Robbie Maltby

August 3, 2023

Organic Confessions 🥕

There are endless human movements to be involved in.

Many can be politically motivated. Others can be truly existential.

I’ve fallen down a variety of these rabbit holes over the years, but I pride myself on being able to reassess things when new information and logic present themselves.

6 Human Needs

Tony Robbins, probably the most well known personal development coach, talks about 6 human needs:

  1. Certainty
  2. Variety
  3. Love & Connection
  4. Significance
  5. Growth
  6. Contribution

Everyone’s needs (read the linked article for a description of each) are prioritised differently depending on their life experience.

Even before doing Tony’s quiz, I knew Growth was the most important one for me - at least since I went freelance.

Learning just gives me energy. It’s impossible to be bored when learning something new.

Go ahead and take the What is your Driving Force quiz if you’re interested.

Organic Farming 👨🏻‍🌾

My pal Kathy introduced me to the organic food movement well over 10 years ago at a mindfulness group in Glasgow.

Not long after, I started ordering from Locavore; tried to convert everyone I knew to organic, started a company to support the wider eco-movement, then realised I’d fallen down one of those holes 🤦🏻‍♂️

It wasn’t so much ‘what’ myself and (some of) the wider eco-community around me were doing, but ‘how’ we were doing it.

We were using fear and doomsday predictions to persuade people to conform.

I remember having stern words with my late mum about the absolute necessity to switch to Ecover from fairy liquid, and being outraged that she could even contemplate non-eco products 🤯

In one word, regrets ✋😑

Luckily, before she died, I woke up out of my overly woke state (!) and realised that things don’t move as fast as that.

People and industries take time to change, and the world isn’t going to end anytime soon, despite what some may think.

And probably most importantly of all, I realised that attempting to persuade the uncommitted (like most people back then) was a fools errand.

If anything, it just makes people more entrenched in their views.

[Full disclosure. I do still enjoy a wee debate.]

My TL:DR for this (mind altering) podcast with Deepak Chopra is:

Changing people’s minds is difficult, so lead by example.

Which leads me back to organic farming, and the even higher heights of Regenerative Farming, practiced at places like Monte Mimo, where I’ll be spending my next 3 weeks.

What does the Regenerative Agriculture / Farming movement hope to accomplish?

Lifting from the Regeneration International mission:

To promote, facilitate and accelerate the global transition to regenerative food, farming and land management for the purpose of restoring climate stability, ending world hunger and rebuilding deteriorated social, ecological and economic systems.

Imagine getting most of your veggies from a local farm PACKED FULL of nutrition, WITHOUT the harmful chemicals. With your meat from grass-fed organic livestock that isn’t spoiled by factory farming, and doesn’t weigh on your conscience.

If you could invest in the produce of a farm like this (for example as part of a CSA) to guarantee your food quality and better predict pricing for years to come, would you do it?

I’m often asked, “Isn’t this just for hippies?”

If by hippie you mean: more food production per acre, shorter and more resilient supply chains, more connection to the land and the people in your local area - then yes it’s super hippie.

But if you’re like me, and your most important human need is Growth and learning (or Contribution, or Certainty, orrrrr 🤔 This could be a catch all. I might have to call Tony) then you’d probably fit right in.

Whatever you think about Regenerative Agriculture or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) these movements are well underway.

That being said, I promise not to force feed anything down anyone’s throat this time. Say for example organic grass-fed pork and apple sausages. Nope, I think best if I keep shtoom 🤐…🤤

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