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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."
Organic and Beyond Campaign
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
A New Food
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 &
information on how to join the Organic & Beyond campaign, visit www.organicandbeyond.org
or call the Center for Food Safety at (800)
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