Have you ever thought about thinking? If you’re in North America, you’re likely wondering why I ask, but this isn’t a trick question. Whenever I work in developing countries, I am reminded about the privilege of free thinking – and that it’s not available in every country.  It’s nearly impossible to understand this until you experience mindsets that have been shaped in controlling environments. (more…)

Choices for Food & Farming

Do you believe your farm and food choices are being limited? Some activists raise a lot of money to remove choices at both ends of the food chain.

Choice. It’s fundamental to citizens of developed countries, yet increasingly taken for granted – and threatened. I learned the real value of choice while working with Ukrainians after the communist regime, learning about the control of Egyptian government and seeing the unimaginable poverty of millions in South African squatter camps. When free will is removed from a society and people are collectively forced to bend to the will of “leaders” – choice is no longer an option. (more…)

usflag640Ironically, leaving the United States gives me a better perspective on our country’s beloved freedom.  I wanted to share my thoughts in celebration of Independence Day.  Regardless of your location in the world, I hope this gives you pause to reflect on – and appreciate – the freedoms you value most. (more…)