The industrial feeding system
Our food systems changed a lot after the Second World War. As technological developments were applied to feeding, tanks were transformed into tractors, and war chemicals were used in pesticides.
Roughly 90% of our staple crops are now GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms), making us reliant on big corporations (including Monsanto) to determine pricing and policy.
Our current food systems are:
One of the simplest actions we can take is to localise our food systems using organic growing technologies.
You can play a part in the following ways:
· Eat Seasonally
· Support local growers
· Grow your own food
At SEED we are committed to local production for local consumption.
We have pivoted our Gardens at Rocklands to support three local feeding schemes, directly impacting 766people. (We have produced 1.4 tonnes of high nutrition vegetables as well as 7300 locally baked naan breads since January 2021)
We have strengthened our seed bank to supply growers with locally adapted, open pollinated seed.
We have a Restaurant at Rocklands that feeds people on the national average at R20 per plate and educates them about nutrition and the links between gardens and kitchens.
We have developed a week-long training program called Feed Our People that covers everything needed to successfully grow vegetables long-term.