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"A healthy farm culture can be based only upon familiarity and can grow only among a people soundly established upon the land; it nourishes and safeguards human intelligence of the earth that no amount of technology can satisfactorily replace. The growth of such a culture was once a strong possibility in the farm communities of this country. We now have only the sad remnants of those communities. If we allow another generation to pass without doing what is necessary to enhance and embolden the possibility now perishing with them, we will lose it altogether. And then we will not only invoke calamity&emdash;we will deserve it."
-- Wendell Berry

The future of our food supply is in our hands. Each action we take in deciding which foods to buy, grow, or eat creates a very different future for ourselves and the Earth. In our highly urbanized society, we are far removed from the sources and origins of the food on our table as we line up in supermarkets to buy slickly packaged foods about which we know very little. But when we actively connect to our local food system, we regain a lost connection with how our food is grown. We can do this by asking stores and restaurants to carry locally-grown foods, buying foods directly from farmers, and even visiting the farms in our region.To ultimately succeed in transforming our food system, we must initiate a campaign to promote a new vision of our agriculture that embraces ecological protection and social justice--a campaign to promote an agriculture and a food consciousness that is "Organic and Beyond."

The Organic and Beyond Campaign

To fulfill this vision, the Center for Food Safety created the Organic & Beyond™ campaign, a broad coalition of environmental and agricultural organizations working to promote safe and healthy food systems. As its name implies, the Organic & Beyond campaign seeks to maintain strong national organic standards and to promote agriculture that is local, small-scale and familiy operated, biologically diverse, humane to animals, and socially just. The ultimate goal of this campaign is to replace the industrial agriculture model with a new vision of farming and the natural world.

Creating A New Food Future

The new agrarian consciousness advocated in the Organic & Beyond™ campaign seeks to reestablish our relationships with nature, the farmer, and the land. Yet we cannot do this if we remain food "consumers," destroying and wasting our lands and farm communities. We must learn to be "creators," and truly see and understand that each action we take does make a difference. Please join in this unprecedented campaign to encourage a culture of creators for a new food future.

What You Can Do:

1) Buy organic produce that is grown in your region whenever possible. This keeps our dollars in the local economy, and ensures that we are buying fresh, naturally ripened produce that has not been flown thousands of miles to get to us.

2) Support local farmers by shopping at nearby farmer's markets or farm stands, joining a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm, and shopping where local, organic foods are featured and sold.

3) Ask your grocery store to provide "state or area of origin" labels in the produce aisle, so that you can choose produce from your region, and avoid produce from outside the U.S. that may contain residues from toxic pesticides.

4) Join the Organic & Beyond™ campaign to stay updated on current food safety issues such as genetic engineering, irradiation, and organic standards.

Reprinted with permission from Organic & Beyond™.

For information on how to join the Organic & Beyond campaign, visit or call the Center for Food Safety at (800) 600-6664.


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