I arrived at Guelph Friday night, what a drive, i was delayed in Madoc and therefore hit traffic at 4 pm going over Toronto. None the less i arrived at my friends house by 6 pm. We went out to diner to the Fat Duck where an organic menu was offered in support of the the Organic Conference being held. this is the first time that 7 restaurants in the city are working with local meat and veggy suppliers`and teh conference committe. After the meal a ballot was filled out on what we thought of the meal and that is submitted to the conference commmitee to review. Also, there was a coloring contest for kids under 12. the kids had to answer the question similar to"What does local food mean to you?" Not a hard question for my 11 year old to answer! local means support to farmers! there are monetary prizes for the best submission.
I did not atttend any workshops at the conference this year. I was helping out with our coop both, the Quinte Organic Farmers Coop. On Saturday, Ken, Lorrain and Aric manned the booth. On Sunday Ken and Idid. We talked a lot about ourselves and how we support each other within the coop. One topic that came up a lot was the lack of Provincial governement support in enforcing the language use of òrganic` in labelling. In Ontario, anyone can use the word organic and not necessarily be Certified. this is worrisome since then anyone can claim organic farming methods but Don`t have third party inspection to prove it.
Of course there were lots of discussion about global food policies, distribution and environment issues. A book called `let them eat junk` How capitalism create hunger and obesity written by Robert Albritton was offered for sale at our table. there are still some left if anyone wants a copy.
The trade show was amazing with many businesses promoting organic products. Mapleton organic ice cream was to die for! A new product I noticed was a organic bouillon stock in the dried form, vegetable, beef and chicken and other variation of flavours was on offer. Ilike to use these products when i don`thave time to make my own stock, it`s nice to see something that isn`t laoded with artificail flavours, MSG and salt!