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From Farm to Fork: Our Toxic Food System - infographic

From Farm to Fork: Our Toxic Food System - infographic | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Food is the fuel we use to get our bodies into motion. 

However, with the way our current food system works, processed foods such as chips, soda, french fries, hamburgers and candy are making up a significant portion of our daily food intake. They’re readily available at every food store, and an ice cold Coca-Cola is very difficult to pass up in favor of sparkling water. The problem, though, is that it’s not even about choosing healthy options. Today, 80% of food in the U.S. is supplied by massive factory farms associated with a myriad of environmental and health risks.


Do you know where your food comes from? Or what’s in it? How is a hotdog made? Today’s conventional food system depends heavily on the use of toxic chemicals and synthetic inputs that pose threats to our health — especially children’s.


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sTreet's comment, July 5, 2013 4:03 AM
fantastic
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Feeding the World Sustainably: Agroecology vs. Industrial Agriculture

Feeding the World Sustainably: Agroecology vs. Industrial Agriculture | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

There are currently 1 billion people in the world today who are hungry. There's also another billion people who over eat unhealthy foods.

 

Food production around the world today is mostly done through industrial agriculture, and by judging current issues with obesity, worldwide food shortages, and the destruction of soil, it may not be the best process. We need to be able to feed our world without destroying it, and finding a more sustainable approach to accomplishing that is becoming more important.

 


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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, October 1, 2013 9:53 PM

Clearly industrial agriculture is not sustainable, and must be replaced entirely with systems that reverse the current damage and restore the balance that used to exist before we messed things up.  We can use plants and animals not only to feed ourselves, but to *improve* the environment for all life on the planet.

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Label GMOs: Infographic

Label GMOs: Infographic | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

One of my biggest problems with genetically engineered foods is that biotech companies love to talk about how superior their GM foods are, yet they resist any push to label foods that contain GMOs. Seems a little bit fishy to me!

 

We’re seeing a bit of progress on the GMO food labels front, thanks in no small part to campaigns like Just Label It. Last week, Civil Eats released an infographic laying out why genetically modified foods should have labels on them, and the reasons are compelling. For me, it’s all about choice. As consumers, we have a right to know what we’re putting into our bodies and what we are feeding our children and our pets. If GM foods are so safe, what’s the problem with labeling them?


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