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Monsanto-Free Seed Companies

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In 2005, Monsanto purchased Semenis which was (and is) the world’s largest seed company and now they own thousands of conventional seed companies in addition to their GMO seed business.  Monsanto n...
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How to grow your own bird food - Telegraph

How to grow your own bird food - Telegraph | Sustainable Living | Scoop.it
Save money and attract a range of birds to your garden with plants that produce the seeds they love to eat. (@Ont_Ombudsman Considered growing BIRDFOOD. Birds attract other wildlife, natural pest control + birds are cute too.
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Garden Tours and Plant Sales - Boston.com (blog)

Garden Tours and Plant Sales - Boston.com (blog) | Sustainable Living | Scoop.it
Garden Tours and Plant Sales
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... 6 Discovery Hill Road, East Sandwich, www.thorntonburgess.org. June 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tower Hill 28th Annual Plant And Garden Accessory Sale. $5 admission.
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New App Lets You Boycott Koch Brothers, Monsanto And More By Scanning Your Shopping Cart

New App Lets You Boycott Koch Brothers, Monsanto And More By Scanning Your Shopping Cart | Sustainable Living | Scoop.it
A new app allows you to scan a product in the supermarket aisle and learn who exactly is behind that box of cereal.
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Learn To Grow Your Own Culinary Mushrooms - NJ TODAY

Learn To Grow Your Own Culinary Mushrooms NJ TODAY SOUTH BRUNSWICK – On Sunday, June 2, Middlesex County's office of Rutgers Cooperative Extension will host a Grow Your Own Culinary Mushrooms Workshop at the EARTH Center in Davidson's Mill Pond...
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Urban Farming: A Tour Of Greensgrow Philadelphia - Free People Blog

Urban Farming: A Tour Of Greensgrow Philadelphia - Free People Blog | Sustainable Living | Scoop.it
Come spring and summer, I start to really crave fresh fruits and vegetables. I just want to eat crisp, fresh foods that won't weigh me down too much. It's (We've got green thumbs, how about you?

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Grow a farmer's market outside your back door.

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Fresh vegetables, herbs, fruits & flowers grown from seed in a small space.
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Are you being scammed by the Whole Foods 'fresh' bar?

Are you being scammed by the Whole Foods 'fresh' bar? | Sustainable Living | Scoop.it
But in the meantime, are Whole Foods patrons, and particularly those who purchase food at one of its many "fresh" food bars, being duped into paying a premium for products that contain GM canola oil and other unhealthy ...
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Local Farmers Markets Making it Easier to Get Fresh Foods - KTUL (blog)

Local Farmers Markets Making it Easier to Get Fresh Foods - KTUL (blog) | Sustainable Living | Scoop.it
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Farmers markets in Tulsa are making it easier to get fresh foods on a fixed income.
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Foods that keep you hydrated

Foods that keep you hydrated | Sustainable Living | Scoop.it

You’re supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day but how many of us actually do that? Here are some ways you can eat your water content and deliciously hydrate your body by eating certain foods.

 

When you exercise or workout, you usually tend to lose a lot of water through sweat leading to your electrolyte levels going below normal. A wise move for replenishing your hydration levels is to drink electrolyte-rich fresh juices and eat hydration-promoting foods, such as fruits and vegetables.

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How Tower Garden Works in a minute-and-a-half!

How Tower Garden Works in a minute-and-a-half!
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Tower Garden is a unique aeroponic vertical garden system that makes it easy to grow vegetables, fruits and herbs.
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Aeroponics - Growing Plants in Air. - knowplus.org

Aeroponics - Growing Plants in Air. - knowplus.org | Sustainable Living | Scoop.it
Aeroponics is the method of growing plants in air or mist without using soil or water base . This technique was first implemented in 1980s using an apparatus named genesis machine . The plants are initially germinated in a ...
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Jeannette Eats Spaghetti : Grow your own

Jeannette Eats Spaghetti : Grow your own | Sustainable Living | Scoop.it
Grow your own. The search box on Answers.com prompted me with "Ask us anything," so I entered Organic Produce. The first two sentences of the first article I clicked on drove me into such a fit that I am actually typing a blog ...
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The title is misleading. This blog looks at the emergence of chemically fertilized produce as a commercial enterprise for leftover WWII nitrogen...

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How Long Do Foods Last [Infographic] | BestInfographics.co

How Long Do Foods Last [Infographic] | BestInfographics.co | Sustainable Living | Scoop.it
It's time to clean out your pantry and fridge but you don't know if some of the food you have is still good or not. Most of the time you can tell if things are (Ever wondered about the shelf life of your fresh food?
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The People Rise Up Against Monsanto

Link To Non-GMO Seed Center http://www.infowarsshop.com/-Seed-Center_c_75.html Worldwide 'March Against Monsanto' Protests Planned for May 25th http://www.in... (If possible grow your own ..
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Grow your own avocados - Highlands Today

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Grow your own avocados
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Avocado trees are typically grown in the commercial setting, but also make a lovely addition to the home landscape. If you want to try growing your own avocados, there are several varieties to choose from.
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Wal-Mart Vs. Amazon: World's Biggest E-Commerce Battle Could Boil Down To Vegetables

Wal-Mart Vs. Amazon: World's Biggest E-Commerce Battle Could Boil Down To Vegetables | Sustainable Living | Scoop.it
Wal-Mart is trying everything they can to beat Amazon at its own game: online retail. They're copycatting the Seattle web giant's same-day delivery and lockers services. But what they should be doing is focusing on the grocery aisles.
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Doctor leads effort to bring memorial garden back to life - Gainesville Sun

Doctor leads effort to bring memorial garden back to life - Gainesville Sun | Sustainable Living | Scoop.it
Doctor leads effort to bring memorial garden back to life
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And many of the garden's original trees, including basswoods, magnolias and pines, still tower over the property.
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Grow Your Own in Farmington's Community Garden, Plus More Tips for the ... - Patch.com

Grow Your Own in Farmington's Community Garden, Plus More Tips for the ... - Patch.com | Sustainable Living | Scoop.it
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Growing Kale In Your Garden | Gardening @ Traditional Foods

Growing Kale In Your Garden | Gardening @ Traditional Foods | Sustainable Living | Scoop.it

Find a list of super foods and you will see kale. If you want kale in your diet to be a super, super food, then grow your own. The kale you purchase in the grocery is loaded with nutrients, but it could be loaded with residues of undesirable substances as well. Grow your own kale in finished compost, fed with manure tea and/or fish emulsion. This is the only way you can be certain that your kale is organic, free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Even if you have no garden space, you can probably find a spot for a 3-5 gallon container for growing kale.


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I grew some fine kale last year in my aeroponic Tower Garden. I harvested through the month of May - in Florida!

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Especially important as Kale made EWG's expanded Dirty Dozen List for 2013.
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Whole Foods to consider acquiring Fresh & Easy stores: co-CEO Robb - MarketWatch (blog)

Whole Foods to consider acquiring Fresh & Easy stores: co-CEO Robb - MarketWatch (blog) | Sustainable Living | Scoop.it
Whole Foods to consider acquiring Fresh & Easy stores: co-CEO Robb
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As Whole Foods /quotes/zigman/80039 /quotes/nls/wfm WFM accelerates its U.S.
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“There is so much opportunity for us right now. I don’t see any competitor that slows us down,” he said. Spoken like a true capitalist!

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GARDEN REBELS: 10 WAYS TO SOW REVOLUTION IN YOUR BACK YARD - Occupy Monosanto 360

GARDEN REBELS: 10 WAYS TO SOW REVOLUTION IN YOUR BACK YARD - Occupy Monosanto 360 | Sustainable Living | Scoop.it
The world's food systems have changed radically in the last 20 years, not to mention since the Green Revolution. Many of these changes have not been for the

 

 

Sometimes I think that the next big revolution will take place in a vegetable garden.

Instead of bullets, there will be seeds.  Instead of chemical warfare, there will be rainwater, carefully collected from the gutters of the house. Instead of soldiers in body armor and helmets, there will be back yard rebels, with bare feet, cut-off jean shorts, and wide-brimmed hats.  Instead of death, there will be life, sustained by a harvest of home-grown produce.  Children will be witness to these battles, but instead of being traumatized, they will be happy, grimy, and healthy, as they learn about the miracles that take place in a little plot of land or pot of dirt.

It often seems lately that almost everyday the “powers that be” are making power grabs towards creating a society of food totalitarianism.  Julian Rose, a farmer, actor, activist, and writer, wrote an article just this morning called Civil Disobedience or Death by Design and it is a “must read” for anyone who believes in the importance of natural food sources:

“From now on, unless we cut free of obeisance to the centralised, totalitarian regimes whose takeover of our planet is almost complete, we will have only ourselves to blame. For we are complicit in allowing ourselves to become slaves of the Corporate State and its cyborg enforcement army. That is, if we continue to remain hypnotized by their antics instead of taking our destinies into our own hands and blocking or refusing to comply with their death warrants. This ‘refusal’ is possible. But it will only have the desired effect when, and if, it is contemporaneous with the birthing of the Divine warrior who sleeps in us all. The warrior who sleeps-on, like the besotted Rip Van Winkle in the Catskill mountains.”

Here are a few of the issues that have come up recently:

The European Union is in the process of criminalizing all seeds that are not “registered”.  This means that the centuries-old practice of saving seeds from one year to the next may soon be illegal.Collecting rainwater is illegal in many states, and regulated in other states.  The United Nations, waving their overworked banner of “sustainability” is scheming to take over control of every drop of water on the globe.  In some countries people who own wells are now being taxed and billed on the water coming from those sources.  Nestle has admitted that they believe all water should be privatized so that everyone has to pay for the life-giving liquid. Codex Alimentarius (Latin for “food code”) is a global set of standards created by the CA Commission, a body established by a branch or the United Nations back in 1963. As with all globally stated agendas, however, CA’s darker purpose is shielded by the feel-good words.  As the US begins to fall in line with the “standards” laid out by CA, healthful, nutritious food will be something that can only be purchased via some kind of black market of organically produced food.Regulations abound in the 1200 page Food Safety Modernization Act that will put many small farmers out of business, while leaving us reliant on irradiated, chemically treated, genetically-modified “food”.

In the face of this attack on the agrarian way of life, the single, most meaningful act of resistance that any individual can perform is to use the old methods and grow his or her own food.

Growing your own food wields many positive and healthy results in the struggle for a  healthy, sustainable, and democratized food system:

You are preserving your intelligence by refusing to ingest toxic ingredients.  Many of these ingredients (and the pesticides sprayed on them) have been proven to lop off IQ points.You are nourishing your body by feeding yourself real food.  Real food, unpasteurized, un-irradiated, with all of the nutrients intact, will provide you with a strong immune system and lower your risk of many chronic diseases.  As well, you won’t be eating the toxic additives that affect your body detrimentally.You are not participating in funding Big Food, Big Agri, and Big Pharma when you grow your own food.  Every bite of food that is NOT purchased via the grocery store is representative of money that does NOT go into the pockets of these companies who are interested only in their bottom lines.  Those industries would be delighted if everyone was completely reliant on them.You are not susceptible to the control mechanisms and threats.  If you are able to provide for yourself, you need give no quarter to those who would hold the specter of hunger over your head.  You don’t have to rely on anyone else to feed your family.

Consider every bite of food that you grow for your family to be an act of rebellion.  If you live in the suburbs, plant every square inch of your yard.  Grow things vertically.  Use square foot gardening methods.  Make lovely beds of vegetables in the front yard.  Extend your growing seasons by using greenhouses and coldframes.  This way you can grow more than one crop per year in a limited amount of space.   Use raised bed gardening techniques like lasagna gardening to create rich soil.  If you have problems with your local government or HOA, go to the alternative media and plead your case in front of millions of readers.  We’ve got your back!

Don’t overlook the joys of beekeeping, the bees need our help as they have been under assault by GMO crops and other pesticides.

If you live in the city or in an apartment, look into ways to adapt to your situation.  Grow a container garden on a sunny balcony, and don’t forget hanging baskets.  Grow herbs and lettuce in a bright window.  Set up a hydroponics system in a spare room (but look out for the SWAT team – they like to come after indoor tomato growers!)  Go even further and look into aquaponics. Create a little greenhouse with a grow light for year round veggies.  Sprout seeds and legumes for a healthy addition to salads.

If you live in the country, go crazy.  Don’t just plant a garden – plant fields!  Grow vegetables and grains.  Grow herbs, both culinary and medicinal.  Learn to forage if you have forests nearby.  Learn to use old-fashioned methods of composting, cover crops and natural amendments to create a thriving system.

Raise micro-livestock if possible.  This option may not work for everyone, but if you can, provide for some of your protein needs this way.  Raise chickens, small goats, and rabbits, for meat, eggs and dairy.  If you are not a vegetarian, this is one of the most humane and ethical ways to provide these things for your family.  Be sure to care well for your animals and allow them freedom and natural food sources – this is far better than the horrible, nightmare-inducing lives that they live on factory farms.

Learn the art of saving seeds from one season to the next.  Different seeds have different harvesting and storage requirements.  Go organic in your garden, learn to use natural soil enhancers and non-toxic methods of getting rid of pests.  Plan it so that your garden is inviting to natural pollinators like bees and butterflies.  If you wouldn’t apply poison to your food while cooking it, don’t apply it to your food while growing it.

You may come up with some issues with the local government and regulations at some point, be prepared for this by understanding your local laws and doing your best to work within that framework. If you cannot work within the framework, know what your rights are and refuse to be bullied.  Call up on those in the alternative media who will sound the alarm.  Every single garden that comes under siege is worth defending.  Learn about permaculture and how to design a real food forest.  Instead of buying pretty flowering plants for your yard, landscape with fruit trees (espalliering is a technique that works will in small spaces), berry bushes, and nut trees.  These can provide long-term food sources for your land with minimal upkeep and effort involved.

For the things you can’t grow yourself, buy local.  Especially if space is limited, you may not be able to grow every bite you eat by yourself.  For everything else, buy local!  Buy shares in a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Visit your farmer’s market.  Shop at roadside stands.  Join a farming co-op.  Support the agriculture in your region to help keep local farms in business.  (One note about farmer’s markets:  Some farmers markets allow people to sell produce that originates at the same wholesalers from which the grocery stores buy their produce.  I always try to develop a relationship with the farmers from whom I buy, and I like to know that what I’m buying actually came from their fields and not a warehouse.  And don’t forget, a farmer’s market is not a guarantee that food is grown organically or sustainably.)  Find a local market or farm HERE.

Lastly, Learn to preserve your food, go back to the old ways and learn to save your harvest for the winter.  Water bath canning, pressure canning, dehydrating, and using root cellars are all low-tech methods of feeding your family year round. Not only can you preserve your own harvest, but you can buy bushels of produce at the farmer’s market for a reduced price and preserve that too.

There is a food revolution brewing.  People around the country and the world are educating themselves about Big Food, Big Agri, and the food safety sell-outs at the FDA are disgusted by what is going on. We are refusing to tolerate these attacks on our health and our lifestyles.

Firing a volley in this revolution doesn’t have to be bloody.  It can begin as easily a planting one seed in a pot.

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor.  Her website, The Organic Prepper, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca


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Beautiful shot from the Montecito Urban Farms.

Beautiful shot from the Montecito Urban Farms.
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Coming soon: Florida Native Plant Society annual convention. Tower Garden will b...

Coming soon: Florida Native Plant Society annual convention. Tower Garden will be there!
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Grow Your Own Medicinal Herbs - The Ready Store

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Grow your own medicinal herbs As with anything, it is recommended to consult your physician before taking any medications, supplements or before making any significant changes to your dietary habits including the use of ...
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The focus is on the medicinal uses of dried herbs.

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