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Re: “Three local experts devour the new book Just Food

What is truly beautiful about our times is the great awakening around food and the shift in behavior it is stimulating at every level of society. Thank you Indy and your distinguished panel for the stimulating dialogue.

I think the true path to a sustainable food system is based on strategic development of local and organic food businesses. Local, because it addresses many of the social and economic criteria of sustainability, and organic because it is a defined, market based system for ecologically producinging food and fiber. I believe we can establish food security at the community level by consciously developing a local and organic food system with the following parts:

  • Land - preserving and enhancing our best soils
  • Water - cleaning up and protecting our waters
  • Seeds and Breeds - appropriate for southeastern conditions
  • Inputs - compost and fertilizers based on local needs and resources
  • Farmers - cultivating the next generation of growers
  • Infrastructure - processing, distribution, storage, certification, etc.
  • Consumers- well informed and aware of what impact their food choices have on themselves and the world
Let's start with an analysis of what we consume in our communities and then design a system to meet that demand in a sustainable way. Can we move to a point were we manage and prioritize our food system as an essential piece of our community infrastructure in the same way we do with roads and schools? If we root this system in transparency and integrity can we mitigate the negative impacts of capatalism so apparent in our current situation?

We might as well go ahead and do it because peak oil, population increase, and climate change will eventually force us to. Thanks again to the panel for their roles in creating our vibrant local and organic food community in the Triangle.

You are what you eat. Make the change happen with every bite!

Tony Kleese

Posted by tkleese on 10/09/2009 at 3:24 PM

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