This article was originally published in the local Rural Observer community news magazine.
Let Your Local Farmer Support You
I read something the other day that presented the idea that the phrase “support your local farmer” could be changed around to read “let your local farmer support you.” For me, the latter version describes beautifully the depth and importance of our relationship with our community farmers.
Many people are realizing that it really isn’t a good idea to let corporate interests decide for us what to eat. There is a poster that puts it this way: “If It Has a TV Commerical, You Probably Shouldn’t Eat It!” We are far better off getting to know our local farmers for all kinds of reasons like ensuring that our food was ethically produced, it is not toxic, it made a small footprint on its way to the table, and it is truly nourishing.
The corporate food system is spinning more out of control each day. Big Food’s mandate is to make money, not to worry about health implications of food or ethical treatment of animals. Sustainability doesn’t even enter the picture. Take for example, the recent news that the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently gave the green-light to four chicken processing plants in China, allowing chicken raised and slaughtered in the U.S. to be exported to China for processing, and then shipped back to the U.S. and sold on grocery shelves there. Canada often is just one step behind the states, so it makes one wonder how long until this staggeringly stupid idea will be implemented here. Which chicken would you rather have on your dinner plate, the processed in China kind or the one from the farmer across the way?
The consequences of eating highly processed corporate foods are hard to miss. Widespread nutrient deficiencies in these foods have resulted in epidemics of obesity and degenerative disease, including problems with growth, behavior and learning in children. On the other hand, the impact of eating nutrient-dense, clean, real, whole farm food is just as startling. An example is the fact that autism spectrum disorders can be prevented or turned around by replacing modern processed foods with nourishing traditional farm foods like bone broths, hearty stews, and highly probiotic fermented foods that restore the child’s gut microbial world. This protocol that has helped thousands of kids was developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome.
Before our foods went fast, fake and polluted, autism spectrum disorders were very uncommon. By the 1980’s there was one child in 10,000 diagnosed. Now it occurs at the alarming rate of one child in 60. Dr. Campbell-McBride’s information is getting out there, but not generally through mainstream sources. Her recommended treatment is backed by science and by hundreds of thousands of years of traditional wisdom around food being our best medicine.
I’ve seen first hand how returning to nourishing foods of local farms provides what is necessary to restore health and build strong bodies and minds. My gratitude and appreciation of the work that our community farmers do to provide nutrient-dense, life-giving foods is immeasurable. Of course I believe it is essential to support our local farmers. But the value of how profoundly they are supporting us may be the most significant part of it all.
Volunteer Chapter Leader
Weston A. Price Foundation, Victoria, BC Chapter