Courage For the World Teaches Food Sustainability

Written on:October 16, 2014
 
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Eating healthy foods from growers and ranchers using sustainable practices may seem like a daunting task but an organization called “Courage for the World” is making it easier. Using established networks, they are teaching people about food sources, the economic advantages to shoppers for buying locally even though it may cost slightly more, and the severe economic and environmental damage caused by multi-national corporate food factories and laboratories. Their message shows us how to go into a grocery store or farmers market and make informed decisions. These are lessons for everyone who eats food, drinks water, or wants a prosperous long-term economy for all people.

Guest: Ima SRSAC
Learn more at: Courage for the World

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