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Food Fight!!!!

October 30, 2009

“Where can I find locally sourced food?” This is the first question that most people ask after learning the value of local food. Here is the answer… Your local farmer. How do you meet these farmers? Attend “Farm to Table” as we introduce you to the farmers, producers and chefs making local food possible and delve deeper into the topic of local food as we watch and discuss a recent documentary film on the topic.

The Farm to Table event has been put together to educate the consumers about the important issues concerning our food and to connect the Orlando community with its local food sources. The Local Food Alliance, a project of Ourlando, has pulled together local farmers, artisan food producers, chefs and vendors to present to you, the
conscious consumer.

Food Fight, is a, “fascinating look at how American agriculture and food policy developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement has created a counter-revolution against big agribusiness.” In essence large commodity producers, large agribusinesses have hijacked agriculture
policy and the farm subsidy system. Our food system is currently dominated by high input, highly processed, nutritionally poor junk food that jeopardizes our health and the health of our planet.

The good news is that we don’t have to sit on the sidelines and watch. As informed citizens and consumers we can connect the dots between local farmers, producers, restaurants, markets and the public and help build a sustainable, local food economy. A local food economy creates sustainable healthy choices. We as a community must get off the sidelines though and make our preferences known. We have to stand up against the corporate industrialized food system that currently dictates all of our eating decisions!

Local, organically produced food provides numerous rewards. Among these are a healthier diet, a cleaner environment and a more robust local economy and community. The fact that these foods are fresh and
in season mean that they provide more nutritional value to the consumer. Organically grown means that the food is produced without pesticides and herbicides, thus reducing the risk of human and environmental contamination and pollution.

Organic produce and other foods grown locally and regionally reduce the number of miles food has to be transported (a.k.a. “food miles”) from farm to plate further reducing carbon emissions and pollution. Small and medium scale farmers produce a diverse selection of fruits, vegetables, dairy and livestock that is meant for
consumption by the local population, not for industrialized uses in feed lots, which pollute local bodies of water with their runoff, or highly processed foods, which don’t offer the nutrition that whole foods and grains do.

Local food, as well as being good for you and the environment, is also good for the local economy. It is an extension of local business. When you support your local farmer (and other venues/vendors that offer local food) you support the laborers they employ, the county that the farmer pays property taxes to, the feed and seed stores, banks and service providers they patronize, etc. This is the local economy that local food is a pivotal element of.

Please join us on Sunday, November 15, from 12:30-2:30 to meet our local farmer’s and local food vendor’s. The event begins with passed hors d’oeuvre made with locally grown produce by Chef Josh Oakley, the executive chef of Enzian, followed with the showing of “Food Fight”. After the documentary, there will be plenty of time to meet and mingle with our local farmers and vendors. We will also be featuring the organically, fresh brewed beer
of Orlando Brewery, fair trade coffee from Austin’s and assorted blends of tea from Dandelion Communitea just to name a few.

This event is brought to you by Ourlando’s Local Food Alliance. The goal of the Local Food Alliance) is to reconnect our local food system. We are bringing together local independent businesses, non-profits, garden project leaders, restaurants and food distributors, food program organizers, policy makers and community members who share this passion. The alliance currently consists of Slow Food Orlando, Simple Living Institute, Florida School of Holistic
Living, PLACE, the Audubon Park Community Market and My Yard Farm. As we move forward, we are continuing to expand our partnership base and collaborative efforts. Our collective goal is simple – making more local food available to the community. For more information please visit PLACE’s local food alliance.

Ourlando’s mission is to, “Empower the Ourlando community to co-create a vibrant and sustainable local living
economy through authentic creative culture, social equity and environmental harmony.” More information can be
found at ourlando.com/

Tickets for this event are available for advance purchase at the Enzian website:

For more information contact Tina Santiago

Email: tinasantiago@ourlando.org

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