Louisville Grows - Local Foods

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Louisville Grows - Local Foods

  1. 1. By: Paige Battcher, Operations Director, Louisville Grows. Copyright 2011 ©
  2. 2. Fulbright Thailand – More than Teaching Thirty-five baht – approximately one U.S. dollar –paid for an entire meal of whole foods in Thailand with no additives, no pre-formulated nutrient combinations, only foods grown on this Earth.
  3. 3. Fulbright Thailand – More than Just Eating Harvesting rice with my students
  4. 4. Choose One
  5. 5. No Really, Choose One
  6. 7. Why is it important?
  7. 8. Environmental Concerns <ul><li>Food travels on average 1,500 miles to the shelves of our large conglomerate grocery stores </li></ul><ul><li>Significantly more inputs are needed today for the same yield </li></ul><ul><li>Soil erosion </li></ul><ul><li>Peak Oil </li></ul>
  8. 9. Economic Concerns / Global Security <ul><li>Global and local hunger, even with an abundance of food </li></ul><ul><li>Food Aid programs are beginning to evolve </li></ul><ul><li>Food Supply Controlled by a Handful of Companies </li></ul><ul><li>Louisville and regional Farmers </li></ul><ul><li>Unemployment </li></ul><ul><li>Restaurants and other viable businesses </li></ul>
  9. 10. Economic <ul><li>“ Most people in charge of Western government or foundation aid-programmes concentrate on the ‘technological fix’ for attacking hunger. Though this approach invariably fails, it is much safer for the planners. Otherwise, they would have to confront the political and social constraints on food production and distribution. </li></ul><ul><li>They might even have to recognize that agrarian reform and redistribution of power are necessary to eliminate hunger. Since their bosses and the local elites they support are in no mood to entertain such notions, development planners have little choice. Technology it is. Convention also holds that anything which increases production is good. Such questions as ‘Production for whom?’, ‘By whom?’, are not asked.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Food for Beginners ; Susan George and Nigel Paige. The University Press, Oxford; 1982. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Health & Wellbeing
  11. 12. Health & Wellbeing <ul><li>Foodborne Illness </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>76 Million are sickened (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Breeding Grounds for Disease </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E-coli, Mad Cow disease, Swine Flu </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Pesticides and Hormones </li></ul><ul><li>Transgenic Crops, GMO </li></ul><ul><li>Industrialized Processes </li></ul>
  12. 13. Long-term Health <ul><li>Industrial Farming is </li></ul><ul><li>Giving us Less Nutritious Food </li></ul><ul><li>The commercially grown vegetables, fruits and grains that we are eating today are significantly less nutritious than these foods were 100 years ago, or even just 30 years ago. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Source: USDA </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Economic Stability
  14. 16. Farmers Markets <ul><li>http://www.louisvillecsa.com/csa/marketlist.aspx </li></ul>
  15. 17. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) <ul><li>LouisvilleCSA.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=68400228840 </li></ul>
  16. 18. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) <ul><li>http://www.ecovian.com/s/louisville-co/csa-food-delivery </li></ul>
  17. 19. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) <ul><li>http://www.grasshoppersdistribution.com/csa.html </li></ul>
  18. 20. Urban Agriculture in Louisville
  19. 21. LouisvilleGrows.org
  20. 22. Grow It! Grow Food! Community Garden at the University of Louisville
  21. 23. Seriously, You Can Grow Food! The steps leading up to my apartment building. Tubs with holes drilled in the bottom for drainage. Enough lettuce harvested for a dozen salads. Yum!

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