One of my goals for the program was to do more self-care over the next 30 days, including changing my bedtime routine (no more iPad in bed) and going to the Scandinave Spa. I have also added more time to read, which is something I really love to do. I do read every single day for personal development but I also really enjoy reading non-fiction books for pleasure. I found a great book at the library last week that was fitting for this month.
Food Tyrants, Fight for Your Basic Right to Healthy Food in a Toxic World, by Nicole Faires is a great eye opening book about all of the practices and mass production of our food, that we are likely not really aware of.
I learned so much from this well researched book and it also inspired me to plant a few edible plants in my own garden this year. Last year, I planted a few herbs (without too much success) but I think with more information and better soil, I can grow a few things for our family this year. I really want my daughter to understand where food comes from, because the bottom line is that all food comes from soil.
A few key highlights from the book include:
How our soil is so completely depleted and what that means to our food supply
Understanding what GMO really means and why we’re concerned about it
How chemicals are used to control our food supply via Monsanto
The impact of growing crops year round in deserts
How quotas impact the small farmer, especially in Canada
When is organic not organic and what does that labelling mean?
The battle for urban farming, citing Vancouver, BC as a great example
What is food sovereignty and why we need it
She also offers a number of great ideas and solutions:
How to grow crops in your own backyard, almost year round
Learning how to save seed
Alternative crops for smaller gardens
How and why to support local farmers
What I distilled as the most important message is that we have to take action around our food supply and take back control of the food we are putting into our bodies, and quickly. Or our children will see the consequences of the mismanagement of our food chain in their lifetime. I highly recommend reading this book for educational purposes and perhaps it will inspire you to take action. Check out this great infographic from Upworthy about how much food we waste as a place to start.