Countries Fighting GMO

Many farmers are going back to the old way of farming. They are starting to use regular seed again, rather than genetically modified grain that was supplied by the government. Farmers were fearful of making this move, because it has been known to cause them to lose their land. For those who aren’t familiar with GMOs, let me explain. Regular seed produces crops that generate more seed which the farmers can harvest, and use the next year. It basically produces a never ending supply of fertile seed. The government took control however, and forced growers two use grain that would only yield plants one time. The seed that would be produced from the existing plants, would be infertile causing the farmers to have to purchase a new supply the following year. It completely goes against nature, and forces farmers to be slaves to the system.

industrial farms

Some rebellious ones decided that they were going to buy their own seed no matter what. Unfortunately what happens in this situation, is that they are shut down by any means necessary in such a way that it sends a message to the rest of the farming community. It is a way to keep everyone in line and dependent on the government and the big business behind it. With such dramatic measures, many farmers have sold their land and given up the family business. Property that had been in their family for generations is suddenly lost due to big corporation control.
There is hope however. Many countries are moving away form GMO use. This is usually instigated by the people who refuse to eat GMO products. They realize several dangers of their continued use. One, is that the seeds are pesticide resistant. That means more pesticides can be used to keep the insects from eating the plants. This produces a higher yield, but basically laces the food with poison. Many communities have said no to this initiative, and demand regular produce. The United States has not joined the ranks of these groups, but hopefully they will in the future.

gmo protest

Community Gardens

In the first post of this series, we talked about growing your own garden and the benefits it can bring your life. But what if you don’t have a backyard? What if you live in an apartment building, or a condo? Will there is a solution for you; community gardens. A community garden is an area that people share, and build their own gardens within. They’re usually sectioned off into small plots where everyone is free to grow the crops of their choice. There are many many benefits to this option, but I want to talk about the two biggest: assistance in building the garden of your dreams, and the community aspect that all of these people together create.

community gardening

So if you don’t know a lot about gardening, chances are other members of the community garden do. They are more than willing to help you get started and to give you all the advice you need in your new venture. They know what grows well in that particular soil, and what doesn’t as well as the proper way to space your plants if your area is limited. Most community gardens share tools, which will save you money in rentals, or the aggravation of having to borrow supplies from your neighbor. A good strategy would be to find out what vegetables your neighbors are growing, and then grow different ones. That way you can trade and have more of a variety available to you.

preparing vegetables

If you’re new to this activity, you may normally go to your local Home Depot or Lowe’s to buy your seeds etc., but your fellow farmers may know of better places to buy seeds and fertilizer. There are farm supply stores that deal in all organic material, and will give you a healthier yield. When I mean all organic, I’m talking about the absence of chemicals or hormones in the seats in soil. Plus the benefit of being able to support a smaller vendor vs a big box store.

The second big aspect of community gardening, is the social setting. You will be surrounded by like minded individuals who you can share pleasant conversation with while you work. You get to meet all sorts of new people and make new friends. I’ve actually met two of my close friends this way, where are paths normally would not have crossed otherwise. This sense of community also develops into many evening social activities. When it starts to get dark people want to continue to hang out and talk, and will often spill out into coffee shops or local bars afterwards.

There are even areas that have activities within the garden. In South Philadelphia, there is a group that has multiple social events throughout the month. Most revolve around cooking, while others are more of an entertainment function. Local drum instructor, Jon Kois brings all of his students in for a drum circle once a month. They take beginner drum lessons from him, and this gives them an opportunity to all hang out together. Other people bring guitars or horns, and turns into quite a party. Many people passing on the street, will stop and listen to the music and be attracted to this kind of activity.

Jon Kois drum circle

So if you think about it, community gardens can actually be better than traditional gardens. They give you the same benefit of healthy eating with all the advantages of having experts all around you. And when you’re done with your work, you can enjoy the company of your fellow growers and develop long lasting friendships.

Grow Your Own Garden

fast food

This day and age, we are taking health for granted. We live such busy lives that we are killing ourselves with the food we are eating. We shuffle from one appointment to another, and end up grabbing our meals at whatever fast food place is nearby. Before you know it, months have gone by, and we have been giving our cells nothing but garbage to live on. It is time to make a change for the better, and start living healthier.

The easiest way to do this is to grow your own garden. I know you’re thinking, why don’t I just go to the store and buy fruits and vegetables? Well if you actually add up all of the time you spend running from one store to the next, you would see that growing your own crops is the faster and easier way. Once the ground work is done, nature takes over and provides you with months of healthy food for so little time and money invested.

planting

The hardest part about it, is getting started. Look here for information on starting your own garden. First you want to decide, which are your favorite vegetables. You might be surprised to find that your list will be very long and you have to narrow it down to maybe 10 or 15 of your top choices. Most people don’t think about the vegetables they enjoy, and are surprised when they put them down on paper.

Now it’s time to wait. But you won’t be waiting for long. Before you know it, you’ll come home from work and have all sorts of new growth to pick in store for later meals. You will be amazed how fast nature does her thing with just a little bit of water and some sunshine. If you have young children, this can be an exciting activity for them; seeing the sprouts go from tiny leaves to full-blown plants. You will be able to provide them quality information about how plant life develops. You wouldn’t believe how excited kids get seeing things grow before their eyes.

So let’s tally this up. So for a couple of hours outside in the fresh air, the small cost of a few seeds, and a little exercise; you get months of healthy food literally right at your doorstep. It save you both time and money, and gives you the pleasure of creating something with your own hands.

In just a short period of time, you will fill healthy and energetic. You will be giving your body the nutrients that it needs to sustain any lifestyle. Think about the cells of your body like small cars. If you don’t take care of them properly, they won’t run. So imagine you have billions of small cars all breaking down and you at the same time. That is what’s happening to your body when you do not eat properly. You will notice now, that you wake up happier, more alert, and ready to take on the day when you’re being is flowing with all the nutrients it needs.