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Food Bullying Podcast

Sep 8, 2019


In this episode, we approach farming from a different perspective and take a look at the impact of food bullying on mental health. Lesley Kelly, a farmer and mental health advocate, shines some insight into the pressures, decisions, and the unique calling of the farming lifestyle. She also discusses the rewarding, but difficult, role mothers have in trying to choose the right food for their children

 In our conversation we cover:

  • The sad story of farmer’s mental health
  • Why farming is more than an occupation
  • How our words & purchases affect farmer
  • What’s up with canola?
  • The GMO question: from a farmer’s perspective
  • What’s up with bleached flour
  • Feeding our children the best we can

The Conversation:

[3:36] Do More Agriculture Foundation

[4:05] Farmers & mental health

[9:30] Farming & personal identity

[11:05] What is the impact of people criticizing the farming profession?

[13:24] The impact of your buying decisions on farmer

[13:56] Canola

[18:11] GMOs-Yay or Nay?

[23:30] Bleached flour

Fabulous Guest Quotes

I really don’t see borders being defined when it comes to mental health and agriculture.”

"There is immense pressure to make your farm work.”

“Agriculture hasn’t really been encouraged to talk about mental health.”

“There’s something to be said about being a farmer. It’s such a rewarding career.” 

“We can grow more crops now...more than we did 20 years or 10 years ago”


Links to Check Out

Do More Agriculture Foundation website

Do More Agriculture on Facebook

Do More Agriculture on Twitter

High Heels & Canola Fields website

High Heels & Canola Fields on Facebook

High Heels & Canola Fields on Twitter

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