I’ve always wanted to know where the food I eat comes from. Not just where it is grown, but how and by whom. It’s important I know my food is healthy and has been grown by farmers who respect the earth. Unfortunately, plagued with a climate crisis and trade wars, our farmers are struggling now more than ever to make a living and continue to grow crops and raise animals, all the while maintaining a focus on sustainability.
Sustainable food is defined as healthy for consumers and produced in a humane, ecologically benign, socially responsible and economically fair way. Healthy food should promote or sustain good health and be grown without the use of pesticides. Finding healthy food can be challenging, especially in areas where it is difficult to buy affordable or good quality fresh food. These “food deserts” provide lower income households with food, but with fewer, healthy options.
Healthy food should promote or sustain good health and be grown without the use of pesticides.
A recent article and video on CNN addresses the ways farmers are trying to farm differently, with examples of carbon farming, an initiative with the hoped for results of storing carbon in the landscape. One farmer has taken on the job of devoting some of his land to wild prairie. This enables him to store carbon, somewhat costly now, but perhaps better for him in the future and for generations to come. It may be too late to leave the land as we found it, but not too late for politicians, corporate America, farmers, and consumers to pull together and change how food is produced and consumed. Reading this article may inspire you to reconsider how and what you eat and, in that way, send a message for change.