In 2007 we started Localecopia, Inc. This 501c3 non-profit organization was launched on the principles of eliminating the disconnect between local producers and consumers that had developed over a long period of time. It was also launched with the idea of bringing together like-minded individuals to advance efforts of environmental sustainability initiatives.
We had the pleasure of being a part of the Localecopia Meet & Greet on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, from 1pm-3pm at The Breakers Palm Beach (www.thebreakers.com). Sprouts! Inc. and Our Wonderful World Media has been a vendor for many years.
Florida currently has 48,000 farms on land that covers 9 million acres. In 2012, our state was number one in the value of production of oranges, grapefruit, market snap beans, market cucumbers, squash, sweet corn, market tomatoes, pickle cucumbers and watermelon. We also ranked second in bell peppers, strawberries and tangerines.
Our climate has advantages other than promoting tourism. When you move inland from the beaches and away from the theme parks, you will find the other Florida – a world of agriculture. Our climate makes food production possible year round…
Statistics show that around 33% of the US population is obese and 67% of the US population is overweight. It is estimated that at current trend levels by 2030…
Beginning with the end of the 20th century, we embarked on a path of genetically engineered crops. Now, nearly all of our staple foods including corn, soy canola and sugar beets are grown from genetically modified seed owned exclusively by a few large corporations.
It is getting hard to ignore the signs of our changing climate. Extreme weather events are in the headlines nearly every day. Drought, floods, heat waves, extreme winter storms and rising seas are all symptoms of our planet adjusting to the change in the atmosphere. Science has determined why this is occurring and how a single species is changing an entire planet.
Change is never easy. While we see the impact on nature from our actions, we cannot see the ultimate effect that they will have on us, and certainly not on the generations of those that will follow. Every year that we continue on the short path of profits with limited investments in our future, we are making it more costly in the long haul.
Our process of food production, particularly factory farming is rapidly making antibiotic treatment ineffective and may soon make them useless. How did this happen?
The Localecopia Meet and Greet at The Breakers in Palm Beach.