Research and Reflection

I’m a life-long student! The categories below represent the principal focus of my current research and reflection.

Philosophical reflection

Developing an intentional philosophy of life—i.e. becoming reflective and intentional about what we think and believe, how we reason and act—has the potential to be life-changing.

Philosophy deals with how we perceive, reason and think about the world and our place and behaviour within it. We all have a philosophical perspective, though it is usually subliminal, founded on what we are told by those whom we trust.

My perspective and approach to life (and, consequently, articles and posts herein) is influenced by an eclectic variety of philosophical threads, including, but not limited to: messianic discipleship, intercultural mutuality, contextual missiology, hebraic worldview and vocation.

Posts / articles categorised as: Philosophical reflection

Real food, farming

Real food is essential to good human health. Real farming is the source of real food. In the industrialised world, many have stopped thinking about this question, but really: Is anything more important that what we put, daily, into our bodies?

What is real food and real farming?

  • A food and farming system respectful of human dignity and health, animal welfare, food sovereignty, social justice and environmental sustainability.
  • A system that nourishes and sustains producers, consumers, communities and the ecologies that nourish and sustain production.

What issues are addressed by real food and farming?

  • Disease associated with poor nutrition (obesity, diabetes, heart disease etc).
  • Loss of nutritional wisdom (many people can’t cook real food).
  • Intensive, exploitative farming practices (denuding of topsoil, widespread use of chemical pesticides, exploitation of livestock, loss of diversity of flora, fauna, loss of social, economic, cultural diversity in rural sector, ecological destruction, unsustainability, erosion, flooding etc.)
  • Exploitation of economically-poor farmers by multinationals (e.g. India, Tanzania, re Monsanto, relating to GMO seeds and banning of local seed sharing)

Posts / articles categorised as: Real food, farming