By Alvin Singh
10/21/2014

Crossing Canada on a two-month tour with David Suzuki and other Canadian icons, performers, thinkers and leaders is exciting. But it’s also demanding — early mornings, late nights and a whole lot of work in between.

So we’re especially grateful to be fuelled on tour by Nature’s Path. Their healthy, organic cereals, oatmeal and granola bars keep the Blue Dot Tour humming along!

P6-Recipes-03Nature’s Path and DSF have a long-standing partnership, based on our common commitment to living within nature’s limits. Nature’s Path was launched to support the growing number of people committed to protecting nature and improving health and peace of mind by eating a more local, organic and plant-centric diet, says Arran Stephens, co-founder and co-CEO.

This balance is economic as well as environmental. “We found very early on that if you don’t make a profit, then you can’t pay bills, you can’t pay your people,” he says. “But profit shouldn’t come at the expense of the environment or the well being of others.”

He also shares David Suzuki’s commitment to interdependence. “Food, people and the environment are all interconnected, and integral to one another. We want to nurture people, nature, and spirit — that is part of our DNA.”

Canada may seem like a vast, untouched wilderness with incredible natural beauty, but many pesticides that are banned in other countries are still freely used here. As David says, what we put into the soil becomes a part of who we are — and Nature’s Path agrees.

Chemical agriculture is dominated by a handful of global corporations and is based on perpetuating short-sighted fossil fuel dependence, stresses Stephens. “Organic agriculture, on the other hand, most closely replicates nature and its cycles, while returning fibre and carbon to the soil.” Organic farms consume significantly less fossil fuels, while eliminating environmentally disrupting chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.

Nature’s Path is 100 per cent committed to the organic movement and encouraging new and younger farmers, says Stephens. “When I was about twelve, helping my Dad on the farm, he said, ‘Always leave the soil better than you found it.’ The secret is in the soil and in protecting the billions of beneficial microorganisms in each shovel full. My Dad’s simple wisdom informs everything we do at Nature’s Path, from the soil to the fragile planet we all share.”

Unfortunately, Canada is one of only a handful of countries to actively promote GMO agriculture, with no system to inform Canadians whether the food we eat is genetically engineered. Sixty-four other countries have mandatory GMO labelling laws, but not Canada.

We should all have the right to know about the food we put on our tables and feel confident what we’re eating is healthy and free of harmful toxins — one of the tenets behind the right to a healthy environment and the Blue Dot Tour.

Stephens sees the tour as a way to inspire a new crop of visionaries and influence our leaders to adopt policies and practices that will protect the environment.

“By encouraging sustainable organic agriculture and local food production we are ensuring food security for the long haul. A long-term sustainable Canada will have a resilient local food system that can support generations to come without creating ecological disasters.”

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Like David Suzuki, Stephens is taking action with the next generation in mind. With five grandchildren and another on the way, he wants a world that will be safe and nurturing for many generations.

“What we do as individuals matters greatly. The Blue Dot tour is so important because it is educating people about the urgent need to change the way we live.”

(Image credit: Nature’s Path)