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By: Kendra Pearce | May 25, 2011 07:48 PM | Permalink
When shopping local, remember your area food cooperative, as well as CSA. farmers markets, and own backyard. Most food co-ops support healthy, local food suppliers, whether local or regional.

Support local as if your life depends on it, because it probably does...and more and more every day.


By: Chantal Hensley | May 25, 2011 07:31 PM | Permalink
As much as i love to totally remove myself from mainstream society, this is not the tome to stick our heads in the sand when it comes to politics. Partisan biases aside, we need to be very vocal about our views and goals for our food and livelihoods. If politics did not affect farming, this may be different, however, many decisions that affect farming are made in a political forum.

By: Robyn MacNealy | May 25, 2011 07:23 PM | Permalink
Go Girl! If farmers don't stand up for themselves our country will be rolled over by the steamroller factory farms. It's time to get political before all of our freedoms are taken away.

By: Sandy | May 25, 2011 07:21 PM | Permalink
Ms. Barnett, As a doctor & mom, I totally agree with LocalHarvest's positions and manifesto. Keep up the great work, speak truth (popular or not) to power, and keep connecting us to those whose personal politics we might or might not agree with, but whose toil we all dearly respect and want to see GROW--literally! :D

By: | May 25, 2011 07:19 PM | Permalink
Right on, sister! People who tell you not to be political are people who want you to show up. Being polite and not being political has left the politicians in charge. And look where that has gotten us.

By: | May 25, 2011 07:11 PM | Permalink
Absolutely no one should go hungry in America. I get furious that people can buy potato chips and soda and candy with food stamps. Why can't the program be more like WIC? I believe that if people ate nutritious foods our health care costs decrease also. If I pay for people's food why can't I demand that it be nutritious? If you want to eat crap use your own money.

By: Mel Purdy | May 25, 2011 07:10 PM | Permalink
Does anyone know how our local strawberries are doing this year and where one could find organic or non-sprayed in the Susquehanna River Valley!

By: Virginia Drake | May 25, 2011 07:15 PM | Permalink
I agree with your view and pontifications. I am not certain you need to title it a "manifesto," isn't that over 100 pages? In any case your view is for me at least a correct manner of thought.

The recent, well last 5 or 6 years of "organic," on all things edible is questionable. However the application of organic is to me what is the right of every human being. It is right on. I believe all things need to eat. That humans can apply tools and knowledge to the bearing of life, liberty and the pursuit of feeding ourselves and the animals bred to do the same is a tall order. Husbandry of said animals, choice of grown things, method of both, tending of and farming, it's allowances, says to me it is more than just the labor involved.

Recently I have joined Helsing Farms by share. I have had a long running conversation with another farm that raises Lamb. (About the raising of it's sheep and the necessity to feed the world.) I have come away with a new level of respect for both those folks and for you.

Keep doing what you do and don't be shy about Political involvement. Someday soon I believe it will be more than just a thought on a cloudy day, but a necessary statement all must make in order to just "be."

By: kyle holloway | May 25, 2011 07:06 PM | Permalink
Bravo! Touche! In total agreement.

By: | May 25, 2011 06:58 PM | Permalink
Thank you, Erin. Write what you like. People can choose to read, or not read, any or all of your comments, whether political, agricultural, meteorological, or other. Our local PA county - and PA for that matter (Act 106) - is developing new rules and regs for farmers markets. We will be subject to these new rules, and have a right and a duty to work with the state, county, etc. to help develop reasonable ones. That, too, is political, no? Where do we draw the line? So - I'd rather have the choice to read, or not to read, whatever you write in these pages. And thank you for your continued emails. I look forward to them. Carole

By: Mandy Waters | May 25, 2011 06:36 PM | Permalink
I'm not a religious person, per se, but i am a humanitarian and i agree that food is a moral right. I am also aware enough to know that all major faiths celebrate and encourage family time, holy days and generosity toward others where food is concerned.

I think we can all agree that Big Gov't has no care for our bodies whether physical, spiritual or otherwise. The almighty dollar is what rules.

Thank you, Erin, for standing up for what matters!

By: Beth Diguiseppe | May 25, 2011 06:16 PM | Permalink
Bravo Erin! I live in PA and notice that the apple juice in the local chain supermarkets use a concentrate from CHINA?? Good for the economy? Good for politics? ...good for kids? certainly not pro local for any of the above.

By: | May 25, 2011 06:10 PM | Permalink
Good job Erin Barnett. I agree with the Manifesto as you wrote- "Meanwhile, the rest of our manifesto reads like this: The best food is that which feeds body and spirit. This food can best be found at a farmers markets, through a CSA, and in your own backyard. Cooking fresh, unprocessed food and sharing it with people you love is one of life's great pleasures. We support farms which place primary importance on building healthy soils, protecting the ecosystem, fair treatment of farm laborers, humane treatment of animals, and a sustainable life for the farmers. Protecting biodiversity on farms and seed saving are both good ideas. Genetically modifying crops is a bad idea, as is the current approach to farm subsidies. Local and regional food systems are of vital importance in this changing world and should be encouraged on every level. There is plenty of work to be done to strengthen and expand these systems, work in which each of us can play a role. Onward!" Bravo!

By: Jason Pepe | May 25, 2011 05:47 PM | Permalink
The one thing we should all agree on is that our current food system is a disaster! When profit is the only priority our health and our planet suffers.

Yesterday I found garlic from China in a farmers market. How do you like that?

Politicians and political parties are divisive and in the end are dominated by greed themselves.

My only suggestion is that we keep growing organically and defend our right to grow our food before we loose it.

Thanks Erin for taking a stand and making this statement.

"We stand behind our belief that having an adequate and steady supply of good food is a basic human right, and that those with plenty have a moral obligation to look out for those who do not."

I think you have plenty of friends here that will agree with you.

Jason "Pepe"

Businessman, Farmer and Left wing Republican just like Dwight Eisenhower was. Yes, I mean Left Wing!


By: | May 25, 2011 05:38 PM | Permalink
Hi Erin, I am in total agreement with you as well as many others. I have been slowly integrating organic foods and products into my life and myt granddaughters. . I currently am growing organically in my little greenhouse. I recently stopped purchasing bottled water. What an outrage this is. I do not support young mothers using Pampers or anything other than cloth diapers. How is it that they are promoted by everyone it seems. Do people not realize the problems with these disposable diapers. What more eco friendly way is washing and drying cloth diapers. And when they are no longer needed, lend them to another new mother, use them as rags or throw them away, they are biodegradable. I could go on but I won't. My best to everyone. Jackie

By: | May 25, 2011 05:35 PM | Permalink
How can you NOT be political in some way or another about something as basic as good healthy locally grown food? When our government interferes with things such as local as farmers' markets,or farmers selling their products directly on site, one has to be more involved than just shopping. Although shopping in itself makes a statement of sorts.

I actively promote locally grown and raw foods. I contact companies that I use to see if they use GM seed products. I am so happy to report that my favorite baking site, King Arthur Flour, has no farmers who use GM seeds to produce the grains that the company uses for its products.

I am totally against the government dictating how and what we eat, whether through mandate or taxation. People need to be educated and that is not achieved through government programs. The education can rather come from groups such as Local Harvest, other online sites, or just the closest farmers' market.

A community of like minded people gathered for one purpose always seems to achieve more than any mandate. Look at local community gardens where people are learning to grow their own food. Of course the growth of the CSA movement is another example.

Real change can only come if it is started locally, and that is what Local Harvest provides; a way of changing how we see and eat the food we have.

Thanks for the great work. Stay as political as you want

By: Gloria Huerta | May 25, 2011 05:26 PM | Permalink
I love your passion! It permeates. I agree with your position. God bless your work.

By: | May 25, 2011 05:24 PM | Permalink
Erin, I believe you said it EXACTLY right in this newsletter! Debate is important but the bottom line is that we are not islands apart from one another, we need one another regardless of our individual beliefs and civic duty requires caring for our fellow man, our environment and our freedoms.

By: Dave Larson | May 25, 2011 05:06 PM | Permalink
Erin, I value your statements, controversial as they might be to some. If it is true, as Michael Pollan says, that eating is a political act, then we who grow food, for ourselves or for sharing, cannot avoid politics. Over the years, our government policies have changed the face of American agriculture - enriching a few corporations and destroying many family farms. I suppose Wendell Berry says it as well as anyone in The Unsettling of America. What you and the others at Local Harvest are doing is vital to our country and the rest of the world. Please keep up the great work.

I include links in my website to Local Harvest for my reader's convenience and talk about your work in my blog. Both my site and my blog are devoted to growing real food and simple living. The values of Local Harvest, if accepted by enough readers and voters, can make this country a better place to live. Certainly a healthier place. Thanks for the work you do.

By: Ann Iijima | May 25, 2011 04:22 PM | Permalink
I totally agree with your position (and on your position on your position!) Keep up your great work!

By: nadine lew | May 25, 2011 04:20 PM | Permalink
Thank you Erin, you guys are doing a great job, and have our full support! it is EXTREMELY important for food supply and politics to mix, and some of the current policies are detrimental to food security. If, as farmers, we don't speak out against this, then who will? So, kudos for bringing some of these issues to light.

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