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

Regenerative design

http://www.regenesisgroup.com/index.php

and

http://www.integrativedesign.net/

and

http://www.regenerativedesign.org/

Groups to watch and be aware of, they are at the cutting edge of
regenerative design.

Edible Schoolyard

http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/homepage.html


The edible schoolyard is a program designed to enlighten schools
about the benefits and joy of gardening. This is not just a fluff program
it can address nutrition, teach kids about plants and where food
comes from, give them their own source of food, provide
excersize . It is truly a great idea.

It may not be perfect, but there are not many programs like this.

Unless you'd like to start your own? Teaching about biocides, soil ,
sustainability permaculture regenerative design etc?

Food not Lawns

http://www.foodnotlawns.com/

Lawn culture is some of the most harmful ways of living to the land
and our planet. From gas powered mowers and other machines to
chemical fertilizers and striping the land of native plants and trees, just
to create endless suburbia sprawl with manicured 'trophy' grass ,....

Sounds bad? It is, for the environment and your neighborhood.

Garden sustainably and replant native species instead. Your whole
community can benefit, the whole world benefits when your carbon imprint
and chemical usage stops.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Local food

A lot of pollution is created, and energy wasted transporting
and buying foods out of season, out of state, or country.

Yet, at least in the U.S. "supermarkets" dominate the landscape
with food shipped from all over the world, that is;

Non-organic or sustainably farmed,

Full of chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, any biocide you can imagine.

The solution to this is partly, buy local, organic sustainably farmed food in
season.

http://www.localharvest.org/

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

http://www.slowfood.com/

But even if we buy local, and it is still farmed without respect to nature,
we still have a problem.

There are problems too, with organic certification, that farmers can now
usurp the laws, by adding biocides that are legal, without telling the consumer
or labeling.

p.s. I'd like to find a 'global' local food, or links to local movements in
different countries to post.

Bicycles, a success story

Portland, Oregon is one of the most bicycle friendly cities,
and should be an inspiration to other cities that are trapped in the
addiction of antiquated petroleum based transportation methods.

http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?c=dehhc

The bicycle is the most energy efficient transportation (barring walking)
on the planet.

0 (that's _zero_ )emissions come from using a bicycle.

There are some places where it is not good to ride bicycles, where nature trails
create erosion in natural settings, and disrupt the environment-- it is good
to be 'concious' of even environmentally friendly technologies.

But for a city dweller, and many people who have short commutes, bicycles should be used if possible.

Peak Oil

http://oilcrisis.com/

Oil (Petroleum) is;

Non-renewable.

Polluting the atmosphere.

The cause of wars and violence world wide.

A way to control the economy and steer people from environmentally friendly
technologies. i.e:

Wind,
Solar,
Hydro,
Electric,
Bicycles

Oil dependence is padding the bank accounts of oil executives, and creating record profits for big oil.

When will America, and the rest of the world wake up? $20.00 a gallon?

$100?

Project Vulcan---monitoring co2 emissions

http://www.purdue.edu/eas/carbon/vulcan/index.php

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJpj8UUMTaI&feature=email

Toxic 100

From http://www.ens-newswire.com/ ;

AMHERST, MA - April 10, 2008 --/WORLD-WIRE/-- Researchers at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts today released the Toxic 100, an updated list of the top corporate air polluters in the United States. “The Toxic 100 informs consumers and shareholders which large corporations release the most toxic pollutants into our air,” said James K. Boyce, director of PERI's environment program. “We measure not just how many pounds of pollutants are released, but which are the most toxic and how many people are at risk. People have a right to know about toxic hazards to which they are exposed. Legislators need to understand the effects of pollution on their constituents.”

http://www.peri.umass.edu/Corporate-Toxics.204.0.html

and

http://www.peri.umass.edu/Toxic-100-Index.421.0.html

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Monsanto documentary

This video should be on every media channel, every movie theater,
talked about on radio, blogs, etc. It documents the century long
misdeeds and greed of the Monsanto corporation.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-842180934463681887&q=the+world+according+to+monsanto&total=5&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0

Bhaskar Save's letters

For organic farmers, or those who aspire to live more in sync with
nature, Mr. Bhaskar H. Save is truly an inspiration. He is an 86 year old
organic farmer from India.

Two of his letters, the first from 1993, the second from 2006 show his dedication to living in communion and not against nature.

In his letters he speaks about the dangers of over irrigation, and proper aeration of soils among other topics.

http://www.narmada.org/ALTERNATIVES/save.letter.html

http://www.savesanghavi.com/BS_to_MS__NCF__July_29__2006-1.doc

and http://www.savesanghavi.com/

the farm by Save's student and master gardener Ashok V. Sanghavi where he practices sustainable principles.

Another article on Sanghavi;

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/archives/2001/3-4/15_sanghvi_farms.shtml