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Community Challenges – High Unemployment – Crime – Food Quality Issues – National Health Crisis – Food Availability & Accessibility Disparities http://www.southbendtribune.com Tribune Photos/JIM RIDER – Donut Communities
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.”
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
Source: Heller and Keoleian. Life Cycle-Based Sustainability Indicators for Assessment of the U.S. Food System. 2000.
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)
Food miles ecolabel example. Source: Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Source: Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
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
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 http://www.energybulletin.net/5045.html
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
OpportunitiesPeople with more time,seeking to provide forthemselves and theirfamiliesCommunity andneighborhoodorganizingIncreased interest inlocal, fresh food
OpportunitiesGrow Your OwnStock up on seasonalbountySupport local farmersFarmers MarketExtension Offices
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
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
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
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
We each have the ability to bring change tothe system through our food choices. We can change the world with every bite.
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)
Local ResourcesCLAY BOTTOM FARM11434 CR 34Goshen, IN firstname.lastname@example.orgInternship 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.
Local Resources ELKHART LOCAL FOOD ALLIANCE http://elkhartlocalfoodalliance.blogspot.com 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.
Local ResourcesElkhart Farmer’s MarketWoodlawn Nature Center Farmer’s Market
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
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.
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