Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Lost Crops of Incas and Africa

In the 'old world' -- or ancient civilizations--before the 'industrial revolution' and the industrialization of society--(although many societies have been 'advanced' in the past--the greatest industrialization happening particularly first in the 'west', look up how much SMOG was in LA during the 1920's --worse than it is now i read) -- there was a wealth of knowledge
and practice of cultivating many, diverse species.  In fact--it was not uncommon to talk about nature--today when you talk about nature some people snicker and want no part of it--they
forget that they cannot be removed from it, even for a second---many of the species ive
read do not look 'lost' at all, perhaps just unknown--quinoa for instance, which often costs
a high price here at the health food store, but is widely known for its nutritional qualities and a alternative to wheat/rice.

Wild rice is another subject--i'd like to discuss, true wild rice is a rarity.  But i believe wild rice has a superior nutritional quality, the problem is not all wild rice 'sold' is legitimate, i forget what it was people did, but man really bungles things up, and i have no answer why.  Well i do--Greed.  anyway

Btw, the best way to SAVE seeds, is by replanting them, seeds can go bad if
stored in a seed bank, but seeds can be stored in ground for ...long time and
still be able to germinate---(I'm not an expert on this, just what I read)

I remember reading something about how many varieties of heirloom plants
were around in America around the turn of the century--something like 100+
different varieties of apples... this was the case for many fruits/vegetables etc.

Today that number has significantly dwindled--like a lot-owing to man's reliance on
'commercial' and 'industrial' agriculture processes, (Chemicals, monocropping, blah blah etc)

If man has any 'heritage' really at all, it is in nature's diversity-- , look
at the rainforest, the tremendous amount of life and diversity.  (Above ground, i have read
apart from 'terra preta' sites, that the soil is actually not that great because the cycles
there move so rapidly they dont have time to replenish the soil--but that is another subject not the purpose of this little post.

Africa's Lost crops books is available online, as well as the Incas lost crops (if there are any others I would add them too, I don't know any)

The point is--we are not bankrupt as a society, yet--(at least not in one sense, there are many morally bankrupt people out there obviously) -nature has in it's store, 'currency' for creating new and habitable landscapes, through plants, and it is up to good people to make sure we have this 'backup' by replanting and sharing...

If nothing else, if some of these plants cannot be found--(many of them can), it is educational , and
there is a tremendous LACK of 'natural' 'nature' education--especially in our 'westernized' world...

If it were up to me, in 'school' ciricullum---Nature 101 would be the first subject taught before
any others,....I would probably add nutrition, geometry, and astronomy also.  I wasn't around
when the great philosophers were around, Im not sure what they taught--but I am fairly certain
they gave great importance, to subjects not thoroughly discussed in modern times--- or at least
subjects which are not 'en vogue' or as fashionable as say, mathematics or literature.  One must
search for the Truth, in whatever subject one studies, if it is not truthful, you are basically
learning a lie and retelling yourself that lie.  That is not a good way to go about life, as we have
seen, in our society how much harm not stating the truth is...

Some people say truth is harsh---it is , it can be,  I would prefer a harsh truth, than a
harsh lie any day---people forget that lies, falsehood, can be equally or greater harsh
than truth....Out of Kindness some people avoid the truth-which i respect to some extent and understand--but in our present day i would liken hiding the truth too, sitting on a burning stove and saying "My ass is not on fire" -- what is the point of that? 

Anyway, here's the links to the 'Lost Crop's' --which you can find on other websites also, I just
thought it interesting and wanted to repost. 

Lost crops of Africa Vol.1 : Grains
http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?isbn=0309049903

Vol.2 Vegetables
http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11763

Vol.3 Fruits (my favorite)
 http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11879

 Lost crops of the Incas
http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11879


These are by no means 'exhaustive' list of the crops available, you can generally find in any part
of the world what native plants are by asking around locals or , through libraries or nature reserves.

I think knowing and respecting NATIVE plants, is one of the greatest tasks we have facing
the future of our planet... Especially with the 'commercialization' of seed , i could say another
name for it--but i won't-- Many land animals and other species, including man, rely on plant species to live, when those plant species dissapear---desertification, famine, etc occur.....It is nearly impossible to separate man from plants,....(or animals for that matter but again --another issue)

We don't live in the ocean anymore, we can't just swim around and eat plankton...No, plants are
our main food source for all 7,000,000,000+ (and rising) humans in existence....That's a lot of mouths, and an equal amount of plants ...So we had better take care of them, and also the diversity and naturalness of them. 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Less is More

Many problems in the world seem to be because of 'want' of enough, or want of more than enough--Certainly we have basic 'needs' that should be met- clean; air, water, food, which unfortunately is becoming a rarer thing these days... -As far as 'animal agriculture' is concerned--it is not necessary for feeding mouths, perhaps if we planted more 'food forests' and 'fruit forests' --and leave the animals alone, we would accomplish more than simply lamenting the fact the pain and suffering that hunger and drought or other environmental factors have wrought in many parts of the world.  Certainly 'conventional' agriculture --is not the answer, has not helped in this regard,in fact it could be said--it has been the 'problem'-- nor has animal agriculture which for many reasons i won't go into, is wrong,--a return (or a start) to a plant-based, more nature-like, integrative agricultural system (i.e. forested) seems to be the only real solution to the world's 'food' problems.  I know one thing, it is only by listening to nature--that we can work in harmony with her-- the predominating use of relying on 'animals' in agriculture in many parts of the world, exemplifies man's ignorance of this concept--leave the animals alone, plant fruit forests, sounds simple, but maybe it could be a start or a solution to a global problem.  And also a way to return to abundance, vs. scarcity.  True abundance is not only about getting 'needs' met, whether nutrition or clean water, etc..it is about realizing what we can live without...also, (i.e. junk food, bad/ unnatural agricultural practices, animal agriculture, etc)  Many people know more about these things than me--how to create abundance or forested systems even in 'harsh' environments--- Truly, modern 'cities' seem to be the harshest environments to me these days--with such pollution and lack of natural atmosphere, noise pollution, etc, ---We have to admit, these are dying systems--faulty from the start, and re-integrate NATURE into our 'systems' or we will invariably and undoubtedly fail at attaining any sort of harmony between our real needs, and the resources available.  We will also fail at perhaps even existing beyond the current century--at this current catastrophic rate of destroying, and ignoring nature.  If nature is given a chance, even the tiniest one--it can do many miracles, all man has to do, is give it a little help,  Man only has to understand this, vs. seemingly always working against it.  Perhaps that is the greatest 'obstacle' of all.  But it is far worse to hold onto something that doesn't work--never worked in the first place, and will never be 'good' for humanity or animals or nature or anything else--that path is certain ruin.  Following nature--Nature's path--there is at least a chance of harmony.  Admitting what man's real 'needs' are, seems to be his stumbling block.  Man tends to want more than he actually needs most of the time---MUCH of this is compounded by incessant advertising/propaganda telling man he needs this this and this to be happy, and modern societies 'acceptance' of the exploitation and ignoring of 'nature' --..I do not know if society has always been like this, but truly i believe we live in the most foolish of times.   If people wish to succeed---at actually living on a planet with abundant food, clean air, clean water, abundant natural resources, less health problems, less reliance on 'man's foolish meddling, and 'inventions' --many of which do more harm than good--we have to
wake up,...Does this mean throw everything away and return to the forest?  If that suits you, ok, but
for most people this is not necessary, only the perception needs to change, how we are doing things today is not working, we need a new nature-based--nature-inspired-model, and we need it yesterday--Nature shows its resilience in a single seed....If planted and sprouted it grows into a tree, bears fruit, and sustains life, Where else in the cosmos can you find such a miraculous thing?  Mars?  No trees there, nor fruit.  We need to be focused on what is real HERE FIRST,  Or we will never make it 'out there' . 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Veganic Gardening

http://www.goveganic.net/

awesome site-------It has been disturbing for me, who loves gardening, organic gardening

and also loves animals, that they put all kinds of 'meal' fish 'meal' bone 'meal' --in so called 'organic'

fertilizers and then call them 'sustainanable' ----Really?  Not very sustainable to the fish or animals....

Veganic gardening is the only solution if you want to be truly sustainable and cruelty free.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Molecules of madness---Evolution of human brain and plants

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lanawalker/molecules-of-madness-the-story-of-our-descent-to-i


Amazing... We need plants, we need the plant hormones from plants (fruits, green leaf vegetables etc)......Our brains are degenerated from our navigation away from this lifestyle...

Moral; EAT MORE PLANTS, FRUITS, VEGETABLES........ :-)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Energy (Oil) crisis

http://theenergycollective.com/geoffrey-styles/61709/energy-crisis-prices-persist


When will it end? When we realize oil is non-renewable,...that other cleaner/greener technologies
are better....more efficient, less polluting, etc. etc.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

Raising awareness about honeybee decline

Deep Ecology Project's 'haven' for feral bee's...

http://www.deepecologyproject.com/

Good Project

Read more about honeybee decline here;

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=5450

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Alternatives to driving to work,school etc.

http://www.veggie123.com/blog/transportation/five-alternatives-to-driving-to-work/

Vegan yarn

http://craftingagreenworld.com/2011/04/20/vegan-crafting-made-easy-knit-and-crochet/

Anytime you can have cruelty free fiber, (hopefully free of chems also) --is good, preferable

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Zero waste---end 'waste' where it begins....

http://www.zerowaste.org/case.htm

Sunday, May 23, 2010

subaru is one of my favorite cars, because its safe/rugged/ practical, so many cars/vehicles are not practical these days, and all people do is drool over high performance, bla bla....They designed this hybrid-electric concept car but won't have any hybrids available until 2012, the Oil industry is very greedy and doesn't like 'alternative ' vehicles, so progress is SLOW, but polluting the earth is getting worse--its time we realize we need to be more careful about what we are doing to the air,water,sea,soil etc and lessen our footprint.

http://www.hybridcars.com/concept-hybrids/subaru-b5-tph.html

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

The earth could definitately use more fruit trees. Hopefully native ones to your area. And definately NOT GMO trees...

http://www.ftpf.org/

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Genetically Engineered Trees (A silent forest)

This shocking video depicts GE trees and GE forests....how many people do you know
that know this stuff is going on? Spread the word, its' not 'good news' by any means.

peace

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5rHZE9H7OA

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Remineralize soils

Remineralizing soils through harsh chemicals, damages the soils,
and the plants, and leaches into groundwater.

Rock powder, or dehydrated sea water are two ways you can naturally
remineralize and thereby create healthy soils.

http://www.remineralize.org/

http://www.seaagri.com/

Compost tea

Compost tea is one of the most beneficial ways of creating healthy
plants and soil.

http://www.soilfoodweb.com/03_about_us/approach.html

http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/compost-tea-notes.html#soil

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Monsanto Documentary update

Well it seems Google Video has pulled 'The World According to Monsanto'
from the archives, so you can either search Youtube, or
go here:

http://www.celsias.com/2008/04/09/the-world-according-to-monsanto/

Which puts all the parts on Youtube on one page.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Genetically Engineered Stats

We are in the second decade of GMO crops, the twelveth year.

12 years of experimental crops with proven risks and negative effects.

Statistics about acreage , production, of genetically modified plants:

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/BiotechCrops/

http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~lrd/biocon

http://www.isaaa.org/Resources/publications/briefs/37/reportsummary/default.html

(This report particularly informative)

In 2007 -- 114. million hectares on a global basis

a 12% increase in acreage or 12.3 mi hectares

Also multiple traits, 2-3 traits, measured in trait hectares

If measured by t-hec it's 2x the growth, or 22% growth

Over the laast 12 years there have been
690 MILLION HECTARES planted

12 million farmers , 23 countries,

2 countries joined ---poland & chile joined in 2007

11 million farmers of biotech crops in "developing" countries

3.6 Billion people or 55% of the global population live in the 23 countries that grew biotech crops in 2007

North American acreage grew 3.1 million hectares, 37% of that multiple traits

India with the biggest increase grew 63% 6.2 million hectares planted by 3.8 million farmers planting BT Cotton

Growth increased by 9% in China 3.8 mi hectares by 7.1 million farmers

Brazil increased 22% to 15 mi hectares, 14.5 was soy, remainder .5 mi BT Cotton

Argentina maintained 2nd position in biotech acreage

South Africa a 30% Increase in growth mostly in white maize for food

Increased to 8 countries in EU , 77% increase, above 100,000 hectares for the
first time

By 2015 the countries are expected to double acreage to 200,000,000 hectares

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Seed banks, Heirloom Organic, Non Treated seeds

The issue of seed saving, and replanting seeds , and seed storage are
issues of great concern to all of us...

More awareness needs to be raised about this complex and
important issue. Especially with regard to 'treated seeds' and
GMO seeds.

Also Seeds stored in seed banks adapt to their storage, so they need
to be replanted...

Every organic farmer should know how to save their seed.


http://www.savingourseed.org/

http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/altseed_search.php

http://www.victoryseeds.com/project_seedbank.html

http://www.greenpeople.org/VegetableSeed.html

http://www.organicconsumers.org/seeds.htm

http://www.greenpeople.org/seeds.htm

Effects of Chemical Agriculture

Effects of Chemical Ag:

http://www.satavic.org/18effects.htm

Statistics of Ag chemical use:

http://www.pestmanagement.info/nass/

"Return to the Good Earth" book depicting the effects of chemical agriculture:

http://www.twnside.org.sg/title/retu-cn.htm

Ching Hai on climate change

http://www.suprememastertv.com/bbs/board.php?bo_table=featured&wr_id=111&url=link1_0

She has three solutions to the climate/global warming crisis:

1. Change to a better, nobler habit, namely be a vegan or vegetarian.
2. Produce and use sustainable energy such as wind power, sun power, wave power, etc.
3. Everybody can plant a couple of trees. Plant trees wherever it is barren; plant trees wherever there are no trees, no forest.

It is simplistic but , maybe simple is what we need.

I would change a few things:

1) Support and Eat local organic and biocide/GMO free farmed vegetarian fare

2) Stop using oil/petroleum products period, and other non-renewables in addition to using bicycles, wind,solar, hydro, etc.

3) Plant organic gardens, and trees/plants that are grown without biocides or GE, and native to your region

4)Stop all chemical agriculture, and supporting the chemical companies.

5)Stop all GMO GE nonsense.

6)Educate others how to live sustainably and regeneratively.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Voices for Traditional Herbal Medicine

Some really nasty things in store for future traditional medicine
practioners and anyone who uses herbs.

All owing to the TMC : http://www.traditionalmedicinescongress.com/

From http://www.traditionalmedicines.info/ (The GOOD guys)

The TMC Regulatory Model Proposes to:

Establish herbs as medicines instead of as dietary supplements — the pharmaceuticalization of herbal products.

Set manufacturing and labeling standards for traditional medicines that would be financially prohibitive to all but large companies.

Standardize and restrict criteria for ingredients and formulas classified as traditional medicine.

Create legal qualifications as to who can dispense traditional medicine products, restricting access to herbs and other traditional medicines.

Establish an industry advisory body working within the federal government.

Create a federal regulatory model that is similarly structured to international directives that has damaged practitioners, consumers and especially herbalism.

Undermine DSHEA (The Dietary Supplement Heath and Education Act of 1994)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

All organics not so organic

I thought this is important enough to make a seperate post again.

http://organicconsumers.org/sos.cfm

From OCA site:

"After 35 years of hard work, the US organic community has built a multi-billion dollar alternative to industrial agriculture. Now large corporations, aided and abetted by the USDA and members of Congress, are moving to lower organic standardS and seize control. For the sake of the earth and our health we must stop them."

http://www.organicconsumers.org/bodycare/DioxaneRelease08.cfm

Chemicals in bodycare products labelled 'organic' and food labelled organic have
harmful chemicals.

Kites, fun + clean energy

Kite energy

http://kitesurfingschool.org/kiteenergy.htm

Kites and the environment

http://kitesurfingschool.org/environment.htm

Nutritional Superiority of Plant-Based Organic Foods

http://www.organic-center.org/science.nutri.php?action=view&report_id=126

This is a new study, it speaks what organic farmers have known for
millenia...

I still caution about the FDA's decision to include biocides in organic
methods....don't forget about these things.

i.e.:

http://www.organicconsumers.org/sos.cfm

Vegan/Vegetarian and the environment

http://www.meat.org/

Caution, this link is graphic. But necessary to raise awareness.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_effects_of_meat_production

http://www.veganoutreach.org/whyvegan/environment.html

http://veg.ca/content/view/133/111/

http://www.hsus.org/farm/resources/pubs/gve/for_the_environment.html

http://www.emagazine.com/view/?142

http://www.goveg.com/environment.asp

http://www.ecoearth.info/shared/reader/welcome.aspx?linkid=96821

and

http://www.virtualcentre.org/en/library/key_pub/longshad/A0701E00.htm

From the above paper:

“one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. The findings of this report suggest that it should be a major policy focus when dealing with problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution and loss of biodiversity. Livestock’s contribution to environmental problems is on a massive scale ….”

Rain gardens

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rain_garden


As we all know, water is vital, and vital for us to understand where
it goes, how it is stored in natural aquifers underground, where it
ends up in lakes sewage drains, how it transpires from plants to the
atmosphere, and from the oceans. The hydrologic cycle is of vital
importance to all life on this earth.

With a rain garden, we can move toward a more natural system, instead
of the inefficient and unnatural ones we have today in our urban, suburban styled areas.

Cosmetic safety - toxins in cosmetics

Millions (Billions?) of women, children, teens , men, use cosmetics every day
unaware of their toxicity, unaware they are poisoning themselves or their
children.

Awareness must be raised.

http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/

http://www.organicconsumers.org/bodycare/index.cfm

http://www.safecosmetics.org/newsroom/press.cfm?pressReleaseID=21

Tuesday, April 15, 2008