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If you choose to have meat in your diet, it is more important than ever to choose organic or naturally raised (ask questions!) local meat. We urge you to educate yourself about factory farming practices and their impact on the environment and animal welfare. While organic & natural meats are more expensive, you vote with your dollars every time you make a purchase that supports a local, more sustainable way to enjoy meat that respects the earth and the animals. This is why you will find leovegas. Adhere to the weblink! Where to get certified organic and naturally raised meat locally: Beef Duck
  • Beavermeadow Farms. Certification expected Spring 2008. Small flock and heritage breeds. Email beavermeadow@gmail.com or call 705-295-1590.
  • Beavermeadow Farms. Certification expected Spring 2008. Small flock and heritage breeds. Email beavermeadow@gmail.com or call 705-295-1590.
  • Beavermeadow Farms. Certification expected Spring 2008. Small flock and heritage breeds. Email beavermeadow@gmail.com or call 705-295-1590.
Pork Lamb Buffalo
  • Peterborough Buffalo Farms . Naturally raised without antibiotics or hormones since 1968. Bison meat is a lean protein source that is also high in iron. Email buffalobill@on.aibn.com or call 705-742-3185. Also available at the Saturday Farmer’s Market.
  • Antler Acres Elk. Naturally raised without antibiotics or hormones. Venison meat is a lean protein source. Call 799-7416. Also available at the Saturday Farmer’s Market.


  • Peterborough Green-Up (www.greenup.on.ca) provides education, services, resources and support to enable citizens to take up environmentally healthy lifestyle habits.
  • www.peterboroughreuses.com — a website created by Peterborough Green Up in partnership with the city and county of Peterborough. Community members can find information on how to reuse & recycle as well as access a free classified section and a green shopping guide.
  • Kawartha Choice Farm Fresh (www.kawarthachoice.com) is a local initiative focused on promoting the wide variety of agricultural products grown and produced in the Kawartha region. The Kawartha Choice logo is your assurance of the quality and integrity of locally grown products.
  • Peterborough Farmers Market – Morrow Building Parking Lot Lansdowne at George 705-876-0191 – Saturdays, all year, 7am – 1pm
  • The Wednesday Farmers Market – Charlotte St, between George and Water St. 705-324-9413 Wednesdays, mid-May through Thanksgiving 9am-2pm. All local vendors.
  • Kawartha Turtle Trauma Center (www.kawarthaturtle.org) Since June of 2002 the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre has been saving injured native turtles and releasing them back into their natural habitat. The Centre is located in Peterborough, Ontario and is a registered Canadian Charity.
  • YWCA Crossroads Shelter (http://www.ywcapeterborough.org/crossroads.htm) For women confronting violence in their lives, YWCA Crossroads Shelters provide shelter, food, clothing, counselling, referrals, 24 hour telephone crisis line, court support, children’s programs and follow-up support groups. Their toll-free 24-hour crisis and support line is 1-800-461-7656. This number is TTY accessible and will not show up on call display or telephone bills.
  • Thirteen Moons: Unique Vegetarian Wellness Retreats for Women ( www.thirteenmoons.ca) Specializing in meaningful getaways for women, healing vacations, wellness workshops, organic and vegetarian cooking classes, nutritional counseling and holistic escapes-exclusively for women.


  • Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO) www.efao.ca – Since 1979 the EFAO has promoted the practise of ecological, sustainable and diversified agriculture. This includes soil tillage, green manures, cover crops, composting, crop rotations, erosion control and conservation practices. Farmers can check Ontario Farmers’ Market prices at this site
  • Organic Council of Ontario (www.organiccouncil.ca) A membership-based non-profit association representing the organic sector in Ontario at a provincial and national level. The Organic Council of Ontario represents all groups (including producers, processors, marketers, retailers, restaurants, suppliers, distributors, certifiers and others), providing leadership and supporting the continued growth of the Ontario organic sector.
  • Local Food Plus (http://www.localfoodplus.ca)- Local Food Plus (LFP) is an award winning non-profit organization that brings farmers and consumers to the table to share in the benefits of environmentally and socially responsible food production. We are committed to building and fostering local sustainable food systems by certifying farmers and processors and linking them with local purchasers.
  • OCPP/Pro-Cert Canada Inc. (www.ocpro.ca) is Canada’s foremost national certifier of organic food products with some 1,400 producers, processors and traders from across Canada.
  • The Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (www.organicagcentre.ca) has a vision to strengthen the science and practice of organic agriculture in Canada. Their mission is to facilitate research and education for organic producers and consumers to build sustainable communities.
  • Canadian Organic Growers (www.cog.ca) – Their mission is to lead local and national communities towards sustainable organic stewardship of land, food and fibre while respecting nature, upholding social justice and protecting natural resources.
  • The Organic Trade Association (www.ota.com) – OTA’s mission is to promote and protect organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public, and the economy in North America. Check out their link to the O’Mama report — an on-line resource community for women who want to make the best possible decisions about organic agriculture and organic products.

Other Sites of Interest

  • The Organic Consumer’s Association (www.organicconsumers.org)- The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. Subscribe to their Organic Bytes monthly newsletter.
  • Eatkind.net is a portal of directories and an information source serving compassionate consumers, ethical food producers, billions of farmed animals and a global environment and human population burdened by unethical food production, trade and selling practices. Founded in 2004, Eatkind.net is a self-funded, not-for-profit project of Canadian writer, editor and activist Syd Baumel.
  • Rare Breeds Canada (www.rarebreedscanada.ca) – Rare Breeds Canada’s mission is to make Canadians more aware of their agricultural heritage and, through education and niche marketing, involve them in conserving endangered breeds of farm livestock and poultry.
  • Culinary Historians of Ontario (www.culinaryhistorians.ca)- The Culinary Historians of Ontario is an organization that researches, interprets, preserves and celebrates Canada’s and Ontario’s culinary heritage, which has been shaped by the food traditions of the First Nations peoples and generations of immigrants from all parts of the world.
  • Slow Food (www.slowfood.ca) – Slow Food believes in recognizing the importance of pleasure connected to food, as well as our responsibilities. Slow Food stresses the need for taste education as the best defense against poor quality and food adulteration. It helps to safeguard local cuisines, traditional products, vegetable and animal species at risk of extinction. It supports a new model of agriculture, which is less intensive and healthier, founded on the knowledge and know-how of local communities.
  • Sustainable Table (www.sustainabletable.org) celebrates the sustainable food movement, educates consumers on food related issues, and works to build community through food.
  • Biodynamics Ontario (www.biodynamics.on.ca)
  • Seeds of Diversity Canada (www.seeds.ca)
  • Find out if your favorite Ontario fruits and vegetables are in season: www.foodland.gov.on.ca/availability.htm
  • University of Guelph Organic Agriculture Program
  • http://www.organicag.uoguelph.ca – Responding to growing societal demand, Guelph is the first Canadian university to offer an actual Major in Organic Agriculture within its B.Sc.(Agr) degree.
  • The Certified Organic Associations http://www.certifiedorganic.bc.ca of BC provides support for this site: encouraging organic and alternative food production in Canada by improving accessibility to organic farming content online. This will help to provide farmers and prospective farmers with the tools to function effectively in the new economy. (Be sure to check out Who Owns What? a chart showing corporate ownership of organic companies.)
  • The Corporate Takeover of the “Organic” Food Market www.corporganics.org
  • Green Ontario (www.greenontario.org) is a guide to conservation in Ontario. The site is produced and managed by The Conservation Council of Ontario. It is compiled through ongoing research into Ontario’s conservation issues and activities. The site structure reflects efforts to promote a coordinated conservation movement across Ontario.
  • Environmental Defence (www.environmentaldefence.ca) works with individual Canadians, decision-makers and businesses to make the environment a top priority. We focus on the most critical environmental and health issues of the day under three broad areas: Greening Cities, Protecting People and Saving Species.
  • Council of Canadians (www.canadians.org). Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians is Canada’s largest citizens’ organization, with members and chapters across the country. The Council works to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians. The Council does not accept money from corporations or governments, and is sustained entirely by the volunteer energy and financial assistance of its members.
  • Zerofootprint.net. Calculate your environmental footprint!
  • www.planetfriendly.net – Environment – Sustainability – Conservation – Right Livelihood – The Common Good – Peace. Tons of great links to all kinds of information.
  • Bullfrog Power www.bullfrogpower.com. Founded in 2005, Bullfrog Power is a leading provider of 100% green electricity, with service available to Ontario and Alberta residents and businesses.
  • Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org) – The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a non-profit organization that specializes in providing useful resources (like Skin Deep and the Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce) to consumers while simultaneously pushing for national policy change.
  • Soil Association (www.soilassociation.org) The UK’s leading environmental charity promoting sustainable, organic farming and championing human health.

Factory Farming / Animal Welfare

  • Beyond Factory Farming Coalition (http://www.beyondfactoryfarming.org) Formed by community activists from across Canada and from the USA who participated in the Beyond Factory Farming conference held in Saskatoon in November 2002. Their mission is to promote livestock production that supports food sovereignty, ecological, human and animal health as well as local sustainability and community viability and informed citizen/consumer choice.
  • Humanefood.ca (http://www.humanefood.ca/) is produced by the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals (CCFA), which is dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals raised for food in Canada through public education, legislative change and consumer choice. Great links section for more information.
  • The Meatrix (www.themeatrix.com) Watch the movie that started it all! The Meatrix spoofs The Matrix films and highlights the problems with factory farming. Join our heroes Moopehus, Leo, and Chickity as they help save family farms!


  • Fields of Plenty: A Farmer’s Journey in Search of Real Food and the People Who Grow It by Michael Ableman, published by Chronicle Books, 2005.
  • From the Good Earth: A Celebration of Growing Food Around the World by Michael Ableman, HNA Books, 1993.
  • Good Growing: Why Organic Farming Works by Leslie Duram, published by Bison Books, 2005.
  • Organic Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew by Sam Fromartz, published by Harcourt Inc., 2006.
  • Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California by Julie Guthman, pubished by University of California Press, 2004.
  • Fatal Harvest:The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture by Andrew Kimbrell, 2002.
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan, Penguin Press, 2006
  • The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan, Random House, 2001.
  • Real Food for a Change by Wayne Roberts, Rod Macrae and Lori Stahlbrand published by Random House Canada, 1999.
  • The End of Food – Thomas Pawlick
  • The Omnivores Dilemma – Michael Pollan
  • From Land To Mouth; Understanding The Food System – Brewster Kneen
  • A Garden of Unearthly Delights: Bioengineering and the Future of Food – Robin Mather