The politics behind food and agriculture in today’s world seem to be diverging. On the one hand farmers are encouraged to keep up with the latest technologies in order to increase their production to feed a rapidly growing world population. On the other hand there is an increasing demand by eaters for organic foods grown and raised in their locality. What is behind these two diverging messages? What does this mean for the future of food and agriculture?
Paul Slomp is the farmer behind Grazing Days, a grass-fed beef operation that directly markets the meat of 40 cattle to about 250 families in Ottawa. Paul grew up on a family dairy farm in Alberta. Paul has a degree in Civil Engineering, but has been immersed in food and agriculture since his graduation, with smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, as a food policy analyst on a municipal food policy project in Ottawa, and currently on the board and executive of the National Farmers Union.