BC's Green Team
Food We Eat
The way our food is grown, and how far our food is shipped, has a huge impact on our environment and health.
Many of the grains, fruits and vegetables we eat are grown using herbicides, pesticides and fungicides that are harmful. These chemicals hurt farm workers, harm fish and animals, pollute fresh water supplies and present health issues for consumers. Most of the meat we eat comes from feedlots that rely on steroids and antibiotics to keep animals big and healthy. These chemicals mixed with the huge amounts of waste is a major source of pollution.
Most of the food we eat travels over 1,500 from it's origin. Food that is shipped long distances requires a large amount of energy to move, which means large amounts of pollution. Food that travels a great distance before it gets to market is harvested before it is ripe, so that it will last during transport. This early picking decreases the vitamin and mineral contents, which also affects the taste in freshness. Buying food from far away also takes your money far away, instead of supporting local producers.
Supporting local, sustainable agriculture would help solve many current environmental issues. In order to model this important change, several schools across the district have started organic school gardens. These gardens are designed to grow organic produce that can be used in our school cafeterias.
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