I have always been someone who likes to know where things come from and how they work. I have always valued quality and time tested methods over quick and convenient. For me, though, the tipping point was really my becoming a mom. Sort of by accident, I became a food activist.
While I have always been attentive to my health and sustainable agriculture, it was my deep rooted maternal instinct to ensure that my children not only eat the best possible food, (which for me means local if possible) but that I also participate directly in ensuring the security of safe, healthy, food. That is how it started. I joined a CSA (community shared agriculture) for my vegetables. I joined a CSF (community supported fishery) for fish.
When I moved to Nova Scotia in 2005 I began buying the majority of my beef direct from Linden Leas. When I heard the news that not only was this farm under threat as a result of the toll of the BSE crisis on Nova Scotia beef farmers, but that our public officials didn’t seemed understand how critical it was to protect and support this irreplaceable resource, I just couldn’t do nothing. I started a petition. I paced around my house worrying about what my kids would eat if we could not have access to the kind of quality, sustainable agriculture that I had been taking for granted.
I am proud that the petition I started to help Linden Leas has grown into something bigger, with a life of it’s own. Not only do we have the opportunity to help Nova Scotians secure grass fed beef; we can grow and share the knowledge base of how farming should be; we can support economic development in rural Nova Scotia; we can participate in our own health and well being; we can take action without waiting for the political will to catch up.
Not long after Grass Roots Up Co-operative was formed, I commented to my husband, “I think I’ve become a food activist.” He smiled and replied, “Yes, you have.”
A great read from David Suzuki on how your family can learn about where food comes from.