Think Globally ~ Act Locally

You Be The Judge

First Statement:

1 July 1912

Talk at 309 West Seventy-eighth Street, New York

“The fundamental basis of the community is agriculture, tillage of the soil.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 37

Second Statement:

“Strive as much as possible to become proficient in the science of agriculture, for in accordance with the divine teachings the acquisition of sciences and the perfection of arts are considered acts of worship.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 144

Third Statement:

Late 1990s

“It has been estimated that without the use of pesticides food production would drop by 40%, resulting in both a dramatic increase in food costs and the associated problems of starvation.”

Fourth Statement:


“Intensive farming or intensive agriculture is an agricultural production system characterized by the high inputs of capital, fertilizers, labour, or labour-saving technologies such as pesticides relative to land area. This is in contrast to the concept of Extensive Agriculture which involves a low input of materials and labour with the crop yield depending largely on the naturally available soil fertility, water supply or other land qualities.”

Fifth Statement:

March 2001

“Imagine the surprise of going online and discovering that the vitamin and mineral content of vegetables has drastically dropped….Some of the differences in vitamin and mineral content were enormous–a 50% drop in the amount of calcium in broccoli, for example. Watercress down 88% in iron content; cauliflower down 40% in vitamin C content–all since 1975.”

Sixth Statement

June, 2008

“Global food prices are expected to rise further as world leaders failed to take concrete actions to reverse the trend. “

Seventh Statement:

June, 2008

Hungry Farmers Urge Local Control over Food

“…they emphasized the importance of protecting the land, water, and seeds rights of communities necessary to grow food… [to] guarantee a dignified future to peasants and indigenous people….Otherwise, the farmers said, the poor in their communities would remain at the mercy of the large corporations that dominate agricultural production now and are largely responsible for the spiraling price of staple foods across the planet. “

Call In The Jury !

3 thoughts on “Think Globally ~ Act Locally

  1. Oh don’t even get me started on the agriculture and pesticide issues…

    We are willingly poising our food and planet and not many people seem to think that this is a critical problem that should be addressed ASAP! I am not sure how and when the human race gave away its inability to think and reason but I do know that until more and more people start waking up it is not looking too good for them or the planet.

    Having said that, I know “that we each need to be the change we want to see” and hence without judging the actions of others, I adopt Earth friendly living into every possible aspect of my life the main one for this topic is eating locally grown organics! And it feels great that I am nourishing my physical body the right way and trying to nourish the planet too by not subjecting it to the chemicals and various other as much as possible.

  2. The title “Think Globally ~ Act Locally” touched my heart. It relates to all aspects of our life, define our steps. While my activity has nothing in common with the agriculture and thus all consequent thoughts would be just nice musing, I would name Think Globally ~ Act Locally my motto and am deeply convinced that should be the definition of any human activity. While all our works in the concrete are the local, they ought not to loose the global perspective that gives meaning to all we are doing here and now. Think Globally ~ Act Locally opens the door to the eternities and make the giants totally all people- the warning humbles the notable and helps us recognize the divine light in the eyes of each other

    Peace and love

  3. Tomas !

    What a truly wondrous and splendid comment!
    Your word-painting is getting close to your other arts!!!

    ~ Alex

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