Food Advocacy Goal #1 : Sanity
First and foremost I believe we need to regain a sense of sanity in our food systems.
The current industrial-corporate approach to agriculture is, frankly, psychopathic.
It is self-destructive, unsustainable, geared towards short-term gain and harmful to both people and our planet.
Our current agricultural system pollutes our drinking water, turns vast stretches of land into salinated deserts and pumps known toxins onto our soil and into our food. It produces food products that have ever-decreasing nutritional values. It values a paradigm of false-efficiency that encourages both the abuse of human rights and the contamination of our food.
The industrial food system survives on government grants and incentives that are protected by powerful lobby groups who think their right to market junk food to our kids is more important than the fact that this generation will be the first to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. It is making us sick and it is making us fat.
The US government, in particular, has undertaken a war against small producers, grocery buying clubs and raw milk co-ops. Meanwhile, we’re made sick and killed from breakouts of listeria in our sandwich meat, contaminated eggs and deadly burgers. Where were the armed SWAT teams then??
Canada isn’t faring much better. Thomas Pawlick’s book The War in the Country, tells the story of the battle here at home.
Our food system increases the vast chasm between haves and have-nots and allows untold numbers of children to go hungry despite the fact that Americans waste enough food every day to fill a 90,000 seat football stadium.
Animals are crammed like sardines into confinement facilities where they cannot express the natural instincts and habits that help keep them healthy. Instead they are fed a constant diet of medication and antibiotics to keep them alive.
Here in Canada, we even went so far as to corrupt the genes of pig. University of Guelph created the so-called Enviropig, making its shit less toxic, so that we could cram even more in one space.
We allow the huge corporations to claim patents on the very seeds of life, and in fact corrupt the seeds of life in the worst way through terminator seed technology.
A seed that cannot reproduce itself is, in my mind, the definition of insanity.
There is no reason why we have to continue down this road. Each and everyone of us has the power to build a new, sane food system.
Follow me to find out how.
- a word on goals (slowfoodsmama.com)
- Low wages of food industry workers documented (sfgate.com)
- Unfair Regulatory Penalties Discourage Local Family Farming (slowfoodsmama.com)
- Let’s Put an End to Dietary Tribalism (slowfoodsmama.com)