Photo: Day 5: Farmers need love too

Community Supported Agriculture plot on the Sunshine Coast of B.C. (Credit: Lindsay Coulter)

Foodprint: Saving the planet from your kitchen table

Choices about what you eat can make as big a difference for the environment as how you get around. Before reaching for your favorite comfort food this Thanksgiving, join the David Suzuki Foundation for our 11-day challenge, Foodprint: Saving the planet from your kitchen table. Starting Oct. 5th, you could win an awesome prize just by sharing your story on Facebook. Plus you'll get helpful eco-advice from me, the Queen of Green.

Answer the daily Facebook question by adding your comment. Don't have a comment to share? Check out the others and vote for your favourite. We're giving out fabulous prizes for the comment with the most "Likes".

The planet doesn't need another fad diet. But how much do you know about where your food comes and the type of impact it's having on the planet? What are you doing to eat more sustainably?

Foodprint: Saving the planet from your kitchen table

I come from a farm family. I often wish I could be doing chores like feeding chop to the milk cows or mucking out stalls rather than doing laundry. My grandparents had a mixed farm (chickens, pigs, sheep, beef and dairy cattle) but that level of diversity on a big farm is rare today. If you talk to farmers they'll probably tell you that they're an endangered species.

These days we don't really know who grows our food or where it comes from. And even if we knew, our food system can make it a huge challenge to track. For example, my uncle grows crops like canola, wheat, barley, corn and peas on a pretty large scale in Alberta. But if I wanted to buy my uncle's wheat, I'd have a difficult time finding it.

This spring I tried a new way of sourcing some of the food entering my home. In a nutshell, it was like a farmer's market at my doorstep. Each week Grocer Gunst dropped off (by bike, I might add) a reusable bin of local, sustainable and biodynamic produce for two. It was like Christmas. I looked forward to every Thursday. I never knew what I was going to get! Although I didn't shake hands with a farmer each week, I could easily find information about the farm and its practices.

Here are a few simple ways you can help farmers:

  • Join a food cooperative in your neighbourhood and start a buying club. See an Ontario example.
  • Check out a local farmers' market near you. (Here's a B.C. list.)
  • Find a Community Supported Agriculture program near you in provinces like Alberta, B.C. and Ontario.
  • Participate in agri-tourism in your area. (Check out Alberta, B.C. and Ontario.)
  • Shop at the farm gate or book a farm tour for your family or co-workers.

Tell us what you've learned from a farmer. We're giving out fabulous prizes for the Facebook comment with the most "likes." You could win a copy of two great DVD movies! Food Inc. includes interviews with a handful of American farmers. No Impact Man the movie is Colin Beavan's quest to lower his footprint, which entails finding out where his food comes from.

What have you learned from a farmer?

Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green

October 9, 2010

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Sep 14, 2011
5:54 PM

i believe that the gene modifications corporations should be subject to new laws and licensing requirements. they should be downgraded to the status of co-operatives, without the opportunity to utilize patents, rather given only extendable copyright status. they should enable other "sister" nations to reverse engineer their efforts, and utilize the potential of the united nations to model, the effects, and referee. hopefully this would prevent reversion of genotypes to ancestral forms due to experimental stresses. i assume also that the tremendous waste of time energy, and attention spans could be averted. an example: after gene experimentation, was it not the apriori conditions of such, that could have given rise to recall of marketed crops, due to e-coli contamination. also people with round-up ready organisms in their bodies, after eating soy products. in the us, new efforts to curtail consumption of vitamin supplements?

Oct 09, 2010
5:14 PM

Dear helpers, i live in Chateauguay, Qc, J6K 3W7, where can i find my bio veg.? I will love to eat fresh food. I thank you in advance, truly yours Cristina. LOVE YOUR WORK, BRAVO!!!!!!!

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