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Join the Fight Against GMOs!

Posted in Activism,Food, Gardening, & Agriculture by luvmyplanet on 24/10/2010

So, first things first. What’s a GMO? “GMO” stands for genetically modified organism, and, at an alarming rate, they are becoming more pervasive in our food supply — even for us vegans. (If you saw the documentary Food, Inc., you may have caught the fact that over 90 percent of all soybeans grown in the United States have been genetically manipulated.) For a primer on GMOs, check out the May 31 broadcast of “An Organic Conversation.” If you are unfamiliar with iTunes, read the instructions at the top of the page.

If the thought of putting GMOs in your body or feeding them to your loved ones rubs you the wrong way, there is still time to take action. On the above broadcast, one of the guests is from a group of unsung heroes called the Non-GMO Project. This is a great one-stop resource where you can take a pledge to avoid GMOs when you shop. (You can do this by accessing the list on the website and by seeking out the “USDA Certified Organic” seal. Current USDA standards forbid the use of GMOs in organic food.) The Organic Consumers Association is another fantastic resource.

Why the emphasis on shopping? Because in our corporatized consumer culture, one way in which we can still have a significant impact is by voting with our dollars. When you scan an organic, GMO-free food at the checkout counter, store managers are more likely to keep those foods on the shelves. The more of us who buy them, the more they will be in stock.

What’s that you say? Organic is too expensive? First of all, it may be a good idea to replace any junky processed foods with organic whole foods. Second, keep in mind that the extra money you spend on organics is less money that you will be giving to Big Pharma for meds that only exacerbate our sicknesses. Finally, if tight funds truly are an issue, check out the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen (the 12 foods that you really should buy organic) and Clean 15 (the 15 that you can get away with buying conventionally-grown). You can download the list in a user-friendly wallet-sized chart.


I Have Scapes!

Posted in Food, Gardening, & Agriculture by luvmyplanet on 18/10/2010

Just three weeks after planting my garlic, I already have scapes in two of the three containers. Perhaps the freakishly hot weather has had something to do with it, but I was under the impression that this was not supposed to happen until the spring.

Are there any master gardeners (or seasoned garlic growers) who can offer their expertise on the issue?

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