“We are in the midst of a renaissance that is happening from the grass roots.

We are seeing a resurgence of home gardens,

home schooling, and a genuine heart-based culture.”

– Ed Bauman (founder of the culinary

and nutrition school Bauman College)

Farmers' Market, by Miss Jenny

People are realizing the dearth of relationships and goodness in a technology-driven, consumerist-minded, impersonal culture. Advances in technology have tended to fragment our lives in some ways, yet lately technology has made possible some better things, for instance, more telecommuting from home as work and websites are accessed remotely. Western Civilization, while established upon a Christian worldview, has forsaken many good principles and is moving headlong toward crisis. When things get out of hand, people return to the basics and start over with the rudimentary things they know—which often end up being the most fulfilling anyway.

In addition to noticing poor trends in Western culture, people are also realizing the wisdom of many Eastern practices, which tend to place more emphasis on nurture, holism, and the connectedness of faith and lifestyle. For instance, mothers in Africa and Asia carry their babies and keep them close, while North American and European mothers allow their babies to have more dependence on other people and artificial nurturing-type environments: swings, cribs, strollers, nurseries. It is societal here to have babies as detached from their mothers as early as possible, and is viewed as liberating progress. Yet, it is normal in Eastern countries for babies to be dependent primarily on their mothers and for the mothers to be unabashedly dedicated to their babies. After at least half a century of straying from a nurturing mindset, Western mothers are slowly returning to the wisdom that many Eastern families have followed all along.

From baby-carrying and homeschooling, to telecommuting to entrepreneurship to gardening, people are realizing that it feels best to do something ourselves with the people we love—and to do it practically and simply.

Food and healthful lifestyles are areas in which a real renaissance in happening. It has been called by numerous names: a revolution; a resurgence; a reformation. Ultimately, people are feeling a crisis—that the current ways of fragmented lifestyles, refined foods, and conventional healthcare are not delivering on their promises. People are becoming more willing to take things into their own hands, to research wisdom and truth, and to return to the roots—building things back up from the grassroots level.

Not satisfied with the decisions of large corporations and government agencies regarding the food and health industries, people are taking things into their own hands. This is exactly what needs to happen to restore people’s authority over, and knowledge of, their own diets, wellness, and lifestyles.