You may only hear the term ‘chinavization’ in the dusty halls of a university. This is about to change with the ‘Chinavore Food Challenge,’ a year-long trek by one Hamilton man to eat only foods produced in China.
Michael LeBeouf, a professor of economics at Phoenix University, leans eagerly over his roughly hewn kitchen table to explain.
“The localvore movement has excellent intentions, but it’s crippling our relationship with China,” says Michael. “Every time you by a peach grown in Stoney Creek, or an apple from Cobourg, you’re jeopardizing our future peace with the Chinese. This country relies on their exports. As China grows in military strength, do we really want to send them the message that we don’t encourage their growth?”
The Mustard Seed Co-op stands at the other end of the spectrum. Graham Cubitt, a founding member of the co-op says, “Chinavore consumers need a back-up plan in case a ship gets attacked, what with Somalian pirates running amok. So, they might want to buy a membership at www.mustardseed.coop, as an insurance policy.”
LeBeouf adds that, “We’ve heard the Mustard Seed, but we’re not just focusing on food. We’re bringing attention to the shift of world power. We do workshops in Mandarin, and we’ve all read hundreds of essays and books attributed to Mao Zedong. Everyone sees the signs, but no one is acting. We’re ready, but we just don’t see the urgency in Hamilton, Canada, or the World.”
To learn more about this movement, go to the rally in front of City Hall on Friday, February 1st, 2013. And wear red.
Full disclosure: For every person that signs up for Mustard Seed Co-op through this link, HammerInTheNews gets half a pound of root vegetables.
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