Bringing Food Home

February 1, 2013 at 2:08 am 1 comment

You may well wonder how a drought in Russia is connected to your personal finances. But when you consider how much of the food we buy at the supermarket is derived from grains, and that almost all the food in the supermarket is produced by a handful of large international corporations that buy grains on the open market, it isn’t hard to connect the dots and see that as climate change affects the world’s grain production capacity, food prices the world over, including your food prices, will go up.

Corn, for example, is used as a sweetener, starch, oil, filler, stabilizer, binder, and colouring agent, as well as a main ingredient, and is used to add texture and clarity to the food-like substances we eat. It is in most processed foods. Even more importantly, it is largely used for livestock feed, making meat, eggs, and milk produced by industrial agriculture dependent on corn.

So what happens when drought reduces the world’s grain production in a given year? See Global grain stocks drop dangerously low as 2012 consumption exceeded production.

A return to a more local food production in the Cornwall area would create greater resilience in the face of climate change. From supporting farmers who pasture-raise their animals, to shopping at farmers’ markets, to growing our own food in our backyards, and to encouraging our local institutions to buy local foods, we can create a local food system that ensures we all have enough real, nutritious food to eat.

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Entry filed under: Climate, Food, Relocalization.

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  • 1. Barbara Bickell  |  February 24, 2013 at 4:24 am

    I am very alarmed about something that can affect me, and you, and all of the people in your area.

    As you quite probably know there is a proposal, in the Port Hope
    area, to build a huge plant to burn waste. We all know how
    important it is to manage the ever-increasing amounts of waste
    that we generate, so my first reaction was very positive.

    What has frightened me very much is the potential harm that this
    plant could cause to my health, to the health of my children, and
    astonishingly to your personal health and to the health of all
    the people who live around you. Although you may be at some
    distance from this plant, the scary truth is that it has the
    potential to damage food crops and animals and to shorten your life.
    And it’s certainly not going to help tourism, once word gets out.

    I don’t want to sound like a crank, there is lots of evidence to
    support what I’m saying and I can supply you with references to
    that, if you want. For now, though, I really wish you would at
    least take a look at this, just to protect your own interests and
    the people you care about. After all, you are downwind from this.

    Here’s a link to one website that expresses the same concerns that I
    have and provides facts about this:
    http://www.phr4mwr.ca/health-concerns/

    Please, perhaps you could send an email to Mayor Thompson of Port Hope to express your concern? (mayor@porthope.ca)

    Thank you for your attention to this. It’s not as if we can all just
    hold our breath.

    Like

    Reply

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