Going Back To Nature Movement
AZIMA WELLNESS CONSULTANTS 66 DAYS LIFESTYLE ADJUSTMENT AND BEHAVIOR CHANGE CHALLENGE.
A CALL BACK-TO-NATURE.
Interest in going back to nature is growing daily. The need for organic food production has never been this popular. It is now easy to get certified organic fruits and vegetables in Nairobi especially with Tuskys starting to stock organic food in there new branch in Karen. This calls for more farmers and entrepreneurs taking up organic farming to increase production so as to meet the growing demand of organic food products. This move is further cemented by UN efforts to implement SDG No 3.
But this movement is not entirely new. It is only being given a new lease of life.
What is Back-To-Nature Movement?
Back-To-Nature Movement is any of the various forms of Agrarian movements across different historical periods with the common thread of calling on people to take responsibility to grow their own food organically. Or at the least choose organic food they can verify how it has been produced.
Back To Nature emphasizes on a greater degree of self-sufficiency, autonomy and local community participation in social reforms, land reforms and organic food production. It is very close to agrarianism which has been around for many years
Agrarianism is the philosophy that put value on rural life as superior to urban life. This philosophy stresses that life in a rural setting is natural and healthy and farmers are the backbone of life because they produce the food that keep life going in the cities. Unlike what we have been made to believe, the natural simple life in a rural setting is superior to the complex city lifestyle which is artificial.
The back-to-the-land movement concept was popularized in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century by activist Bolton Hall, who set up urban lot farming (farming in urban centers) in New York City and wrote many books on the subject.
The practice, however, was strong in Europe even before that time. During World War II, when Great Britain faced a blockage by Nazi U-boats, a “Dig for Victory” campaign urged civilians to fight food shortages by growing vegetables on any available patch of land.
We have seen this happening in Kenya in recent years. People are growing vegetables in gunny bags kept outside their houses especially in remote areas of Nairobi, like kibera. This is a sure way to ascertain that your food is free of any chemicals.
Between the mid-1960s and mid-1970s, there was a revived back-to-the-land movement with substantial numbers migrating from cities to rural areas witnessed all over Europe. Unfortunately this gave way to large scale commercial food production that introduced chemicals in food production and post-harvest management. This is when the non-communicable diseases started to become part of our daily life.
These diseases were called the diseases of the west or for the affluent. Unfortunately they’ve become the diseases of the poor. 80% of deaths by NCDs happen in low income areas. Poverty and non-communicable diseases are now good bedfellows. They start with compromising our environment due to lack of knowledge how it affects our health. This is why our own prof. Wangari Maathai was so passionate about environmental protection.
Azima wellness is a member of Back-To-Nature-Movement. We support all the Sustainable Development Goals but we have chosen to champion goal No 3 in particular; Good health and wellbeing. We are active every day to help spread awareness that total wellness is impossible without protecting Mother Nature.
Going back to Mother Nature is therapeutic. This is why we take our members for a hike on the 3rd Saturday of the month. We recommend a visit to Karura forest on Saturdays or at least once a month. A forest is our natural habitat and a visit to a natural forest is reconnecting with our natural habitat
We also champion the movement that seek to take charge of how we grow our food.
-How do we prepare the soil?
-What do we use to grow food?
-Do you use chemicals and fertilizers or organic manure?
-How do we handle food from the farm to the dinner table?
-What cooking oil do we us to cook food?
-What pots do we use to cook the food that we do not eat raw? Are they free from contamination?
This and more is what we will continue to unpack for you in our daily articles. Keep it here for more details that will enable you keep away from NCDs.
Your total wellness is our concern.
With profound regards,
Conference Speaker and Corporate Trainer in Wellness.
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