THE FUTURE OF FOOD
In this film, organic market gardeners Frank and Josje talk about why the supermarket system doesn’t work and how Community Supported Agriculture fits into a new story for food growing. CSA members help farmers to grow the best quality vegetables and to nurture healthy soils by committing to receive vegetable boxes every week for a season.
That way, the farmer can get on with growing great food and sending it direct to their customers, without having to accommodate the profit-geared demands of the supermarket chains, which drive conventional growers to produce less nutritious vegetables in ways that damage the soil. This is the future of food, a future in which both people and planet are healthier!
KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM "THE FUTURE OF FOOD"
- CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture – a system that enables farmers to plan their crops efficiently because their CSA members commit to purchasing a weekly box each season.
- The customer knows they’ll receive a box of freshly harvested nutritionally grown food each week, while the farmer knows in advance what seeds to sow, and there’s no issue of food waste.
- This system differs to that of the industrial supermarket system, where the focus is on uniform, blemish-free produce with a long shelf-life, requiring farmers to use chemical inputs to grow crops faster in an unnaturally pest-free environment and to discard imperfect produce, creating a system overloaded with toxic waste and extreme food waste.
- A mixed system between plants and animals is important to create an optimal situation where bought-in fertilisers and other inputs are not required.
- A farmer’s job is to create the right kind of soil for healthy microorganisms, so that plants, trees, insects and animals can thrive in a biodiverse system.
- “We are in a position to do it properly because of the CSA; our members allow us to create that diversity. That other, old system doesn’t create that diversity.”