Food People Power
Imagine a world where food is plentiful and wholesome. There is a way. We have to move from this obsolete capitalistic distribution of foods system and go towards a resource-based economy.
Mandela MarketPlace is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with local residents, family farmers, and community-based businesses to improve health, create wealth, and build assets through cooperative food enterprises in low income communities.
MandelaMarketPlaceon Mar 1, 2011
Meet Mandela Marketplace’s WYSE – West Oakland Youth Standing Empowered – Team, a group of youth committed to improving health and increasing wealth in West Oakland.
This piece was produced by storytellers 4 good and chronicles the WYSE team’s corner store delivery business, the Healthy Neighborhood Store Alliance.
Both WYSE and the Healthy Neighborhood Store Alliance are projects of Mandela Marketplace, a non-profit organization that works in partnership with local residents, family farmers, and community-based businesses to improve health, create wealth, and build assets through cooperative food enterprises in low income communities.
by \V/ Posted July 07, 2009
The word zeitgeist describes the intellectual, cultural, ethical and political climate, ambiance and morals of an era (similar to the English word “mainstream”) or also a trend.
It is also a movement. I am part of that movement. You can watch the film online or you can request a copy from me if you write to at
This poll is both for those that are familiar and unfamiliar with the film and its concepts.
We intend to restore the fundamental necessities and environmental awareness of the species through the avocation of the most current understandings of who and what we truly are, coupled with how science, nature and technology (rather than religion, politics and money) hold the keys to our personal growth, not only as individual human beings, but as a civilization, both structurally and spiritually. The central insights of this awareness is the recognition of the Emergent and Symbiotic elements of natural law and how aligning with these understandings as the bedrock of our personal and social institutions, life on earth can and will flourish into a system which will continuously grow in a positive way, where negative social consequences, such as social stratification, war, biases, elitism and criminal activity will be constantly reduced and, idealistically, eventually become nonexistent within the spectrum of human behavior itself.
This possibility is, of course, very difficult for most humans to consider, for we have been conditioned by society to think that crime, corruption and dishonesty is “the way it is” and that there will always be people who want to abuse, hurt and take advantage of others. Religion is the largest promoter of this propaganda, for the “us and them” or “good and evil” mentality promotes this false assumption.
The reality is that we live in a society that produces Scarcity. The consequence of this scarcity is that human beings must behave in self preserving ways, even if it means they have to cheat and steal in order to get what they want. Our research has concluded that Scarcity is one of the most fundamental causes of aberrant human behavior, while also leading to complex forms of neurosis in other ways. A statistical look at drug addiction, crime and incarceration statistics, finds that poverty and unhealthy social conditions comprise the life experience of those who engage in such behavior.
Human beings are not good or bad… they are running, forever changing compositions of the life experience(s) that influences them. The “quality” of a human being ( if there was such a thing ) is directly related to the upbringing and thus belief systems they have been conditioned into.
This simple reality has been grossly overlooked and today people primitively think that competition, greed and corruption are “hardwired” elements of human behavior and, in turn, we must have prisons, police and hence a hierarchy of differential control in order for society to deal with these “tendencies”. This is totally illogical and false.
Fundamentally, you must begin to address root causes.
- Landmark Family Farmers Lawsuit Against Monsanto Grows (activistpost.com)
- Bay Area Urban Farmers Featured in New Documentary ‘Edible City’ (eastbayexpress.com)