Food Not Bombs vegan food shared with homeless in Ethiopian capital. Cycling Poland to South Africa

by Lucas Vegan July. 25, 2017 1181 views

FOOD NOT BOMBS
Me, Keith McHenry and Mesfin Hailemariam shared vegan food cooked by us with over 100 people the Piassa area outside St. George's Ethiopian Orthodox Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on May 15th 2012.
www.foodnotbombs.net/ethiopia.html
These are the prices we paid for the May 15, 2012 meal per 100 people. The total cost was $50 U.S. dollars per 100 meals or 883 Ethiopian birr per 100 meals.
Taxi - 150 Birr
Potato - 20 kg for 240 Ethiopian birr at 12 Ethiopian birr per kg
Tomato - 2 kg for 32 Ethiopian birr at 16 Ethiopian birr per kg
Onion - 2 kg for 28 Ethiopian birr at 14 Ethiopian birr per kg
Cabbage - 6 kg for 36 Ethiopian birr at 6 Ethiopian birr per kg
Kosta - 2 kg for 16 Ethiopian birr at 8 Ethiopian birr per kg
Carrots - 4 kg at 36 Ethiopian birr at 9 Ethiopian birr per kg
Garlic - 1/2 kg for 25 Ethiopian birr at 50 Ethiopian birr kg
Ijera Ethiopian Bread - 100 for 300 Ethiopian birr at 3 Ethiopian birr for each one
Plastic bags - 100 for 20 Ethiopian birr
Oil, salt, charcoal and spices donated

Companies from China, India, the Netherlands Germany, Belgium, and Saudi Arabia have been buying the best farm land in Ethiopia. Much of the produce and live stock is shipped out of the country for profit while local farm workers on these commercial plots are paid about 50 cents a day. During the G8 meeting in May 2012 the Obama administration announced that he had secured food aid from companies like Monsanto. This aid is likely to increase hunger in Ethiopia as the donation contaminates local seeds and impacts the price of food produced by local farmers. Total exports from Ethiopia were $2.231 billion in 2009. The items exported include coffee, gold, qat, leather products, live animals, oilseeds. These exports in 2010 went to China (13.9%), Germany (10.5%), Belgium (7.5%), Saudi Arabia (7.1%), U.S. (6.8%), and Sudan (4.6%). These policies are increasing hunger across Africa. We are encouraging an increase in organic farming by local people and a move away from industrial agriculture for export. Our volunteers are helping cultivate local organic gardens to support this process. At the same time the United States is spending millions to build a drone base in Arba Minch, Ethiopia, money that could be used to support access to water, organic seeds and tools to grow food for the people of Africa.
www.foodnotbombs.net/ethiopia.html

Welcome to like my travel blog where I will be updating my photos and stories from 6 different bicycle journeys in 2006, 2007-2008, 2009, 2010-2014, 2014-2015 and in 2016 and from the future bicycle long journeys. You can organize me a public live photo screening with my stories :)

In summer 2006 I cycled across Ukraine, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia and crossed many high mountain ranges ;)

In 2007/2008- 14 months travelling by bicycle and hitch-hiking alone across Western Europe and across 4 African countries like Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal and Gambia.

2009- I have travelled for 4 months. 2 months having cycled from Poland across Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria to Turkey where the truck driver crashed me. I cured myself after the car accident. Then 2 months having hitch-hiked to Greek Lesbos island and across Turkey and Kurdistan.

09.06.2010-19.03.2014 I have cycled for almost 4 years.

I went across Poland-->Belarus-->Ukraine--> Romania-->Bulgaria-->Turkey--> Greece--> Balkan countries (Macedonia- FYROM, Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Croatia and Serbia)--> Cyprus--> Lebanon--> Jordan--> 3 months around Israel and Palestine (West Bank) under occupation by Israel---> 3 months around Egypt (Sinai, all the way down the Nile river and all the Oasis across the desert)---> The North Sudan---> Ethiopia --> Kenya--> Uganda--> Rwanda--> Burundi--> Tanzania--> Zambia--> Zimbabwe--> Botswana--> South Africa--> Swaziland--> Mozambique--> South Africa.

http://steelburgernews.co.za/11445/from-poland-to-cape-town-on-nothing-but-his-bicyle/

July 2014-March 2015Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, France to Cataluña and Basque Country along the coast to Portugal and Africa by bicycle for 3rd time and went along the Mediterranean Sea coast of Morocco across Rif and Atlas mountains and Sahara desert to Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Casamance, Guinea Bissau.

In autumn 2016 I did Scandinavia.

Soon in July 2017 AROUND THE WORLD BICYCLE JOURNEY across Europe, Asia and South America!

IF YOU WANT TO SUPPORT MY BICYCLE JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD YOU ARE WELCOME. I WILL THANK YOU HERE PERSONALLY :)

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Ram Ya 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing the story of this organization through your photos, Lucas.
They have a really cool slogan and a very worthy cause.

2 years ago Edited
Lucas Vegan Replied to Ram Ya 2 years ago

Thank you Ram! :)
In the photos there is Keith McHennry,  a co-founder of the first FnB collective in 1980 and wit Mesfin, a co-founder of FnB in Ethiopia plus me a co-founder of the first FnB collective in Gdansk, Poland in 2001 during the bombarding Afghanistan and civil people there.
More about FnB here http://www.foodnotbombs.net

Food Not Bombs was founded in 1980 in Cambridge, Massachusetts by anti-nuclear activists Keith McHenry Jo Swanson, Mira Brown, Susan Eaton, Brian Feigenbaum, C.T. Lawrence Butler,
Jessie Constable and Amy Rothstien. Co-founder, Keith McHenry has
volunteered for 35 years and can be found sharing food almost every week
in various cities including some Santa Cruz, California and Taos, New
Mexico.

2 years ago Edited
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