This video was shot for the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders during the 10th Annual Forum, June 19-21, 2012 in Santa Barbara, CA.
Christine James, program officer, The John Merck Fund, MA
Angela Park, founder and executive director, Diversity Matters, VT
Why is it, some kvetch, that despite the growing awareness of the human and environmental
damage caused by industrialized food production, fresh, nutritious food produced by sustainable
practices is still the province of the relative few who can pay a premium for it; while the vast majority
of people must settle for cheaper, highly-processed “pseudo” food produced in ways that pollute
the environment, endanger workers, harm animals, and force farmers to “get big or get out?” Why,
after so many years and so many millions in investment, philanthropic and otherwise, don’t we have
a more just and sustainable food system? What else can we be doing to make the kind of change
we know is needed to create a healthier, more equitable and sustainable food system for the
future? One thing is certain; it will require all of us working together.
There are now over 50 farms growing farm shares for families throughout the Valley and state. We visit two local farms to learn more about this important program.
presentation by Brendan Wylie-Toal of the Coalition for Green Health Care on November 29, 2011. Part of the Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable's Healthy Food System series presented in conjunction with the Kitchener Public Library.