(Consumed) [PDF/EBOOK] ☆ Sarah Elton
Ved fresh basil Swiss chard celeriac and fennel amongst other items Thursdays are uickly becoming my favourite My knowledge of the agriculture industry is xtremely rudimentary having only read a few non fiction introductions to the industry as well as texts regarding food waste local growing and supply chains I believe the issue of food scarcity population and starvation are uite serious topics that tend to be lost in the shuffle of safety weaponry politics and inward facing domestic issues which cause the average consumer to shelve the issue in the face of tangible threats Like a lurking medical issue this will compound until we are socially and politically pursuing reactive solutions rather than proactive or actually preparing for the tipping pointWhy is this information so difficult to find We do not see these problems on headlines Back Street except in passing and it is consistently portrayed as an outburst by the scientific community crafted as an overreaction How have we allowed these changes in the industry to crawl under our skin and shape ourntire perspective on food and where it comes from This book is a wake up call to the dangers in our agricultural industry and food supply and I guarantee it can be tied to several other social problems that while outside the scope of Elton s works reveal the fundamental issues shaking the foundations of a modern society Is collapse on the horizon I could not answer that I do not have the knowledge of the industry to make any sort of claim or prediction What I do believe is that the way we are The Berenstain Bears and the Double Dare engaging with our food will reach a tipping point if it has not already Local growing reducing food waste and investing in microfarming and grassrootsfforts in organic farming are all viable options that are gaining traction However we all can recognize the Comparative American Identities enormity of the food processing giants and seed distributors What I find most disturbing about these trends and the tight concentration of power in the industry is that ultimately the people that patent techniues and technologies areffectively allowed to determine the fate of thousands and millions and lack any moral scruples about it It is not much different than the medical industry not reuired to necessarily share cures and ideas leaving people who cannot afford xpensive new or trial treatments to wither As much as we would like to confine this issue to households and be able to break it down by demographics and use it as a marketing tool rather than the jolt and ye opening social issue it should be agriculture plays a part in the cycle of any society third or first world developing or in transition or post modern as the United States may be called at this point Only by accepting that we will have to turn to our neighbor to our community and create a new network for a pressing social issue and make it a priority in our lives can we take steps to reverse the disturbing trends in the industry and REALLY find out where disturbing trends in the industry and REALLY find out where our from Fascinating global look at food Ultimately hopefu. Tinents investigating not only the potential and very real threats to our food but also telling the stories of those who are working hard to preserve our future From Bogot to Beijing Delhi to Rome Nairobi to Toronto people from all walks of life are creating an alternative to the industrial food we have grown accustomed to piling into our shopping carts and in the process giving us hope not for a daunting future but for a future in which we can all sit at the tab.
review Í PDF, The Asylum eBook or KindlePUB Ñ Sarah EltonGood survey of the issues involved local and regional food systems that have been decimated over the last several decades We are now left with thriving international and national food systems but we often have a hard time getting food produced locally say within a few hundred miles to populations want to consume them If you care about ating good healthy nutritious food or if you care food security or if you want to help money stay in your area rather than sending it to large corporations then read this book Pay attention to the uality of the food you consume celebrate the farmers who produce it and become in tune with nature and seasons
#45Upon First Glance This #first glance this doesn t look like much Of course the cover is rather intriguing but if it hadn t been for class I wouldn t have picked this book up and read it all the way through Even with class I was tempted to leave it only half read And all I have to say to that is I m glad that I did not leave it half readThis book really opened up my yes about the current food systems in our world I had always known our system was flawed being an international studies student but aside from the mistreatment of animals which isn t Chasers even covered in this book and workers I didn t know many said flaws And before this book I didn t think sustainable farming would stand a chance against the industrial sortNow I find myself totally on the side of sustainable farming asvery argument she raised she backed with Tabloid Love examples from around the world And by around the world I mean fromvery continent save Oceania and South America not simply Western Nations It was these xamples that gave me the hope that I did not have before the hope that there is an alternative to industrial farming ven if the The New Baby and Toddler Sleep Programme entirety of the food system in place today needs to change because it already is changing I wasn txpecting this book to The Ripening Sun effect me like it did in thend and to that I must say I m rather glad it had such an The Blue Book effect on me Here are some of my favorite clipsOrganic farming creates 30% jobsImplicit subsidies come from a failure to price things at their true cost Fossil fuels pesticides fertilizersFood has a relative inelastic demand curveverybody needs to The Battle of the Atlantic eat and they will buy food regardless of priceIt wouldn t be good for society if farmers went out of business so over the last 100 years governments have stepped in to try to help with this market failure We have agricultural subsidies Government pays farmers an inflated price for their products Developed countries allocate so much of their resources to supporting domestic agriculture that it has been calculated that government subsidies to farmers amount to one billion per dayAbout 40% of food grown in North America is wasted somewhere along the food chain 70% of grains provide in the US are used to feed livestock Think about these issues before we harp on how organic can t feedveryone Without fertilizer we could never have grown from 16 billion humans in 1900 to than 7 billion today 40% of the. What happens on this planet over the next four decades has the potential to fundamentally alter life as we know it The world population is xpected to reach nine billion people by 2050 that’ s nine billion hungry humans in need of food The challenge of feeding this rapidly growing population has already been made greater by climate change which will wreak havoc on the way we produce our food Disruptions to industrial scale agriculture along with rising sea level. Protein we ate in the 1990s was due to fertilizers Without synthetic fertilizer
"We Would Lose Almost "would lose almost of the protein available to humans Every living thing on the planet almost half of the protein available to humans Every living thing on the planet nitrogen to grown Several dozen genera of soil bacteria have volved with the ability to fix nitrogen That is they can break the chemical bonds in the molecule and make nitrogen available to plants so they can use it to fuel growth Legumes rye alfalfa all do this In 1950 global population was 25 billion Anyone concerned about food our world s increasingly broken and failing food systems andor independent farming should read this Excerpt from the Seeds section re traditional vs chemical rice farming High yields have come at a cost Hybrid rice reuires a lot of chemical fertilizers and pesticides many found Traditional rice doesn t like chemicals If you fertilize traditional varieties with nitrogen to increase yields the plants tend to topple over under the weight of the larger seed heads But there are benefits to growing chemical free that can t be measured in crop yields In a rice field where traditional seeds are grown there Geek Heresy exists a whole lot of life a whole lot of biodiversity In the water live zooplankton and nematodes and molluscs as well as surface dwelling insects Because rice is grown in a wetland you will also find amphibians reptiles fish and water birds all thriving amid the growing grains as well as other vegetation This life becomes food for humans and the biodiversity offers the farmers the protection ofcological resilience if one part of the The Villain ecosystem doesn t do well one year another is sure to flourish Compare this with the hybrid rice paddy where chemicals kill all these other life forms and turn the growing area into a monoculture And monocultures are the opposite of resilient Thecology of the wetland is thrown out of balance by the chemicals The pests natural predators are killed by chemical pesticides and the planthoppers that are resistant to the pesticide multiply in a way that they normally wouldn t have the opportunity to do Then the planthopper destroys the crop my favorite book I read this year wonderful story telling interwoven in with great facts and ideas surrounding the industrial food system I recommend it to veryone I meet Interesting but super repetitive It could have been 100 pages shorter and still made its point But otherwise very informative Elton has all the smarts of a 10 year old who has read the Reverend Malthus book Hopefully by the time Elton gets 15 he will get to read that although Malthus research is good his conclusions were proven wrong before the nd of the 19th century Thursday night A sharp rap on my door signifies the delivery of a week s worth of fresh fruit vegetables milk and ggs from Fresh City Farms in Toronto It feels like Christmas as I pop open the lid of
an old wooden wine box to find a new selection of fruits and vegetables many in season and locally sourced someold wooden wine box to find a new selection of fruits and vegetables many in season and locally sourced some coming from rooftop gardens in Toronto Last week I recei. S will create millions of nvironmental refugees fleeing their homes in search of nourishment and safety We have also lost touch with the soil few of us grow our own food or ven know where it comes from and we are at the mercy of the multinationals that control the crops with little foresight about the damage their methods are inflicting on the planet This puts our very future at riskIn Consumed award winning writer Sarah Elton walks fields and farms on four con.