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Dec 2/10 - Food activist Thomas Pawlick in Sharbot Lake
Food activist Thomas Pawlick in Sharbot Lake
Photo: author Tom Pawlick at Oso Hall
On November 16, Tom Pawlick, award-winning journalist, editor and author of a number of books including his most recent, "The war in the Country: How the Fight to Save Rural Life will Shape our Future", spoke to a full house at Oso hall in Sharbot Lake.
The event was organized by Sharbot Lake resident Janina Fisher, who introduced Pawlick
"This is a very old idea and right now in Canada there are six or seven large multi-national corporate food industry players who have decided that they want to dominate world-wide," said Pawlick
said that these businesses are doing this through "cost price squeeze" - controlling prices at both ends, and are now taking that control to the next level.
"As always happens when greed is the dominant factor, the companies now want to control everything in the middle.
Thus we are seeing a concerted effort by every multi-national corporation in the world including Canada and the US to take over absolutely everything to do with the food production industry, including the land," he
According to Pawlick
, politicians benefit from the purses of these companies, and as politicians form the government, they are creating legislation designed to undermine every small entity in their way, i.e. family farms, cheese factories, health food stores, farmers' markets and small abattoirs.
"Governments respond very quickly to what these big corporations want by passing a whole bunch of regulations for the environment and for public health, which to the average City Joe seem right but which are designed to put small scale food producers out of business," he
cited the example of a friend of his
who owned a successful butcher shop for 20 years but was forced to close after the government slapped the shop with $20,000 worth of "unnecessary overhauls".
also spoke of small-scale egg farmers who are forced to have on-site grading stations if they want to consider expanding their production.
Vegetables came next as Pawlick
cited statistics gathered over a 56-year period that showed a drastic drop in the flavour and nutritional value of vegetables.
Regarding huge multi-national cattle farms like the feed lots in Texas, Pawlick's
statistics and facts led him to compare them to concentration camps.
"The way these animals are housed and treated is an abomination, a crime - and I hesitate to use this word, a sin."
Though in some ways Pawlick was preaching to the converted, he
did shine a light on the steps that concerned groups, consumers and producers can take.
paid heed to local efforts like those of the National Farmers Union's Local 316 chapter who are leading the way in developing a strong local food system and he
encouraged support for these systems and others like local farmers' markets, CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms and other groups.
But he said that supporting local agriculture is not enough, political action is needed, and he would like to see some seemingly unlikely coalitions develop. "The NFU needs to work with political groups such as the Ontario Landowners Association to really make some changes happen.
Our next guest, Thomas F. ...
Our next guest, Thomas F. Pawlick, has more than thirty-five years of experience as a journalist and editor, specializing in science, environmental, and agricultural reporting.
He is a three-time winner of the Canadian Science Writers' Association Award and received a National Magazine Award for his agricultural reporting.
Pawlick holds a masters degree in farm journalism and is the author of ten books, including the best-selling The End of Food.
He served six years as chief editor of Ceres magazine, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's flagship publication.
He currently lives on a 150-acre farm in eastern Ontario.
In The End of Food, Pawlick
documents the impending food crisis and traces its direct cause to the harmful methods of food production and processing currently used by the so-called agri-food industries -- a corporate-run factory farm system that increasingly values profits over nourishment to the detriment of everyone's health and well-being.
It's a bleak picture, backed by hard-hitting evidence and true stories, but Pawlick makes it abundantly clear that it is not too late and devotes the latter part of the book to the many ways that ordinary citizens can take back control of the food supply by becoming active on a local level.
The War in the Country and The End of Food will be available for purchase from Leeds County Books
, a co-sponsor of this presentation.
WHAT: Thomas F. Pawlick
, author of The War in the Country and The End of Food
Tom Pawlick, journalist and ...
Tom Pawlick, journalist and author of The End of Food: How the Food Industry Is Destroying Our Food Supply-And What You Can Do About It and The War in the Country: How the Fight to Save Rural Life will Shape Our Future, has accepted my invitation to come to Sharbot Lake to speak at Oso Hall on Tuesday, November 16th from 7pm to 9pm.
Tom has years of experience researching the industry, and is currently connecting with groups in the area to generate connection and build strength and see if we can come up with a strategy to protect ourselves as the laws make it more and more challenging for us to even have the unhindered right to grow our own food.
I'm going to put an ad in the local papers for next week, but would ask that you send this around to individuals and groups who you think may be interested in hearing him speak and possibly in working together to build a strong local food economy - especially people in the Perth and Arden areas.
The presentation will be by donation.
has only asked that we cover his
I'm hoping that we can collect enough to cover his
travel costs and the cost of the room rental, which I've paid for out of my pocket, and the cost of the local advertising
2010-2011 Program - GTLLI - Georgian Triangle Lifelong Learning Institute - offers lecture courses in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
The nutritional value of supermarket food has been decreasing in recent decades while the toxic ingredients have been multiplying because of the methods employed by corporate factory farms.
Corporate food now dominates the North American marketplace, whereas family farms have been driven almost to extinction.
This lecture will show how this trend can be reversed.
Thomas Pawlick is an award-winning science journalist who has authored several books including The End of Food.
has lectured at Carleton University, University of Detroit, and University of Regina
lives north of Belleville where he
1990s - Winter 2002 - Carleton University Magazine ..
Tom Pawlick, MJ/97, has published his master's of journalism thesis as a book.The Invisible Farm: The Worldwide Decline of Farm News and Agricultural Journalism Training was published by Chicago-based Burnham Inc.His research showed that agricultural journalism was a "dying specialty" at a time when "the whole nature of the rural life and food production was being brutally overturned."
...Tom is an assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Detroit.
Pamela Reid, BAHons/97, and her husband, Thomas
, are thrilled to announce the arrival of Benjamin Joseph Peter on March 2, 2001, a brother for Justin, age six, Iain, age five, and Shaughn, age three.