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Posted by trikebum on May 11, 2009 at 7:01 PM
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A letter to the Peterborough Farmer's Market:

 

Dear farmers and produce retailers,

 

Many people today are very concerned about where their food comes from; for environmental, personal health, ethical and political reasons.

For instance, the buy local movement means supporting local farmers, crafts people and businesses.

And for environmental reasons do we eally want to eat food that comes from half way round the world?

Think of the emmisions created with all that travelling. And do other countries' health and environmental regulations toward the release of chemicals and toxins while growing food or manufacturing a product reflect our own?

 

To this end, myself and many friends support our local farmers' markets. We want to reward our farmers for their hard work and tenacity in the face of globalization to grow food for our table. In return we enjoy the healthful fruit of their labours, picked at the peak of taste and nutrition in an environmentally sustainable way. What we also get in return is assurance that they will prosper, and still be in business 10 or 20 years from now,

 

In the supermarket we read labels before buying. One of the things we look for is where it's from, and we make our decisions accordingly.

Besides ingredients and nutrition I have a local priority when I buy: (1) is it from Peterborough and area? (2) is it from Ontario? (3) is it from Canada?

If the origin of the product is not labelled I won't buy it. We the consumers have a right to choose where their food comes from and most supermarkets know that and label their produce accordingly.

 

What I and my friends are asking of our farmers and retailers is; please do the same for us. We want to see transperancy when purchasing from you. If you grew it yourself be proud and let us know. If you bought from another farmer give them credit. If you bought from the Ontaro Food Terminal or another wholesaler, please let us know the country of origin. We want to support you but we want to choose the origin of the food that goes into our belly.

 

For instance, if I knew where the green peppers were from in February, I would prefer to buy them from the farmers' market even if they were retailed and not grown themselves. Why? Because the peppers would have been handled a lot less and with more care than at a supermarket. Plus I'm supporting local business which helps us all. But if the peppers aren't labelled with province or country of origin I will by them from the supermarket. I know I can always ask where its' from, but retailers sometimes haven't taken the time or concern to find out. And besides, if we're buying 7 different kinds of vegetables, we don't want have to ask 7 different times at every booth to find out. To quote an old farmer's saying, we won't buy a pig in a poke. Would you?

 

In this spirit, please help us help you. Please label origin of all produce and give us a choice. We'd rather buy from you than a national supermarket chain. Please discuss this with each other.

 

Sincerely,

Barry Davidson and other  concerned friends of the market.

 


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