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What Is SOLE Food?

SOLE food is the acronym for “Sustainable, Organic, Local and Ethical” food. It is part of the increasing interest in the way food is grown and prepared. They believe that if organic food is free of chemicals, which are found in fertilizers and pesticides, then it can ultimately benefit personal health. Other benefits of SOLE food are that it is gentler on the environment, and practices “humane” treatment of animals that are raised for slaughter. Sustainability, on the other hand, indicates a long-term approach to raising crops and animals, instead of short-term profits that adversely affect the environment and ultimately destroy the very source of the food.

SOLE food emerged from a greater awareness of the environment, and how the pressure to produce food in mass-scale to feed a growing population was actually damaging the world, and its ability to support us, in the long-term. For example, razing down a forest to make room for industrial farms not only destroys the trees but the entire eco-system (like animals that depended on the forest for food and shelter). It can also affect the climate, especially if—next to the farms, canning factories and food processing plants are constructed. Eventually, after mere decades, the once-rich fields have become barren from overplanting, the rivers that sustained the plants have become polluted, and the animals that ensured a steady source of meat had dwindled to dangerously low numbers.

SOLE food also addresses the issues of transporting food across long distances, wasting large amounts of fossil fuels. Hence they emphasize buying local, which not only saves the earth but supports the economy. The ethical component of SOLE food dictates that workers are paid well and are given appropriate benefits.

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