very mental atmosphere from a cold exploiting predatory tension to a warm, compassionate caring-for reverence for all earth-life. 1979 has been designated "The Year of the Child". The Vegan Society cares about children. Think of a child you love. 40 children loved by their families have died somewhere in the world since you began to read this article - died from hunger. That is why the Vegan Society pleads for a new way of agriculture, more trees, more food crops, vegan composting, no food animals, no factory farming. This revolution in thought and agriculture alone when practised, can feed all the world's children (and their parents) on a healthier diet and leave them more time to enjoy the earth as a garden, free from many of the fears and tensions which are inherent in our present methods of living. The future is with growing things and there would be a future to look forward to - current ideas and methods lead to a future that is uninviting and full of menace. We belong to a Society that has the key - only Veganism can feed the world. Stephen Gaskin and friends have started a community in Tennessee which practises veganism (see page 10) and another community has just started in the Shenandoah valley under the inspiration of Paul Solomon. Alan Chadwick is to be in charge of the gardens. Alan is one of the world's experts in this field and the gardens will be constructed with loving hands. From 7th-14th April a World Symposium on Humanity is to be held at Wembley Conference Centre, in Los Angeles and in Toronto, and linked by satellite so that some of the world's outstanding speakers can be heard simultaneously in all three countries. Our member Richard St. Barbe Baker and his right hand man Alan Grainger will be participating. (Details from Brenda Brett, London N. W. 1.) The Festival for Mind, Body and Spirit will be held again at Olympia this year, from April 19th - 28th. It will bring together a 100 societies who are taking various paths into the New Age. Those of you who did not manage to go in 1977 and 1978 are strongly advised to try and manage it this year. Some people can walk through such an exhibition quite unaffected by what they see but the majority of the 150,000 who have attended the previous 2 Festivals have found them interesting, even exciting, and for many (including a few know to me) it has been a major staging point in their lives. For you, or some member of your family, or for a friend, it might result in a change of consciousness that will re-direct your life along new paths into the unknown, or where there is no path - you will help to make one. Jack Sanderson.
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