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Peasants, not industrial agriculture, are the way to feed world

New Internationalist / Pat Mooney, Nnimmo Bassey / 14 December 2017

In our report delivered to policymakers in both Rome and Bonn, Who Will Feed Us?, ETC Group (the Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration) provides original data about the importance of peasant food systems and the real economic, environmental and social cost of industrial agriculture.

The industrial food chain is using at least 75 per cent of the world’s agricultural land and most of agriculture’s fossil fuel and freshwater resources to feed barely 30 per cent of the world’s population. Conversely, more than 500 million peasant farms around the world are using less than 25 per cent of the land – and almost no fossil fuels or chemicals – to feed 70 per cent of humanity.


Local grocery starting up: By the Seasons

Transition Brockville / 02 November 2017

A new Health Food Store comes to Brockville: By the Seasons. Its focus is on providing FRESH, LOCAL and SUSTAINABLE produce and products.

Just starting up this fall, there is not yet a storefront. However, this announcement was made yesterday:

I am sending out a message to everyone as a way to say hello! And give you an update on the store.

If you can spare some good vibes, today is the day I present the business plan for the store in front of the Starter Company Panel, in the hopes of receiving a $5,000 grant to help get things started, (sooner rather than later).

The plan is to send you all a produce and price list within the month and get your first orders in! In the next few months I hope to have a large produce list to choose from so that you can do all of your shopping in one place, but it may take some time to get the inventory list up there.

If you know of anyone else who would like to be added to this list, please do tell them to message me ( The grant money will be going toward building a great online site where you can easily do your groceries, pay, and choose delivery/pick up time, so in the future, any new interests will be able to find all the info they need there, including my number if they would like to call me.

If the internet does scare anyone, I am happy to e-mail you the list or speak with you over the phone as we get things up and going.

Thanks for being here and being excited, it’s the main reason I’m here!

Beau’s, Bullfrog Power launch solar project at Just Food Farm

Bullfrog Power / 11 October 2017

Today, Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider, and Beau’s Brewing Co., based in Vankleek Hill, Ontario, are announcing the launch of a new solar project in Ottawa. The 10 kW project is being developed in partnership with Just Food, an organization working toward just and sustainable food and farming systems in the Ottawa region. A free community celebration will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, at the Just Food Farm where members of the public can learn more about, and celebrate, local good food projects.

“Bullfrog Power and Beau’s took an early interest in Just Food’s community farm when they committed to helping us develop our own solar project,” said Moe Garahan, Executive Director, Just Food. “Thanks to this very generous support, we were able to partner with a range of funding partners to do even more to strengthen Just Food’s mission of working towards vibrant, just and sustainable food and farming systems in the Ottawa region.”


Bringing local food into the sharing economy

Cornwall Standard-Freeholder / Todd Hambleton / 19 October 2017

There’s a food revolution going on, and several dozen guests at a first-time seminar on Thursday were finding out ways to get more deeply involved in it.

The Sprouting New Connections: Scaling Up event was hosted by All Things Food/Bouffe 360, in partnership with several organizations.

Talking about the sharing economy and the role technology is playing in it, keynote speaker Marcia Woods, CEO and co-founder of Barrie-based Fresh Spoke, told the gathering “it’s bloody well time we take advantage of this opportunity and apply it to local food.”

Fresh Spoke, which has an Eastern Ontario regional ambassador, says it’s reinventing the supply chain and giving local producers a new way to get food orders where they need to go, providing a marketplace platform that connects people with local producers and simplifies the order, payment and delivery process for buyers and sellers.


Why you should turn your yard into a mini-farm

Yes! Magazine / Jennifer Luxton, Erin Sagen / 26 July 2017


An IGA in Montreal is growing its own vegetables on the roof

Montreal Gazette / Jacob Serebrin / 20 July 2017

Tim Murphy bends down and pulls a healthy-looking bulb of garlic out of the ground.

Nearby, heirloom tomatoes grow next to several varieties of lettuce. It’s a large, well-maintained garden, but what really sets this garden apart is where it’s located. Murphy is a project manager and urban gardener for The Green Line: Green Roof, a Montreal-based company that installs green roofs, the garden he tends is on the roof of a grocery store.

IGA Extra Famille Duchemin, in the St-Laurent borough, says it’s the first grocery store in Canada to sell produce grown on its own roof.

More than 30 different kinds of produce are being grown on the 25,000-square-foot roof, and all of it is certified organic. In addition to tomatoes and lettuce, eggplant, radish, kale and basil are among the products growing here.


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