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Streeters and Organic Foods

While diving into the depths of research for one of my blog posts, I cam across this streeters video.  since we’re doing a streeters video for class and the topic is very relevant, I figure I’d share!!

EDRD*3050 blog 1: “sustainable” food
September 11, 2008, 6:21 pm
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Sometime last year I was approached on campus to participate in a survey about agriculture and farming practices. Initially I was drawn to the survey because it involved a voucher good for 5 dollars worth of food at any on-campus cafeteria. The survey did more than satisfy my hunger that day. It made me think more critically about where my food comes from and how it is produced. Organic farming and “sustainable food” versus conventional farming methods was the underlying theme of the survey. Sometime later an article in the newspaper reminded me of the survey I’d participated in. It outlined the provincial criteria that defined organic from conventional products. Sustainable food is, for all intents and purposes, locally produced organic products. Local Food Plus (LPF) is a non-profit organization lobbying and pushing the general public to accept sustainable food as the norm in Ontario. As defined in the article in the Toronto Star, organic crops and produce are those free from genetic modification (e.g. round-up ready crops) and farmed without the use of fungicides, herbicides and/or pesticides. Organic animal products are taken from at least partially free-range animals who are raised on organic feed not fortified with hormones, antibiotics and/or animal by-products. But when is enough, enough? Is sustainable food realistically viable in the Ontario food economy? Despite being a more environmentally sound choice, sustainable food still is more expensive and cannot meet the demand for product. The more labour-intensive farming practices involved with organic agriculture cannot compete with the yield and time-efficiency of conventional farming methods. As concerned citizens, we can make conscious efforts to improve our habits as consumers, such as buying locally, but at some point, we have to give a little to get a little. We need to trust our farmers that their conventional products are reliable, safe food choices.

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