By Peg Champion, Principal of Champion Organic Communications and Board Member of Slow Food South Bay
It’s simple to eat responsibly, healthily and economically. Here are 11 things you can do starting today:
Conventional, Industrial or Factory Farms
These farms produce crops using chemical fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides and give antibiotics, growth hormones and medications to animals.
Development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Heirloom Variety, Heirloom Plant
A common cultivar previously grown on family farms, but no longer used in modern, industrial agriculture.
Food produced without synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Organic foods do not contain genetically modified organisms and are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives. The state of California enforces laws to qualify and certify foods labeled “organic.”
Food manufactured or chemically altered using additives such as flavor enhancers, binders, colors, fillers, preservatives, stabilizers, emulsifiers, etc.
A way of raising food that is healthy for consumers and animals, does not harm the environment, is humane for workers, respects animals, provides a fair wage to the farmer, and supports and enhances rural communities.
For more information, read Slow Food: Eating Well for Good