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Apr 28, 2023 | Daily Trek

Farm to Table - Radical Trekking - Ayelet Baron

Farm to Table: From the Ground Up

Farm to table is on the rise, encouraging us to think critically about our health. By prioritizing locally sourced and organically grown ingredients, we support local farmers and the environment. Understanding the origins of our food helps us become aware of the impact our choices have on our health and communities.

However, consuming healthy farmed food is often pricier than fast food. And not accessible to everyone equally.

Monarch butterflies, bugs, birds, good bacteria, and pollinators are essential to food production. By supporting land stewards who create biodiverse ecosystems, we contribute to the wellbeing of all living beings.

Regenerative farming techniques reverse the damage caused by years of industrialized farming and toxic pesticide use.

When spring arrives on the farm, new life emerges. Farmers eagerly anticipate sprouting grasses, legumes, and forbs, along with the songs of frogs and birds. As nature awakens, farmers work in harmony, cultivating nutrient-rich plants for animals to graze and foster a thriving ecosystem.

Farm to Table is A Way of Life

Small, sustainable food systems empower growth and a desire to support farm to table businesses. Numerous farms collaborate to produce healthy products that benefit people and the planet, working in partnership with nature. A new generation of farmers, including an increasing number of women, is focusing on regenerative, inclusive, and thriving agriculture, with a passion for healthy living.

Female farmers in Africa, often overlooked, contribute significantly to the continent’s food production. They produce approximately 50% of Africa’s grains and vegetables, making up 43% of small-scale farmers. Despite their hard work in feeding their families and the growing population, they face challenges such as limited access to land, credit, technology, and markets.

By shifting perceptions, implementing policies that grant property ownership rights to women, and prioritizing education and empowerment, we can support their vital role in the food system.

And in other parts of the world, innovative farmers develop interconnected systems, ensuring fair wages throughout their supply chain. A commitment to regenerative agriculture has a positive impact on local economies and our quality of life.

Farmers are vital conservation allies. They grow crops that fuel us, while also stewarding the lands and waters essential for our continued existence.

There are few things more important to our health than eating fresh, wholesome foods. Farm to table is not a fad but a way of life where children also learn where their food comes from.

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