London Weston A. Price Chapter Leader talks revolution!
|January 3, 2011||Posted by nourishingnancy under REAL food, Weston A. Price, food freedom|
Philip Ridley, chapter leader of Weston A. Price, London, contacted me a few months ago with hopes of spreading the news about the Wise Traditions Conference in London, coming up on March 26, 2011. Apparently, Philip is the reason that London has a conference at all, so I thought I’d get some comments on what inspired him. As he forewarns in his reply to my questions, I got more than I bargained for, but, then, I love a good bargain.
NN: What got you motivated to change your diet?
Philip: I have been through a number of horrific dietary experiments before discovering the Weston A. Price Foundation. I started off life, on the right track, with mother providing fish roe, bone broth, whole milk, and we had three chickens for eggs. However, as I got older, we replaced butter for margarine, moved to semi skim milk and I developed allergies to dairy. I then dove into vegetarianism at the age of 11, after the hype about (BSE) mad cows disease. I was, therefore, incensed lately to discover that this disease was caused by the government mandated organophosphates, as reviewed by Mark Purdey, and reported by the Weston A. Price Foundation. I was also very upset to find out recently that Foot and Mouth Disease was also caused by the government.
My brief awakening was that organic meat didn’t get BSE, so I started eating wild fish and organic meat and put on a whole stone in weight, rising from 7.5 to 8.5 stone by 18. I was terribly underweight and carried on like this until I was about 27, when I discovered raw milk. I was so excited to hear that raw milk could cure lactose intolerance and found a farmers market nearby where we got raw milk and lots of great meat and vegetables. I then looked into the organizations promoting raw milk and found out all the other things promoted by the Weston A. Price Foundation, like cholesterol myths, butter is better, and more.
I was, at the time, looking for something to get involved in, having just woken up to government tyranny, after discovering that 9/11 was an inside job and finding out that the financial is a fraudulent system backed by nothing. Designed so that government can print money from thin air to fund it’s projects, so that transnational organizations can do the same to build monopolies, all at our expense. Because all money printing causes inflation and drives the boom and bust business cycle.
Awareness of these and similar issues caused a bereavement that led me to take action in my life. We are told in the 10 Commandments, “Do not bear a false witness” and “You shall not covet anything that belongs to thy neighbor,” yet as I looked further, I discovered that almost everything in our society is based on lies and centered around systems, like the financial system that is designed to systematically steal our wealth and control our lives. We live in a fundamentally immoral system and, are ourselves, responsible to the extent that we co-operated with and fail to question and challenge it. It is therefore no wonder that we have not created heaven on earth. So, I see acting on these as something of a vocation.
There was no Weston A. Price Foundation in London, so, seeing an opportunity, I went and set it up in the Autumn of 2009. I was keen that others should be able to find out this information and be given short cuts to be able to find out where to purchase things like raw milk. I was also aware that people will not be able to analyse their situation and take action in their lives unless they are well nourished. Sally Fallon then let me know that she was visiting London, and she agreed to speak to the chapter. This was two weeks after losing a job, so I was looking for something to keep me occupied. I then got Barry Groves, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, Sir Julian Rose and Jadwiga Lopata, and we had a full one day conference! Videos which are available at vimeo.com/wisetraditionsuk .
There was obviously a massive hunger for this information, because we got 250 delegates. I hope to build on this success this and future years, though it is quite stressful this year: events planning alongside a full time job! But, I enjoy it so much that I wouldn’t give up running the event.
We have moved to a larger venue for 2011 and have two halls for a choice of lectures. We also have a film screening this year with, The Moo Man, a story about a raw dairy in Sussex, England, which has saved itself by ignoring the supermarkets, and selling raw milk, cream and butter direct. The UK is currently losing 8 dairy farms per day, because farmers are getting less than 20p/pint , but good milk costs over 25p/pint to produce. However, farmers can get over 50p/pint selling raw milk direct.
NN: Why the Weston A. Price Foundation?
Philip: I spoke to someone the other day that said they like the Weston A. Price Foundation because it’s recommendations are so balanced. It is down-to-earth information that lets a person think for themselves, and no compromise is made with commercial or political interests. This is so rare to find. I am very much attracted to Dr. Price’s focus on real scientific inquiry.
NN: Where do you see food trends going in 2011?
Philip: I see parallel trends: We have a systematically corrupt financial system, every since we left the gold standard. This began during WWII in Britain and in 1971 in America, when Nixon closed the gold backing for the dollar. Since then, government and corporations have printed money, hand over fist, expanding to where mom and pop stores, small family farms and independent manufacturers have been marginalized to become fringe aspects of society. Also, 50% of the economy is owned and centrally planned by government; however, this system has reached saturation, with government beginning to shrink and corporations coming up against a debt and liquidity crisis.
Those, dependent on government and corporations, will go down with them, and those, that have not protected themselves, will suffer as the system attempts to extract, yet, more of their wealth to survive. However, many imbalances in the world are beginning to turn around as a result of these changes. Real money, gold and silver, are returning to their real value: currencies like the Chinese Renminbi are slowly beginning to rise in value. So we will see massive inflation with imported goods soaring in price, but this will make local producers more competitive. What I hope, is that this enhanced competitiveness will overpower all the current attempts to regulate and tax businesses, all designed to maintain the status quo.
At the end of this, I see that economic and political power will return to the small business and grass roots organizations, and to those who opt out of the financial system and purchase gold and silver related assets. This and exponential growth in alternative media should eventually turn the Titanic around, but those who do not align themselves with these changes will suffer greatly. I am struggling to keep in the right side of history, because I am currently a government employee, a town planner, and I see no future for that as budgets keep being slashed. I hope to ride this wave by getting more involved in this part of the revolution, which is the reinstatement of real food. It is absolutely key that the Foundation’s Chapter Leaders do as much to promote small local farms during this time, because it is only consumer support that will keep small family farms and artisan producers going during the ongoing economic depression.
NN: How easy or difficult is it for folks in England to obtain REAL food?
Philip: It is increasingly easy. Unfortunately, though, it is easier to go to supermarkets, and these are expanding even now. My hometown, Winchester, had eight butchers on the high street in the early 80′s. We now have none and have gained three out of town supermarkets. However, hope lies in the farmers market. These did not exist more than 10 years ago but have expanded and are thriving. Most towns now have a farmers market at least once a month, with some towns have them weekly. London has many farmers markets now, and raw milk is available in many of them. We’ve also seen farm shops thriving. Parallel to that, we have seen an explosion in mail order sales from the farm gate. We even have dairy farmers selling raw milk nationwide via courier. Our raw milk directory show that there is a thriving market in raw milk.
Is the REAL food movement more accepted in the UK than the US, in your opinion?
Philip: It’s hard to say. Both countries are very similar. Most of the problems in the US come from the federal government, such as their promotion of GMOs and all the restrictive legislation, but we are staring to see that with the EU, which is now approving GMOs. As an example of what the EU has done, regulation of seed sales has reduced seed diversity by 98%, since that came in during the 1970′s. We are further ahead than the US on things like animal ID. Each cow now comes with a file that details all their movements and more, and small infractions to the regulations can cost farmers thousands of pounds.
However, there is a good culture of real food in Britain, maybe because lots of the farms are close to cities here, it being a small county. We have 1/5 of the US population in a county that is slightly smaller than Michigan. So the connections between consumer and farmer are closer. In the States, large farms can be far away from cities, making farm shops and access to farmers markets harder to achieve. Hopefully, farmers overcome this via mail order sales and improved distribution channels. The main problem we have is a very controlled media and a brainwashed population who cannot but follow the low cholesterol mantra, which leads them straight into the hands of low fat processed food.
NN: I always wonder whether your supermarkets are as clogged with processed, junk food as our are?
Philip: It depends which supermarket you visit. Waitrose is not so bad, but many can’t afford it, and some of the others are horrific. We have ASDA here, which is now owned by Wal-Mart! However, as mentioned above, farmers markets and farm shops are accessible to most, if they can be bothered to take the time. The biggest difference, I believe, is that it’s hard to avoid GMOs in America. As said, that is changing here, and they are here now, but I don’t think that the problem is quite so acute yet.
NN: Have you heard of our FDA potentially being given greater powers (through recent legislation) that would allow the US to police food throughout the WORLD?
Philip: I have not heard this, and the problem would put the American Civil War into context! But I am very aware of the problem of global governance. Few know that the FDA’s food pyramid was created by the World Health Organization, which is why we see it rolled out world wide. National sovereignty was signed away some time ago, and the people are slowly waking up to this. Hopefully they will demand their sovereignty back!
Philip wrote that I could cut and censor what I’d like, but isn’t there enough of that going on these days? I thought you’d rather read exactly what he had to say. Besides, hearing Philip speak of real food in a revolutionary way is both inspiring and igniting. May it catch on like wildfire. Thank you, Philip….and Carry On!
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