My Thoughts on Veganism… and Why I’m Not Vegan

“Are you vegan?”

That is a very common question that I receive, and I believe that it deserves a very thorough response. It’s a simple question, but typically there is a whole lot behind that three-word question.

The simple answer is no, I’m not vegan. Throughout my life, my diet has changed quite a bit, as it does for most people. In 2011, I started to wake up to the problems with our globalized industrialized food system and started to change what I was eating. Documentaries like Food Inc. and Earthlings taught me the truth about where the meat I was eating was coming from and the harm it was doing to the world, humanity, other species, and my own body. I was appalled by factory farming and resolved to remove it from my life. I didn’t do it over night, but over the next few years I transitioned to a more plant-based diet.

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Rob Greenfield’s Commitment to Financial and Corporate Transparency

So many of our leaders and role models today are influenced deeply by money and corporations. So many of our politicians put corporate interests over what’s best for the people they are elected to serve. Celebrities are paid vast sums of money to sell their fans on stuff they don’t really need. Social media “influencers” have pages that are as much about products as they are about their life or what their page claims to be about.

We live in a world where we are constantly inundated with ads to buy, buy, buy. We are told that we’ll be happier with more stuff. We’ll be happier with luxurious items. Love, sex, and success will come to us if we can attain a certain image through material items.

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I’m not running for office. I don’t work for the government. But I am your public servant.

I am not running for office. I don’t work for the government. But I do consider myself a public servant. I have designed my life to be of service to the people of my nation and the people of the world. As an American citizen, I am dedicated to using my life to improve the lives of those around me. I’ve watched our “public servants” over the last couple of decades, and I’ve learned a lot. From some, I have learned who I want to be. From others, I have learned who I don’t want to be.

I have put countless hours of thought into how I can mold myself to be of best service to my country and the world. And I have put far more hours into solid action, becoming the human I want to be, and leading by a positive example to truly be of service.

I feel today, just before midterm elections 2018, is a timely day to share my personal commitments as a public servant to my nation and the world.

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Tiny House Update: The Outdoor Kitchen, Compost Toilet and Rainwater Harvesting

The tiny house is still a work in progress, but it’s coming together more and more every day!

The work is no longer feeling like a chore. Instead I’m putting really good energy and love into each task and really enjoying it.

Plus, we just dropped from day time highs of 90 degrees to about 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall is finally here it seems!

I wanted to share some photos of the outside of my house, since none of you have seen it yet.

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A MESSAGE TO ALL MEN WHO’VE TRIED TO BOND WITH ME OVER TALKING ABOUT WOMEN

This is a message to all the men who’ve tried to bond with me over talking about women or any that will in the future.
 
Don’t make vulgar or crude jokes about any woman.
Don’t engage me in “locker room talk.”
Don’t call a woman a slut, b**ch, or any offensive word.
Don’t call a woman “easy” when men are just as “easy.”
Don’t tell me about how you are sleeping with other women behind your partner’s back.
Don’t try to gain my respect by talking down about a woman in any way.
Straight up, don’t talk to me about sex, unless we agree to respectfully discuss it.

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My Addiction to Devices… And How I Remain Sane in the Digital World

It’s hard to say this publicly, but I have a problem. The problem is my relationship to my computer and online devices. It’s not so much the devices though, it’s the connection they create to the online world. I’ve had this problem for a while now. I’m thinking perhaps about seven years. I’m 32 years old and I look back to the last time I can remember having a consistent healthy relationship with my devices. I know in college from 2005-2009 it was pretty healthy. Social media wasn’t remotely the same back then as it is today so it was a lot easier. When I traveled the world in 2010 I remember logging in to write my blog, send emails, do research, and spend time on social media, but I’d log off for days at a time and head into the jungle. Then there’s the grey area between 2011-2013. I had a better relationship with my computer then I’m pretty sure, so I’m guessing the problem really got bad in 2013. That was when my first eco-adventure began and when I really started blogging, using social media for a bigger purpose, and getting involved in the media.

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Life is a Struggle

I am out of balance. I am frustrated. I am unhappy at points throughout the day.

When I went away to Wisconsin I was revitalized and rejuvenated. I swam in clean and cold bodies of water daily. I exercised and stretched. I walked slowly to where I needed to go. I prioritized eating. I took midday naps. I observed my simple surroundings. I was not overwhelmed with work. I had gained some balance back into my life. It felt really good.

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Rob Greenfield’s Guide to Gardening for Beginners in Orlando, Florida

Before launching into the guide on how to grow your own food, I want to share the resources on how you can get involved with growing food with me here in Orlando.

Join my Facebook group where I post volunteer opportunities, educational opportunities, hangouts, etc. in Florida that are open for you to join!

 

Free Gardening for Beginners Classes. I teach free gardening classes in Audubon Park.  I post the events in my Facebook group and on my events and speaking schedule.

Next class: November 10th. See event for details.

 

Gardens for Single Moms. We have built five gardens for single moms in Audubon Park. We welcome you to join us in the gardens on a volunteer day. We post volunteer opportunities in the Facebook group.

 

My events and speaking schedule lists talks that I’m giving in the area and other events.

 

Free Seeds. If you are interested in free seeds, you can get them at:

Orlando Permaculture Meetings held at Audubon Park Covenant Church the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00-9:00

My free gardening for beginners classes

 

Get involved with Community Fruit Trees

 

Get involved with Free Seed Project

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How I built my tiny house for under $1,500 with 100% repurposed materials and near zero waste

How I built my tiny house for under $1,500 using nearly 100% repurposed materials while creating only 30 pounds of trash.

The tiny house movement has caught on like a wildfire over the last decade, and there’s a lot of positivity coming out if it. I’m very excited about tiny houses and see them as a very useful tool in working towards a more sustainable and just world. I lived in a 50 sq. ft. tiny house in San Diego in 2015-2016. I’ve produced videos about tiny houses to spread the movement through my social media. I’ve visited tiny houses around the United States and in a few countries, and I have even been to a tiny house festival. I’ve made friends with the creators of some of the biggest tiny house pages. Now, I’ve built my first tiny house. Needless to say, I really love tiny houses and am very excited about them. And I’ve become fairly knowledgeable on them.

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