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Food   (Chapter in progress)

It is food that gives us the energy to work, play, think and create. We all need a variety and range of foods that can be prepared easily. We should also be eating more healthy foods to keep us moving daily. In recent years, we have come to expect a wider concern with the ease of shopping than in what the item wastes in nutrition, calories and packaging.

We can reduce the impact on our environment and improve our health by:

  • Growing some of our own food and herbs
  • Eliminating use of pesticides and herbicides 
  • Using locally grown fresh produce to decrease use of fuel in delivery
  • Buying food with as little packaging as possible and in bulk
  • Varying our diet with lentils, beans, rices and nuts
  • Eating more raw or lightly cooked foods ie. steamed, stir- fryed
  • Cutting down on sugar, salt and caffeine, fats and heavy meats

A typical meal has travelled thousands of kilometres before making it to your table. Consider the true cost of your food in terms of transportation and the emissions and smog generated, processing, refrigeration and distribution. In supporting local farmers and businesses, you reduce your ecological footprint and move towards organic foods or seasonal fruits and vegetables to reduce your exposure to synthetic chemicals. You also access fresher produce picked likely the day before, giving it more flavour and nutrition.

Consider a commitment to eat only foods within a 100 mile radius of your home. Visit for tips from Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon who spent one year eating food produced within 100 miles of their Vancouver home. Use the mapping tool to find your 100 mile boundary and get started even it is just one day to begin with.

Ask your favourite restaurant if they use local and organic produce! It’s the next frontier of food and critical to sustaining our natural resources.

8 planet Earths’ worth of resources would be needed if every person worldwide lived like the average North American: Source – 100 mile diet.

Buying locally grown food, achieves one of the ten challenges in the David Suzuki Nature Challenge, an action list to most effectively protect the environment and improve our quality of life. Another challenge on this list involves eating meat-free meals one day a week. Most of the world’s water is used for agriculture. However, meat production and processing requires far more water compared to any other food process. Meat production is also the world’s largest user of land, for pastures and arable land.

Another item to look for if you are buying coffee is the Fair Trade certification logo to show that farmers and workers receive a fair price for their products. Often these products are organic as well.

Arva Flour Mill

2042 Elgin St.
(519) 660-0199
Toll free: 1-877-630-2296

Flour in paper bags, packaged bulk goods. Educational programs for children from k-4 are available.
Bellamere Winery and Event Centre

1260 Gainsborough Rd.
(519) 473-2273

Fresh produce, fruit and grape wines made on site, prepared vegetarian meals, breads, no preservatives bakery.
Bulk Barn

4 Locations:
1920 Dundas Street East.
1070 Wellington Rd.
50 N Centre Rd.
1965 Hyde Park Rd.

Goods in bins.
Bulk Barrel

3 Locations:
Westmount Shopping Centre, 785 Wonderland Rd S.
Citi Plaza, 355 Wellington St.
Cherryhill Village Mall, 301 Oxford St W, London

Goods in bins for bulk purchasing to reduce packaging.
The Covent Garden Market’s Farmers’ Market

130 King St. London
(519) 439-3921

Outdoor Farmer’s market Thurs & Sat May-Dec. Indoor market with vendors food and shops.For list of vendors:
Country Bulk

925 Ontario St.
Stratford, ON
(519) 273-0440

Bulk foods. Can bring your own containers.

Select locations

Flashfoods is an app that allows grocery stores to post discounted food that is near expiry. You can order through the app and then pick-up in store.

Fire Roasted Coffee Co.

4 locations:
106 King St, London ON
630 Dundas St, London ON
136 Wortley RdLondon ON
900 King St, London ON
(519) 438-5225

Certified Fair Trade Coffee. Main headquarters (where the roasting is done) 3392 Wonderland Rd Building 7 Unit 6London ON. Coffee is sold at the London Farmer’s Market at Dundas and King, on Saturdays from 8-3, also at Trails End on Dundas East (outside city limits) on Saturdays from 7-4. During the Summer months (May-Thanksgiving) Coffe is sold at an outdoor market on HW 21 South of Grand Bend.
Gibraltar Weekend Market

1712 Dundas St.
London, ON
(519) 659-8725

Individual booths including produce, organic meats, spices ,and baked goods.
Good Health Naturally

301 Oxford Street West
Cherryhill Village Mall.
London, ON
(519) 660-6656

Health Food Store.
London and Area Food Bank

926 Leathorne St.
London, ON
(519) 659-4045

Pickup service for donations of non-perishable food items.
London Food Co-op

621 Princess Avenue
London, ON
(519) 679-0570

Local organic produce, meats and dairy, baked goods, fair trade coffees, prepackaged goods – no preservatives/additives.
Lyn-Dys Organic Foods

1016 Oxford St.
London, ON
(519) 455-5573

Certified organic food.
Marshall’s Pasta Mill & Market

580 Adelaide St. N
London, ON
(519) 672-7827

Family- owned restaurant/ catering/ retail store of homemade Italian food.
McSmith Organic Farm

42828 Shorlea Line, RR #6
St. Thomas, ON
(519) 631-0279

Open Sat 10a.m – 2p.m.
Organic produce, grains, herbs, meat and eggs. Call ahead for large orders. Certified organic chicken for sale.

436 Clarence St.
London, ON
(519) 434-3842

No preservatives in homeade foods. Natural frozen yogurt and catering also available.

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