Dec 152011
 
Raw Milk

It is very difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on not understanding it. -Upton Sinclair Our food freedoms are increasingly in danger. Big Corporate Food mandates what we can and cannot eat. Health Canada and the FDA say raw milk is dangerous and makes people sick. Why? Why are the government and big food corporations restricting our access to traditional, natural, healthful foods such as raw milk? I believe it is because of two reasons: 1. Our lives are increasingly mediated by big corporations [Read More]

 
Our Hijacked Food Systems by janmin
 15 December 2011  Posted by janmin media  No Responses »
 

In many ways food systems guide the shape and boundaries of culture.  For decades anthropologists have noted the connections between food systems and carrying capacities to social and cultural forms of expression and organization.  Anthropologists often cite the development of agriculture in Mesopotamia and the simultaneous population growth and urban developments.  But less often do we hear how combinations of environmental, political factors, and over exploitation led to the eventual collapse of robust urban centers even in ancient times.  Through an exploration of our own food systems a better understanding [Read More]

 

You have been instructed to read this guide included in your Post-Societal Collapse Family Survival Kit (PSCFSK) under the circumstance that the Sustainable Earth Resource Production Plan (SERPP) has failed to fulfill its ultimate goal of providing a safe and sustainable resource production base for Earth’s Population.  If said circumstance has not yet been met, please return this guide to your PSCFSK for future reference upon total system collapse.   We here at Sustainable Survival Corporations are aware that the total collapse of society as you know it may be [Read More]

 
Traditional Ecological Knowledge – Using Traditional Food Production Methods to Minimize our Impact.

            Modern Western agricultural processes are generally not considered to be sustainable in the long run.  It’s only a matter of time before we exhaust the Earth’s finite resources and can no longer supply our population with the food it needs to survive.  There are many problems associated with modern Western methods, which include its reliance of fossil fuels, its inefficiency, its environmentally damaging nature, and many more.  On the other hand, traditional ecological knowledge is both locally specific, and holistic (Menzies et. al. 2006).  It [Read More]

 
Overpopulation - How Many More Mouths Can We Feed?

Various articles have shown up in the news recently regarding a prediction that the Earth’s human population would reach 7 billion by the end of 2011.  We are all familiar with the “hockey stick” graph of human population growth.  This graph has been commonly used to show the exponential rise in human population and therefore illustrate how our impact on the Earth is greatly increasing every day.  It was used, with great success, in Al Gore’s 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” to exemplify how easy it is for the human [Read More]

 

Farmers’ markets have emerged out of the food movement as people look for alternative food sources. Anyone looking for more information about farmers’ markets in Canada should visit the farmers’ markets of Canada site.  Furthermore, many provinces or cities have their own websites listing the farmers’ markets of the area.  The National Farmers’ Market Impact Study 2009 Report which can be found on this website lists many facts and statistics about farmers’ markets in Canada. The farmers’ market trend is continually growing and has real benefits for the local people.  The [Read More]

Dec 112011
 
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“… On the twenty-third half-moon of the recalibrated Traversian cycle, a civil war raged between a race of machine called the Dronatics and their masters and creators, the Mechticians. The last hope of the Mechticians was a carrier spaceship and its flotilla commanded by admiral Cerzach. Losing to the Dronatics advanced weaponry, the Mechticians had no choice but to abandon their home world and space-travel to uncharted coordinates in search of a new world. Having escaped from the Dronatics’ radars, the Mechticians managed to find a new potential home in [Read More]

 
Occupy Suburbia (and the "American Dream")

At the time that I have posted this, the most commonly used tag in this blog has certainly been “food systems.” While it is important to recognize how conventional food production has altered the way that human societies have subsided on and related to their land, there is another major way in which humans interact with their landscapes.  We inhabit them.  Now, though it is no secret that the bursting of the housing bubble and the following waves of foreclosures was tightly linked to the same financial institutions which have [Read More]

 
1% of our population

This link shows the 1% of our population that controls 100% of our food standing up for what they believe in. It is an interesting change and a refreshing addition to the occupy movement as the voices of local American farmers have been missing until now. These farmers are not hippies arguing for a cause that they have no interest in, but instead are hard working Americans who believe that the system is flawed and things need to be changed. This article ties in the “food systems” sections of the blog to the larger occupy movement discussions. [Read More]

 
Government Taking Control of GMO seeds in Hungary

  This is an article which I found very interesting. It occurred a while back in July 2011 but the point is the same and still current. Governments can control what goes on inside their borders regardless of corporate influence. Hungary has a strict policy on genetically modified seeds and they proved their allegiance to that policy. Regardless of the social and economic repercussions of their actions Hungary destroyed 1000 acres of modified seeds. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-12-06-hungary-destroys-1000-acres-of-monsanto-maize              

 
Occupy Food Systems and Ecological Anthropology

Food is an essential part of life and a keystone in the foundation for most cultures.  Is it fair that people and businesses with vested interests are controlling how people feed themselves?  In the past, humans were more connected with their food supplies and production and there was significantly more transparency is all aspects of food security.  We have sped away from this way of living, driven by the euphoria of consuming with ease and efficiency and pulled further along by corporations focused on profits.  What consequences will this way [Read More]

 
Food Security as a Channel for Social Inequality

Food security is an intersection where a person’s economic, social, and ecological worlds intersect.  This is a major point where the inequalities from these worlds accumulate.  Access and affordability are paramount in the ability for a person to receive adequate quantity and nutritional quality of food.  A perfect example of this inequality is local and organic foods, a hot topic in the Occupy movement.  While ecologically and socially local and/or organic foods are the optimal choice (benefitting the environmental footprint of food and local communities), serious economic inequality often bars [Read More]

 5 December 2011  Posted by lizcarney Case Studies  No Responses »
 
Corporations' ability to have positive impact

After being so focused on the unfair influences of large businesses on the food system, it is important to make a positive side note.  The immense scope of influence corporations have can be used to positive movements.  In an economic system where dollars are the consumer’s voice, the large corporation can be a megaphone.   Here are some examples:   Wal-Mart’s part in stopping the use of Growth Hormone in the US dairy industry http://walmartstores.com/pressroom/news/8147.aspx   Wal-Mart in some states declaring to sell only in-state produce (unless no option is [Read More]

 3 December 2011  Posted by lizcarney Case Studies  1 Response »
 
Growing Wealth and Disconnectedness in the West & The Organic Movement

Growing Wealth and Disconnectedness in the West For many of us today who are living in urban areas, it is uncommon to think about where our food is coming from, how it is grown and produced, and by whom. Moreover, although environmental consciousness has been gaining popularity, many of us still do not necessarily question where waste is going and how it is being handled. This distancing and disconnection are closely linked to the political climate and to the capitalist system in which we live. Those influence not just our [Read More]

 
Current Example: the Canadian Wheat Board Controversy

A current example of the battle of the 1% vs. the 99% is the pending decision of the Canadian Wheat Board dissolution.   This is an ongoing issue and could very well be an example of the 1%’s ability to sway government.  The CWB marketed wheat and set price floors for Canadian produced wheat, leveling the playing field between farmers.  Large farmers are supporting the decision to dissolve the governing body and the current federal government is using this to their advantage, claiming that “farmers” are supporting the dissolution.  The decision [Read More]

 1 December 2011  Posted by lizcarney Case Studies  1 Response »
 
Monsanto, the corporation that never stops giving...

I bet you have all read this title and thought, “Monsanto, giving…???”. Well as a matter of fact they are giving. With their technological increases and crop revolutions they have founded some of the most ground breaking innovations. They have drastically increased food production, hoping to solve the world food crises through genetically modified crops (Forbes Magazine, January 2010). Some future innovations hope to include crops like genetically modified soy beans enriched with omega-3 fatty acids that help fight heart disease. For the article view: http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2010/0118/americas-best-company-10-gmos-dupont-planet-versus-monsanto.html These new crop innovations [Read More]

 
The “Green” Garden

I find it very interesting that the world is becoming more and more intrigued in becoming “green”. The meaning of “green” however, depends on which perspective one looks at things. For example it is green to grow your own lettuce, but it is not green to use chemical fertilizers to insure that your lettuce grows. I believe it is important for people to understand where consumer products come from and what they are made of. It is also important to understand what products do to our human bodies and our [Read More]

Nov 282011
 
Occupy Food Systems

Recent food movements are analogous to the Occupy movement but are focused on a shift in the structure food systems and food security.  Food security is, in a sense, the ability for a region to feed itself sufficiently, both in quantity and nutritional quality.  This often involves some local food sources and, primarily, imported food sources. But who controls the food sources and, through this, food security of the masses? Following the jargon of the Occupy movements, one could identify the “1% of food” – companies that own or control [Read More]

 28 November 2011  Posted by lizcarney Case Studies  No Responses »