Dans cet article, l’auteur Geordie Ouchterlony explique que la
consommation d’aliments biologiques d’origine biorégionale vous
garantie leur valeur nutritive optimale, tout en assurant une demande
énergétique minimale pour la production de ces aliments et leur
livraison à domicile.
Il ajoute que la nourriture est plus fraîche à l’arrivée, qu’elle
est meilleure pour votre santé et, que cela fait en sorte que les
fermiers plus consciencieux quant à l’environnement puissent recevoir
une compensation adéquate pour leur dur labeur. Il nous parle de l’importance
d’appuyer l’alimentation biorégionale et de faire face à l’enjeu
de la biotechnologie.
Il explique également comment les compagnies veulent maintenant que
les fermiers abandonnent des milliers d’années d’évolution
génétique en échange pour des stocks qui sont prétendument des "équivalents
substantiels" mais qui créent une plus grande dépendance envers ces
Geordie conclut l’article en nous introduisant à "Home Grown
Organic Foods", une entreprise des Maritimes qui s’intéresse à
toutes ces questions.
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Home Grown Organic Foods
Grown Organic Foods (HGOF) is a locally owned small business which
recognizes the value of organically grown fruits and vegetables and is
dedicated to providing health conscious, environmentally conscious,
socially conscious and politically conscious consumers with a
sustainable alternative to conglomerate, profit-driven agriculture and
food distribution. We offer an efficient and cost-effective home
delivery service of fresh organic food to consumers within the greater
Halifax Regional Municipality.
(photo: Geordie Ouchterlony)
The long-term goal of this business is to develop a system to facilitate
the transfer of knowledge from growers to consumers and back to the
growers in such a way that people from all over the world can learn
through this exchange of information. We hope to educate as many people
as possible about growing their own food, using the latest organic
growing techniques. The immediate plan is to expand the organic food
market here in Halifax and the Maritimes, concentrating mainly on
bio-regional staple crops that are consumed on a regular basis.
Presently, local, organic food sales make up less than 5% of the food
industry sales in the Atlantic Region. HGOF aspires to assist in
increasing this percentage.
Eating bio-regionally produced organic food guarantees that you are
receiving optimal nutrient value from your food, while ensuring that
minimal energy inputs are expended, both to grow the food as well as to
deliver it to your door. Produce shipped from a far away farm is often
harvested before the fruiting body or edible part of the plant has
matured, when the plant has not yet completed its amino acid, enzyme, or
spiritual growth. HGOF’s food box produce may reach our patron’s
tables within days of being harvested, when fruit and vegetables are the
most fresh, nutritious and tasty. This ensures that environmentally
conscious farmers in your community receive a decent wage for the
tremendous amount of hard work they do.
For centuries, farmers have selected, saved and shared harvests of
seeds, choosing only those plants which have expressed traits most
adapted to the regional climate and conditions. One of the latest,
blatantly destructive biotech innovations involves growing massive crops
that produce sterile seeds. Such corporate control tactics are usually
validated by their public image departments under the guise of the need
for more productive varieties to feed an increasing population. The
scary part is that these companies want farmers to discard 1000’s of
years of genetic evolution in exchange for stock that is supposedly ‘substantially
equivalent’, even though much of it has been genetically altered not
to reproduce at all, thus creating more dependence on the corporations.
Committing to supporting local organic farmers is the most effective
tactic we as consumers and individuals of free will can use to diffuse
the mechanisms of corporate control of plant and human life. Sharing
knowledge and opinions, as our ancestors did their seeds, is also
all-important in cultivating a unified movement towards more organic
lifestyles–each one teach one.
Besides the dependence on fossil fuels for the transportation of
produce over long distances, long-range transport of food powers the
gears of the genetic modification engine. Genetic engineering
transformations, such as the ‘Flavr Savr’ tomato in 1994, promised a
vine ripened fruit with a tougher skin to protect from bruising. Calgene,
Flavr Savr’s father company, validated this innovation only in the
context of need for long-range transportation of tomatoes. Home Grown
Organic Foods wishes to abolish the assumption that any society requires
transfer trucks, mass marketing schemes or laboratory disfigurations to
supply its people with ample and fresh produce. How does such prolific
change happen? We believe the change happens at home where people can
taste and understand the wholesome nature of locally grown organic food
and begin to learn about food production with access to pertinent
information. HGOF provides its patrons with a newsletter every week
containing information on sustainable farming, urban gardening, healthy
cooking techniques and local events.
(photo: Geordie Ouchterlony)
HGOF is situated in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, only a few blocks
from the commons, in a century old barn that was once a safe haven for
horses at a time in our history when the commons was used for grazing.
Now, this barn has become the home base for all of our patrons. It is
used primarily to store and retail all of the items that we have
available for home delivery. We have also just recently built a large
composter on-site, along with a number of raised garden beds. With these
additions, we will be proceeding to demonstrate how effective organic
gardening methods can be; and furthermore, how inexpensive they are for
the home gardener.
HGOF differs from most agri-food businesses in that major decisions
are based on social and environmental considerations over and above
profit incentives. These decisions are made in the interest of
establishing a truly sustainable business enterprise that will support
and promote the well being of healthy, clean, hard working, well
balanced communities world wide. Our passion for health, community, and
good food are the factors that motivate everyone at Home Grown Organic
Foods. Eventually, we plan to establish our own market garden combined
with a country restaurant and a traveler’s lodge to further promote
the magnificence of organically grown food. This initiative is in
response to the lack of consideration that existing big businesses are
showing towards the community, our health and the environment.
The alternatives to destructive agricultural practices are as close
as the urban gardens that surge with perennial force in our burgeoning
cities. HGOF takes advantage of all opportunities to work with local
like-minded businesses in our region--to share ideas and grow together.
We like to think that each food box we deliver is another seed cast
towards thinking globally and acting locally.
HGOF is dedicated towards promoting environmental awareness in
addition to healthy living alternatives. For more information about HGOF,
visit our website at www.hgof.ns.ca
or contact Geordie Ouchterlony at firstname.lastname@example.org.