Our Current Industrialized Food System is Harming Our Bodies, Our Environment, Our Communities
Why is an environmental organization working on food? The answer is that our current, industrialized agriculture system threatens the quality of our water, soil, and air - all of which MCE has worked to protect for over 45 years - and has adverse impacts on the health of Missouri residents.
Source of Image: "Why GoFarm?" Go Farm, http://www.gofarmcoop.org/whygofarm/
Some of the important issues surrounding our current industrial food system are:
- Environmental Health: Industrialized farming practices have prioritized economic efficiency above human and environmental health, resulting in ecosystem losses and long-term damages to our air, water, and land.
- Land and Farming: In the St. Louis region, we’re fortunate to have high quality land and soil. However, industrialized practices, urban development, and excessive chemicals and pesticides are harming our land and threatening our local food future.
- Land and Farming Fact Sheet
- Storm Water
- Food Safety and Security: Today, approximately 70% of all processed foods are made from genetically modified (GM) products. Since genetically modified foods have only recently been integrated into the food supply, health risks are not completely understood and can arise without warning, and they carry environmental risks.
- Food Safety and Security Fact Sheet
- Nutrient Runoff
- Unfair Contracts for Livestock Producers: Watch John Oliver's Segment from Last Week Tonight about the Poultry Industry in America and how Industrialized Agribusiness bully small farmers into contracts that create a lot of work and debt, without much profit. After watching the film you can take action, calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to protect poultry farmers from costly unfair contacts with large poultry corporations.
- Agriculture and Climate Change: Agriculture affects climate change, and climate change impacts agriculture. Read more about these relationships HERE.
- Food and Health: Overall, we are eating more food than previous generations and still getting less nutrition. As our food choices have moved toward convenience over freshness and quality, our food and health have suffered.
- Livestock and Animal Health: Much livestock production no longer occurs on pasture. Instead, most animals are now produced for human consumption in industrialized Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, also known as CAFOs, which generate harmful pollution and can expose human consumers to pathogens and disease.
Source of Image: "Why Localized Food?" Go Farm, http://www.gofarmcoop.org/why-localized-food