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presenation at Elkhart Environmental Center 3-8-12

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  • YOUR DIET IMPACTS ENVIRONMENT MORE THAN YOUR CAR  13 PERCENT = The percentage of greenhouse gases created by all trucks, SUVs, cars, airplanes, trains and other transportation. 18 PERCENT = The amount of greenhouse gases created by livestock production. (Source: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report “Livestock’s Long Shadow “) Food system account for almost 16% of total U.S. energy consumption 400 gallons of oil to feed each person (not incl. pkg., refridg., transport) “ oily food” - 1:10 ratio (food:oil caloric energy) FOOD SECURITY Despite the appearance of an endless bounty of food, it is a fragile bounty, dependent upon the integrity of the global oil production, refining and delivery system. …There are precious little reserves of either food or seeds to sustain any protracted interruption.
  • While reduced fossil fuel energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions are benefits to organic farming, these are often overshadowed by the environmental damage of long distance transport. Organic products that are transported long distances, particularly when distribution is by plane, are almost as damaging as their conventional air freighted counterparts. Highly processed and packaged organic foodstuffs have an added adverse environmental impact.
  • -Food Counts – compiled by Lena Rotenburg
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    • 1. Eat Green Save GreenGood for your budgetGood for your health Good for the planet
    • 2. Community Challenges – High Unemployment – Crime – Food Quality Issues – National Health Crisis – Food Availability & Accessibility Disparities Tribune Photos/JIM RIDER – Donut Communities
    • 3. Reconsidering the Notion Of “Cheap” Food“The food system is now a significant contributor to climate change. Reducing the carbon dioxide emissions from food production, processing and distribution by minimizing the distance between producer and consumer should be a critical part of any strategy to mitigate global warming.”
    • 4. Cutting Planetary Food CostsReducing meat consumption to2 ounces per day is roughlyequivalent to doubling yourvehicles fuel efficiency(United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report “Livestock’s LongShadow”) Go vegetarian & cut your CO2 contribution by 1.5 tons a year! Univ. of Chicago study Improving Health
    • 5. Source: Heller and Keoleian. Life Cycle-Based Sustainability Indicators for Assessment of the U.S. Food System. 2000.
    • 6. It takes 400 gallons of oil to feed each person each yearThe return on our oil investment? caloric energy ratio of 1:10 (food:oil)
    • 7. Food miles ecolabel example. Source: Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
    • 8. Source: Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
    • 9. Reconsidering the Notion Of “Cheap” Food“Passive How fresh is it?consumers …buy How pure or clean is it?what they want – How free of dangerousor what they have chemicals?been persuaded to How far was itwant – within the transported?limits of what they What did transportationcan get….they add to the cost?mostly ignore How has manufacturedcertain critical or “processed” orquestions about “precooked” foodthe quality and the affected its quality orcost of what they price or nutritionalare sold… value? -Wendell Berry, The Pleasures of Eating
    • 10. Organic or Not – Does it Matter?• Less fossil fuel consumption (for the manufacture and supply of pesticides, feedstuffs, fertilizers, and machinery) and greenhouse gas emissions than conventional systems. • Chemical additives used in the growing process account for half of the energy input in conventional potato production and up to 80 per cent of the energy consumed in some vegetable crops. • From Why Our Food is So Dependent on Oil by Norman Church , available at
    • 11. Prepare your own food Number of items sold in 2003 in a typical US supermarket: 30,000; Number of multinational food and beverage companies that produced half these items: 10Average number of minutes per day each member of a marriedcouple spent shopping, preparing food, and cleaning up: In1985: 87.5 minutes;In 2003: 47.5 minutes
    • 12. OpportunitiesPeople with more time,seeking to provide forthemselves and theirfamiliesCommunity andneighborhoodorganizingIncreased interest inlocal, fresh food
    • 13. OpportunitiesGrow Your OwnStock up on seasonalbountySupport local farmersFarmers MarketExtension Offices
    • 14. Start a GardenEconomic support for As a neighborhoodneighborhood social networking,residents meeting, and play space for all ages,Community Service races, classesProject Decrease crimeYouth entrepreneurialexperience Raise property valuesNeighborhoodbeautification – more Help residents takegreen space ownership of their neighborhoodEducationalopportunity for all Good Health: fresh,ages local food, recreation and socialization
    • 15. Benefits Produces nutritious food Reduces family food budgets Stimulates social interaction Conserves ResourcesCreates income opportunities & economic development Reduces CrimeEncourages self-reliance Preserves green space &Provides a catalyst forneighborhood and community Beautifies neighborhoodsdevelopment
    • 16. The vision for the UnityGardens is to have acommunity with anabundance of healthy,locally grown produce.Mission ~ To improve community health:• Physically by increasing accessibility of fruits and vegetables as well as providing education on nutrition and food preparation.• Socially by providing access to healthy food and opportunities for the disadvantaged• Economically: by developing a sustainable local food system, recapturing food waste, creating new jobs, and increasing per- capita productivity
    • 17. Carry Out Food Ideas Reduce your carbon footprint Enjoy fresher, healthier food Support local farmersKeep your money in the communityKnow where your food comes from
    • 18. We each have the ability to bring change tothe system through our food choices. We can change the world with every bite.
    • 19. Local Resources The 2012 Summer CSA will comprise 20 weeks of pick-ups, from the first full week of June to the third full week of October. Our start date is scheduled to be Monday, June 6th. Pricing for CSA Summer Shares: Full Share -- $550 Half Share -- $300 Work Shares available Pickup Locations: We will have pickups this season at the following locations-- Elkhart (Rise Up Farms), Elkhart (Jubilee House - near Roosevelt Primary School), and South Bend (Purple Porch Co-op)
    • 20. Local ResourcesCLAY BOTTOM FARM11434 CR 34Goshen, IN 46528www.claybottomfarm.comclaybottomfarm@gmail.comInternship program Hands-on learning experience in all aspects of organic foodproduction. Basic housing, plenty of great produce, and a $50 stipend provided inexchange for four days (32 hrs)/wk. of your help.CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Shares in summer contain about $28 worthof vegetables and $13 of fruit (varies throughout season.) That’s an average of $1.50per day per person for a family of four.
    • 21. Local Resources ELKHART LOCAL FOOD ALLIANCE Goal: To cultivate community and create food security through a variety of interactive program; to create food security by having greater control over and knowledge about where and how our food is grown, particularly by using space in our own neighborhoods to grow food for ourselves and our neighbors, and; to increase access to nutritious food and education about good food choices in all neighborhoods.Currently working with the Historic Roosevelt Neighborhood Association andtenants at the Roosevelt Center to begin a neighborhood garden on site.Prairie Street Mennonite Church (PSMC) has given ELFA yard space surroundingJubilee House (the voluntary service household, owned by PSMC) to install aneighborhood demonstration/teaching garden, based on permaculture designprinciples.ELFA is collaborating with the Summer Academy program at the Roosevelt Center,and with local 4-H leaders and staff to offer educational programs to youth andchildren, as well as with Michiana Master Gardeners and the Elkhart EnvironmentalCenter to provide workshops for people of all ages.
    • 22. Local Resources
    • 23. Local ResourcesElkhart Farmer’s MarketWoodlawn Nature Center Farmer’s Market
    • 24. Local ResourcesCOMMUNITY GARDENSThe City of Elkharts Environmental Division has established 2 community gardens atselected sites throughout the city and oversee the majority of the maintenance andcoordination of the gardening activities. Hudson-Sterling Elkhart Airport Elkhart Environmental Center Elkhart Airport Community Garden Since 1997
    • 25. Reading & ResourcesBOOKSFood Not Lawns -H.K. FloresThe SUV in the Pantry Purdue Extension -Thomas Starrs Elkhart County Master GardenersThe Pleasures of Eating Buying Clubs -Wendell BerryAnimal, Vegetable, Miracle -Barbara Kingsolver Your Ideas/Suggestions?In Defense of Food/FoodRules/Omnivore’s Dilemma -Michael PollanFILMSFreshDirt!Food, Inc.
    • 26. Yeo Dairy
    • 27. Yeo Valley Ad LYRICSThe sun is up, YEO VALLEY, YEO VALLEYthe milk is chilled, We change the game, it will never be the sameits going to be a good one. YEO VALLEY, YEO VALLEY,Yo, yo. Big up ya chest, represent the WestYo, Im rollin in my Massey on a summers day, This isnt fictional farming, its realer than real,chugging cold milk while Im baling hay. you wont find milk maidens, thats no longer theYeo Valleys approach is common sense, deal.harmony in nature takes precedence. Im in my wax coat n boots, Im proper farmerMy rides my pride thats why you never see it Giles,dirty, now look, you urban folks done stole our style.and I love it here man, thats why Im never Im not a city dweller, me I like to keep it country,leavin early. the air is clean and all those cars wont make meIm looking good in my cap and my shirt, jumpy.Im representing for the West so hard it hurts. Its different strokes for different folks, my man, Just enjoy the results with what we do with theYeah. land.We make this look easy Check out Daisy shes a proper cow,cause were proper modern with this farmin, a pedigree Fresian with know how.believe me. Her and her girls they got their own names,Wind turbines are shining, baby, We treat them good, they give us the cream.its solar farming no buts no maybes.Here were down with the soil association YEO VALLEY, YEO VALLEYand we do lots of what? Conservation! We change the game, it will never be the sameSustain, maintain, it aint no thing, YEO VALLEY, YEO VALLEY,We set the bar, real leaders by far. Big up ya chest, represent the West