A Fresh Look at Farming

12 Jul

Today my article on FarmStart was posted in the Globe and Mail Report on Business website, hopefully offering readers not only the nudge to think about joining a Community Supported Agriculture program but also a fresh look at where our food comes from.  What I really like about FarmStart and its many interesting stories is the fact that it shows how small-scale organic farming can be as viable in North America as it is in Brazil or Indonesia. When you think about it, it makes sense that pieces of land around cities be set aside for organic farming. It not only preserves green spaces but has the potential to bring tons of healthy, delicious produce to the urban table. Have a read, and then have a look for the Farmers’ Market nearest your house — and, at the same time, give agri-business the cold shoulder by choosing local and organic.

(And if you would like to support FarmStart, a non-profit organization, check out their annual Harvest Table fundraiser this fall with meals prepared from its bounty by top Toronto chefs.)

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3 Responses to “A Fresh Look at Farming”

  1. Gwyn Bellefontaine July 13, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    I really liked your article in the Globe and Mail today and I wanted to let you know so I went to your blog site and read your blog. Then I was turned off by your snub of agribusiness in your last paragraph. Giving agribusiness the cold shoulder? If your organic farmers in Toronto are making money, then they are contributing to agribusiness.
    All farmers, whether they are in the country or the city, Charlottetown or Toronto, organic or conventional, are providing food to their communities and Canadians as part of their business, which is agriculture.

    • The Global Kiosk July 13, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

      Gwyn, I am referring to large multinational corporations that farm thousands of acres at a time when I use the word agribusiness, not people involved in the business of agriculture. And I do maintain that these companies — by consolidating production, using all kinds of pesticides, eating up government subsidies and, certainly in the developing world, evicting small-holders from their land — are a problem.

  2. The Global Kiosk July 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    But thanks for your comments!

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