The environment in which we live has a huge impact on not only our own health, but the health of generations to come. Now, more than ever, we need to take both action and responsibility for the health of our planet. National Geographic states the last two decades has had the hottest temperatures in over 400 years, and possibly the warmest in several millennia. Living in Canada, we may not see the affects quite as bad as those who live in Arctic regions, but it is happening and there's something we can do.
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One of the largest contributors to environmental damage and global warming we are faced with today comes from the horrendous practices involved in factory farming. Deforestation, erosion of the land, releasing of large amounts chemicals (including carbon dioxide and fossil fuels) and the pollution of both the air and water are just a few ways factory farming points towards a dim and unsustainable future.
"Factory farming accounts for 37% of methane (CH4) emissions, which has more than 20 times the global warming potential of CO2."
Let’s take a minute to consider the food chain. The health of the soil in which we use to grow our food will determine the nutrient density of the crop yield. Consequently, this will reflect in the health of those consuming the produce. If we want good quality food to keep us healthy, our land must properly be taken care of. Factory farms, which avoid crop rotation, deprive our soil of the much needed nutrients to grow high quality food. What we are left with is food that lacks both flavour and nourishment. This means we need to eat more to be satisfied, and the cycle goes on. The same thing goes for animal products. Animals that have been injected with antibiotics and hormones and raised in stressful environments produce food-like items which are high in these drugs, lacking in nutrients and contain high levels of dangerous cortisol. EVER WONDER WHY YOU'RE SO STRESSED OUT?
The Community Food Centres Canada states diet-related disease to be a number one killer of Canadians. The Canadian health care system spends tens of billions of dollars every year on diet-related disease. Not to mention the emotional costs to the individual and their loved ones. If we want to put a stop to this, we need to consider what we are eating and where it is coming from. We need to make better choices about the food that we eat.
What Can We Do?
Luckily for Hamiltonians, we have some great local farms that help to make the burden a little lighter. One of those amazing farms is Copetown’s Manorun Organic Farm. Manorun is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm that works to promote a healthy future for all of us. The farm uses practices that include crop rotation, limited use of combustion engines, hand-picking of pests, organic crop, utilizing green manure, and abstaining from the use of synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers or growth hormones. Manorun Organic Farm has been run for the past 15 years by Chris, Denise and their family. They offer a “farmer to eater” relationship that allows you to skip the grocery store middle-man.