We've just posted a new interview with Canadian novelist, poet and farmer Brian Brett which sheds a lot of light on the way Canada’s factory food system leads to deadly crises such as the ongoing XL Foods tainted beef scandal. Calling our modern, industrial food system “complete madness,” Brian explains in the interview how farming practices, regulations and tax rules dangerously favour large-scale production over small farms—a system that generates nutritionally depleted food, environmental degradation, the threat of crop failures, and health hazards such as Listeria and E. coli outbreaks.
Brian is the award-winning author of 11 books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and past chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada. His latest book, Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Human Life, chronicles his experience operating a small, diverse farm on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. It’s a book soaked in understanding of biology, nature, society, politics, and love – and in the interview, as in the book, Brian is full of droll humour and surprising insights. I don't think anyone can read the book – or hear the interview – and think quite the same way about food ever again. Take a look!