The Food Policy Council of San Antonio had a booth today at the Backyard Basics Expo, sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Texas Public Radio--two of our favorite partners in the community. We had good traffic at our table, viewing a slideshow, picking up information, and signing up to volunteer or receive our news updates.
We had our trademark flipchart there for community input. The question was "How would you fix our food system?" Here's what you said...
- Shelf life dates are artificially short.
- Restaurants and businesses should compost their food waste.
- Find a way to get leftovers to people in need.
- We need bees! Watch what you use in the garden.
- Get rid of processed foods - eat real!
- Be a vegetarian??
- BAN GMOs NOW (VOTES IIII)
- BAN PESTICIDES & HERBICIDES
- EAT Your View!
- Coffee grounds make good compost and some shops and restaurants will give you theirs!
- More Community Gardens in small spaces - everywhere (write/call your City Councilperson)
- Reuse graywater for landscapes
- Drink tap, not bottled, water (most botled water is bottled tap water)
- Ask the Father to bless our land
- Learn about the companies that supply our food and their practices
- Ask CoSA to reconsider HEB's non-answer to an urban store @ Chaves & S. Flores!! (See Commander's House Garden Conservancy on Facebook.)
- GO VEGAN!
- Support Urban Farms through special zoning
Thank you to everyone who stopped by. We weren't always there, because we were enjoying presentations by Bryan Davis, Molly Keck, keynote speaker Edwin Marty, and more. We had great participation from everyone circulating in the exhibits area, and we look forward to engaging with all our new friends and volunteers.
Thanks to David Rodriguez, Lupe Landeros, Krystal Batteen, Dr. Connie "call me Connie" Sheppard, and others from AgriLife, and to David Martin Davies, Elisa Gonzales, Kellie Fichter and others from TPR for hosting such a great event. And to NEISD's fabulous Agriculture Magnet Program at Madison High School for providing hospitality at your mind-blowing, beautiful, LEED-certified facility.