of locally grown things it wasn’t as a demonstration this kind of at least proves that you can grow enough to have some to sell at a farmers market in an urban area like this let’s miss oral try that yeah you like the Zorro mission part of the experiment was could you make a small lot like this produce enough to eliminate the need for one of the parents to go to work someplace you know and we’re approximating that I mean it’s difficult it’s just because of the scale I only have one hand here so that’s just it’s just one coop I built it from kind of scrap materials that I found lying on the side of the road I’m kind of vacillating I think really what I want to do is convert this space to race quail the feed conversion ratio is much better they can reproduce at an earlier age one of the things that we’re going to work an experiment with soon is wasabi this is the little sorrel keikis it’s sustainable in the sense that we’re exceeding all of our costs making a modest amount of money every month but it certainly isn’t enough to live on though that’s kind of the ongoing thing I don’t think it will take more than a year with the addition of the fish that we’re going to be able to sell and the effect of the cooperation from other farms it’s as you could tell I’m having a really good time struggling so yeah this is this is a I’m incredibly blessed to have this opportunity but in terms of putting it out there as a model for other people to try and do the more we try and the more that we cooperate with one another to help absorb some of those costs I think the faster we’re going to get to that place where people could really make their properties work for them you


Urban Farming with The Dervaes family

Drivers whizzing past on the 210 freeway through Pasadena have no idea that a stone’s throw away from the fast lane is a lush but tiny Eden a 4,000 square foot farm it not only feeds a family but revolutionizes the idea of what can be done in a very unlikely place the middle of a city this is city living but I bought the country to the city uh-huh rather than have to go out to the country I just imported it 63 year old Jules duvets started this backyard farm ten years ago it’s a deliberate throwback to the story days of self-reliant rural America Jules and his children grow almost all the food they need and everyone pitches in five pounds of grapefruit his daughters a nice we have another guy coming to pick up Andrew dan yeah are you done and his son Justin their produce is organic and their animals are well friendlier than average to say hi say hi we have a a chicken straw ducks and to dos the ducks and chickens lay thousands of eggs a year and keep the bugs in check they really made the dynamics of Elvin homestead much more sustainable sustainable and dense on their 4,000 square feet they raised 400 varieties of vegetables fruits and edible flowers 6,000 pounds a year enough to feed themselves with plenty left over and with the current passion at high-end restaurants for local pesticide free produce chefs are literally beating a path to their door no good are you doing Oh wonderful soil she’s so what are you gonna do the sorrel hmm I’m gonna use it to make a really nice sound relish with uh cucumber for our salmon dish the family makes about $20,000 a year from their front porch sales they use it to buy the crops they can’t grow like wheat rice notes I would say at the beginning I didn’t really believe I could do it I had some doubts because I come to kept again this place is too small there’s no way that we’re going to be able to feed ourselves plus I never thought we could even grow the vegetables for the for the market so how did this experiment in independent living begin it all began 10 years ago when Jules bought some taco shells for dinner he learned too late that the shells were being recalled because they had been made by mistake with genetically modified corn when I thought about putting this food in my children smile tonight and they were depending on me to give them good stuff I mean they’ll take whatever their parent any child would take what a parent hands them they’ll say this comes from my mom or dad and I couldn’t afford to be in that position of giving him bad stuff now a decade later this radical foodie has succeeded in going off the grid he calls his lifestyle the path to freedom and what to family think of that whole approach they thought it was strange they thought it was they thought it was my daughter wouldn’t come out of the front yard and visit with her friends because they said what’s what’s up with your dad they wanted to know well as go one because I was did making some radical changes here there Gervaise have no ugly commute they avoid office politics and we’ll never get fired but their jobs are way more than nine-to-five I need I need to help all the help I can get and it’s my family that like in the old days the farmer farmers family made the difference there are no microwave ovens in this kitchen and no Cuisinarts either we have gizmos but they’re just hand power what little electricity they use is generated by these solar panels how much is your electricity bill well it’s running about the highest twelve dollars a month 12 dollars a month for everything here yeah they spend even less on gas this is their biodiesel brewing station so this is just new grease from restaurants yeah they use it defiling rings french fries there anything you would fry and you get it free yeah free and delivered on our doorstep the gasoline station is self-serve it hasn’t always been easy justin remembers the year that frost wiped out a crop another year it was a destructive insect and recently they’ve noticed a new challenge climate change we call it the forefront of global weirding because we’ve been gardening for so long you can sense things are off we have this June bug that comes out it’s called June so it’s supposed to come out in June but comes out in July in August and you know September so something’s definitely off the other challenge is water Southern California skies don’t deliver enough of it so Jules keeps the water bill down with this ancient form of irrigation that’s a clay pot irrigation but the Bears under there it’s buried usually up to the throat here and then all you do is fill it up and the water weeps through the portal and through the clay and you get the water where the plant stated at the root zone plants to take the water as needed so just so simple it’s 5:00 o’clock time the time when it all pays off there’s going to be insider Elsa the derv A’s are the ultimate locavores their food travelled a whole hundred feet from the field to the table they all say they love urban homesteading and can’t imagine living a typical consumer-driven life at the end of the day some not so back to nature activity visits to their web sites have grown dramatically they get about six million hits a month from others interested in this grow it yourself revolution we’re all in the same boat on the same planet and there are people now asking deep questions about the future of the planet and they’re willing to do this they’re willing to take a risk it’s a risk that has paid off for Jewel’s and is blazing a trail for others I’m Val Zavala


3 Vegan Ethiopian Recipes

Hey dude what is the difference between a cactus and a Hummer the pricks are on the outside my god this is a crazy joke alright what else you got bring it um why does Helen Keller like to wear skinny jeans I re feeling to go okay what what is the answer so you can read her lips oh my god that’s good okay that’s all I got but I have to know not bad a little better give me at least one more I don’t have one give me the worst one you’ve got that was the course oh okay cool we’re on the same page I don’t have anything worse who likes Ethiopian food I do I do so good you made um so you’ve been making but you learn to make Ethiopian food before you ever went to Ethiopia right like you were getting Ethiopia because you were already interested in the culture exactly yes and I had friends here that were like dude you’re practically Ethiopian now you need to go over there and so I did and I stayed for as long as my visa would allow it and I’m going back here seven years later in November for a whole month that’s great and I really feel like their food is so delicious and everybody should know how to make these easy meals that are nutritious delicious and really easy to find a lot of the ingredients that go into these yeah just when I took a bite I was like but I’m on another place existence it’s kind of like that the flavor is amazing um so I’m definitely glad we want to do this this is you obviously this is not me this is not my kitchen this is your kitchen right is you making food and this is my between cameraman skills and you did an amazing job by the way thank you very much right we Pesci harder ready hey that was the pat on the back if you could hear that dude tell me about a tell me about the hey you can cuss on here that’s awesome yeah this is yeah yeah Oh tell me about the health department calling you okay well that was for my kombucha I know women because I ferment kombucha and I sell it and they called me and they’re like hey you can’t do that anymore it’s not under the cottage law you need a commercial kitchen so you can slap their label on it instead so you got some random ass phone call and you answered it yeah and that thing is I’ve been brewing for like ten years I don’t have ring the phone if I don’t know the number I’m not answering I don’t have a business line so okay yeah um so she’s like is it a girl was a lady yeah was a lady and she was super nice and she just told me you know don’t do it anymore until you have a commercial kitchen that you can slap their label on you like I didn’t know oh yeah I do what I want both so now I have a commercial kitchen and I just have to put in my labels but it’s called kaleidoscope kombucha really good for probiotic health and I teach a lot of different workshops on how to brew it yourself and I’m all about teaching people to improve their lives and their taste buds I like spicy foods and darker biotic and I’m looking at watching the video we’re talking like I love onions oh my god how many onions did we use for this videos like ten of them really did we you you did shows you well you ate it yeah so I hope you guys learned a lot from this video and continue watching anarchist kitchen because Melanie is the oh I got the call-out I’ll attack you on it back again ready made of steel folks the back of ministy what a pat on the back tumeric tumeric a lot of tumeric in this because that’s good for joint health garlic garlic is really good for your breath everybody loves garlic press I love it this morning my son was like mommy yeah pretty really yeah what did you say I was like oh man I haven’t even had my coffee yet like some it takes one to know I’m like baby you still have your baby teeth wait until you get those grown-ups makes a difference I don’t know I think soon you don’t get rid of your grown-ups only so until you get dentures right dude you were saying that um your name in Ethiopia maybe oh yeah okay so the working language of Ethiopia is called Amharic but there are 80 different languages probably more that are spoken in Ethiopia including English they’re very well pronounced in English and my name in Amharic literally means my wife so misty means my wife in Amharic and I was staying with priests who are not allowed to get married Franchesca monks and they would introduce me as a joke as misty my wife and everybody have a really good laugh you’re like inappropriate so when I talk to new people I’m like misty ah not misty so then they laugh okay not my wife instantly your name everyone because your name is hilarious it really it really helps out it’s quite a bit American like hilarious name like Joe Buck yeah this is the butt crack nice to meet you and everyone’s like that’s the worst name in history what about you I like you know it’s kind of like that it’s really easy to like instantly everybody mmm now let’s eat this is so good there’s going to miss you yeah come check me out jiguro


GMO Foods are Toxic!

Doctor we hear a lot about a lot of bad things about genetically modified food GMOs why is that bad and do we know since it’s a relatively new science do we know the long-term effects yet we there’s a couple of answers that are really really important that people get these answers first of all the answer is Jeffrey Smith Jeffery Smith the author of seeds of deception the most sold book of its kind of all times Jeffery is one of the most fundamental researchers on earth being capable and able to talk about GMO foods genetically modified foods now imagine Monsanto started to put pesticides into seeds so that the plant grows a pesticide so if the pests are eating it they are dying okay would you go home and take your roach or spider spray or the spray that’s made to kill fleas or flies or whatever and use it orally and spray it into your mouth and say I think it does something good you know it might kill some bacteria in my mouth you’re going to have MS or cancer or Parkinson’s or something some neurological disease really really fast and when you understand that that’s what you eat I mean with I’m going to come to the genetically modification and all that dangerous but if you just think about the pesticides in the corn you eat it’s in the granola oil it’s in anything that that’s genetically modified you eat the pesticides that kills the pests just for common-sense sake so now genetically modified food is genetically modified how come we can digest everything the Earth’s growth because we are part of that earth it’s really like humans are like pigs and I don’t mean takes in the way of a negative kinetic condensation takes it everything that they can digest everything humans we have a very similar digestive tract like pigs we can pretty much digest everything as long as it’s natural my dear friend miss Australia a great great friend TV and movie personalities speaking was me tomorrow and on Sunday she wrote a book called the earth diet and you wouldn’t believe she is miss Australia she’s one of the most beautiful girls in the world she is perfectly healthy perfectly fit and she eats everything chocolate she makes her own peanut butter cups but everything the way it grows nothing is chemically altered or any way shape or form modified and this girl eats more than I do and I like to eat believe me and this girl is skinny and I’m perfectly healthy and I’m just saying that because we’re talking about the opposite of genetically modified food now here’s a real answer we cannot digest anything that’s genetically modified because we do not have the fitting enzymes to digest it now the body is basically handing it as toxic waste and this is what’s so dangerous the the the dead mutation in the food that food is now dead and mutated filled with pesticides or whatever it might be the body has no idea what to do with it keeps on producing enzymes trying to get produce biochemical and Nero Nero electrical reactions to somehow get rid of it digestion is the main cause of loss or the main use of energy digestion takes the most energy out of us but now usually you digest for a certain amount of time and then you stop but with an ethically modified food it’s in your body for hours or days or weeks and the body keeps on trying to get rid of it their toxic gases being aided by this by this process of rotting away the food is not being digested it’s rotting away and constantly producing toxins and toxic gases and this is God where where were just one element of the stars so now and and you know you might think oh okay dr. Coldwell just lost it we are in frequency what we eat I learned I studied was African witch doctors or medicine man I studied was American native Indian medicine I stand it was all the healers in the world to to create my instinct based medicine system and I found out that that all healing powers are just caused on the same route with using the same powers no matter if they called voodoo or whatever they call him it’s really if it works it’s the same it’s the same kind of power and when I when I even work very close was a couple of medicine men here in the US and they told me do you remember that in old movies sometimes in old western movies the the Indians killed the Buffalo and they apologized and they they prayed was a buffalo and said brother Buffalo and ma’am I’m sorry had to kill you but I had to live and don’t be upset and I was thinking about this as a kid even I’m thinking that’s really eerie you know the killer they eat it so what you know it’s dead but then the the the medicine man explained to me everything has a vibration and this vibration everything that we eat changes our vibration so we come frequently as a frequency everything in life is frequency in vibration that’s all there is it’s light and sound and we adapt to the frequency or the frequency adapt to us from anything we eat and the more I studied that most scientific sense that all of a sudden made all of a sudden it didn’t sound so absurd anymore no because the Indian prey to the Buffalo or worth the Buffalo to to harmonize the frequency to not make it’s enemy to not have something like like when when you when you kill an animal in a horrible situation in a slaughterhouse and the animal is really really terrified and knows it’s going to die it produces all these stress hormones adrenaline and everything it’s all over the body and that’s what we eat that’s why it’s so highly toxic that’s why I house the environment where this poor animal yeah this animal get killed and yeah yes I eat meat so I’m not kind of like there’s people out there saying never eat meat but there’s no reason to torture the animal you just you know if you have to slaughter do it you mainly and then you also don’t have all the toxins in the meat from the stress hormones and all this biochemical neuro chemical reactions and it was a genetically modified food what what Monsanto is doing it’s basically two things they poison our natural crop they poison our natural seed they have been accused of artificially infest ating fields from from farmers that grow natural corn natural food and then sue them for patent infringement saying you’re using you’re abusing our patents you’re growing our seeds and it’s said that they blew it on the on these fields to later to come back and basically tell these these farmers they have to destroy the crop and their seeds and why their seats only from them otherwise you get million dollar lawsuits for patent infringement what the plan seems to be is to take over the world food supply and make sure we have only food left for Monsanto only genetically modified food we know for a fact at least I know for me in my opinion as a fact and Jeffrey Smith’s can really really tell you a lot about this genetically modified food will cause cancer I am sure there is only a matter of time of years three to seven years of eating genetically modified food to develop cancer it’s a foreign object we cannot digest it the body doesn’t know what it is and what to do with it but also it changes our frequency like a microwave oven and it has no nutritional value to certain points then on the other end remember there’s a pesticide coming with it you’re eating what kills the bugs with your food so everything Scott what’s really really important for your viewers to understand many many many experts in the world confirming that in their opinion at the highest can security in the world as a high schooler for terminal disease period as I believe and many many experts believe and the reason is that I have a philosophy one of the main reasons if it didn’t exist 150 200 years ago you don’t need it you don’t want it you don’t want to eat it you don’t want to have it you don’t want to have it done to you because in 1900 there was a 7% cancer rate today we have a 56% cancer rate every second person in America has cancer or will get cancer so wait a second what did they do different in 1900 now they are saying Oh today’s people grow older that’s why our cancer risk is so much higher the most people that have colon cancer at 24 to 28 so that doesn’t work they have all these excuses and that’s how they abuse the mainstream media that they control to get all these lies and disinformation out there but Scott everything is natural nourishes us if if it’s organic and you juice it it gives you the all the power and life on Earth if it’s it needs to be organic and now it you always have to add it non GMO and it is just so horrible and and then the you horrible tricks they are using was all natural all natural means nothing I don’t know if you remember they put on the 7up all natural for a couple of weeks until people were so upset about that because everything by definition is all natural it means nothing you know and and your plastic cap is all natural try to eat it and we need to just put more emphasis on non GMO food and there is law coming up that’s going to be voted on in California really soon and people who are watching this please research seeds of deception Jeffrey Smith and read his books go to his website is a lot of videos on there sign up for his free newsletter he is fighting out there a fight that I’m fighting on my life for cancer patients we have death threats we have I mean I’ve been shot at at my husband bomb we have up to 27 desperate sad a our office now jokes with these people when they call up and they just say come by can you kill us now you know we’re waiting the board come over here because that’s how I was hurt that Scott and Jeffrey is in the same spot and he was a lone fighter out there he got it before any of us got it I didn’t even get it Jeffery got me on and that’s why I’m saying we need to communicate more with each other and stick together even if somebody is a tree hugger that I always thought I’m not talking to a tree hugger please go shower and get something else in broken structures and today I’m thinking wait a second that person said just transfer me really really smart back to nature and I’m thinking I’m saying back to nature too just in a different way so let’s come together and so stay away mud genetically modified food GMO food and there are no circumstances not one single time can be accepted as food it will kill you not maybe it will kill you you



Oh my gosh I have passed figs Wow being robbed vegan on a budget is definitely doable I have now been raw almost ten years and honestly I don’t make that much money so I’m gonna share some of my tips with you today and of course not everything is gonna be applicable to everybody but I’m sure if you stay through the video that you can find at least one takeaway tip for yourself look at your budget I know it sounds like cliche almost annoying advice to hear in the past I’ve looked into raw retreats and they’re like thousands of dollars and the response that I get from the people who are putting it on is like well what’s the cost of your health really cat and it’s almost a trick question because of course your health is priceless but we also have to be smart about our money and if getting in debt it’s gonna stress you in the long run like mental health is something you have to care about as well so of course I believe your health is priceless but I’m also not here to tell you to buy that $12 pint of blueberries because they’re healthy for you if you’re asking how much it costs to be raw you know very likely it will cost more than a processed diet so it might be worthwhile to reevaluate your expenses and see if there’s any reworking you can do when it comes to your spending really look at where your money is going and decide if it’s important to you make your staple foods cheap ones bananas are a great example buy in bulk in order to get case discounts and this is gonna work for fresh fruit it works for coconut water or juices anything that you want to buy in bulk you should be able to get the wholesale price for something like a 10 to 15% case discount at any grocery store don’t be shy to talk to the staff at grocery stores and farmers markets as well research your nearest wholesaler some of them even do delivery get creative I found a really good grocery store one time because I was talking to a restaurant owner about where he got his produce shop locally and in season because of its natural abundance in season fruit is likely going to be less expensive than something that’s been shipped in is it being shipped in right now [Music] and of course this also helps support your local farmers find aesthetically challenged fruit or veggies at your grocery store or farmers market sometimes they have a rack where it’s already marked down to scale fruit sometimes you can even just talk to them one-on-one and say hey this is kind of funky it’s probably headed for the trash but I’ll take it off your hands for you you just want to mark it down for me I did go over this in my other video and I’ll link that below don’t waste your coin there are quite a few on this topic so I’ll start with one which would be low calorie fruit something like out of season fresh raspberries for example those are gonna be so expensive I would consider them definitely as a luxury item and maybe use some more as like enhancements to your meals if you really want to go for that flavor so adding a few into your smoothie just to get that raspberry flavor or adding them as little toppings to your desserts instead of trying to make like a whole monomial out of them I’d say to think before you buy superfoods these can be quite pricy and not always worth it don’t waste your point on smoothies from restaurants I think once in a while it’s great to treat yourself but most of the time you’ll be able to make that same meal at home for a fraction of the price lastly don’t waste your money on the pre-cut prepackaged fruits and veggies in the like quick grab fridge sections of grocery stores I know it seems convenient but it’s just their way of squeezing dollars out of you while making use of their moldy fruit that’s what they do they’re cutting off the bad sections and it’s great I think as far as like sustainability and using all the parts of the fruit but they’re quite overpriced at the end of the day nobody’s getting a deal walking out a Whole Foods with like a little twelve dollar cup of watermelon and that touches on that low calorie point from the beginning is really understand how many calories you’re getting out of each dollar you’re spending watermelons on that note be prepared for outings if you know you’re someone who’s likely to get peckish so bring food with you or simply know where you can access cheap fruit while you’re out and if you’re asking what is cheap fruit like how if I’m getting a deal that’s a great question and I’m gonna encourage you to shop around there’s definitely a learning curve to this if you’re someone who’s new to buying fresh produce something I do and would definitely recommend with regard to shopping around is I keep a digital note on my phone and as I go to the different grocery stores and farmers markets in my neighborhood I have a list of my staple foods that I kind of always buy my favorite items and I will write the different costs for each store of course costs are gonna very subtly but I start to get an idea of trends of the cost of each fruit or vegetable how that changes throughout the year and how that differs from store to store in terms of like which ones are the more fancy grocery stores that are just charging work if they can and which ones are more like budget-friendly I’d also recommend exploring Asian markets if you have access my experience is that they have pretty good prices generally and a selection of exotic fruits that are hard to find anywhere else talk to other raw vegans and vegans especially the ones in your area you can do this in person or online like Instagram or 30 bananas a day pick their brain ask where they get their cheapest stuff the raw vegan and making community is amazing and I’ve had such a phenomenal time at every gathering that I’ve been to but I would never want anyone to get this idea that they have to blow the bank on an expensive raw vegan retreat just to maintain this lifestyle cuz that’s not the case of course you have the online community for support but there’s nothing better than in real life connection and there’s definitely budget-friendly ways to do that free options include pot Luck’s in your area or a lot of gatherings are free more like one-day events that are just hosted in a park or something as for longer-term events look into your volunteer options retreats need staff festivals needs that I’ve been to at least four festivals now and I have volunteer to every single one of them and of course it’s going to be a different experience because you’re working a lot of the time but it made it possible for me actually attend on the topic of travel think about how to factor your diet into your travel plans for example it’s gonna be tremendously cheaper to be a fruitarian in Thailand then it would be in Japan it’s gonna be cheaper to travel as a fruitarian in the tropics than it would be in Alaska in wintertime for example of course your diet is not here to rule your life but it’s something to take into consideration if it’s important to you and you’re on a budget as another option maybe consider combining whooping into your travel experience if that makes sense for you you know finding a farm you can stay on work on and eat from I do have a video on this topic and I’ll link that below as well there are a lot of guerilla farming that’s happening and just natural seed spreading that’s happening so there are wild plants that you can eat from foraging is gonna be location dependent and see them dependent but definitely consider it as an option the more and more that I learned about fruit and fruit trees the more as I’m driving around I can spy them in neighborhoods so get educated on what fruit trees look like you can also access different maps online I know when I was staying in California I just googled like fruit neighborhood map or something with these keywords and I was able to find so many fig trees in my area that were just public like on the side of the road that nobody else was accessing oh my gosh I have to pass to fig Wow so there are fruit maps available there’s also Craigslist some homeowners have fruit trees in their backyard that are really just a nuisance to them and they put ads like can somebody please come pick my oranges or have free oranges that may be also accessible on Facebook groups for your neighborhood you can also put an ad on Craigslist like will come pick your fruit if I can eat it I will soon be a full-on glowing orb as the Sun that’s right here Oh better so check out your map options Craigslist and heck I wouldn’t be surprised if there were even apps nowadays that facilitate foraging consider working or volunteering even a couple times a month at your local farmers market grocery store farm or co-op I say this because employees will often read the benefit of partial discounts or extra free food plus the networking opportunities of countless I know organic can be so expensive so maybe you can’t buy it right now and that’s okay and it doesn’t have to be all or nothing maybe you can just buy some and not others get educated if you’re sensitive on which produce is most susceptible to chemicals consider secondary options so of course fresh fruits and vegetables are gonna be ideal most of the time for a digestion and nutrition etc but there’s still some really great healthy secondary options that might be worth including cuz they’re a little easier on the budget most of the time in my mind this includes dried fruit and vege frozen fruit and vege fruit and veggie juice like bottled and maybe it’s even pasteurized and that’s okay with you you know we really have to find what works best for us and at the end of the day that’s gonna be healthy or no doubt and buying like soda bah minimize eating out I say this because restaurant meals will likely not fill up the stomach of a raw vegan if being honest and maybe there’s raw vegan gourmet on offer but I find that’s not worth it for me it ends up costing me my gut with too many refined and fatty ingredients I end up just healing you’ll grow your own simple things like herbs or scallion can be really expensive in the store and practically effortless to grow at home even something like kale does pretty well a lot of places because it’s so hard me so research in your area talk to your local farmers or research online you can figure it out shop online to find the best deals for particular items so your favorite superfoods powder is flavoring supplements even kitchen equipment using powders or supplements might be helpful for you from one person to the next we’re gonna have different deficiencies or lifestyle based need if you’re lacking in particular minerals for example it might require like a whole box of mixed greens to supplement you for that those boxes can be like six to nine dollars and if you have to have that every day that’s gonna add up as an alternative you could simply add a scoop of green powder to your movie so that way you get your nutrient requirements without breaking the bank learn how to prepare healthy satisfying raw vegan meals at home this was huge for me on my journey not only did it help save me money from going to restaurants but also helped me develop my relationship with my body and food and you too and that will find your personal way that become more efficient and cost effective with meal prep so to help you with this I have my four recipe books if you’re interested in low-fat raw vegan cuisine I like to focus on Whole Foods so there’s no processed ingredients like salt or oil nothing like now let’s show you or maple syrup or agave my priority still is on the texture and taste so you’ll be feeling really satisfied and if you want to go for all four books there’s a 15% off discount just so you know those are my 20 tips I hope you enjoyed watching this video and now it was helpful for you if you would like to support me and support the vegan message give it a blank i’m sending so much love your way and support on your raw vegan journey you can do it and thanks so much bearing with me as I shift it around to accommodate this son what do you think the world are all around you