Promoting farmers markets on Earth Day
There is a growing interest in the farm-to-table chain and Earth Day is an ideal time to capture the enthusiasm of my peers.
Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 14:31
Photo: Jill Dolowich
"The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan changed the way I think about what I eat, the nutritional implications of food production, and the relation of foods to many diseases. Of particular relevance was the author's description of a farm in the Shenandoah Valley that works with nature, rather than in spite of it. I have become conscious of the importance of relying on local, sustainable food sources and how our current food delivery system results in the overuse of foreign oil. I believe that what we eat affects the health of the environment that sustains life on Earth.
On April 15, I attended the Long Island Small Farm Summit. The mission of the summit was to create awareness about the importance of locally grown food. Throughout Long Island's history, its rich soil has been one if its most precious resources. There are thousands of acres of unused farm land on Long Island that can be utilized for non-large-scale agriculture. As the growing movement to support local food takes shape, organizations like North Shore Land Alliance, lead sponsor of the Small Farm Summit, Nassau Land Trust and Peconic Land Trust are working to preserve farmland on Long Island and to encourage and educate the next generation of farmers. My goal for Earth Day is to promote awareness of local farmers markets in my community through local publications that target young adults. There is a growing interest in the food to table chain and this is an ideal time to capture the enthusiasm of my peers.
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