Thanksgiving is a time to have gratitude — but it is much more than sharing a meal


On Thanksgiving, we speak about gratitude, but what do we really understand about it? Gratitude is the quality of being thankful, coupled with a readiness to show appreciation for, and to return kindness to, another person. In my mind, “returning kindness to another person” is the big fail for most people celebrating Thanksgiving, when on this day alone, more than 45 million innocent turkeys are sacrificed at the dining table. You may counter, “But a turkey is not a person.” Ok, so let’s look at what it means to be a “person.” The wiki dictionary puts it this way: A person is a being, such as a human, that has certain capacities or attributes constituting personhood, which in turn is defined differently by different authors in different disciplines, and by different cultures in different times and places. It clearly states: “a being, such as a human…” It does not say, a person is a human. The author of the definition then goes on to dilute the meaning further by saying that a “person” is defined differently by people according to time and place. Convenient but not helpful. The Latin word persona was originally used to denote the mask worn by an actor. From this, it was applied to the role they assumed, and, finally, to any character on the stage of life, to any individual. The classic definition is that given by Boethius in “De persona et duabus naturis”, c. ii: Naturæ […]

Food for All Team Enters the belly of Beast in Calais


On October 21, FFL Global affiliate, Food for All (FFA) set off from ISKCON’s Bhaktivedanta Manor in England with two vehicles loaded with food supplies and provisions such as sleeping bags, tents, and clothes, etc. to a place called “the jungle,” just outside of Calais in France, where some 6,000 refugees were struggling to survive in the worst conditions imagable. After a short ferry crossing, the volunteers arrived at the refugee camp only to find mud everywhere, heavy rain and people wandering around aimlessly, desperation painted on their faces. “Within seconds of arriving, we realised the situation was much worse than we expected,” explained director of FFA, Peter O’Grady (Parasuram das). “Many people had been living at the camp for 3 months or more. There were about a dozen portable toilets, but no showers, communal buildings, or kitchens for people to prepare meals. We saw someone trying to cook some porridge on an open fire,” said O’Grady. “One would expect at a refugee camp as large as this, that someone would be in charge, or for there to be at least some kind of order, but no, not here in “the jungle.” It was basically chaos from wall to wall. So we just drove straight down through the water and mud into the belly of the beast and took immediate action. “It was a little scary to be honest. There were hundreds of desperate people surrounded our van. The first task was to get people […]

Prime Minister, Cerar officially opens Ljubljana’s first Food Surplus Entrepreneurs (FSE) Hub


Wednesday, 21.10.2015, 11:00 am–Prime Minister of Slovenia, Dr. Cerar, represented by two state secretaries, Mr. Tadej Slapnik and Ms. Andreja Crnak Meglic officially launched Ljubljana’s Food Surplus Enterprise (FSE) Hub at the EKO 365 Centre. Funded by the Europan Union’s Erasmus+ program and hosted by Food for Life Global (FFLG) and The Food Surplus Entrepreneurs Network (FSN), the milestone event brought together Food for Life organizations from Sweden, Denmark, Slovenia, Hungary, Latvia, UK and Serbia in response to the Food Waste Revolution happening in Ljubljana. The Prime minister’s speech was read out by Mr. Slapnik. “The current value of food waste is estimated at 400 billion USD per year, with the development of the middle class will cost over the next 15 years grew to $ 600 billion per year. If 2030 managed to reduce losses of food in consumers of 20-50%, it would save 120 to 300 billion USD per year. Losses and discards food caused losses in income and reduces the return on investment, slows economic and social development.” Director of Food for Life Global, Paul Rodney Turner said: “There is no need for anyone to go hungry in this day and age. We are so happy to cooperate with the Slovenian government to address hunger head on with the FSE initiative.” Food for Life in Slovenia, together with the Radha Govinda restaurant in Ljubljana has served over 70,000 food surplus meals to socially underprivileged families in the […]

FFLG Celebrating Feed the World Week Schedule


  On behalf of Food for Life Global, we would like to invite you to two events during the Feed the World Week. We will have activities starting Friday, 16th of October and concluding on Wednesday, 21st of October and we would be delighted to have you attend on two special days of the week. On Friday, we will be opening the event on World Food Day with a roundtable discussion and show cooking. On Wednesday, we will welcome the Prime Minister of Slovenia to open the Food Surplus Hub with fun activities planned. The schedule for both days will be as follows: Friday, 16. 10. 2015 World Food Day 12:00 – Opening of World Food Day Event at EKO365 with a roundtable discussion led by Marie Ann Ostland from Meru Communications and the panel includes: Dr. Igor Šoltes, Member of European Parliament Tadej Slapnik , State Secretary for NGOs and Social Entrepreneurship Paul Rodney Turner, International Director of Food for Life Global Matej Poljanšek, European Director of Food for Life Global Albin Keuc, Food Surplus Expert, Sloga Platform 13:15 – Show Cooking & Tasting of Healthy Lunch with Paul Turner & Mitja Bitenc Followed by Lunch & Video Documentaries 15:30 – Signing of Free Lunch & Meat Free Monday Pledges Wednesday, 21. 10. 2015  Official Opening of Food Surplus Hub 9:00 – Intercultural Learning Tables at EKO365 10:00 – Sugar free lollipops made by children with Zsuzsanna Huszar, Nutritionist […]

London-Based Vegan Businesswoman Spreads the Tropic Love and helps Food for Life Global


London-based vegan businesswoman, author, campaigner, charity fundraiser, and proponent of ethical and green consumerism, Shabari Saha ran a fundraiser in aid of Food for Life Global during the summer. Shabari was a board member of the European Vegetarian Union (EVU) for 8 years, and council member of the International Vegetarian Union (IVU) for 4 years. She met Paul Turner of Food for Life Global at the IVU Congress in Dresden in 2008. Shabari is now an Independent Ambassador for Tropic Skin Care, a British company that is owned by Lord Alan Sugar and Susan Ma of the BBC TV show, The Apprentice. Tropic have a range of skincare, body care, and makeup that is vegan (registered with The Vegan Society), cruelty-free (endorsed by Cruelty-Free International with the leaping bunny symbol), natural, organic, and environmentally-friendly. Tropic is committed to use only the best quality ingredients sourced from all over the world, which are responsibly and ethically sourced, and fair-traded. Tropic products are free from all harsh chemicals, making them suitable for adults with sensitive skin, babies, and can help those with skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. The company is proud to be one of the few skincare companies who formulate, develop and manufacture their range of products in-house — in modern facilities in their Surrey Beauty Kitchen. After many years in a variety of office roles, Shabari wanted to do something different that combined her passion for veganism, health and […]