There once was a time when people actually knew where their food came from, and how it was made. Today, grocery stores make this exceptionally difficult. Every year, our lack of trust in the quality of food grows, yet almost nothing gets done to solve the issue on a meaningful scale. This is commonly referred to as a deadly combination of overpopulation and corporate greed, however it is vastly important to prioritize individual choices above all else.

To combat the problem, communities need to embrace locally supplied food with more effort. This would benefit both food security and the condition of our planet.

“There will come a time when only those who know how to plant will be eating.” – Chief Oren Lyons

Here in Waterloo Region, Fertile Ground is demonstrating incredible leadership in its CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model. CSAs directly connect farmers with the people who eat the food that they grow. Members purchase shares in the harvest and are treated to the fresh, locally-grown vegetables in season each week.

Photo of people planting crops in Waterloo
Photo of people buying produce

“When you start eating food without labels, you no longer need to count calories.”Amanda Kraft

The benefits of local agriculture stretch across multiple areas of concern, including climate change. Analyses by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (UN FAO) place the estimate of the percentage of all greenhouse gas emissions produced by agriculture between 14 and 18. This contribution stems primarily from livestock such as cattle that produce methane as part of their digestion cycle.

The two most promising methods of mitigating agriculture’s impact on our climate problem is to 1) increase the distribution of local food as the transportation sector accounts for 13.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions, and 2) reduce livestock.

“Innovations that are guided by smallholder farmers, adapted to local circumstances, and sustainable for the economy and environment will be necessary to ensure food security in the future.” – Bill Gates

Go to Laurier? Concerned about our environment? Well, this is your chance to take immediate action as *Fertile Ground is seeking student volunteers!*

Looking to invest in local food and join the agricultural transition? You can sign up with Fertile Ground here!

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