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Cleaning Up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, One Bite at a Time


Last night I ended my 12 day water fast, as I met weight target.  I lost 20 lbs in 12 days.  I think I can manage on one meal a day at my age of 66, though I do physical work all day. We will see.

My plan now is to eat only local food, which means I won’t be eating almost anything that is packaged,  There is local shrimp, and that usually is in plastic,  so for now the rule is local only, and there will be some plastic I guess.  

I have my own chickens for eggs for protein. There are lots of greens around. There is always local fruit. Coconut and avocado for oil, plus fish and local meat.   I have to get over certain cravings, like last night I wanted something crunchy.  I will feel good about not contributing to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  People are so habituated to consumption/waste! I certainly was. 


There are over 250 pieces of trash for every human on Earth in this one garbage patch alone. Most people buy trash every day, 365 days in a year. Rather than recycle, lets try buying bulk food only and bring our own containers and bags so we don’t have a mountain of personal trash as our personal legacy.


People wonder, how to lose weight?  Ummm, change your addictions?  How to stop ocean pollution?  Um, how about not buying packaging?
How dumbed down and impotent we have become! I’m starting to see our society as a big insatiable taste bud, pooping everywhere.
I was a typical consumer, going to store and seeing which taste buds I wanted to titillate, with food from all over the world so I would never get bored. You know, “What do I feel like eating today?” For most of history, people ate the same food every meal.  Corn, rice, wheat, potatoes. The staple.  Not me, I was addicted to sweets. Sure I had stopped most experimentation, but when I look now at my obsolete pantry of packaged foods, I see how much energy was wasted in transportation, etc for that alien food, alien to my locality.  

Twice the size of Texas, four times the size of France, with over a trillion pieces of floating plastic, this marine menace will be floating around for at least a century. Hopeless? No, we can stop using garbage.


So now I start my new lifestyle of local food only. At my age I probably don’t need much carbs but there are sweet potatoes and taro. There are local wild greens, but easy to grow veggies too.  I’m not a foodie so I don’t need so much variety.  We’ll see how it goes.  I won’t eat in a restaurant ever again if I can keep my intention.  I can support the local hero farmers at Farmers Market, knowing I am also avoiding pesticides from those I get to know and trust.
LOCAL FOOD ONLY!  Wish me well.
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