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Letter: A view on healthy food

November 18, 2020

Dear Editor,
    Millions of people from around the globe have been expressing their well-founded views about the need for substantial changes because they realize in order to survive as a species, we have to change what is in our heads. As an example, we collectively know the core scientific factors regarding climate change – explosive global population growth has put greater and greater pressure on every resource imaginable without any regard for the limits of the planet. Infinite growth is totally irrational on a finite planet. We document what is happening to our atmosphere, plants, oceans, animals, birds, bees, pollinators, fish, land, water so we have the evidence. We also collectively know what the consequences of these political and financially-based decisions will be, yet the majority of us continue to ignore/disregard the inevitable.
    If we believe humans are the only species on the planet that have the concept of a “future” then at this specifically critical point in history, we should be asking ourselves, “Is what we are currently doing working in the best interests of the planet and all its constituent parts?”
    There are millions of people around the world doing positive things to exist on the planet using the most intelligent, proven practices. Farmers who practice bio-regenerative farming incorporate their practices based on the symbiotic relationship between animals and plants. They do not depend on industrial fertilizers so they add manure, compost, and cover crops to nourish and rebuild the nutrients in the soil. They grow their soil organically as a natural, integrated, and interwoven system which means there is a very limited amount of tilling done. Biggest Little Farm is a film that documents how regenerative farming works and can be accessed on Netflix. Insects need plants for food and birds need insects for food and intelligent farmers know that using herbicides or pesticides kill not only the plants and animals but the microbes in the soil as well. We know that most of the world’s food comes from small farm operations and organizations like local farmers’ markets and food hubs help not only feed the community but bring the community together socially. We are very fortunate to have great farmers and a growing food hub here on Unama’ki (Cape Breton Island). I would be remiss if I did not also mention that eating a plant-based diet (vegetarian or vegan) is one of the primary ways we can significantly/collectively help the planet (
    As consumers, many of us are concerned about the food we eat because we believe that food is medicine and medicine is food. We can no longer blindly put our trust in the food industry just as we stopped trusting the tobacco industry many years ago. There is a parallel between these two industries because of what scientists have shared with us. We have been made aware that glyphosate is the active ingredient in a poison that is sprayed on food crops like corn, soy, and wheat. We also know that this poison is connected with genetically modified organisms. We know (from scientific testing) that this poison is absorbed and retained within the plant after it is processed into “food” which in turn is ingested into the bodies of those people who eat it.
    The World Health Organization has determined glyphosate is a probable carcinogen yet those regulatory organizations who the public believes are there to protect them are not taking the appropriate actions to ban them. Why not? Why are we all not working together to make this planet a healthier, happier place to live and grow? I believe that everyone has a right to a healthy environment and that is what so many organizations are trying to bring about but they need your help.
    There are dozens of countries and thousands of municipalities that have banned or are in the process of banning products containing glyphosate. The U.S. and Canadian federal governments have not done so yet. Film maker/activist Aube Giroux documents her love of growing healthy, organic food and her quest for information about the Canadian government’s policies on GMOs in her film Modified, which is available on DVD or rented on Amazon and Vimeo. In fact, recent requests for a judicial review to ban glyphosate have been denied as recently as February 2020. (
    I encourage you to contact the Minister of Health Patty Hajdu at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 1-613-996-4792 to voice your opinion about this issue.
    Paul Strome














































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