More Food for Thought

Click for more infoThe locavore’s dilemma : in praise of the 10,000-mile diet by University of Toronto professor Pierre Desrochers and his wife, Hiroko Shimizu, is a controversial book on food and agriculture.  The authors argue that most of the gains the world has made in food security have come from the evolution of small-scale agriculture to corporate-driven agribusiness.  Desrochers and Shimizu believe that  multi-nationals like McDonald’s and Walmart have made food both safer and cheaper.  After reviewing the evidence, the authors believe that sustainable farming and eating local will not solve problems with our current food supply system.

Not surprisingly, this book has generated some controversy. For an interesting discussion on it, read an article which appeared in Maclean’s magazine.

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Food for thought

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The seed underground : a growing revolution to save food by Janisse Ray (363.83 R263) is a fascinating new book which  discusses the loss of fruit and vegetable varieties and the genetically modified industrial monocultures being used today. It shares the author’s personal experiences growing, saving, and swapping seeds, and deconstructs the politics and genetics of seeds.  With the current focus on agricultural trends, and especially urban agriculture, this is a timely and very relevant read.

Become a Locavore

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Library will continue its seven-part series on the environment entitled Doing Your Part: Building A Sustainable Future Together.  Join us for what will be an interesting  session entitled “Become a Locavore: Bringing Local Foods to Your Table”
Wednesday July 18 at 7 pm

Sarah Elton, author of Locavore: From Farmers’ Fields to Rooftop Gardens, How Canadians are Changing the Way We Eat will discuss the benefits of eating local, sustainable food.
In addition, representatives from Lufa Farms and Arlington Farms will be on hand to discuss their local produce/fruit basket programs and CSSS dietician, Caryn Roll, will discuss the Good Food Box Program.

Local Food

Locally grown food is better for your health, better for the environment, and the right choice to support Quebec farmers.

1. Fruits and Vegetables in Season

The first step to eating local in Montreal is finding out what grows when in the area. Montreal — and most of the province of Quebec — is lucky to have access to fresh homegrown produce year round! Consult this list of Quebec grown fruits and vegetables categorized by seasonal availability as you shop for groceries. And remember, when produce is in season, not only does it taste better, it’s cheaper.

2. Montreal Public Markets

Public markets in Montreal have a wide selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables from Quebec, maple products, cheeses and much more.

The selection at Jean-Talon Market, as well as Atwater Market, is exceptional.

3. Organic Food Baskets: Join a CSA

One of the most affordable ways to eat top-grade, locally grown organic fruits, vegetables, free range meat, eggs and more fresh from the farm is to join community supported agriculture, better known as CSA. Currently, the Québec CSA network has just over 100 participating farms, with over 8,500 participating households. The aim is to support the development of Québec’s organic farms and make their produce more accessible.

You can become a partner with a farm by purchasing a share of the harvest in advance. Once a week farms deliver baskets of vegetables to drop-off points during the summer and fall seasons.

There are 3 farms that currently deliver in the area:

Ferme Mange Tout :
Drop off: Coop La Maison Verte 5785,Sherbrooke Street West

Arlington Gardens:
Drop off: Montreal West Town Hall Parking Lot 50 Westminster South Avenue

Coming to CSL – Sign up flyer

Lufa farms:
Drop off: English Montreal School Board, 6000 rue Fielding.

Contact them to find out how you can receive your basket of weekly vegetables.  If you would be interested in having a drop off point in Côte Saint-Luc, please let us know.

To find out more about local foods:

http://www.mcgill.ca/foodservices/socialresponsibility/localfoods/

The following is a great selection of books on the buying, cooking and eating local food.

The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local FoodThe 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local EatingBringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food

The Art and Soul of Local, Sustainable CuisineGrub: Ideas for an Urban Organic KitchenThe Homesteader's Kitchen: Recipes From Farm to Table

Locavore: From Farmers' Fields to Rooftop Gardens - How Canadians Are Changing the Way We EatRip From Around Here: A Vegan Guide to Local and Sustainable Eating (No Matter Where You Live)The Locavore Way: Discover and Enjoy the Pleasures of Locally Grown Food