As long as consumers use their rights to purchase the food that is good for them, we can help to make sure there are still healthy food choices in America. How do you decide what food to buy? A recent 9-page guide by The Cornucopia Institute provides some questions to ask when you are shopping at Farmer’s Markets. I think you can also use these questions when in grocery stores and restaurants as well.
If you want to be part of the solution to creating a sustainable food system and supporting regenerative agriculture, then a little education can go a long way. For many people, the quality of the food is the most important attribute: Does it taste good? But with regenerative agriculture we also want to know: Has the land management/soil fertility practices used to grow the food actually improved the health of the soil and the land? Healthy soil means healthy food. The more biology in the soil means you have more critters working to bring minerals to the plants which you get to eat when the plant is harvested. If you want to learn more about nutrient-dense food, The Weston Price Foundation is a great place to learn more about the connection between food and health.
If livestock are involved many people want to know if the animals were handled humanely from birth to death and given access to pasture for food that makes them healthy and, in turn, healthy for the consumer. There are many certifications that take some of the guess work out of the process like the American Grassfed Association, A Greener World, and Animal Welfare Approved among them.
As Joel Salatin said: “You, as a food consumer, have the privilege of actively participating in shaping the world your children will inherit.” Let producers know you care about their production practices and ask questions to learn what they do and why they do it. Let them know how much you appreciate their extra efforts and voice your concerns if they aren’t practicing regenerative agriculture.
If you would like to learn who is practicing Holistic Management in your area, visit our Community Map. If you are ready to share this regenerative agriculture message with others, host a Film Screening with your friends. You make a difference! Help create a sustainable food system.
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