I have been collecting bits of pieces of information I wanted to share with you. The problem is I have also been trying to get ready for a vacation and the result is I have not posted as I collected. While I wanted to give you some additional thoughts on each of the "bits" I have to do something with them now before I create a monster of a rambling post :-)
Let me start out with a quote from Ghandi, which is so appropriate to our time and the focus of many of you and myself.
"To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves." -- Mohandas K. Gandhi
My reader Neyeema shared that with me.
When I look at the stated focus or purpose of "sustainable" I find all sorts of references to it that seem to be one of those ???? moments.
On the contrary, organic farming systems have proven that they can prevent crop loss to pests without any synthetic pesticides. They are able to maintain high yields, comparable to conventional agriculture without any of the associated external costs to society.
Set to be published in the peer-reviewed journal Reproductive Toxicology the new study shreds the false notion that Bt is broken down by the digestive system, and instead shows that the toxin definitively persists in the bloodstream.
The United Nations says world food production must increase by up to 100 percent by 2050 and focus on greener methods to sustain an expected 9 billion population.
Put politics aside for a moment and consider the total picture.
If factory-farming methods produce environmental issues like dead zones, reducing other food sources like fish, if chemicals wind up in our bodies as a result of eating franken-foods, or we consume too much poor quality 'generic' food (the GMO and hybrid produce and grains are simply not as healthy for us), so we take more supplements to balance what we do not get from our food, if the ever decreasing nutrient density of the soil continues as its current pace, no amount of available farmable-land will produce enough food to feed the 7 billion people now on earth, let alone the future population.
The People Who Feed Us is a group dedicated to focusing - in this case with videos - on the farmers and ranchers and other food producers who bring us the food we eat. Take come time and check out some of their videos. The Joel Salatin and Baker Creek videos above were posted by them.
-- Catherine, The Herb Lady