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Local Food Systems food security in a Cooling climate

Local Food Systems food security in a cooling climate

I am observing in my area of the world that this is the coldest snap we had for a long time which goes against the much-publicised warming trend.

If you take time to follow other independent reports you can quickly see enough data backed reports indicating that the conversation of climate change due to human interaction does not live up to the rhetoric when compared to actual scientific data.

The impact this going to have on local food systems and food security is the ability for a community to have local food sources that are not dependent on central distribution agencies becoming crucial when there is a massive and continued interruption in commercial quantities of food stocks and the distribution chain.

Instead of blindly relying on a commercial and convenient source of produce, by supporting local growers or better still ….. growing your own food …… it enables you to have a local food system with as much chance of food security as you possibly can provide for with your role in making choices that protect your self-sovereignty and your choice of lifestyle.

Using organic and sustainable agricultural practices, a local food system can provide real food security to an area.
Sustainability of a local food system is always a preferred option than choosing convenience and cheap as a buying decision.

The ability of a local food system to have a viable and sustainable role is to encourage local growers by supporting them in whatever way you can.

The discussions about climate change and food security can be had in the context of not only local organic farms near me but local sustainable farms, local climate change and local food security.

This allows individual ideas without needing to buy into what could be seen as an agenda to fashion dialogues that are biased to actions that have an end result of control and inhibit the ability of an individual to exert there own self -sovereignty and lifestyle choices.

Conditions will always change it is just the nature of climate and all the influences that act on it to dictate the way it performs and natural cycles are by far the more powerful influences.

Part of the conversation about sustainability is your personal preparedness for these changes. It’s not in the consumer’s interests to be worried about self-sovereignty and sustainability when the marketing message is all about convenience cheap, time payments, and keeping up with the Joneses.

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Organics or Natural


Organics or Natural

Our training and race reviews are a bit thin as we have not been very active at races of late, though Sonya gives her review of the version of Unshoe racing flats she is using now.

Ingredient of the week this week is Cashews a very versatile nut with lots of uses in the kitchen.

The topic we discuss this week is The distinction between Organics and natural.

The organics or Natural landscape can be a confusing place to understand.

With the vast number of symbols, certifications and labels it can be difficult to understand.

How do we as consumers really understand the similarities and differences between organics or Natural

What are the differences

Is there Similar qualities? how do you think about organics or Natural, as a consumer it will depend on the different levels of knowledge regarding organics or Natural .

The buying decision will be driven by different consumption patterns and should be made on factors ranging from price and comparability to authenticity and any environmental impact.

With a minimal involvement in the world of organics the distinctions between organics or natural can make the buying decision difficult and that is what part of the message here is about It does not have to be difficult to have a healthy lifestyle.

The most common confusion is the origin versus attributes, related to production and processing.

“Organic” is seen at to be what happens to food at origin (e.g., the farm, the plant, the animal), while“natural” can be described as to what happens (or doesn’t)in terms of production and processing after the farm gate.

Generally the use the term “organic” can relate to farming practices the simplest form organic means “grown without pesticides.”

Absence of pesticides, is the one large distinction, organic can also mean a variety of other things.

Raw food lifestyle

Organic is also understood to indicate an absence of herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, hormones and antibiotics as well as genetically modified foods.This is all connected with the growing process and are applied to whole foods (e.g., fruits, vegetables, grains, meat, etc.). These properties are strongly associated to mean organic than as to natural.

When you are looking to an ideal of natural that would mean that the food and beverages you buy are healthy, whole, real, and minimally processed.The term ” natural” can be understood to be what happens to the food after it is grown, by referring to the introduction or absence of processing steps.

The perception is “No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives” has more to do with natural than with organic distinction.

This again is the perception about the term natural being connected to production and processing.

While you can associate “natural” with an ideal of minimal processing, it does not mean that the word “natural” ensures that foods and beverages live up to the definition you may seek.

Natural means wanting less processed,natural products to be healthy. unfortunately there are many products out there labeled natural that are clearly not a healthy choice.

All products labeled natural,that are high in fat, sugar and/or sodium should be understood as being unnatural, regardless of the words on the package.

A Healthy choice should be a product with a short, recognizable ingredient list with nothing artificial, no preservatives, additives or fillers.

The closer you can get to having your food nutrition come from a place that has minimal additives and maximal impact for sustainable agriculture the better off we all will be.

I have behind production time again as the technical gremlins still plague me, though it is getting better.

If you have been following along for a while you will have seen how the blog design has changed.

This is not what I want to end up with, it is something I had to throw up to get the site to work, I will be working to get the design easier to navigate.

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