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Food Security- Local Food Movements

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Jessica Marsh

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Transcript of Food Security- Local Food Movements

A Guide to becoming a Locavore
By Jessica Marsh Why do it?
What's in Season? Eat Seasonally Local Organizations Meat
Sustainable practices
Local Food Security Food Farm & Sustainability Getting Involved Past
The Future of Food Where does Our Food Come from? Sustainable
Food Edmonton Working together to ensure everyone in the Edmonton region participates and benefits from an equitable and ecologically sound food system; we raise awareness through education and initiate programs and projects that result in communities engaged in healthy food and a healthy planet. It's healthier.
It's more cost-effective.
You'll enjoy a greater variety of ingredients.
It's better for the environment.
It's more delicious! Why Eat Seasonally? When produce is grown in its proper season, under the appropriate growing conditions, it exhibits all of its natural nutrients. Studies have shown that some crops can have up to three times more nutrients when grown in season. Seasonal fruits and vegetables don't have to endure as much travel, so they don't lose those vital nutrients. It's simple, really. Food is easier to grow in its proper season, making it more abundant, less time-intensive, and more affordable for consumers. Often there will be specials on seasonal produce, because there is simply too much of it, and it needs to be used up! Expand your culinary repertoire to include whatever is abundant during the current season, and you'll most likely be pleasantly surprised with the results. You may find that you actually love a certain vegetable that you never would have tried before, and you'll learn to appreciate each ingredient even more. Seasonal vegetables don't have to travel as far to reach their destinations, reducing the amount of fuel needed to transport them. What's more is that those out-of-season ingredients often undergo chemical washes and wax coatings in order to keep during the long journey. Seasonal eating greatly reduces the need for these practices, while reducing your carbon footprint. A reduced carbon footprint, health benefits, and cost reduction are all great reasons to eat seasonally. But let's face it, at the end of the day, we all just want to eat delicious food. The good news is that food grown in season is significantly more delicious than food grown out of season. The flavors are stronger and more developed, the textures are as they were meant to be, and you end up appreciating them more. Live Local
Alberta Live Local is a new non-profit organization that brings together groups and individuals who are committed to encouraging people to eat, dine, shop and experience everything our region has to offer. We’re here to help communities and independent businesses thrive and connect. The
Alberta Farmer's Market Association Eating Local in Alberta

Farmers' Markets are one of the best ways to find local products. On our website you can find the markets in your region and find more info about the vendors who sell at those markets.

You can also go straight to the farm. For a great listing of information on local farms around the province go to the Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association.

Eat out! Dine Alberta has a list of restaurants
across the province that serve local fare. When you eat local, you’re enjoying food the way it was meant to be eaten – food that was grown and produced close to home, on some of the best agricultural land in the world

Locally-grown food is fresher than food that has been imported from distant corners of the world, and its flavour, nutrition and quality reflects that freshness. It also doesn’t come with the carbon footprint that food shipped by plane, train and automobile does.

Here in Alberta we’re home to a community of artisan food producers and manufacturers who are renowned for their innovative products and commitment to quality. From handcrafted chocolates, luscious ice creams and golden honey, to spicy sausages, tangy sauces and fully-prepared meals, Alberta’s food producers offer unbeatable quality and variety.

Eating local is also a great way to support our local food system, and make sure our dollars support local farmers, producers and manufacturers who contribute to Alberta’s rural and urban economies. Locavoria support local farmers/gardeners/bakers
have local food that is sustainable and certified organic/or in the process of being certified/or using organic growing methods
access local food from the Edmonton area outside of the market hours
buy from farmers whose products aren’t readily available. www.locavoriaedmonton.com Our producers email us with a list of what they have available and at what price
We send this list to the members
The members send in their order. We forward this to the producers.
The producers deliver the produce to us. We pay the producers when they deliver.
The members pay for and pick up their order Wednesday afternoon.
There are three pick up locations in Edmonton (southeast, northwest, university area). Providing a link between the farmer and the consumer The
Organic Box Weekly or bi-weekly, members of The Organic Box receive a delivery of seasonal organic fruits and vegetables from local and non-local organic farms and distributors. The Organic Box is dedicated to providing you with quality organic produce and creating relationships between the growers and our membership. "We want our members to feel engaged within their food community, and for them to know where their food comes from".

You able to enjoy the convenience of having food delivered to your door, food produced in a sustainable way and has had the lowest possible impact on our environment and health".


Local Food, Local Production, Local Delivery Slow Food
Edmonton Slow Food Edmonton is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to supporting and celebrating the food traditions of Edmonton and Northern Alberta. From animal breeds and heirloom varieties of seeds, fruits and vegetables to handcrafted wine and beer, farmhouse cheeses and other artisan products; these foods are a part of our cultural identity. They reflect generations of commitment to the land and devotion to the processes that yield the greatest achievements in taste. These foods, and the communities that produce and depend on them, are constantly at risk of succumbing to the effects of the fast life, which manifests itself through the industrialization and standardization of our food supply and degradation of our farmland. By reviving the pleasures of the table, and using our tastebuds as our guides, Slow Food Edmonton believes that our food heritage can be saved. Just Food Edmonton Just Food Edmonton is a group of concerned individuals and organizations working together to network food security agencies in the Capital Region Our mandate is: To help organizations in the Capital Region increase food security by:
- Acting as an authority and knowledge broker with respect to food security in the Edmonton region.
- Increasing awareness of the relationships between food security and hunger, poverty, health, environment, economy and social justice.
- Initiating food security projects in the Edmonton region.
- Providing education, resources and support for food security projects.
- Co-ordinating the efforts of individuals, groups and organizations involved in food security.
- Being a voice for food security in the Edmonton region. http://justfoodedm.wordpress.com/ www.kevinkossowan.com It seems that in our busy life of fast food and convenience, many people have become so disconnected from their food, they don’t know where their food actually comes from (or what it is made of!). Sustainability and waste of resources.
More than 70 percent of the grains and cereals we grow go to feed animals. If that food were to go to humans instead, it would be enough to feed everyone in the world. Another fact: half the water used in the United States and nearly 80 percent of the land are used to raise animals. Eating animals causes global warming.
A major report by the University of Chicago in 2006 found that adopting a vegan diet has a greater impact in the fight against global warming than switching to a hybrid car does. Worker rights.

The fast line speeds, dirty killing floors, and lack of training make animal-processing plants some of the most dangerous places to work in America today. Nearly one in three slaughterhouse workers suffers from illness or injury every year, compared to one in 10 workers in other manufacturing jobs. The rate of repetitive stress injury for slaughterhouse employees is 35 times higher than it is for those with other manufacturing jobs. World hunger.

Land, water and other resources that could be used to feed humans are being used to grow crops for farmed animals instead. Crops that could be used to feed the hungry are instead being used to fatten farm animals raised for food.

Eating meat is inherently inefficient, as it takes 16 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of flesh. And because the industrial world is exporting grain to developing countries and importing the meat that is produced with it, farmers who are trying to feed themselves are being driven off their land.
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