I Gave My 100,000 Subscribers YouTube Award to One of My Subscribers

In October 2019 I received a notification from YouTube that I had earned an award for passing 100,000 subscribers. I’m not a material guy, so at first I thought I’d say no-thanks to the award. But then I realized I could share it with one of the people who follow my channel, the reason the award exists in the first place! I wanted to give the award to someone who would find it really meaningful.

I decided to produce a video and ask people to comment with how my life and my YouTube channel had positively impacted them. I would chose one person from the comments to receive the award.

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Tour the “Rob Greenfield Recycled Cabin” in Costa Rica

Introducing the “Rob Greenfield Recycled Cabin!”
A few years ago I was invited to a place called Saint Michael’s Sustainable Community in Costa Rica. It sounded like a great place, so I accepted the invitation and really enjoyed my visit. After our time together the founder, Justin Dolan, became inspired to build a tiny house out of almost exclusively repurposed materials. He named it after me, because he was inspired by my work for a more sustainable and just world. In this video I give you a tour of the cabin.

This cabin is available for you to rent year-round and there are other tiny houses on the community for rent as well.

(I’m not involved in that in any way. I’m simply sharing this because I think it’s a worthwhile place to visit experience an interesting example of permaculture.)

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Rob Greenfield on Money, Health Insurance, Age and Death (video)

People frequently ask me about health insurance, what I’ll do as I age, and my feelings on death. I’ve spent countless hours contemplating these themes of life. They are difficult topics to address publicly, but I feel that I owe it to all of you. In this video, I share much of my life design and philosophy relating to money, health, health insurance, age and death.

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Simple and Sustainable Living in My Tiny House

Welcome to my tiny house in Orlando, Florida where I live simply and sustainably!

I built this tiny house along with friends for under $1,500, with nearly 100% secondhand materials and while creating near zero waste- just 30 pounds of trash! This setup allows me to live simply so that I can dedicate my time to the service of others and the earth. It also serves as a demonstration site for those who desire to live simply and sustainably.

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Growing and Foraging 100% of My Food – Day 200 Video Update

For one year I am growing and foraging 100% of my food. That means no grocery stores, no restaurants and not even taking a nibble from a friends garden or pantry!

You might imagine me in the countryside living off the land or on a farm. On the contrary, I live in the urban environment of Orlando, Florida, in a 100 square foot tiny house that I built with repurposed materials. With no land of my own, I garden the front yards of people in my neighborhood and share the bounty with them. I take trips to nature to harvest salt from the ocean, coconuts to make coconut oil, wild yams bigger than my head and dozens of other wild foods. I also forage for food all over the city, where people walk by every single day, without ever noticing the abundance around them.

Food Freedom began November 11th 2018 and will go until November 11th 2019. This video was filmed on day 200 and released on day 208 of the project.

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What is My Heart’s Deepest Desire?

At the end one of my recent talks I was asked a question that nobody has ever asked before. It was a simple question.

“What is your heart’s deepest desire.”

I am rarely caught off guard by a question. I rarely have to say that I can’t give an answer right now. But this question was one that I didn’t have an instant answer to. Luckily, I was speaking again the next night, so I simply requested that he ask me again and that I would be certain to have an answer.

I had twenty-four hours to contemplate my heart’s deepest desire.

But it only took me three minutes…

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Why I’m Growing and Foraging 100% of My Food for a Year

As I write these words, I am thirty-four days into my yearlong project of growing and foraging 100% of my food. That is thirty-four days of knowing the source of every food that I consume. Thirty-four days of connecting with every morsel that nourishes my body. Thirty-four days of using my hands to harvest every single bite I will take. It is no doubt an immersive experience, and one that I think most of us can’t fully fathom because of the intricate web of the globalized, industrialized food system that we have found ourselves weaved so deeply into.

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

(Note: My article from 2015, An Argument Against Veganism… From a Vegan, now forwards here.)

“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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