Consider the Future of Food and Farming in an Uncertain World

I have the greatest admiration for people who earn a living from the land. They will be the first to tell you that it’s a “lifestyle” as much as a career. This summer I had the opportunity to meet the local food producers who made the Innisfil Farmers’ Market such a success. I learned first-hand about their hard work on and off the fields and their passion for growing local food in a healthy, sustainable way.

So it seems appropriate that a new local organization, Innisfil in Transition, is showing a documentary film this week, A Farm for the Future, that looks at the challenges of transforming a farm into a low energy farm for the future. Everyone is invited to this screening at Innisfil Lakeshore Library on Thursday, October, 13 beginning at 7:00 p.m.. Admission is free but a voluntary donation will be gratefully accepted.

Innisfil in Transition is part of the global Transition Network, promoting ways to improve local community resilience so that we can better adapt to the looming difficulties posed by climate change, peak oil and economic instability.

If you haven’t noticed a dramatic increase in grocery shelf prices, or some incredible shrinking package sizes, an article that appeared in the Toronto Star on July 21, noted that “Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney warned agricultural prices in Canada are up 40 per cent year over year”. Please join myself and other members of Innisfil in Transition at the Lakeshore branch library to consider what kind of farming and food we might expect to see in a future of unaffordable or unavailable oil.

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