Give Peace a Chance

September 18th, 2013 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on Give Peace a Chance

peaceThis Saturday, September 21st, is the 2013 celebration for the International Day of Peace, also known as Peace Day. Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982. In 2001, the General Assembly by unanimous vote adopted resolution 55/282, which established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire.

We typically don’t think of what we do in our industry as creating peace, but indeed, working to promote organic food is very much a part of the peace process. Peace is the result of harmonization, and the organic industry promotes the harmony between human interaction and our land – the harmonization of our ability to live and survive, with how we care for and manage the resources we need to do so.

Choosing organic food is an incredibly peaceful act. It’s choosing to touch lightly – to be mindful of the interaction of the entire community of life that makes up our ecosystem. There is no activity we engage with (save breathing) that occurs more frequently and more consistently in our lives than eating. How that food system is delivered to us affects our life with greater impact than any other collective human activity. When we manage to do this using a peaceful and harmonious method, we have changed the world… and that’s what we’re about! That’s what we do! It’s important to realize that eating and promoting organic food really does create peace.

But on this coming Peace Day, I challenge us all to go beyond our daily engagement with the organic industry. Let’s make this personal. The theme this year for World Peace Day is – Who Will You Make Peace With?

So, over the next several days, choose a friend, co-worker, loved one, neighbor, or even a stranger, and make peace with them. That’s the challenge. We all have people in our lives where a little harmonization is in order. It may be something small, but billions of small acts of peace create a huge and lasting impact.

It’s a very simple notion, but lasting peace begins in the hearts and minds of us all. It is simple mathematics to realize that peace in our thoughts and activity translates into peace in the world. When that annoying telemarketer calls, thank them for calling and wish them a great day. When another driver cuts in front of you, offer them a smile and a wave. It may not seem like much, but again, billions of acts of peace can literally change the world. Celebrate Peace Day on Saturday, and ask yourself…

Who Will You Make Peace With?