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Feeding the 5,000 Paris 13 October 2012

Thursday, 18 October 2012 / Published in Reports / 3,198 views

By Parasuram dasa

2,000 Years ago Jesus Christ feed the 5,000 in an attempt to raise the consciousness of the general mass. Not much as changed in 2,000 years, people are just as materialistic and confused as ever. I have a friend – Tristan Stuart who organises these events “Feed The 5,000” all over England and now aborad, we are going to Dublin on the 24 November. Basicly it’s a campaigne to highlight the hugue amount of food that goes to waste in these western countries, that could be put to good use. Fruit and veg that is over produced, wrong colour, wrong size, ugly food – that is – the banana is straight and the carrot has a bend. So Food For All collects this kind of food daily diverting it from landfills and redistributes it in the form of delicious prasad. It’s like taking gold from a dirty place.

This is why we got the UK recycling project of the year 2008 award, and recently go get a grant from a landfill to make a beautiful garden at Bhaktivedanta Manor, a project where people with disabilities and people doing community service get a chance to grow veg for Krishna. Cllr Jean Heywood said “How can you put this sort of project into words. It is fantastic, bringing all parts of community together – those who are able, those with disabilities, those with on community payback, volunteers from all backgrounds, young and old, bringing together everyone, especially when working on the land and growing so many things. There are no differences, it is pure enjoyment. This is a gorgeous place, transformed from disused area into a wonderful peaceful garden and horticultural workplace.” (picture attached)

The Paris “Feed The 5,000” was sponsored by Canal Plus The French TV channel. Even their managing director came to chop veg, and they had a team of celebrities serving the prasad. Since we were sponsored by the TV to do all the cooking we thought we would make a meal of it and we loaded the van with 9 devotees from festival team and off we went on a Harinama weekend to “Gay Parie”. Dispite the heavy rain 5,500 people took a plate of delicious prasad. 5 Television crews came to interview us. They were amazed at the size of the pots and it gave us a great chance to speak about vegetarianism, karma, sattvic food, food economics and spiritual solutions.

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2 Responses to “Feeding the 5,000 Paris 13 October 2012”

  1. Puskaraksa das says :

    Jaya. Congratulations to one of our prasadam distribution leaders, Parasuram Prabhu and his team.

    I feel happy that prasadam was distributed in Paris, somewhat “under cover”, as the event was broadly advertized in the medias, with the only open purpose of showing how we ought to still use those fruits and vegetables which are considered unfit for selling, but still remain good for consumption and as tasty as any other one, corresponding to some current standard aesthetic norm.

    Hence, a big wastage of food could be avoided in the rich countries, keeping in mind that many in the world are still lacking the bare necessities of life, while one out eight inhabitants on the planet is suffering from hunger.

    The medias also emphasized the fact that a lot of foodstuff is being thrown away each year both by merchants (once the Recommended Last Consumption Date has been reached) and by families who dump their left-overs in the garbage, as well as hard bread, food forgotten in the fridge, etc.

    Yet, I regret that the information was not circulated amongst the broader circle of devotees who would have been happy to join and partake in the event, even if they would have had to moreless present themselves under cover as well.

  2. PriyavrataFFL says :

    Parasuram is a legend. The event was not about promoting a religion. It was simply about raising awareness of the tremendous waste of good food that is happening all over the world. It is a credit to Parasuram prabhu and his dedicated team that they were chosen to participate and therefore turn this “waste” food into prasadam. Hopefully the french yatra can build on this success. Prasadam is always the answer to ALL problems.

    Goon onya, mate.

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