Farm to Table Pittsburgh - Eat Local Food


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Learn how eating local food can benefit your health, the environment and your local economy and community.

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Farm to Table Pittsburgh - Eat Local Food

  1. 1.  Part of Pathways toSmartCare WellnessProgram Corporate wellnessprograms, health events,annual conference2
  2. 2. Local vs. OrganicLocal vs. Industrial Farming4
  3. 3. Meldick FarmNear Warren, PA5
  4. 4. Crowdedconditions lead topoor nutrition &increase use ofhormones andantibiotics6
  5. 5. Get back to the basicsConvenience food has becomethe food of choice.We have been taught bymarketers that cooking isdrudgery7
  6. 6. CornVegetable OilMaltodextrin (corn)Cheddar CheeseSaltWheyMonosodium GlutamateCorn FlourDisodium InosinateDisodium Guanylate“Natural Flavors”8
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  8. 8. Only eat what has a mother and father!Fake foods initiate an immune responseSet a goal for 1 week of only eating local ornatural foods and see how you feelDrink lots of water to flush toxins10
  9. 9. The amount of energyused to get food from theFarm toYour Table It is estimated that the averageAmerican meal travels about 1500 milesto get from farm to plate. It can take up to 2 weeks for produceimported outside of the U.S. to reachyour grocery store. By that time,vitamins, minerals & antioxidants havebeen shown to decrease during storage,shipping and grocery store displayperiods.12
  10. 10. Smaller scale farming lends itself toless intrusive methods.Preserving Farm landPromoting bio-diversity13
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  14. 14. $1 spent at corporate chain $1 spent at local business15% reinvested locally 45% reinvested locally17
  15. 15.  Growing direct to consumer sales reflect a growingtrend and body of knowledge about local food: up 49%from 2002-2007 The number of farmers’ markets rose to 5,274 in 2009,up from 2,756 in 1998 and 1,755 in 1994, according toUSDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. Consumers who value high-quality foods produced withlow environmental impact are willing to pay more forlocally produced food.18
  16. 16. Empirical research has found that expandinglocal food systems in a community can increaseemployment and income in that community.19
  17. 17. DistributionMarketingConsultingMachinerySuppliesConsumersProcessorsInvestors20
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  19. 19. Creating a strong local foodsystem can support thecommunity during natural orman-made disastersBuild a strong system now whilewe have the ability23
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  22. 22.  The number of farm to school programs, which uselocal farms as food suppliers for school mealsprograms, increased to 2,095 in 2009, up from 400 in2004 and 2 in the 1996-97 school year, according tothe National Farm to School Network. Community Food Security WIC Program – Farmers Market Vouchers Senior Farmers Market Vouchers26
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  24. 24. Become a part of thesolutionCapitalize on theopportunities withinthe local food systemInvest in theopportunity29
  25. 25. Share the costs of a CSA with employeesGet rid of your vending machineProvide fruit baskets in break roomsSupport a Community Garden30
  26. 26. Get local food in our schoolsHelp Restaurants access local foodVacant Lots for Urban Gardening31
  27. 27. Ask your favorite grocery store tocarry local foodsVisit the Farmers Market this summerGrow your own vegetable and herbgardenShare with your friends and neighbors32
  28. 28. Changeyourpriorities33
  29. 29. Back to the Start34
  30. 30.  County, PA)35