Most challenges don’t have the potential to taste this good. In co-ordination with World Food Day, which is Oct. 16, the Food Security Network of Newfoundland and Labrador is challenging everybody throughout the month of October to make a pledge and take action around local food.
“The whole idea is we’re trying to encourage people to think about building a more healthy and sustainable food system in Newfoundland and Labrador,” says Kristie Jameson, executive director of the Food Security Network NL.
The idea is to challenge the people in the province and to get them to realize the many actions that have to be taken to make food security and substantiality happen.
Everybody has some small role in reaching that collective achievement, says Jameson.
“What we know is that we’re importing 90 per cent of fresh fruits and vegetables into the province.”
That’s what’s sold through major wholesalers, but the number doesn’t include what people may be growing
or what’s sold through venues like farmers’ markets.
While we’re basically self sufficient in things such as eggs, chicken and dairy, Jameson says, the feed required to grow those things comes from outside the province so it’s somewhat misleading.
“I would say that we still are, as a province, incredibly dependent on outside food sources,” says Jameson.
Another point she raises is that the fresh food that’s brought in is expensive and not particularly nutritious by the time it gets here.
“The idea with this challenge is we want to raise awareness about the issue, but we also want to highlight the ways individuals, families and communities can take action around these issues and get involved.”
Jameson says the network is getting plenty of pledges that include people pledging to eat more local food, grow more food, learn more about food security issues or even to cook more food from scratch.
Anybody looking to make a pledge and see what others have pledged can check out the link on the Root Cellars Rock Facebook page.