We are facing increasing toxicity
in the environment and our food supply is not exempt.
PCB in salmon,
lead and mercury in seafood, pesticide residues
in grains (don't worry), rocket fuel in salad,
growth hormone in cow's milk, chemical treatment
for seeds that kills the bees
food masquerading as "nutritious".
The problems seem to be immanent in our system,
in the "chemical" way we chose to increase
yields in agriculture. Nitrogen-based fertilizers
are preventing plants from attaining a proper mineral
content. Pesticides kill not only pests - they have
victims, including the pests' natural enemies.
Herbicides leach into our drinking
water. Antibiotics given as a "preventive"
to livestock breed resistant
strains of bacteria, and just recently, the
UN has been suggesting in all earnest that we vaccinate
to eliminate another problem: bird flu. The problems
we are facing stem directly from our chemical and
pharmaceutical approach to agriculture, food and
health. What are the alternatives? One of them is
called Community Supported Agriculture. The overall
philosophy ... evolved from some of Steiner's ideas
spelled out in his anthroposophical writings. Some
of the farms key ideas are: New forms of property
ownership ”The land is held in a common by
a community through a legal trust. The trust then
leases its property long-term to farmers who use
the land to grow food for the community. New forms
of cooperation ”A network of human relations
replaces old systems of employers and employees
as well as replacing the practice of pledging material
security (land, buildings, etc.) to banks. New forms
of economy“ (associative economy). The guiding
question is not "how do we increase profits?"
but rather "what are the actual needs of the
land and of the people involved in this enterprise?"
See this article by Steven McFadden, forwarded through
(thank you!) Jennie
Gorman: (2/6/2004 11:25:03