Science is not bad, there is only bad science. We can use science to transform our world to make things better not worse and bring about permanent change.
Science can bring about positive change with no negative impact when it is pursued in a holistic spirit and with a clear goal. We envisage a new kind of science that cares for the planet, its people and its flora and fauna. A science on the path to achieving permanent change for the benefit of all and we call it Compassionate Science.
Our logo expresses our goals, with compassion literally at its heart.
Atoms orbit the heart, with our planet at the nucleus in a constant state of movement to evoke a sense of getting things done, of being active and achieving.
A heart was always at the centre of the atom, it simply needed to be found.
As such, this is the perfect symbol for Climate Healers and our unique brand of compassionate science.
When the COVID-19 pandemic burst upon the world and caused businesses to shut down close to home, our family decided to adopt another family which had lost its livelihood and was on the brink of starvation. We agreed to cook for this family of 5 and deliver 10 meals each day for them, once a day, until they found employment and sustenance on their own.
For the next two weeks, I cooked various healthy plant-based Vegan meals based on a recipe template including legumes, grains, vegetables, greens and spices so that the family could get adequately balanced nutrition each day. To my surprise, it turned out that the actual cost of these meals was around 50c per meal, excluding labor, even with mostly organic ingredients.
The idea of “Food Healers” was born. If it costs just 50c per meal to provide healthy, immune-boosting, plant-based Vegan meals to people, then we can provide such balanced nutrition to every human being on the planet for the equivalent “Universal Basic Income” of about $50 per person per month. This can be done locally within each community, even in so-called “food deserts,” as long as there is social cohesion within the community.
Food Healers is a grassroots cooperative initiative that seeks to eliminate world hunger (UN SDG #2 – Zero Hunger) and rebuild our crumbling global industrial civilization on a foundation of robust health.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created an upheaval in our industrial civilization. The World Food Program is estimating that as a result of this pandemic, the number of food insecure people in the world will double by the end of 2020. In the United States, it is estimated that 54 million people will be food insecure by the end of 2020, a 50% increase from 2019 levels. In many cities, with schools being shut down, it is estimated that 1 in 5 or more children are food insecure today.
This does not have to be. We can solve our hunger problems and do it in a way that makes healthy, immune-boosting foods easily available to the most food insecure amongst us. In a family of 5, if 4 of us have plenty to eat, we would never let the fifth go hungry. Therefore, even if the number of food insecure people in the world doubles to 1.6 billion by the end of 2020, that would still leave 6.2 billion people who are food secure and who can help to alleviate the hunger pangs of their less fortunate neighbors.
Enter the K-Mama App. The purpose of the app is to connect community kitchens, likely associated with places of worship and established community centers, with citizens who wish to eat healthful, immune-boosting meals and gift them to their less fortunate neighbors. 99% of the COVID-19 casualties in Italy and 95% of them in New York City suffered from pre-existing conditions mostly arising from bad nutrition, but these chronic conditions can usually be treated with a few weeks of good nutrition.
Therefore, the aim of Food Healers is not just to eliminate world hunger, but also to rebuild our crumbling industrial civilization on a new foundation of robust health and global cooperation.
Food Healers relies on the fact that healthy, immune-boosting, healthy Vegan meals can be created at very low cost especially when cooked in volume. As such, it begins with a simple template for a “Unity Stew” with common ingredients that can be procured at low cost. Many of the ingredients can be sourced locally so that the community can participate in the creation of the meals through local growing efforts. Further knowing that most people around the world are consuming a version of these healthy meals builds a sense of community for all of humanity.
Puree onion, tomato and ginger into a paste. Bring water to boil, add cut vegetables,
tomato onion paste, turmeric, lemon juice, asafetida, spices and salt. (The ginger and
asafetida serve to alleviate gasiness from the beans and lentils.) Simmer until
vegetables are cooked. Add cooked beans, herbs and greens, and grains. Simmer for
10mins or until grains are cooked. Set stew to cool. Powder 1 500mcg Cyanocobalamin
Vitamin B12 tablet, mix into the stew and serve (Please note that 20mcg of
Cyanocobalamin Vitamin B12 is an adequate supplement per serving). Makes 8 cups of
stew or 5 servings.
The K-Mama app identifies all Unity Stew stations within 30Km of the user. There is a registration requirement for joining the app since K-Mama keeps track of the “Karuna” (“Compassion”) points that each user has accrued.
Users can request and optionally pay for a meal from stations within the delivery area, in which case “Karuna” points accrue to them. The recommended pricing of each meal is double the cost of the meal (about $1) so that each user who “pays” for a meal is actually gifting another meal to a less fortunate neighbor. The Unity Stew providers can access a list of orders at each station from the FoodHealers.org web site and can then plan to supply them at a specific time. Unity Stew stations can provide both “grab-and- go” services (excess) as well as serve the stew portions to those who had ordered them on the app.
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