There is amazing momentum gathering for the local foods movement here in Central New York. This letter, penned by Marty Butts, will help spur us on. Give it a read and if you want to sign it with me, click on Marty's email address at the bottom of the letter.
An Open Letter To Central New York-
Food is being shipped into Central New York everyday from Mexico and China, while jobs are being shipped out. Despite living in a country obsessed with health and nutrition, for the first time in our nation’s history, children being born today have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Products masquerading as food clog up pantries and plates.
We believe that a healthy and vibrant food system is the key to improving our economy, our environment, our health, and our culture. We believe that everyone deserves access to fresh whole food, including our children when they are in school, and everyone in all of our neighborhoods. We believe that the answers we seek as citizens don’t come from outside of Central New York, but grow right here at home.
We are chefs, advocates, artisans, and entrepreneurs. We are food system professionals and enthusiasts, farmers and gardeners. We come from all corners of the political spectrum and live in every neighborhood in every town and city in our region. We are your friends and neighbors. We grow food, eat food, and share food.
We pledge to collaborate with each other to improve our food system and our community. We pledge to share our experiences, promote each others work, hire each other when we can, and lend a hand when need be. We ask you, Central New York, to pledge to do the same; to improve our community and to become a model for communities everywhere. We control our own destiny, but only if we work together. We will support you. Please support us.
Martin H Butts
Local Foods Advocate
Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Cookin' in the 'Cuse
To find out how you can sign in support please email Marty Butts at firstname.lastname@example.org.