Food and agriculture are central to our exsistence…Modern farming is largely driven by financial considerations…agri-culture has become agri-business. We see the consequences of this shift manifest as escalating ecological crises – fall in land / soil fertility, poor nutrition related illnesses including increase in degenerative dis-ease, and a decrease in the social fabric of our communities. In order to combat many of the challenges we see today on the planet we need to change the way we consider agriculture.
The prices we pay for food grown by the agribusiness and agrichemical industries:
- Depletion of our topsoils and decreased fertility
- Pollution of the ground water, water ways and air
- Addition of carcinogenic chemicals into the food through the use of agrichemicals – gycophosphate (roundup), GMO’s, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides
- Reduced vitality and nutrients available in the produce as most agribusiness only focuses on providing NPK nutrients – biodynamic and Agnihotra farming say that 91 nutrients are required by healthy plants – many plants are filled with water and not much else…
- Social impacts – not purchasing from your farmer anymore – impersonal large supermarket chains
Unlike agribusiness practice which believes “The end( profits) justify the means (exploitation) , the CSA model believes “the means (community) assures the end (quality food).
CSA modeling allows the community to re-connect with the land and production of food through the sale of shares in the harvest, which give growers a livelihood in right relationship with the land and its long term use. This supports the local community to reconnect spiritually with nature and our place within it, and become empowered as consumers and embassadors of effective change.
Small scale organic agriculture provides RESPECT for:
- Wild plants and animals
- Domesticated plants and animals
- The land and ancestors
- Environmental empacts
- Cycles of nature – seasons
- Workers – physical, social and spiritual needs
Small scale organic agriculture provides RESPONSIBILITY to:
- Use organic closed loop sustainable practices – seed saving, composting, garden design
- Energy consciousness in production and distribution – minimal machinery, local distribution network, human power
- Maintain good working conditions
- Inspire and emphasize the therapeutic value of working with the land (for non-gardeners)
More people are interested in becoming part of the solution rather than perpetuating the problem. I urge you to be aware of who you purchase your food from and the production it has gone through. Choose suppliers with social and environmental integrity.