Saturday, March 12, 2011

Edibles Advocate Alliance

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011
March 12/2011

Edibles Advocate Alliance

Came across this on Linkedin in my Four Years. Go Group.  
Edibles Advocate Alliance. Wonderful site that is just so full of really valuable info. I've been putting lot thought into the short film I want to make for the Four Years. Go "Possible Futures" Contest.

Thinking about my future, how I want to live, how I would like the world would be. How to "Green" my lifestyle and really make it sustainable. I have lots of ideas, and this site really helps has lots of advice on how I can make it happen. Check it out!

What Is A Local Food Web?

A Food Web consists of the links between farmers and growers, processors, suppliers, local food shops, as well as other local food providers such as farmers markets, box schemes, community supported agriculture and food cooperatives, through to consumers.

A thriving Local Food Web benefits people, places and communities by:

  • Creating new jobs and small businesses,
  • Keeping local money in the local economy,
  • Generating fewer food miles and less waste,
  • Securing thriving business models for farmers and producers,
  • Increasing access to fresh, healthy, affordable food, and
  • Expanding consumer choice of where to shop and what to buy locally produced items.
Visit the website to learn more about the following:

What is a Food System?

What is a Community or Regional Food System?

 What Is A Sustainable Community Food System?
The word sustainable is often associated with the sustainable agriculture movement, which had its beginnings in North America in the 1980s. This period was characterized by a wave of bank foreclosures of farm operations, particularly small and family-owned farms.

Many were unable to compete with the large national and international farming corporations and were forced to sell their farms and go out of business. Globalization, through international trade agreements, were also viewed by some in the agriculture community as another reason for the demise of many small and family-owned farms.

Misuse and overuse of chemical fertilizers and pesticides contributed heavily to the degradation of many farms and waterways throughout the United States, Canada, and other developing countries.

Out of this "farm crisis" came national and international institutions and organizations of concerned citizens, producers, community organizations, business like the Edibles Advocate Alliance, and environmental groups.

We advocate for the creation of policies and laws that supported new environmentally safe approaches to producing food that would ensure the livelihood of farmers, vibrant economically-sound communities, and local living economies.

Thus, a Sustainable Community Food System is a self-reliant system that sustains people as well as the land. Read More Here

Why Are Sustainable Community Food Systems Important?

A Sustainable Community Food System, whether it is local or regional, is a Local Food Web that brings food producers closer to consumers by producing fruits and vegetables or raising livestock or fish closer to the places they are sold.

Emily Brooks and the Edibles Advocate Alliance believe that when it comes to food security and economic development, the closer producers are to homes and neighborhoods, the greater the access to more nutritious and affordable food and the more we are able to steward and protect our environment.

A Sustainable Community Food System supports long-term connections between farmers and consumers while meeting the economic, social, health, and environmental needs of the communities within a region. Read More Here

More Interesting Links
Sustainable Water Solutions 

Animal Waste Treatment Systems

Edible Advocate Alliances- Blogs

The Local Food & Agriculture Business Blog nurtures marketing and strategic business education for local food and agricultural businesses, organizations, and sustainable food systems.

The Sustainable Learning Journey Blog ties together health information, ecological advocacy, green living, environmental awareness, and sustainable food and agricultural knowledge into a cross-spectrum of learning opportunities.

Emily Brooks is the revolutionary new face of the local food and sustainable agricultural advocacy.  The Harvesting CT Blog is an in-depth tour of all of Connecticut's bounty.  Meet farmers, visit farmstands, and tour farm markets in our video postings.  Follow along with us through our Socialight road map.  Participate in the writing of Connecticut Farmer & Feast- Emily's innovative new book highlighting CT's farmers and producers.  Participate in supporting local agriculture throughout Connecticut as we launch SharedHarvest CT - an interactive website that fosters the buying, selling, bartering, and donation of locally produced food.

New Book- Farmer & Feast

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