Eat Learn Grow’s mission is simple:
Educate, encourage and Inspire humans to discover their inherent sense of self sufficiency, competency and confidence.
We live in the age of supreme convenience. Every day our life becomes a bit more user-friendly: our smartphones answer our every nagging question, our personal technology learns our preferences just by us using it and our cars are even beginning to drive themselves. We sure have a lot to be thankful for!
Just fifteen years ago we were thankful for year round access to any fruit, vegetable or grocery product they wanted, yet today we certainly take that for granted. Even with all the miracles of modern agricultural technology, like GMOs, chemical fertilizers, pesticides and automated slaughterhouses, we are paying more money for lower quality, less tasty and less nutritious foods. And as a result of this need for convenience, more and more of us are now demanding food produced organically, without pesticides, sustainably, free trade, and of course, cruelty-free. I guess we sacrificed a lot just for the sake of convenience!
Today it seems like we would do literally anything if it meant an increase in convenience, or at least saved us some money. But convenience has a very important cost, one that’s not measured in dollars and isn’t readily visible, but is vital to our survival: our environment.
But what would happen if we could no longer get any of the foods we wanted, or for that matter, ANY FOOD AT ALL, from the grocery store? How would you provide for your family if you couldn’t actually buy food anymore? Scary to think about, isn’t it? So wouldn’t it be great if we prioritized the supply of truly ethical and organic foods that could be produced in the most convenient ways possible? Not only would we save money on our grocery bills, but we’d guarantee ourselves year-round access to nourishing, delicious and CONVENIENT food.
Now, I’m not one to spread doom and gloom, and I’m not saying a family living in a high rise apartment can provide everything it needs for itself, and I’m not trying to solve any sort of food security issue (at least not directly). What I am saying is that it’s absolutely VITAL we recognize our huge reliance on others to produce our food, that we understand we truly have no idea what has been done to our food before we scoop it up at the store, and we admit we’ve got to prioritize access to
I call on all those who demand convenient, organic, succulent and nutrient rich food to invest in personal, neighbourhood, and/or community based agriculture and food production projects.
We are no longer pioneers, those who had to take care of themselves, no matter what they encountered.
I believe we cannot expect to rely on anyone but ourselves. Not our neighbours, not our doctors, not our governments. It is absolutely paramount to educate ourselves as much as possible.
I believe we can thrive in the 21st century without sacrificing the health of our body or our planet. We must learn to work with, not against, the natural systems of the Earth.
I believe we deserve to be the best version of ourselves and to live the life we dream of, one full of health, happiness and best of all, PASSION!