On the Table
Welcome to On the Table, an occasional blog from GardenShare executive director, Aviva Gold.
Supporting a community-based food system seems pretty cut-and-dried. We are working toward a regionally-based food system that supports our local farmers, and our local economy. We want everyone in our communities to have access to healthy, affordable food choices. We want food- and agriculture-related businesses that create jobs in our communities. What's the big deal?
All of these ideas are controversial at some level. Even within our own organization we debate what "access" means, or what "sustainable" agriculture is. Facebook and e-newsletters encourage us to trivialize controversy or ignore it all together, and stick with the positive that we all agree on. And while there's a place for that, we do a disservice to the importance of these issues when we ignore the difficult discussions. Sometimes you have to lay it on the table.