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We ditched fast food. Here's why

Monday, March 03, 2014   by: Donna Hopper

At this past weekend's 7th annual Seedy Saturday event at Sault College, ditched fast food to learn about the slow food movement from Tim Kelly.

Mr. Kelly is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Chapter of Slow Food Canada, an international not-for-profit movement that aims to broaden the awareness of local goods and strives to preserve traditional and regional produce.

The story goes that the international slow food movement began in Italy in 1986 as a means to protest the proposed opening of a McDonald's franchise near the Spanish Steps in Rome.

"The emphasis of slow food is to celebrate and enjoy healthy, tasty local fare that was raised with sensitivity to the environment and supports local food producers," Kelly explained.

Taking part in the slow food movement can be as easy as visiting the local Farmers' Market, Kelly said, or cultivating your own home or community garden.

Understanding that not everything shoppers may desire can be produced within the confines of the Algoma District, Kelly told us that the term 'local' can be somewhat subjective depending on where you wish to draw the boundries.

For example, purchasing Ontario fresh produce, cheese and wine is in fact supporting the slow food movement.

Anyone wishing to learn more about the slow food movement can visit or contact Tim Kelly at

Speaking of slow food, Seedy Saturday event co-organizer Suzanne Hanna told us that, despite the current weather conditions, there's plenty that local gardeners can do now to prepare for the upcoming growing season.

This includes organizing your seed catalogue with organic or open-pollinated seeds, scouting local garden centres and learn the types of seeds they provide, and online research to learn what and how to grow in our area.

As the chair of Seeds of Diversity Canada, Hanna encourages growers to share and save seeds, and hopes to one day build a local sustainable seed bank to combat the alarming loss of plant varieties available to farmers and gardeners.

Many plant varieties are being replaced with new engineered hybrids, she told us, and a number of traditional varieties have been patterned by large corporations so they are no longer available to consumers.

"Our job is not to rant and rave," she said. "Our job is to educate the public and to provide them with the tools to make better choices, and to support small-scale seed producers."

For more information about Seedy Saturday events and Seeds of Diversity Canada, please click here

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sAUCEY 3/3/2014 4:47:26 PM Report

Do people really need to be educated on this subject? I've never met anyone eating a dbl big mac or baconator thinking that it's a healthy choice.
itsme29 3/3/2014 5:07:44 PM Report

exactly...and since its usually left your system in under an hour how bad can it really be!
Tag33&1/3rd 3/3/2014 5:08:44 PM Report

Hmm Double Big Mac sounds good right now! :)
Dead End Kid 3/3/2014 5:20:40 PM Report

Itsme29 try eight to twelve hours in your system.
stiJJy 3/3/2014 5:28:36 PM Report

It was a joke, lol.
Dead End Kid 3/3/2014 5:34:06 PM Report

Sorry, I guess I'm a bit slow today.

Tag33&1/3rd 3/3/2014 7:17:37 PM Report

Lol reminds me of that "in your kitchen" composting article last week!
Ridiculous unless you want maggots and house flies in ur kitchen too.
flyhawk25 3/3/2014 8:06:18 PM Report

Good for Tim and the group.
Zap 3/3/2014 8:19:26 PM Report

Great idea but make sure your seeds are not Monsanto G.M.O seeds most people are ignorant to that fact. Start by goggling the history of Monsanto most countries are banning Monsanto seeds for the safety of there citizens PLEASE GOOGLE MONSANTO G.M.O seeds and march against Monsanto the media has no intention on talking about it "YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED"
young guy 3/3/2014 10:11:34 PM Report

Fast food should be illegal!

We got rid of Burger King(thank God). They were HORRIBLE!

Mcdonalds has a good grilled McBistro chicken sandwich. And their Angus burger(although it's smaller now and 'used' to have a nicer bun) is good about once every 6 months or so.

Harvey's has a decent chicken sandwich as well.

Arbys, roasted chicken club is good maybe once every two months.

Subway's chicken or turkey subs are good maybe once a month.. Twice if it's a 6inch.

But other than that, fast food is absolultely horrible! I mean, basically anyone can make a better burger than Mcdonalds!! Obviously!! They just market themselves so well to persuade others to believe that a big mac actually tastes good.

sportsfan17 3/4/2014 6:39:13 AM Report

I think some of you missed the boat on this one. It's not about educating people on the negatives of fast food. It's about recognizing the health and economic benefits of buying locally grown produce and food.
shju 3/4/2014 7:59:35 AM Report

Its not so much on what you eat but the portions of what a person eats. A big mac is fine to eat. 30% of your caloric intake needs to be fat based. 1g of fat is 9 calories. Most people should be eating around 1500-2000 calories. that's 50g of fat to 67g of fat a day you should be eating. Also do not cut out carbs as you will be diabetic after extended periods of not eating carbs. Another missed nutrient would be protein. 50% of your body weight should be the amount of protein you should be receiving daily. If you are 150 lbs then you need 75g a protein every day.
thumbs4208 3/4/2014 8:26:10 AM Report

Awareness - think how many people who read this today may actually think to eat a vegtable or a healthy meal instead of a Big Mac. Nice work Tim K
Dead End Kid 3/4/2014 9:12:48 AM Report

A big Mac is not fine to eat in fact it is not a real food. It contains saturated fat,it is high in sodium and contains little to no fiber. The bun is made from refined flour which converts quickly to glucose and is stored as fat. This an empty calorie food devoid of any nutrients so you are always hungry because your body is in starvation mode.

There are many healthier choices to get your daily fat intake.
crashed13 3/4/2014 11:00:12 AM Report

Last I heard McDonalds does not put a gun to someone's head and force them to eat there.
If a bar opens up across the street it does not mean you have to get drunk in it.

Its like we are sheep and can,t think for ourselves any longer.
nikki22 3/4/2014 11:01:03 AM Report

lol no comet on this dumb story
cdnprincess 3/4/2014 11:02:52 AM Report

"Tag33&1/3rd 3/3/2014 7:17:37 PMReport

Lol reminds me of that "in your kitchen" composting article last week!
Ridiculous unless you want maggots and house flies in ur kitchen too."

YOU'RE ridiculous. Maggots only live off flesh and flesh is not put into your compost. House flies? Do you not have a lid on your compost collection bin under your counter? If not, get one. Otherwise you dump the compost items out into the composter. People have been composting for years and do not have fly infestations. Another uneducated fool...
young guy 3/5/2014 9:56:05 PM Report


Let me start by assumming that you are not a nutritionist.

Think along the lines on 'maximum nutrients with minumum calories'. Think more on the quality of what you're consuming.

A lot of foods contain the 3 basic Macronutrients: protein, carbs and fat. I have actually heard someone say, "Pizza is healthy because you get your protein from the sausage, pepporoni and cheese; you get your carbs from the crust, and you get your fats from the cheese and whatever else"... DON'T BE THAT GUY!! PLEASE!!

Depending on what your fitness goals are; if you're trying to build muscle, I would shoot for a protein:carb ratio of 40:60 with any fat consumption being 60grams or under(PER DAY) and as healthy of fats as you can get. Always think of nutrients.

If you're trying to lose fat, I would gradually reduce your intake of complex carbs such as pasta, bread, rice, etc. Eating a couple of fruit a day wouldn't hurt either.

I would also take a good probiotic supplement, digestive enzymes, greens+, a good multi-vitamin, colloidal minerals, whey, hemp, pumpkin seed protein, etc. It can get expensive, but it sure beats an alcohol addition(1gram of alcohol is 7 calories--almost as much as fat/gram).

You also need to watch your sodium(salt) intake which should(idealy) be under 2.5 grams(2500mg). If you have too much sodium your body will hold more water and you'll look fattier and bloatier.

And please, please get on some sort of exercise program...
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