Statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that Mexico by far is the most important supplier of fresh produce to the U.S., accounting for 69% of U.S. fresh vegetable import value and 37% of U.S. fresh fruit import value in 2012.
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I grew up, as probably many American children did, dipping everything possible in ranch dressing. It was such a staple in our house that my youngest brother called it "white ketchup," a name that still makes me giggle a little.
But as we started eating more healthily, it seemed just so wrong to drown our CSA vegetables in a mix of completely artificial ingredients.
Homemade ranch it was. And seriously, it's so easy to make (and doesn't have any weird or expensive ingredients, which is a huge annoyance to me in most ranch dressings). I throw everything in an empty yogurt canister, blend the whole thing with my immersion blender and pour it into a glass jar. I don't even bother measuring at this point, because I've made it so many times.
I was out and about last fall collecting seeds from flowers. A women approached me and asked me why I was popping off the old flower heads of plants near the sidewalk. I told her I was collecting seeds to plant the flowers in my garden in the spring.
She was absolutely shocked that there were seeds on the plants. I was shocked this lady who was certainly old enough to know such things didn’t know flowers were used by the plants to attract pollinators so as to produce the next generation of plants through their seeds. It’s absolutely shocking how little many people know about the nature of plant life.
I had to open up the dried flower seed head to show her the seeds inside. She was amazed. I was amazed she didn’t know a simple fact of flower seed production. It seems many people think plants produce flowers for our enjoyment only.
It’s a good thing we have farmers, butchers, grocery stores. Otherwise how could many people feed themselves. These are people who claim to be adults capable of living their own lives. How can they live their own lives when they can’t even feed themselves!!!
This is the situation we find ourselves in today.
I'm glad I have this site that gives me inspiration and comfort knowing there are gardeners in the world reading the content of this site and taking positive action in their own lives.
I salute you fellow gardener. You are a true independent individual!
We throw many vegetables away that can be regrown over and over. We are enjoying while onion greens we bought at the store. My wife cut the greens and used them and saved me the white bottom part with the roots. I planted them in a planter containers and placed them on our south facing dining room windows.
We've been enjoying white onion greens all winter. I'm now going to move them outside for the summer and if they are still producing I'll bring them back inside for the winter.
Fresh healthy produce that we know how it is grown, what's been put on it and guaranteed to be organic, not just called organic. The term organic is almost meaningless when we buy in the supermarket from Agribusinesses. It's that way on purpose. Buyer Beware is their motto.
btw, the Agribusiness Corporations who sell us GMO foods unlabelled and call toxic produce "organic" are the same Corporations Teabagging Right Wing Politicians want us to trust with our economy and our lives. You know, the same private Corporations we the public bailed out in 2008.
Thankfully these teabagger Right Wing supportings are eating the toxic slug at the private Corporate grocery store and the private Corporate fast slugs places. They're drinking the fracking water and breathing the toxic air.
We can mitigate private Corporate toxins by growing our own food and staying healthy enough to fight the pollution. We can drill our own water wells. We can learn what wild plants are safe and effective to forage. We can build communities of independent sovereign individuals that share talents and skills with each other.
An added advantage to growing your own food is the seeds cost pennies or you can save and exchange seeds. More so is the knowing every food you produce yourself is tax free produce!! That expensive grocery store bill also comes with a sales tax. Food you grow for pennies doesn't include no sales tax.
Small game hunting is a worthwhile endeavor as well as small livestock raised at your home. This also allows children to realize food is alive. Ham comes from a once live pig. Hamburger comes from a once live cow. Carrots, Apples and corn come from living plants.
All this lost to our modern world needlessly. We have technology and knowledge that makes it so easy to raise, harvest and prepare our food from plants and animals. It used to be a hard labor. Today it is easier and more better.
Like anything else you learn to do it also gets easier the more you do it. Gardening, Homesteading, Small Game Hunting and Foraging is healthy and connects us to ourselves, each other and brings us closer to nature.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published at The Conversation.
If you’re confused by food labels, you’re not alone. But don’t hold your breath for an at-a-glance food labelling system that tells you how much salt, fat and sugar each product contains.Australia’s proposed “health star rating” labelling scheme was put on hold in February,
following pressure from the food industry. And it’s unclear whether the scheme will go ahead.
Marketers use a variety of tricks to make foods seem healthier and more appealing than their competitors, particularly when it comes to products aimed at children. One of the most powerful advertising tools a food manufacturer has is the packaging, as it’s what we look at immediately before deciding which food to purchase.
Next time you’re shopping for food, look out for these seven common labelling tricks:
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