We do not work for profit (but it is a parameter that we must take into account in order to be efficient). We work to have a place in this world, to fulfill the needs of others, to realize our inner purpose, to do good.
Despite opposition from some materialists, the stated principle of the genuine value of work is, in our view, the future of humanity.
Unfortunately it does not represent her present, but… It’s up to us.
It depends on us the attitude with which we work, with which we look for solutions,
the motivations for which we work depend on us, and
whether we do these things wisely and detachedly, or
seeing only material effects and hungry for profit.
AdAnima Academic Society
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“The Caveman Experiment: When a Few People Can Change the World”
by Magor Csibi
“Is Banat the forehead? In this case, it’s true. Where the Ministry of Agriculture, the Government, Parliament, European funds and others failed, they succeeded. They started saving small farmers in Timis County. And not only that. The project was developed within a project of the Council of Europe, in partnership with the European Platform IRIS, having as institutional partner the City Hall of Timisoara.
We know that everyone wants to save agriculture, peasants, products, history, but no one is capable of doing anything concrete. As long as everywhere there is talk about funds, reform, strategies, hundreds of pages are written and drawn about the future of the Romanian farmer, the ASAT is silent and does.
ASAT is not a legal association. It’s more of an association between consumer and producer. A relationship similar to the one I have with the “owner” of the store on the ground floor of my block. They do nothing but create a direct link between the small producer, who normally has to fight hundreds of taxes but also with large stores, and the urban consumer, who does not always have where to find healthy tomatoes.
In this project, the farmer not only grows vegetables, but grows vegetables for people. It does not create a purely commercial link between producer and consumer, but rather a real one. The cultivator knows that he strives not only to have a decent living, but also for Dragos, Maria and Andrei, that is, for normal people. In this way, the manufacturer will be much more responsible and will also receive real feedback, the consumer being free to give up his services in certain cases.
In ASAT not all products are certified as Eco, the requirements are quite high, but it is guaranteed that all products are obtained naturally. That is, no genetic modifications, no pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals. In this way, ASAT is a program with a high responsibility towards the environment.
Producers are not allowed to use intermediaries, they are not allowed to take products from other producers and must allow access to their households. In this way, the consumer can personally see how vegetables are grown and grown, and is encouraged to participate in this process.
Moreover, ASAT empowers consumers. Coming into direct contact with producers, they will understand the difficulties encountered in the cultivation process, they will understand that naturally vegetables grow slowly, slowly. Parents, but especially children, will be able to understand the importance of the seasons and learn not to expect to have access to all vegetables at any time of the year.
The consumer can choose his farmer directly by paying him a visit to the farm. Thus, the producer has the certainty that he does not grow anything for nothing. It has consumers, it has a small advance and a real interest.
The project was started in 2008 and initially had a group of 20 consumers. A year later, 110 families joined the project, i.e. almost 350 people. Let us hope that in 2010 the upward trend will continue. Moreover, I would even expect it to be “moved” to other cities. It seems that already this year both Cluj and Sibiu residents will be able to enjoy this initiative.
I can’t even praise this project anymore. It’s eco, it’s responsible, it’s educational, it’s well thought out, it helps us interact better, it contains all the elements that we, at TOTB, believe in. If I discovered such initiatives every week, I would not end my experiment.
And here’s what I said in the post about Romanian products is true: “I came to the conclusion that maybe we will have a production of our own. But it’s well hidden and we need to know how to look for it.”
Do you know of such initiatives?”
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