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Did you know that people are eating their own trash?

June 30, 2012, 3:21 amFiled under: Did you know? — Posted by Eco-Question Editor

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Did you know how much we really recycle?

March 29, 2011, 3:33 amFiled under: Did you know? — Posted by Eco-Question Editor

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Did you know how you can help though you don’t live near a farm?

February 22, 2011, 2:49 amFiled under: Did you know? — Posted by Eco-Question Editor

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Learn as much as possible about where your food comes from, how it is grown, and by whom. Read food labels. Talk to farmers at your local outdoor market or people in your school cafeteria. Follow the issue on websites, in newspapers, and magazines. Try growing food in your own backyard, and talk to your teachers about starting a garden at your school or growing some food in your classroom (e.g., lettuces, sprouts, tomatoes).

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Did you know why there are fewer varieties of apples today than 100 years ago, and why this is important?

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Large seed companies sell most of their seeds to large-scale growers. These growers prefer fruit and vegetables that look appealing, can be shipped long distances without bruising, and stay fresh for long periods of time.

Farming today, with its factory-approach to production and the mass marketing of produce, offers fewer varieties of most fruits and vegetables. This could become a serious problem because as more pests and weeds become resistant to chemicals, plant breeders will need to find varieties that have pest and weed resistance. If these varieties have become extinct, their traits will be extinct, too. This is why seed banks play an important role in preserving a wide range of varieties of each fruit or vegetable. But, it is also important for farmers and gardeners to help preserve the varieties that have disappeared from commercial catalogs.

 

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Did you know what traditional ways of growing food have to teach us?

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Traditional farming methods take advantage of natural pesticides and fertilizers, make efficient use of water, and use far less energy than does modern, industrial agriculture. Sustainable agricultural methods build upon these traditional techniques. Traditional rice production in Asia, for example, produces between 10 and 50 times as much food energy as it uses in energy inputs, while large-scale U.S. farms require two calories of energy to produce every one calorie of eggs, and 10-15 calories for every calorie of beef.

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Did you know why people say that farmers grow more food than ever is wrong?

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Today, industrial farming methods produce big harvests in the short term, but they also deplete the very resources that future generations will need to continue producing. Industrial agriculture disrupts and depletes the soil with synthetic fertilizers; uses too much water for irrigation; poisons the soil and water with synthetic pesticides that linger in the environment; and relies on expensive distribution systems.

These are called "hidden costs." They are easy to ignore until the problems they cause become increasingly obvious. These costs are referred to as hidden because they are not included in the price of food. How can we put a monetary value on lost topsoil or the value of water in an aquifer that can’t be replenished – or even the real cost in terms of air and water pollution, and of using fossil fuels to power farm machinery and produce synthetic pesticides and fertilizers?

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