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June 30, 2015
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Comments Off on YET ANOTHER ORGANIC ARTICLE

Often when we, the lay-person, read studies about Organic Farming Practices we tend to think in terms of vegetables and fruits. What we do not realize is that the numbers we read about involve many crops that we never see on our plates. The crops that are traded commodities: cotton, wheat, barley, timber all fall under the heading (and by extension the numbers) for Organic.
The other thing we, the lay-man, do not understand is that agriculture is a broad field of study with many products. Wood pulp and fibers are two grand examples. Even I, a seasoned farmer forget this obvious fact. Agriculture is about more than fruits, grains, nuts and vegetables.
When you read articles about ORGANIC be aware that there are other factors that muddy the Organic debate:
• Agriculture is a VERY broad term and includes many things OTHER than food. And then of course there are the foods that sit on both sides like cotton.
• Can it really compete with Conventional Farming?
• Can we feed the world on Organics practices alone?
• Is Organic really any healthier or better for you than Conventional Farming?
Seriously? I do NOT understand why these questions are always a part of the Organic debate. Haven’t we ALL been touched by knowing someone fighting for their lives because of cancer? Isn’t the link between chemicals and cancer a clear one? Why do we question the use of LESS chemicals?
And then of course there is THIS fact: Of the 80, 000 synthetic chemicals in use today, the EPA has a full set of toxicity information on 7% of these chemicals. That translates to 99% of the chemicals in use today have never been tested on human health.**
Once again I stand here joining in the discussion and seeking to clear up the muddy waters and invite you to read more, stay open and be clear that knowledge is here (GOGREEN 101) for you! Free, clear and with no strings attached.

Dig Deeper:
http://www.gogreen101.com/who-owns-your-organic-food/
http://civileats.com/2014/12/10/organic-nearly-as-productive-as-industrial-farming-new-study-says/
** What’s Gotten into US, Staying Healthy in a Toxic World by McKay Jenkins

June 9, 2015
by admin
Comments Off on PLANT AP FOR ALL

Are you a forager or gardner needing to know about a plant you just found?
Check out this really cool new AP.

June 8, 2015
by admin
Comments Off on 2015 IS INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE SOIL

international year of the soil

Odd holidays surprise most of us but there are over 100 new holidays declared every year. The president of the Unites States declares new ones every year while each State Governor joins in with their own set followed by the United Nations. Hallmark just capitalizes on the holiday frenzy, some stick while others do not. There is the Take Your Pet to Work Day,  International Non-Mothers Day or Lumpy Rug Day. This year, 2015 has been declared International Year of the Soil.

Soil is sacred and I work hard as a farmer and gardener to always be building healthy soil. With healthy soil I have healthy plants. If I am eating the plants I am growing on healthy soil the food I am growing is more life-sustaining. The food tastes better and is better for me and the environment. Healthy soil breeds healthy bodies.

The link, in the web of life is a short chain, the soil web is more complicated.

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