Many people view the local dimension condescendingly. They say your products are too small, too marginal. In actual fact, joined as one, all you small-scale producers arguably form the biggest food multinational of all. You don't produce standardization or leveling out, you don't produce pollution or poverty. You produce wealth, diversity, exchange, conservation of memory and progress. This is the value of the local economy. - Carlo Petrini, Slow Food
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Food Security - Simple and Safe
Contents of an early-season delivery box from CEEDS
Why Buy Local?
Summer delivery of organic vegetables.
Phone: 250 395-4225 or 250 395-3580
Fax: 250 395-3572
Web Site: horselakefarmcoop.ca/ceeds
Circle H Ranch
Beef, lamb and goat
Garlic and garlic products
Telephone: 250 397-2540
Fax: 250 397-2517
Web Site: www.kariboofarms.com
Locally-grown and -raised food.
South Cariboo Farmers' Market
May to October, every Friday, 8:30am - 1:30pm
Beside 100 Mile House Community Centre
South Cariboo Farmers Market, 100 Mile House
Photo courtesy CEEDS
Local Food News and Information:
- South Cariboo Agri-Culture Enterprise Centre - ethical food production and distribution, food security, sustainability, and a strong local economy.
- South Cariboo Farm Fresh Guide [PDF 400k]
- BC Food Systems Network - Goal: food security for all residents of British Columbia
- Community Supported Agriculture - Green Food At Your Doorstep
- Eat Well Guide for USA & Canada - Find farms, markets, restaurants and more.
- Bits & Bytes - Canadian community food security resources.
- Local food 'greener than organic' - BBC News
- Seed saving under threat
How can individuals assist the transition? Support the small, local alternative, even if it entails inconvenience. And often it will. The big, mainstream standbys (big banks, chain stores etc.) are often subsidized in hidden ways to make them more convenient, and to make them seem to the individual consumer to be more economical. According to dominant theory, bigness implies an "economy of scale" through mass production and bulk purchasing. But the real costs of added transportation resulting from centralized production and control (including extra pollution and its cascading environmental effects) are rarely factored into the accounting. Also we must learn always to question the ideology of efficiency, since many human needs and interests are only degraded by its ruthless, myopic calculus (should one, after all, strive to be an "efficient" parent, giving a minimum of love for a maximum of obedience?). - Richard Heinberg
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