Kentucky And The State Of Food

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Kentucky And The State Of Food

  1. 1. Mason Roberts<br />Executive Director – Louisville Grows<br />mason.roberts@louisvillegrows.org<br />Kentucky and The State of Food<br />
  2. 2. On the way to my mom’s house near Meade County<br />
  3. 3. Healthy Food<br />Healthy Life<br />What we eat not only affects the health of us and our children but also our community and environment<br />
  4. 4. Child Obesity & Foodborne Illnesses<br />1/3 of Children and Adolescents<br />Americans in general<br />76 million are sickened<br />325,000 are hospitalized<br />5,000 die each year from foodborneillnesses<br />The Center for Disease Control and Prevention<br />
  5. 5. Food Industry Diseases<br />Perfect Breeding ground for diseases<br /><ul><li>E-Coli
  6. 6. Mad Cow Disease
  7. 7. Swine Flu</li></ul>Lives aren’t the only cost – millions of dollars lost from recalls<br />
  8. 8. Close Quarters<br />10 billion animals are raised and killed in the US in a way that is detrimental to:<br />Workers<br />Communities<br />The environment<br />Creates new strains<br />Increases resistance to antibiotics<br />
  9. 9. Waste Pools – Disease Breeding Ground<br />Lots of animals = Lots of animal waste<br />In times of heavy rain, this waste is spread over crops to avoid spill-over<br />
  10. 10. Self-Inflicted Diseases<br />Pesticides and hormones<br />Autism<br />Cancer<br />Parkinson<br />Neurological disorders <br />Small Diversified Farms use Less Chemicals, are More Efficient, and have Less Animal Diseases<br />
  11. 11. Industrial Farms:<br />Local Diversified Farms:<br />More oil for pesticides and medicines<br />Transportation from far away farms<br />On average 1500 miles<br />Less pesticides and medicines<br />Close to home, less driving<br />Oil and Climate Change<br />
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  13. 13. Total Control of the Supply Chain<br />The Large Agribusinesses own:<br /><ul><li>Pesticide Resistant Seeds
  14. 14. Pesticides
  15. 15. Method of Production
  16. 16. Money
  17. 17. Legislation
  18. 18. Research</li></ul>--The Farmers--<br />
  19. 19. Stats:<br />2 Companies control 58% of the Corn Seed Market <br />(DuPont and Monsanto)<br />3 Companies control 90% of the Corn Market <br />(Archer Daniels Midland, Bunge and Cargill)<br />3 Companies control 90% of the Beef Industry <br />(JBS Swift, Tyson, Cargill)<br />
  20. 20. Your dollar is a vote<br />*Buy local organic*<br />*Support a CSA*<br />*Grow your food*<br />An Option<br />
  21. 21. Do it often and everywhere<br />Tell your principal<br />Buy at Farmers Markets<br />Cook large meals and take the leftovers to work<br />Pack your kid’s lunch<br />Eat raw foods<br />Demand Local Foods<br />
  22. 22. CSA = Community Supported Agriculture<br />Inexpensive way to support a farmer<br />It’s like having someone to shop for you and your family<br />Support a CSA<br />
  23. 23. www.louisvillecsa.com<br />Alazza&apos;s Farm <br />Sulphur, KY<br />Barr Farms <br /> 2440 PophamRd, Rhodelia, KY 40161 <br />Earth&apos;s Promise Farm <br /> 4306 Mt Eden Rd., Shelbyville, KY 40065 <br />Facing West Farm <br /> Campbellsburg, KY 40011 <br />Family Farm Project Cooperative, CSA <br /> P.O. Box 342, Bedford, KY 40006 <br />Field 51 Produce <br /> 1205 S Buckeye Lane, Goshen, KY 40026 <br />Field Day Family Farm <br />Oxmoor, Louisville, KY 40205<br />Fox Hollow Farm <br /> 8903 Highway 329, Crestwood, KY 40014 <br />Garey Farms <br />5151 Lexington Rd, Paris, KY 40361 <br />Grasshoppers Distribution <br /> 1501 Portland Avenue, Louisville, KY 40203 <br />Harmony Fields Farm <br /> 5686 FinchvilleRd. Shelbyville, KY 40065 <br />Misty Meadows Farm <br />Somewhere Special <br /> 7635 Lawrenceburg Road, Chaplin , KY 40012 <br />Tenacity Farm <br /> 7786 Hwy 55, Campbellsburg, KY 40011 <br />Finger Picking Farms <br /> 885 Rose Dr NE, Palmyra, IN 47164 <br />
  24. 24. We’ve Got a Lot - 25<br />www.louisvilleky.gov/Health/MHHM/2009FarmersMarkets.htm<br />
  25. 25. Start a Garden<br />Call Metro 311 or 574-5000<br />
  26. 26. Why Gardens are Great<br />Creates food security<br />Supports local economies<br />Provides environmental rehabilitation<br />Fosters community relationships<br />Allows for community beatification<br />Offers recreation and relaxation<br />
  27. 27. Contact Us:<br />Mason.roberts@lousivillegrows.org<br />Visit us:<br />Lousivillegrows.org<br />Thanks So Much<br />

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