David Suzuki visits Humber to talk modern farming

Oct 6, 2014 | Life

By: Marlon Gomez & Travis Pereira

The Canadian godfather of environmental rights David Suzuki has made a stop at Humber College Lakeshore campus for his nationwide Blue Dot Tour.

The topic of discussion for this leg of the tour was the impact modern farming practices may have on our health, land and food security.

The goal of the event is to capture the attention of younger generations to create change at a local and national level.

A focus point of the talk was to introduce alternative methods to the main model which is industrial farming. The alternative discussed was organic farming.

The definition provided by the Canadian government defines organic farming as “a holistic system designed to optimize the productivity and fitness of diverse communities within the agro-ecosystem, including soil organisms, plants, livestock and people.The principal goal of organic production is to develop enterprises that are sustainable and harmonious with the environment.”

The panelists participating in this discussion were David Suzuki, James Bernard Mackinnon, Utcha Sawyers and Tanya Davis.

James Bernard Mackinnon author of The 100 Mile Diet told Humber News there are a variety of social and health  benefits to organic farming systems. 




Mackinnon said living on a mostly organic diet in a major Canadian city is a realistic goal.




Utcha Sawyers is the Senior Manager for Food Share Toronto’s Food Justice and Good Food Program.

Food Share is a non-profit organization working with local communities to support healthy eating and living.

Sawyers said when possible they try to use organic food from local markets in their programs.




The event premiered the film Island Green which discusses the possibility of transforming Prince Edward Island’s farming system into organic agriculture.

Poet and song writer Tanya Davis was born and raised in P.E.I., and had the opportunity to write a poem for this film.

Davis shared a few words from the poem and said the issue of organic farming resonates deeply with her.




The next stop on the tour is on Friday Oct. 10 in Quebec City, Que.