Real Food Resources

Where can I buy sustainable, real food locally? This is a question that I get asked very frequently.  So I have created this page to provide my patients and readers with resources for cooking and learning about traditional, sustainable and slow foods.  From Lucknow to Waterloo, an inclusive list of farm stores and CSA's. 

Local Real Food Resources

Meeting Place Organic Farm
Tony and Fran McQuail.  This is a 100 acre organic farm producing grass-fed beef, drug-free pork, apples and apple butter.  They have been certified organic for 27 years.

CHOOSE REAL FOOD

Choose foods that are fresh, local and in season as much as possible.

Choose food that is raised naturally without chemicals hormones, and antibiotics.

Choose food that is raised sustainably in a manner that optimizes health of the soil. Choose foods that are raised in a manner that cares for the soil and returns nutrients to it. Choose food that is grown respecting nature, land, animals, people and communities. Buy seafood that is wild-caught and non-farmed.

Choose meats, eggs and dairy that are pastured and grass-fed.

Choose meats, eggs and dairy that are free of growth hormones and antibiotics. Choose meats, eggs and dairy that have not been fed GMOs.

Buy only foods that are free from genetically modified organisms (GMO-free).

Support local, sustainable family farms and buy foods directly from the grower, shop at the Farmers Market, through a CSA, or at a store supporting local agriculture.



CHOOSE AUTHENTIC ORGANIC FOOD NOT COMMERCIAL ORGANICS

The popularity of organics has watered down quality. Large corporations are now growing foods “organically” on factory farms, with no concern for the sustainability of their endeavours. These are not quality foods. Quality food can only be raised within the dynamics of a sustainable farm that balances the ecosystem of the soil, plants, and animals, ensuring healthy and nutritious foods for generations to come.

GROW YOUR OWN VEGETABLES

Even if it’s just a few salad greens, For inspiration on eating fresh foods from your home garden in our climate all year long, see Elliot Coleman’s Four Season Harvest.


THE CONCERN ABOUT GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS Genetically modified foods have been allowed onto our plates without passing safety studies. Foods containing GM ingredients are not permitted to be labelled as such in North America. The most common GM foods are corn, soy, canola and cottonseed, which means that pretty much all processed foods contain GM ingredients. Research shows concerning effects from GM foods on human health. Just as concerning is its impact on the environment and farmers.
See the following resources for more info:

 www.responsibletechnology.org
www.vandanashiva.org
The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Modified Foods by Jeffrey Smith
The film The World According to Monsanto

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