The country’s non-profit body, enhancing a healthy environmental situation, is FamilyFarmed.org. For years, the main task in its work has been to maintain the local food system development throughout the Midwestern lands. That includes the establishment of markets for many sustainable and organic family-run units in Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan.
The America’s family farms are disappearing at a stunning speed. For the past 5 decades, the quantity of farms has declined by over a million. Now, a growing amount of consumers has started to buy organic food from the local units. Healthy products satisfy their demands and are free from such harmful substances as pesticides, antibiotics, synthetic hormones.
Production at an appropriate scale, incorporation of fair trade/pricing, humane animals treatment, promoting to buy locally are the other attributes of natural food. Research indicates that this sector includes 25 percent of the American public.
FamilyFarmed.org acts as a website; it’s also a food label. The EXPO business helps the Midwestern organic farmers to get a connection with commercial buyers. This project aids economic development, supports the environment, builds the community and inspires people to obtain the supply from native producers. Here’s how it works:
The internet site – The FamilyFarmed.org educates the consumers about profits of buying provisions, that are healthier, environmentally sound, and which support local family farmers. Through the website, buyers can get access to the information about area manufacturers with a picture of the processor or farm family and the description of growing methods, products. This is where takers meet their grangers and begin to re-establish connections with their community, nourishment and the land.
Food Label – The FamilyFarmed.org label includes the respective logo, the city of origin (Chicago or Minnesota) and the name of the product’s creator. We strive to provide our customers with the information of manufacturer and city. The label is used to direct people to the site and strengthen the interaction between the eaters and producers. For supermarkets, it’s also a way to promote regional products.
EXPO – At the EXPO, FamilyFarmed.org brings together dozens of local ranchers and food producers, direct consumers and trade buyers from supermarkets, restaurants, distributors and more. The EXPO features educational workshops for the public, farmers and trade; cooking demos from some of Chicago’s best chefs; films about eats; the kids activity area; bookstore; plenary sessions and an organic café.
In March 2005, the FamilyFarmed.org EXPO was held at Navy Pier in Chicago. More than two thousand people attended the event to meet exhibiting 45 organic farmers, farm co-ops and the producers, who represented over 400 Midwestern farms. This full-day celebration was the largest event in the U.S. with a local organic foodstuff focus.
Due to Sustain’s involvement, complex issues turn into compelling campaigns and projects. Thus, the business, media, public, and policymakers participate in the elaboration of the healthy and sustainable society. It also promotes the sustainable economic growth by entering into private and public partnerships. The cooperation creates new jobs and revitalizes the community in an environmentally safe way.
The country’s most effective non-profit society supports the healthy atmosphere and plays a crucial role in many national, regional environmental victories. Its strong images together with a help of creative campaigns have been seen in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, The NY Times, People, Time magazines and on national television.
That name comes from the word “sustainable“, which means using resources in an environmentally friendly and economically viable way that meets the long-term community needs. We accomplish this by creating public education campaigns, developing programs to make “green” industries more attractive to consumers, creating public events, working with the media, serving on advisory boards, councils and using other means to promote positive changes. Most of the work concentrates on protecting the physical environment by advocating for clean air, safe food, diverse transportation choices, restored rivers, lakes and natural areas, healthy cities and communities, and abundant open space.